Job Alert! Editorial Intern, Honeyguide Media

Interested in telling experimental, groundbreaking stories about education and global health? Work with us!

Illustration by Thoka Maer

Background

When it comes to reporting on social issues — such as education, global health, or international development — mainstream storytelling often tends to fall into one of several narrative clichés. Many stories use issue-specific jargon, making them accessible only to a narrow audience. Others talk about faraway people and places with “otherizing” language that flattens unfamiliar issues and experiences. Some topics rely on a small cadre of privileged voices to do the storytelling. And there are relatively few places online to have nuanced, diverse, sprawling conversations about topics like desk-less classrooms and child marriage.

Honeyguide Media, established in 2016, hopes to champion a series of journalistic experiments to challenge many of the existing norms of storytelling on social issues. The venture will build on the success of two Gates-funded publications hosted on Medium, Bright (focused on innovation in education) and The Development Set (focused on global health and international development). The nonprofit Solutions Journalism Network serves as our fiscal sponsor.

This venture will begin by growing these publications, and will hope to soon expand beyond them. We will continue to produce rigorous, solutions-oriented journalistic content from an intentionally diverse set of voices. Readers will be encouraged to interact with our content in a nuanced, respectful way. The editorial team will strive to experiment widely with storytelling formats.

Overall, Honeyguide hopes to improve both the content and tone of online discussions about socially relevant issues.

Position

Honeyguide’s intern should be interested in seeing better stories in the world, and interested in what it takes to get those stories out there. S/he will work closely with Sarika Bansal (editor of The Development Set), Andrea Gurwitt (editor of Bright), and the art director. While NYC would be preferred, the editorial intern can be located anywhere. There are growth opportunities.

Responsibilities

  • Copyediting feature stories and essays for both Bright and The Development Set (approximately 6 pieces per week)
  • Liaising with writers and artists contracted for both publications
  • Helping editors manage publishing schedule
  • Managing social media accounts for both publications

Qualifications

  • Exceptional editorial eye
  • Two years experience writing and/or editing
  • Interest in social justice ideal
  • Self reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask

If interested, please reach out to Sarika Bansal (sarika@honeyguidemedia.org) with “Honeyguide Intern” in the subject line with a CV and cover letter. This is a paid position, and we are looking for someone to start immediately.

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