Job Alert! Engagement Editor, Honeyguide Media

Interested in getting the internet to engage with experimental, groundbreaking stories about education and global health? Work with us!

Illustration by Monica Ramos

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 Networkserves 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.

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

Position

The Engagement Editor will help shape our editorial content, its presentation, its dissemination, and its relationship with our audience. The editor must understand how audiences consume content across platforms and use those tools to help bring our journalism to an ever-wider readership. S/he will also have the opportunity to think creatively about how to encourage our audience to genuinely participate in our stories — both online and, down the road, in person.

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 Editor can be located anywhere.

Qualifications:

  • 3–5 years experience working on audience engagement and/or community issues
  • Extensive knowledge of all mainstream and emerging social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope, Snapchat, Tumblr, Vine, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. (and ones we haven’t heard of yet)
  • Ability to analyze numbers and trends quickly — and an ability to translate metrics into strategy
  • An interest in finding creative ways to bring an audience lens to editorial strategy (and vice versa)
  • Self reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Interest in social justice issues, particularly education and global health
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
  • Event planning experience preferred

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the social media presences of Bright and The Development Set
  • Design and execute plans for audience growth through various platforms — as well as the depth of readers’ engagement
  • Use analytics tools to form actionable insights to share with editorial, marketing, and development efforts
  • Help Bright and The Development Set editors build their editorial strategies
  • Keep an eye on trends and best practices on audience engagement in the journalism world

If interested, please reach out to Sarika Bansal (sarika@honeyguidemedia.org) with “Honeyguide Engagement Editor” in the subject line with a CV and cover letter. We are looking for someone to start immediately.

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