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Job Opening: Research Scientist at the Center for Civic Media

The Center for Civic Media is currently seeking a research scientist to build and lead a research portfolio focused on the future of the newsroom.

Crossposted at civic.mit.edu.

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The Center for Civic Media is currently seeking a research scientist to build and lead a research portfolio focused on the future of the newsroom. We need someone who can lead research, manage partnerships, work with graduate students and help us articulate the vision of a sustainable and impactful newsroom.

Our new research scientist will work with groups at the Media Lab and at MIT more broadly to identify new technologies that will change how we discover, report and disseminate the news. The Media Lab works with, and is supported by, a wide range of member companies. Our new research scientist will manage relationships with member companies who are interested in the future of news, the transformation of newsrooms and financial models that support quality journalism. Our new hire will organize an annual conference dedicated to the future of news. And finally, he or she will also mentor and advise masters candidates whose research focuses on news technologies. This may include teaching a class on future newsrooms.

Are you right for this job? We’d like you to have at least five years of professional experience in journalism, broadcast media, new media or software development. We’d also like you to have newsroom experience, which could include working as a journalist or a technologist supporting reporters or publishers. You’ll need to be comfortable with software development, which could include experience with product management, design or software architecture. Finally, you’ll need to have a demonstrated track record of working independently and leading small project teams.

There’s rarely a dull moment here at the Media Lab, so to thrive in this position you’ll need an excellent sense of humor, more curiosity than is probably safe, a very high tolerance for ambiguity, and the ability to pivot quickly as information and priorities change. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of extension based on funding and progress of the research.

Interested? If so, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three professional references at http://bit.ly/1cAveXz.

Andrew Whitacre
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Andrew Whitacre

Andrew directs the communications efforts for CMS/W and Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education. A native of Washington, D.C., he holds a degree in communication from Wake Forest University, with a minor in humanities, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

This work includes drawing up and executing strategic communications plans, with projects including website design, social media management and training, press outreach, product launches, fundraising campaign support, and event promotions.

Andrew Whitacre Written by Andrew Whitacre