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Newsela // instructional content platform
Media, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
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The Role

The Assistant Editor is the foundation of daily leveling production at Newsela. You will load, edit, & source stories & images, working closely with freelancers & staff members on the Content Team to produce dozens of high-quality stories each week. As the Assistant Editor of Social Studies Content, you will lead the charge in delivering accurate & engaging social studies content to Newselas K-12 readers. In addition to general editorial support (editing, selecting photos, & assessing potential content partners), you will oversee training & feedback for social studies freelancers, maintaining Newselas social studies glossary & guidelines, & ensuring scientific concepts are appropriately broken down for different reading levels.

Why Youll Love This Role

Social studies can be hard to connect to the present & in some ways, inaccessible to students who do not feel represented in history, but Newsela is here to change that. Leveraging your love of social studies, you will have the opportunity to curate content that demonstrates how fun & fascinating social studies can truly be for ALL students. You will help guide our contributors in building a content library that is engaging, accurate, & accessible.

Why Well Love You

Youve put your Journalism, English, or other relevant degree to good use with at least one year of experience working at a newspaper, magazine, or digital publication & have a strong knowledge of AP Style. Youve got some social studies background & might even have a specialty within economics, U.S. history, ancient civilizations, government or politics but you also have a spidey-sense for when a topic youre less familiar with might be oversimplified or might require some additional fact-checking or research. You are social studies-savvy enough to identify common misconceptions or scientific inaccuracies (e.g. socialism being conflated with Communism), yet arent so bogged down in semantics that you couldn't explain scarcity to a 3rd grader. Communication is your strong suit; you can effectively deliver feedback, drive teams to a deadline, & use your keen editorial eye to produce high quality content across a variety of subjects.

About Newsela

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that combines engaging, leveled content with integrated formative assessments & insights to supercharge engagement & learning in every subject. Students & teachers use Newsela to find digital content from hundreds of the best sourcesfrom National Geographic to NASA,Biography.comto Encyclopedia Britannica, the Washington Post to the Wichita Eagle. Content is instructionalized to meet students where they are, with interactive tools & analytics to take them where they want to go. Newsela has become an essential solution for schools & districts, with a presence in over 90% of U.S. K-12 schools. Newsela is the content platform for the connected classroom.

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