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BuzzFeed // news & entertainment content
Media, Full Time    New York, San Francisco, or Washington, DC    Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019
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BuzzFeed News is looking for an inspiring, enthusiastic, & nimble editor to lead our team of five science reporters.

You will want to publish untold science stories to avoid cheerleading, the embargoed-study churn, & inconsequential changes in policy, & instead find original stories to grab the attention of a large audience. Our newsroom pushes for investigative stories, big & small, with real-world impact & a connection to the biggest stories of this cultural moment.

Over the past four years, the science team has tackled multiple stories & formats, including:

A series on the scientific misconduct of Cornell professor Brian Wansink, prompting a university investigation & Wansinks resignation;

Several investigations revealing sexual harassment allegations against leading scientists, ultimately leading to their resignation or termination;

An award-winning series on the governments aerial surveillance, including interactive maps & an innovative machine-learning algorithm trained to search for hidden spyplanes over US airspace;

Visualizations and quizzes that make the climate crisis real;

A deeply reported ongoing series exploring the human cost of the opioid crisis, and efforts to combat its toll;

Investigations of harmful medical treatments, from eye drops that blinded people to Facebooks poop cult;

Stories based on public records requests, such as exposing how the Department of Energy lost control at the countrys largest nuclear cleanup site, & how the State Department botched its investigation into the mysterious illness that struck diplomats in Cuba.

If all this sounds exciting, please submit a short cover letter that includes:

your experience reporting on or editing science investigations, and

your thoughts on our coverage to date, & what you would focus on as new editor of the desk. How would you push to make BuzzFeeds science stories stand apart from other publications?

You will work from the BuzzFeed offices in New York City, San Francisco, or Washington, D.C. We offer a great compensation package & a stock option program.


  • Publish innovative, ambitious stories with real-world impact
  • Manage & edit a wide mix of breaking news, enterprise, features, & investigations
  • Run a largely autonomous team within a larger newsroom, balancing its independence with collaboration across desks (particularly the Investigations, Tech & Breaking News teams)
  • Manage the production of all of the teams stories, including coordinating with designers, copy editors, social curators, the PR team, & the newsroom lawyer


  • At least 7 years of experience reporting and/or editing for a journalistic outlet, including landing investigative stories with real-world impact
  • Experience turning complicated ideas into clear & lively prose
  • A critical, skeptical eye for hype & baloney
  • Love for & excitement about the internet

Life at BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed strongly believes that the more diverse our team, the better our work will be. BuzzFeed is committed to equal opportunity employment & celebrates inclusion in all circumstances. As a BuzzFeed employee, you can expect:

  • A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions

  • Opportunities for growth & development via work experience & offerings from our in-house Learning Team

  • Employee resource groups, frequent in-office events, volunteer opportunities, & more

  • An attractive compensation package, including salary & equity

  • A generous & well-rounded benefits program featuring PTO & unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym & wellness discounts, & much more

  • No shortage of snacks, catered lunches, beverages, birthday treats... even leftovers from the Tasty kitchens in LA & NYC!

BuzzFeed is the leading independent digital media & tech company delivering news & entertainment content to a global audience. We have offices in 19 cities around the world & more than 1500 employees including reporters, video producers, data scientists, engineers, brand strategists, & more. We value a culture of experimentation, teamwork, equality, humble confidence, & hard work (fused with fun). At BuzzFeed, youll work with inspiring colleagues to build tools & create content that helps connect people all over the world.

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