Apply: Editor, Organic Solutions in Global Food Affairs

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We seek for a team of two editors to lead a six-month online newsroom to produce topic coverage about “Organic Solutions in Global Food Affairs”.
Food inflation rates 2001-2012


Food inflation rates 2001-2012

Student Reporter provides an innovative media format to mobilize newsrooms that produce journalistic content, which aims to promote informed debates on phenomena from a business and economics angle. For a topic coverage project on ‘Organic Solutions in Global Food Affairs’ in which we will investigate the economics and politics of global food production and consumption with an emphasis on organic farming, we are looking for a team of two editors to lead in editorial capacities and bring with them sector insights and a reporting background in international (economic) affairs.

As an editor you will have the chance to lead a group of Student Reporters recruited from around the world to produce in-depth topic coverage. The content will be delivered through our digital platforms and social media channels, as well as our general media partners. Simultaneously, an independent research consultant will supervise the students’ production of an analytical report that incorporates and accompanies the journalistic work. The produced content will be discussed with industry experts in an online conference at the closing of the project.

You will be kicking-off this campaign with coverage of Feeding the World 2014 conference in London, UK in partnership with The Economist.

You will be responsible for managing the student newsroom comprising of journalism and non-journalism students. Together with the students, you will develop an editorial program and calendar. Supported by our international team of editors, you will lead the training of the student newsroom in basics of journalism and story hunting, and guide and edit the texts of the students’ work. Also, you will be responsible to lead syndication efforts of selected pieces to mainstream media outlets.

“We are teetering on the edge of a full-fledged food crisis,” reports Roberto A. Ferdman in Quartz.

You are expected to demonstrate an advanced ability to provide feedback on articles and have some knowledge of text editing. You will have a solid experience in professional journalistic writing, in particular analytical feature stories. Ideally, you have been reporting in the field of international affairs with an economics angle, and more particularly in global food affairs.

You will be keenly interested in editing students’ work and to steer the content and product of the newsroom. We plan to enable the project to become the core from which we can build our featured topic coverage portfolio in the future.

The position comes with a stipend of 3.000 CHF, negotiable upon commitment and availability. You will also benefit from access and travel stipends to media event partnerships, such as The Economist and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils (to be confirmed).

Although the search will remain open until the positions are filled applications should be received by 30 November, 2013. Please send CV and cover letter to careers[AT] Though the position is remote, you are ideally located in Europe.

The featured series on Organic Farming in Global Food Affairs is supported by Mercator Foundation Switzerland. Editorial choice of journalistic angles within the topic is independent from partners and sponsors.

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