We are looking to fill one of the most exciting perches in technology and science journalism: the editor of Future Tense, a cross-disciplinary section of Slate magazine that is a collaboration between Slate, Arizona State University, and New America. In addition to being part of Slate’s editorial team, the editor will also be a member of Arizona State University’s community, and will be employed by the university. You can apply right here.
Future Tense has long focused on understanding, investigating, and explaining the technologies, trends, and innovations that will determine the future, bridging the worlds of journalism, policy, and academia. We’ve tackled everything from privacy to social media to mental health to climate change to the history and architecture of the internet—and, more often than not, how all of these things connect. We’re looking for someone who understands the core DNA of the section and can bring an exciting vision and fresh approaches for the coverage. We’re open to wild and new ideas! The future, after all, is vast.
This editor should have a strong editorial background, and ideally some subject-area expertise. We’ll expect big ideas and conceptual scoops that start new conversations, as well as vibrant daily analysis and midsized arguments that make sense of science and technology news as it happens. This editor will ideally have experience coaxing great arguments and pieces out of academics and nontraditional writers, alongside assigning for journalists.
Given Future Tense’s unique structure as a university/media/think tank partnership, this editor must also be excited to engage, and collaborate, with academic colleagues and policy experts. We’re looking for a team player able to contribute to three teams.
ASU and Slate welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This position is in Washington, D.C., based out of Slate’s office and ASU’s D.C. Center, though consideration will be given to applicants whose personal circumstances would require them to work remotely. There will be an expectation of occasional travel to Arizona.
For details on job requirements and responsibilities—and to apply!—click here.