Senior reporter on cybersecurity

Cambridge, MA or remote

We’re looking for a seasoned, well-sourced reporter on cybersecurity to join MIT Technology Review’s senior team of writers.  We want someone who can cut through the misinformation that plagues this beat and break original news; understand and foresee how emerging technologies like 5G, machine learning and IoT are changing the nature of cybersecurity threats; report on the economic, business, social, political and geopolitical aspects of cybersecurity; and tell these complex stories in ways that people understand and care about. We’ll also consider applications from non-journalists who are experts in their field and are talented writers.

The mission

MIT Technology Review is a world-renowned name in technology news. We cover tech at the cutting edge, where it’s just emerging into the world. And we recently revamped our mission: to make technology more of a force for good, through authoritative, influential, and trusted coverage that leads to better decision-making by those who build, use, and regulate technology. We benefit from our close ties to one of the world’s top research institutions while enjoying strict editorial independence. And we’re expanding.

The opportunity  

You will cover what’s current, relevant, and innovative in cybersecurity by writing timely stories reacting to or interpreting the news as well as scoops, longer features, and investigations. Your success will be judged on your ability to make MIT Technology Review a must-read on your beat—meaning that while you won’t be expected to follow every bit of news, you’ll have something to say on the stories everyone is talking about, as well as publishing stories nobody else has. You’ll be expected to explore a variety of platforms and formats to tell your stories and spark discussions. You’ll speak and moderate at MIT Technology Review conferences around the globe, and represent us at other events. You’ll enjoy the access and authority (and staff benefits!) that come from our relationship to MIT and a mandate to seek out the stories that really matter, not the ones that get the most clicks.

The ideal candidate

  • You’re a technology journalist with at least six years of experience and the knowledge and the contacts that go with it. You’re either on the cybersecurity beat already, or you’ve written about these issues within another beat.
  • You’re exceptional at writing about complex subjects in a clear, engaging, jargon-free way, making them accessible and meaningful to a wide audience of tech-savvy readers. 
  • You’re curious about new technologies, the people creating them, and the impacts they have, and by how technology shapes and is shaped by its social, political, and economic contexts.
  • You have a keen instinct for finding issues that truly matter and a healthy skepticism of over-hyped “breakthroughs.”
  • You care about finding the best way to tell each story. You’re excited to experiment with varied digital storytelling formats and different ways of connecting to audiences; you see yourself not just as a journalist, but also as a community builder and user-experience designer.