Senior reporter on humans and technology
Cambridge, MA or remote
We want to hire a reporter to write about the place where technology and people meet.
If that sounds vague, it’s deliberate: this will be your beat to create. Think of it perhaps as a tech culture beat, or the gadgets beat for a place that doesn’t write about gadgets. It’s about how technology is altering the ways we do the most human things: keeping healthy, raising kids, caring for aging parents, managing grief, finding meaning, having fun, building friendships, building communities, making journeys, changing jobs, changing identities, changing bodies. It’s about the devices we use and those we’re still developing, from phones, gaming consoles, VR headsets, fitness bands, and balance boards to bionic limbs, implants, brain-computer interfaces, and driverless cars.
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. 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.
You will write a mixture of timely stories reacting to or interpreting the news, original scoops, and longer features. 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 have at least five years of experience as a technology journalist and the contacts that go with it.
- 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.