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MIT Technology Review is seeking ambitious beat reporters to provide coverage of important emerging technologies. We are especially interested in international candidates, as we look to expand our international coverage. We are looking for specialists, in all sorts of fields—so we'd like to hear what you want to cover. We're interested in reporters who might take on clean energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, artificial intelligence, space, blockchain and decentralized finance, robotics, neuroscience, healthcare, computing, or bioscience. But really, we want to hear from you. Tell us the beat you think we are missing, and that you can cover better than anyone else. The beat reporter’s coverage should make TR a must-read by combining scoops, deep enterprise reporting, timely stories about major news events, and sharp analysis. The successful candidate will bring curiosity and rigor to their reporting. They will both possess an understanding of both the technologies they cover, and the businesses and people attempting to commercialize them. They will be excited about the promise technology offers to change the world, while remaining skeptical of its claims until they are proved out. 

We’ve been making concerted efforts to make our newsroom more diverse and inclusive (ask us about them!) and we’re always trying to do better. We think technology coverage benefits from a critical outsider’s perspective, and so we especially welcome applications from women, people of color, and other groups underrepresented in the world of tech.If this sounds exciting but you’re not sure you fit the bill, reach out anyway: email with “reporting role” in the subject line, a few words about yourself (what skills would you bring that we just haven’t thought of?) and a couple of questions to get a sense of whether this might be for you.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Produce a steady drumbeat of stories that break news and cover the major events on your assigned beat. These should be a mix of incremental news scoops.  
  • Pitch a mix of shorter and feature stories on your beat for the magazine. 
  • Write in a clear, engaging, insightful and compelling way, making skilled and creative use of storytelling techniques, including the various forms enabled by digital media. 
  • Be an original thinker on their topic area, proposing new approaches to and themes of coverage. 
  • Work in close collaboration with colleagues in other departments (such as events) and oversee other content relevant to their coverage area, ensuring the highest journalistic standards. 
  • Play a major role in the conception, planning, and assigning of themed print issues when these are on a topic within their beat 
  • Represent MITTR at conferences, in the press, and to audiences or communities TR wants to reach who have a special interest in that topic. 

Supervision Received: The beat reporter will report to a desk editor and editorial director, digital. They will work alongside colleagues in other beats. 

Supervision Exercised: None

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required. 
  • The role will require at least 3 years of reporting experience in journalism. 
  • Exceptional writing skills required

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.