Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Vox to Launch New Think Tank Section

Vox.com is looking to hire a think tank editor as it plans to launch "Vox Think Tank," a new section that aims to highlight reports and ideas from think tankers and academics.

Here is more from a Vox Media job announcement:
Vox.com is a user’s guide to the news, helping readers make sense of everything from the 2016 presidential campaign to the loopholes in corporate tax policy to NASA's Pluto mission. We want to create the single best resource for news consumers anywhere.
We are on the hunt for an editor to launch and run Vox Think Tank, a new section that will bring in outside voices to explain politics and policy through insightful research, ideas, and data. It will showcase academics, scholars, and practitioners whose knowledge and expertise should be central to coverage of politics and policy — and the editor will work with those contributors to make sure their pieces are written and framed so they can find a mass audience online.
This is an exciting opportunity for an aggressive editor who is passionate about the ideas that animate and explain politics and policy. The editor will shape the vision and tone for this project and own its success. The ideal candidate is familiar with poli-sci and think tank worlds and is eager to bring the smartest work to a wide audience.
—Launch, run, and shape new section.
—Convince top academics and thinkers to contribute.
—Spot smart ideas in academic and think tank circles and bring them to a wide audience.
—Work with contributors who may not be accustomed to writing for a general audience. This may require aggressive edits.
—Experiment with different forms of content from graphics to text explainers to lists.
—Manage freelance budget.

—A demonstrable familiarity with the think tank/poli-sci worlds.
—Deep interest in politics, policy, and political science.
—Experience editing stories that pop on the internet.
—Headline-writing magic.
—At least three years of experience writing and editing.

Based on the job description, it appears that the new section will mirror Wall Street Journal's "Think Tank," a feature on WSJ.com started in 2014 that draws news and analysis from outside contributors across the political spectrum.