Mental Floss - Editor and Writer

Company: 
Mental Floss
City: 
New York
State: 
NY
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We're looking for editors, writers, and researchers to join the award-winning mental_flossdigital team.

In the last year, mental_floss won a Webby Award (two in a row!), lost an ASME Award (thrilled to be nominated!), grew our YouTube channel to over 1.2 million subscribers (100 million views!), and reached 10 million people a month through mentalfloss.com. But we want to take this to another level.

It's not about the news cycle or sizzling hot takes or not believing what happened next. Our goal is to uncover fascinating stories and bring them back to our readers. The kinds of stories people want to share, and not just in the social media sense. There are so many incredibly interesting things out there. Can you help us find them?

STAFF EDITORS (NEW YORK)

We're looking for rabidly curious grammar freaks to dream up great stories and edit other people's work. You can write about almost anything, and you will. Why Paraguay loves Rutherford B. Hayes. What people did for fun in the 16th century. Why the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were so obsessed with pizza. Chaucer. Mini-golf. Drones. Why Syrian golden hamsters spend so much time at the liquor store.

Primary responsibilities will include conceiving and assigning story ideas that fit our smart, quirky voice and positive tone, editing work from freelancers and staff writers, writing posts, and generally elevating mentalfloss.com.

But because we're a small editorial team, you'll wear many hats. You may be asked to help with video scripts and board games and event planning and new apps. It's not just because you're new. Our head of business development proofreads our newsletter. Our digital art director is in charge of watering the office plants. (Yes, we have plants.) Our co-founders will be looking over your applications. Everyone does a little of everything.

Ideal candidates will have:- Three years of editing, writing, and assigning experience- Natural curiosity and the ability to generate tons of story ideas- Attention to detail- Ability to work quickly- Strong research skills- A network of freelancers they would love to bring to our site- Ability to nurture writers with constructive feedback- Ability to collaborate with a growing team- Knowledge of social media platforms and analytics- Experience with Drupal and Photoshop a plus

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STAFF EDITOR, SCIENCE (NEW YORK)

All the same responsibilities as the previous job, except with a focus on science and technology. Ideal candidates will own safety goggles and know the difference between lanthanides and actinides, because we certainly don't. But we want to!

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STAFF WRITERS (NEW YORK)

We're looking to add three new staff writers. Primary responsibilities will include writing 2-3 posts for publication on the site each day and assisting with custom content for our advertising partners. You'll also be pulled in on special projects. At least we think they're special. OK, we haven't come up with said special projects yet. But they're coming! You can help us think of them. Additionally, there are often cookies in our office, so if you could pitch in on eating those, that would be a huge help to everyone.

For this position, prior experience is not as crucial as strong writing skills and the ability to manage time and hit deadlines. We're less worried about experience and more about finding people with the right blend of work ethic and intellectual curiosity to dig up amazing stories.

Ideal candidates will have:- Energetic, positive written voice- Strong research and reporting skills- Ability to translate complicated concepts into accessible writing- Ability to conceive, pitch, and execute timely stories on tight deadlines- Ability to generate large volumes of story ideas- Ability to work and collaborate with a small team- Knowledge of social media platforms and analytics- Willingness to take ownership of projects- Experience with Drupal and Photoshop a plus, but not required

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STAFF RESEARCHER (REMOTE)

We're also looking for a library and database wizard to help research our stories. You'll be combing the Internet, sifting through old newspaper archives, opening actual books, whatever it takes to give our staff writers and freelance contributors the information they need to tell awesome stories. You'll need the ability to work quickly and shift gears - some days you'll be researching the War of 1812 before switching to Super Mario Bros. and then rolling back around to Mozart. (And if you can combine all three of those topics into a single concept, we really want to hear from you.)

Ideal candidates will have:- Research or library science background with at least one year experience- Strong mastery of digital archives- Ability to parse through large volumes of information to extract the important and interesting parts- Accuracy and attention to detail while working quickly- Comfort with doing in-person research in archives and libraries- Willingness to make a call or two to fill in gaps in a story- Strong time management skills

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Application Instructions: 

- Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@mentalfloss.com

- Put the name of the job you're applying for in the subject line

- Writer/Editor candidates should include links to three things you've written that you're proud of

- Editor candidates should also include three links to good stories you've edited

- Researcher candidates can just wow us in the resume/cover letter part of the application