As many of our loyal tipsters know, the list of retractions and related stories that we can’t get to just keeps getting longer. And as we grow, we want to groom a stable of paid freelance — and perhaps one day full-time — Retraction Watch contributors.
So with that in mind — and knowing that it can be difficult for early-career journalists to gain experience in accountability journalism — we’ve decided the an internship is the first investment we’ll make with funds our generous supporters have sent us.
- Writing at least one post per day
- Helping with categorization and other back-end tasks
- A three-month commitment (may be extended)
- Availability at least three days per week
- Ability to think critically and skeptically about science and the scientific process
The more of these things you have, the more competitive a candidate you’ll be:
- Experience, including school, in science
- Experience in journalism including in school and at college news outlets
- Familiarity with how scientific publishing works
- Experience with WordPress
- A social media presence
What’s in it for you:
- Mentoring and training in accountability science journalism
- Lots of clips
- Exposure on a site cited frequently by major news organizations around the world
- $500/week (or $100/day for part-time)
We can’t yet offer an office, so our intern can be based anywhere. Proximity to New York, where we’re based, would be helpful, but not necessary.
Interested? Send a cover letter, resume, any clips, and what months you’re availabile to ivan-oransky [at] erols.com, with “RW internship” as a subject line. We’d love to have someone in place by the summer, so the sooner, the better.