View Our Website View All Jobs

Staff Writer, Futurism

About Singularity University
 

Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation based in Silicon Valley. We are a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Our learning and innovation platform empowers individuals and organizations with the mindset, skillset, and network to build breakthrough solutions that leverage emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. With our community of entrepreneurs, corporations, development organizations, governments, investors, and academic institutions, we have the necessary ingredients to create a more abundant future for all.

Acquired by SU in early 2019, Futurism is a digital media publication that covers the breakthrough technologies and scientific discoveries that will shape humanity’s future. Our mission is to empower our readers and drive the development of these transformative technologies towards maximizing human potential. Futurism reaches over ten million unique readers and garners over 50MM views on Facebook per month, making it one of the largest future-focused global digital science and technology publishers, full stop.

Position Overview:

The Staff Writer will support the News Editor in the daily run-of-show for Futurism’s newswriting and reporting operation, filing news digests contextualizing the latest in emerging technology and science, in addition to reporting original stories. 

 

Key Responsibilities: 

Contribute to the daily newswriting operation: 

  • Staff Writers are charged with helping keep current our flash-news vertical, The Byte — a quick-fire contextualization of the who, what, where, why, and upshot of the day’s most pivotal futuristic stories. 
  • Staff Writers also fill in/help act as editors on a by-need basis.

Contribute reporting to the weekly publication news cycle:

  • Staff Writers produce reported filings and features on a regular cadence, pitching and reporting stories as they get assigned via the news editor and content director.  
  • Staff Writers closely follow multiple areas of coverage as they develop their research and expertise into beats with cultivated sources, drawing up story ideas, that result in the filing of vivid and accurate stories.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience contributing (full-time or freelance) for a print or digital publication.
  • Demonstrated experience working on tight deadlines with creative views on topical news stories.
  • Proficiency in WordPress and/or other publishing platforms/CMS.

Candidate Profile:

Staff Writers need research skills, a confident writing voice, perspective, sensibility, and a passion for the technology and science narratives of tomorrow that are changing the world today. 

  • The right candidate has a familiarity with and passion for the latest developments in emerging technology and science news — they’re less interested in writing about the latest smartphone or gadget drop than they are recent breakthroughs in quantum computing, renewable energy, off-world transportation, genetics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Their imagination for the possibilities of the future is endless, but they’re also interested in its ragged edges — they’re neither cynical luddites nor breathless boosters. They're curious about our future and eager to explain how we’re already seeing it in the present.
  • Demonstrable success working as a member of a creative editorial operation, receiving edits, and communicating feedback.

Expertise:

  • Exceptional attention to detail: We want reporters who can break down complex stories into individual verifiable facts, and structure them into accurate, clear, error-free copy.
  • Candidates for this position can put ideas to paper quickly, succinctly, and with captivating panache. 
  • The ideal Staff Writer will have demonstrated an understanding of the emergent science and technology beat, as well as the ability to build and maintain a contact list of expert sources.
  • Familiarity with data science tools such as scripting, scraping, processing, visualization a plus.

 

Impact & Influence:

This is a full-time, exempt position.

The position reports to the News Editor.

This is an individual contributor position with no supervisory responsibilities. 

The position primary work location will be Singularity University/Futurism Media’s offices in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Singularity University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. SU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/provincial, local law.

 

 

 

Read More

Apply for this position

Required*
Apply with Indeed
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.
Gender
Race/Ethnicity

Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
  • A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Veteran status
I IDENTIFY AS ONE OR MORE OF THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF PROTECTED VETERAN LISTED ABOVE
I AM NOT A PROTECTED VETERAN
I DON’T WISH TO ANSWER

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 1/31/2020
Why are you being asked to complete this form?

Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities.i To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.

If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.

How do I know if I have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Schizophrenia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair
  • Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation)
Please check one of the boxes below:

You must enter your name and date
Your Name Today's Date
Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.


iSection 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.


PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

Human Check*