Staff writers in Media Relations and News report, write and edit articles that highlight Cornell University's missions of teaching, research and public engagement for internal and external audiences. In addition, writers should have skills in new media, including video production and photojournalism.
Using news judgment, writers evaluate story ideas, write and edit news articles, features, profiles and other types of content in AP style for the Cornell Chronicle, the university's newspaper of record; the semiannual Ezra magazine and monthly Ezra Update, produced in concert with Alumni Affairs and Development; Pawprint, a staff-focused biweekly publication; and the Essentials blog.
This position's beat covers computer science and information science research, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, computational sustainability and statistical science; however, writers frequently are assigned administrative or other stories that are beyond the beat. Types of stories include published and ongoing research; outreach and engagement programs; student experience; and faculty honors. The beat includes coverage of centers and institutes associated with computer science. Writer also serves as point of contact for reporting and editing stories about Cornell Tech, Cornell's graduate applied sciences school in New York City.
Writer must have excellent interviewing skills, be able to translate research for the lay audience, and juggle multiple priorities while under tight deadlines. The writer works closely with media relations and college communicators to deliver cohesive messaging to external and internal audiences, and regularly provides first editing, senior editing and copy editing of stories, particularly science stories, generated by college and freelance writers and student interns.
Bachelor's degree with at least five years experience in journalism/communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Demonstrated excellence in writing. Excellent written and verbal skills, ability to work with a diverse population, and ability to meet deadlines required.
Must be able to handle multiple tasks and priorities.
Demonstrated interest in current work in the relevant beat areas.
Excellent editing skills. Proficiency in digital communications. Excellent interpersonal skills. Initiative to develop effective contacts within assigned areas. Experience with AP Style.
Experience with science writing. Experience producing and editing news videos.
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