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EOS News Writing and Production Fellow




Title: Eos News Writing and Production Fellow
Position Type: Paid Full-time Fellowship (one-year assignment)
Location: Washington, DC

What is Eos?

Eos is the news publication of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists. The Eos website is intended for the worldwide Earth and space science community and the science-interested public. We publish articles daily about developments in science, policy, education, business, engineering, and other fields associated with study of the Earth, the solar system, and exoplanets. Selected articles from the website appear monthly in the print magazine.

What the Eos News Writing and Production Fellow does

The Eos News Writing and Production Fellow works with Eos’s publishing team to pursue our mission of seeking out and reporting on engaging and newsworthy Earth and space science. This work supports AGU’s overall mission of promoting discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.

The fellowship is designed to serve as a next step in the learning continuum for early-career science journalists. Eos will provide the fellow with an opportunity to learn about a digital news environment by working and collaborating with seasoned journalists, editors, and production professionals. The fellow gains newsroom experience in reporting and writing stories, finding photos or other graphics, meeting deadlines, being edited, optimizing articles for search-engine discovery, and using/tracking social media. The fellow also develops skills needed for production of online and print publications.

The Eos News Writing and Production Fellow researches and writes news stories on science and policy developments related to climate change, hazards and disasters, natural resources, and other geoscience and space science fields. The fellow gains experience with standard workflows and the digital tools that support them, and develops a comprehensive understanding of the entire publishing process, from pitch to publication, and of how publishing contributes to an organization’s mission. Finally, the fellow comes away from the Eos experience with a portfolio of published articles, which they can use to pursue a career in journalism, media relations, online/print magazine production, or related fields.

The Eos News Writing and Production Fellow has opportunities to:

* Monitor scientific and science policy developments in the Earth and space sciences by scanning journal papers and press releases from scientific organizations, cultivating sources, attending briefings, and skimming other media coverage, and to use that awareness to develop story ideas and pitch them regularly to Eos editors.
* Regularly report and write, on deadline, engaging and accurate science news stories (usually 500-800 words); submit them for editing with suitable, high-quality, high-resolution photos or illustrations and with other journalistic and formatting components (such as compelling teasers, subheads, and captions), and respond quickly and comprehensively to edits of all stories until published.
* Learn how to work with an editorial team by pitching and developing story ideas and collaborating on editorial strategy.
* Report and write at least 2 feature stories (up to 2,500 words). This includes working with an editor to hone a story assignment that fits into the long-term editorial strategy for Eos; in-depth reporting (research, multiple interviews); possible revision or story adjustment in response to reporting; and responding to the editor’s guidance.
* Create and lay out posts for the Eos website as assigned. Ensure quality of content, images and multimedia, hyperlinks, and metadata for these posts.
* Prepare copy from the website for print production.
* Assist in preparing Eos print magazine galleys and making corrections to magazine files; review proofs and participate in various production and art selection meetings.

What the Eos News Writing and Production Fellow brings to the team

* Ability to understand scientific concepts and explain them to a general audience.
* Experience writing stories about scientific research that were published in news media outlets and/or science press releases issued by a press office or public information office.
* Excellent attention to detail, organization, and ability to thrive in a deadline-driven, team environment.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; previous experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Wordpress is a plus but not a requirement.
* Experience/training in social media, video, or other multimedia is a plus.
* Bachelor’s degree in science or science journalism/communication. Graduate degree is a plus but not a requirement.

Who the Eos News Writing and Production Fellow works with
* Must be able to work collaboratively with a publishing team to achieve shared goals and outcomes that contribute to the mission, vision, and strategic plan of AGU.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and up to 3 published clips of your news writing to

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

About AGU:
AGU is a dynamic association of Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers scientists exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge. AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, work-life balance, and an outstanding benefits package.

Here are some of the values that guide AGU staff (see more at

We believe in accountability and ownership of work, taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.

We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.

Our teams believe that with teamwork, together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.

AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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