Senior Animals Writer/Editor

Job Number: R10001282
Brand: National Geographic
Job Type: Editorial
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
Job Posting Date: March 24, 2018
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The National Geographic Channels form the television and production arm of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society. As a global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programming, the Channels include: National Geographic Channel (NGC), Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, the Channels also run the in-house television production unit, National Geographic Studios. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with entertaining, innovative programming from A-level talent around the world, and with profits that help support the society’s mission. Globally, NGC is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages, and Nat Geo WILD is available in 131 countries and 38 languages. National Geographic Partners is also a leader in social media, with a fan base of 250 million people across all of its social pages. NGC contributes over 55 million social media fans globally on Facebook alone.


The Senior Animals Writer/Editor reports and writes daily Animals stories, such as translating new scientific discoveries from a scientific journal, covering breaking news about a wildlife-related topic, and explaining a viral animal photo or video—all while aggressively searching for exclusive stories no one else has. This writer works fast and accurately, as well as possesses baseline knowledge about the fields of wildlife biology and conservation. This person must have experience working in digital media, understand the fast-changing trends in the industry and be highly motivated to use innovative, original journalism to grow our audience across various platforms. S/he is an energetic self-starter who takes initiative in finding story ideas and sees them through from start to finish, including producing the story in our CMS. The senior reporter also edits stories occasionally when needed, so must have some experience in editing deadline stories quickly and efficiently. This candidate is also a team player, eager to learn from and work with their digital journalism colleagues and other departments such as Photography, Video, and Audience Development. S/he values quality journalism and strives to write stories as unique and thorough as possible given tight deadlines. The candidate is well versed in social media platforms and is interested in and open to using new technologies to get their work out there. S/he is also fascinated by the natural world and the creatures in it.


  • Pitch, write and produce daily stories, photo galleries, video captions, blog posts, etc.—plus occasional enterprise—on animals, animal behavior, new animal science, viral videos and photos, etc., working closely with Audience Development, SEO, and Insights & Analytics teams to produce stories that connect with big audiences and deepen audience loyalty.
  • Work closely with National Geographic Magazine, Channel, Books and our archive to harvest their content for digital opportunities.
  • Collaborate with video, photo, graphics, Speed Desk, and other teams to tell visual stories.
  • Closely track performance of content to constantly refine sense of what’s working and what’s not and what we should be experimenting with, in everything from story selection to framing to presentation.
  • Zealously use social and broadcast media platforms.


  • Bachelors with a minimum of 5 years of experience of writing for a digital media outlet.
  • Strong writing, editing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to read and understand scientific journals.
  • Proficiency in social media.
  • Interest and experience in writing about animals.
  • Self-initiative in pitching stories and taking direction from all members of the team.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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