EarthSky seeking science bloggers

EarthSky is accepting applications for science and natural event bloggers for late summer and fall 2011.

Can you write about science with style and authority, but clearly and understandably? Are you a science news reader who loves to share? Can you explain the science behind some natural disasters? Do you love science and want to help illuminate others? EarthSky is accepting applications for science and natural event bloggers for late summer and fall 2011.

We are particularly seeking bloggers who can authoritatively present the science surrounding natural events, such as ongoing floods, drought and heat waves – storms – and earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. We need bloggers for our categories of Water, Energy, Health and Food. We’ll also consider other sorts of blogs. Tell us your ideas.

To apply, email a cover letter, your resume and online clips to deborahbyrd@earthsky.org. We will have chosen new bloggers by August 1, 2011. Sorry, but due to the volume of mail expected, EarthSky cannot guarantee individual responses to all applications.

Responsibilities

EarthSky bloggers will:

— Keep an eye on news in the world and in the science journals and suggest stories to EarthSky editors as they occur

— Write 1-3 blog posts per week in short blog form (approximately 500 words each).

— Write with style, verve and personality – accurately and understandably – for a public audience.

— Acquire big, beautiful legal images and crop them for your posts (EarthSky will provide guidelines for finding legal images)

— Post to EarthSky.org

Qualifications

— Proven non-fiction (journalistic style) writing with voice and flair

— Big passion to explain events in the world, through the lens of science, to the public

Required Skills

— Strong writing and reporting skills

— Ability to produce accurate content while meeting deadlines

— Familiarity with WordPress blogging platform a plus

— Works well in a collaborative environment

Compensation

— $25/short blog post. $40/short interview with scientist. (approximately 500 words each).

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