Africa Editor

We’re a new international journalism newsroom, launching Q1 2020, that’s focused on exploring the impact of technology beyond the Western bubble. Our goal is to surface the often surprising and unintended effects of tech in places that get little attention from mainstream news outlets.

Through compelling storytelling and fresh, innovative design, our digital magazine will explore the spaces where tech, culture and human experience collide. We are a mission-driven nonprofit startup that aims to push forward how we understand technology’s role in rapidly changing cultures.

To build out our vision, we are seeking a curious and motivated Africa Editor

The ideal candidate will be someone who has significant experience reporting in Africa, ideally with some history reporting on technology and business in the region. We are looking for people who are deeply curious about the world, tenacious and thorough in their approach to uncovering a good story or telling detail, and someone who can manage a group of local contributors. This role will be the creative engine for determining how we cover Africa and will be tasked with a mix of editing, reporting and collaborating with our NYC office. We’re looking for a well-rounded utility player who combines rigorous reporting and editing skills with a passion for exploring cultures and change.

Location: Flexible within region, preferably a hub city like Nairobi or Lagos.

Responsibilities

  • Pitching, reporting and editing stories about global technology issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The particular mix of these tasks are dependent on the editor’s skill set and interests. 
  • Generating ideas for ambitious features and helping us pull them off, either as a writer or editor
  • Managing, recruiting and editing the work of contributors across Africa
  • Making regular contact with the tech community, entrepreneurs, activists, tech users and policymakers in the region

Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience in journalism or publishing
  • First- or second-language skills beyond English are a major plus
  • Willingness to travel within the continent 
  • Experience reporting on business or tech preferred
  • A serious desire to bring new information into the world and an obsession with telling great stories
  • Experience managing journalists is preferred
  • A strong work ethic, comfort with startup conditions, a motivated self-starter
  • Collaborative, enjoys working in teams with different disciplines and learning from others

To apply, please send a resume and a short cover letter to jobs@restofworld.org. In your cover letter, share three stories you’ve edited, describe your role in shaping them and tell us what you’d do differently this time. Please be specific. And share any language skills you have.