Editor, Health Desk (Part-time)
  • Location: Remote; candidate must keep working hours within 3 hours of Eastern Time
  • Job type: Part-time
  • Reports to: Program Manager, Digital Health Lab
  • Availability: Immediate
  • Pay: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Health Desk is an emerging news product that sends health content and context to a growing list of 25 newsrooms and fact-checking organizations around the world. We regularly give content to Reuters Fact Check and other IFCN-certified groups, and have also produced content for big newsrooms like the New York Times.

We seek a detail-oriented innovative thinker to take on a deputy editor position within our team. The Deputy Editor will work closely with the News Lead as well as our team of scientists and public health experts, who produce the content and context on-demand for our partner newsrooms. The Deputy Editor will help develop and enforce editorial standards, help drive editorial strategy and work with editors, writers and product managers to deliver and integrate editorial content through RSS feeds, closed messaging networks and other means of content distribution. 

We require someone with: 

  • Journalism degree or equivalent work experience
  • Proven track record of editing complex health content
  • Copy-editing experience
  • Experience responding to breaking news
  • Fact-checking and verification skills
  • AP Style
  • Experience working on a small but dynamic team

This is a part-time, six month contract position. Health Desk is a project by Meedan’s Digital Health Lab. 

About Meedan

Meedan is a global technology not-for-profit that builds software and programmatic initiatives to strengthen journalism, digital literacy, and accessibility of information online and off. We develop open-source tools for creating and sharing context on digital media through annotation, verification, archival, and translation.

About the Digital Health Lab at Meedan

With generous support from the Google News Initiative, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Omidyar Network, Meedan built the Digital Health Lab, an applied research unit to tackle challenges including access to quality health information, developing evidence-based responses to health misinformation, and supporting communicators in their efforts to disseminate quality, relevant and localized health information to their audiences. The Lab has worked with public health communications leaders including Nigeria Health Watch, Stay Safe Africa, SUNO India, and the World Health Organization, and runs, which is a multi-language public health rapid response resource to questions shared with us by journalists and fact-checkers from around the world.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

We are headquartered in San Francisco’s SOMA district with team members distributed through multiple cities and time zones. Our team members are able to work flexibly and respond to challenges across a range of project areas. This includes the following:

  • Flexible work from home
  • Flexible schedule
  • Support for home office
  • Health benefits for U.S. employees and health care stipends for non-US staff
  • Internal EDI training and affinity groups
  • Paid parental, sick and bereavement leave
  • Code of Conduct

We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented communities in technology and journalism to apply, including women, people of color, veterans, people with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQ.

Please send CV, portfolio (or a website equivalent) and statement of interest to by September 22, 2021.

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