Staff Writer, Motherboard

  • Vice
  • HQ, Brooklyn, NY
  • Nov 20, 2019

Job Description

Staff Writer, Motherboard

About VICE

An international media company that captures people at the heart of stories, and focuses on the ideas, issues, and context that other outlets miss. Launched in 1994, VICE operates in 35 cities across the globe, making 1500 pieces of content every day with a focus on five lines of business: VICE Digital, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICELAND, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency with 26 offices around the world.

VICE x Team

Motherboard is VICE’s science and technology site.  Launched by VICE in 2009, Motherboard reports on the companies and people who are working to build a better future—and those who are threatening it. Our team has the ability to find insightful, unique, or otherwise exclusive stories that are essential to our success. With an understanding of what makes a Motherboard story, we bring a fresh perspective to help in our mission of explaining the futures around us. The Staff Writer role is designed to help ensure Motherboard has a topic area covered in an authoritative fashion so that we stand out above the fray

Role x You

You are a motivated and talented reporter who is interested in covering a wide variety of topics we care about. You have an interest in how Silicon Valley is shaping our culture and politics and should be interested in how systemic inequality, algorithmic bias, and surveillance capitalism impact privacy, civil liberties, and opportunity. You are reporting on the culture of technical communities, including the open-source, programming, and cybersecurity communities. 

Staff Writers are expected to develop high-impact coverage across a beat or set of beat, and develop sourcing and readership in their beat with a calculated approach to format and reporting, with a mix of blogging, longer-lead reporting, and enterprise work.


You have these:

  • Staff writers must also be extremely sensitive to how well their stories are resonating within their beats, as well as ensuring that they are not ignoring key issues in their sphere of coverage. 
  • Generate scoops, break news, and comment on ongoing news events in their beat, with the goal of having these stories ladder up into longer investigative and narrative features.
  • Staff writers have a general knowledge of the wide range of topics Motherboard covers, but will also likely specialize in a few core beats under the guidance of Motherboard's editorial leaders. 
  • You are excited about telling stories in multimedia formats and should be able to report stories that could also work as podcasts or video documentaries. 
  • You should be willing to delve deep into the communities that Motherboard covers. 
  • Most importantly, we're looking for an energetic, hardworking journalist who is committed to doing the forward-thinking reporting Motherboard is known for.

We’d love if you also had these:

  • Alternatively, you can write about how capitalism is driving climate change and a strong grasp of the underlying scientific concepts. 
  • You feel comfortable talking to scientists and reading scientific papers. 
  • You an interest in reporting and publishing scoops and other exclusive coverage. They should also have strong writing and source management and protection skills. 
  • Basically, if you have expertise in a Motherboard coverage area, you should apply and make that expertise clear in your application. 

We want to find people who believe in our goals and feel inspired enough to grow while they’re here to fill the role, rather than someone who checks the boxes but isn’t invested. We encourage you to apply and show us what you’ve got. To learn more read the VICE Guide to VICE

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation.   The requirements and essential functions described above are not an exhaustive list and instead are meant to describe the general nature and level of work required of the job.  VICE reserves the right to modify the essential functions of this position where a legitimate business exists.

If you require reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please let us know.  We will work together to best meet your needs.

Working at VICE

VICE offers comprehensive benefits and compensation package that is commensurate with experience and abilities. VICE editorial staff is represented by the Writer’s Guild of America East, a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news.  

Additional VICE benefits include but are not limited to trans-inclusive benefits, fertility benefits, and tuition reimbursement. We also have dog-friendly days, bagel Fridays, and the occasional drag show in our conveniently located Williamsburg office. Day-to-day you can enjoy a rooftop garden full of edible produce (in the summer), beverages, healthy snacks and the opportunity to make the work of a lifetime if you’re into that sort of thing, which we hope you are.

VICE prioritizes the ideas and people that other media companies miss. We believe that innovation is a direct result of diverse, inclusive cultures so we don’t just “tolerate” differences, we celebrate it and see it as essential to our staff, culture, and business.

Equal Employment Opportunities: VICE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that strives to create and maintain a workplace that celebrates inclusion and diversity.  At VICE, we understand that inclusion and diversity are major benefits to our employees, our readers and viewers, and our company culture. We treat all applicants and employees fairly without regard to age, alienage or citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status and partnership status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion/creed, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, credit history, unemployment status, salary history, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, status as a veteran or active military service member, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

VICE requires that all employees have proper authorization to work in the U.S.  Should an applicant require employment sponsorship, VICE will determine, in its sole discretion, whether such sponsorship will be provided.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the New York City Fair Chance Act or other applicable laws.

VICE Media Group is not partnering with agencies nor accepts unsolicited resumes and will not responsible for any fees or expenses related to such unsolicited resumes and/or applicants.