[Volunteer] Significance website (Royal Stats Soc), News Editors, ??0, clos? #scicomm jobs via @annalewcock

I’ve posted one previous role at the Royal Statistical Society, but that role has been advertised twice, a year apart – Coordinator for science training for journalists.

They’re looking for people who can blog about stats.


Significance website
News editor (volunteer)

Significance website – an exciting opportunity for Statisticians – Volunteer News Editors needed

Significance is now an official magazine of the American Statistical Association as well as of the Royal Statistical Society and our first joint issue was published in September 2010. Accompanying this collaboration an exciting new magazine website was launched on World Statistics Day (20.10.2010). The site features daily posts from a team of volunteer News Editors bringing forward new topics of the kind that might appear in Significance, and will inform statisticians and others of developments in a wide range of different specialist fields within statistics.

Subject areas covered include: education, environment, nature and climate change, health and medicine, bioinformatics and genomics, history of science and statistics, finance and the economy, food and drink, official statistics, science and technology, sports, and social sciences. If there are other areas in which you feel you would like to contribute, please let us know.

We are looking for volunteers to serve as News Editors to write and post these articles for the project. The roles would be ideal for, among others, postgraduate students or those beginning their post-academic careers. They offer the chance to network with others within and outside your own speciality; to gain experience in communicating statistics both to specialists and to a general audience; and to raise your own profile within the statistical community.

Why become a News Editor?
  • Engage readers with magazine articles
  • Demonstrate the relevance of statistics to everyday matters
  • Promote your own area of interest/speciality
  • Gain experience using blog technology
  • Include your profile on the site
  • Fit the work around your own schedule (after initial training, the role requires around 1 hour of work every two weeks).
  • What does being a News Editor entail?

As a News Editor you will be asked to post one brief article every two weeks. (You are welcome of course to post more.)

These could be:
  • News articles that look at topical news items and provide comment and analysis from a statistical perspective. Where appropriate News Editors may link these topical news items to related articles previously published in ASA and RSS journals and Significance.
  • Abstracts, re-written into ‘magazine’ style, from conferences you have attended or papers you have seen,
  • Outlines of research that you or colleagues may be involved in; or any topic that might appeal to readers of Significance,
  • Occasional longer articles, of the type that appear in Significance, may also be possible.
  • You will be one of a team of News Editors who together will provide a website that is updated and refreshed with new content daily. We also encourage you to comment on other items between your scheduled posts.

Please download the briefing document for further details about the posts, together with details on how to apply. (attached, Jo)    
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