About New_ Public
We bring designers, technologists, futurists, and community-builders together to imagine a future of digital public life that serves democracy.
Our work started when co-founders Eli Pariser and Talia Stroud asked what healthy societies need from digital spaces — not just in terms of harms, but in terms of the public goods they provide. With the Signals, we’ve developed a framework to inform the design of existing digital platforms, but more importantly, inspire and shape the new platforms that will rise up in the years to come. We’ve kicked off this multidisciplinary conversation with a global community through our inaugural festival and are now bringing these ideas to life.
Now we’re building on that foundation by deepening and expanding our learning community, starting to explore designs and prototypes for better digital public spaces, and helping to answer the key questions that we need to address for a better Internet.
Who You’ll Work With
Right now, we are three full-time staff working with supportive collaborators and researchers from the Center of Media Engagement at University of Texas, Austin. Our stellar advisors bring much needed perspective and expertise to our work.
With aspirations to grow and a lofty mission ahead, we’d describe our work as “ building the plane while flying it,” but above else, we're optimists holding firm in the belief that “The Internet Doesn’t Have to be Awful”. Our efforts are philanthropically funded by our partners at the Omidyar Network, Ford Foundation and the Siegel Family Foundation. We’re fiscally sponsored by the National Conference on Citizenship and also have access to a network of colleagues working on civic-minded programs.
Curate relevant ideas, voices, and content: With the guidance of our Editor in Chief, you surface and curate content for our weekly newsletter.
Write in a clear, enjoyable way about digital public space-related topics -- including the challenges we meet in making them.
Explores timely topics in tech with nuance, without writing in a biased black and white manner.
Maintain a thoughtful sensibility and dedication to building equitable narratives and internal organizational structures.
Develop and prototype new features and formats. across medium and platform.
Drive engagement and growth of our digital community
We do not expect you to meet all of these qualifications so if you see yourself reflected in three or more of these areas, we’d love to hear from you.
Journalist, writer or researcher: You have at least three years of journalism experience as a writer and reporter, or have worked for a non-profit media organization, or have substantial experience synthesizing academic research into blog type content, or have worked as a copywriter in marketing.
Subject matter depth and passion: Someone who is passionate about public-spirited tech futures with a desire to explore design, policy, and ethics and filter them through a lens of cultural writing.
Accessible, charismatic writer: Someone who can bridge the gap between technical and academic jargon and make it accessible, enjoyable, informational, and in line with New_ Public values.
Eye for actionable insights: Excited to build out an emergent niche of tech writing that incorporates big ideas and anchors them into feasible “bite sized” takeaways to influence a new field.
Innovative with form: Creative thinker about all of the ways stories can be delivered across platforms from newsletter, social, and new apps. Are you a digital storyteller who sees strength in building layered narratives?
Dedicated to equity and pluralism: Dedicated to upholding equitable storytelling and values a multitude of voices, experiences, and expertise.
Team building and self-motivation: Maintains flexibility in working remotely and independently with a small remote team by meeting deadlines and honoring team meetings, This person is also detail oriented and receives and implements feedback and coaching.
Note on compensation and availability
As a part time role, this role will be compensated on an hourly basis. We are anticipating work between 15-20 hours per week (roughly 2-3 days/week) with the possibility of additional hours. We are a remote and distributed team and can accommodate flexible working hours, but would prefer some scheduled alignment with our team.
How to Apply
Please submit your interest using this Google form (https://forms.gle/micsB9LPKJxMtxCk9). You’ll be asked to submit:
three writing samples (links or PDF)
three references (we’ll let you know before we contact them)
a short cover letter asking you to briefly introduce yourself and tell us about your favorite digital space, and why you love it?