Are you a good listener who discovers knowledge in unexpected places? Are you a media junkie with a discerning eye? Are you driven to create media and skilled at navigating a variety of platforms? If you’ve answered yes to these questions and are looking for your next opportunity, TED and TEDx are identifying candidates for an editorial fellowship for emerging professionals. This is a six month training program for early career professionals interested in jumpstarting a career in digital media.
Over the last 8 years, the TEDx program has grown rapidly, enabling more than 13,000 independently organized events in more than 170 countries. These events range from highly produced gatherings in world capitals to small events in rural communities. Talks at these events are filmed and posted online. As a result, there are now more than 130,000 TEDx talks on YouTube, and they were viewed over a billion times last year; less than half of these were delivered in English. At this stage, we are solidifying a highly organized, globally minded curation team to keep up with the growth and to maximize the impact of these ideas from around the world.
We’re looking for early career writers, journalists, curators and media makers who are voracious video viewers and expert navigators of news feeds. You should be interested in what the general public is talking about and understand how global conversations online evolve. A successful candidate must understand TEDx and TED’s position in the market of ideas so that you can consistently identify and pitch the ones that are relevant to the day. Moreover, you have a finger on the pulse, forecasting what trends are around the corner and able to identify potentially viral content in our catalogue.
The program is structured in two distinct parts:
Content Evaluation & Programming
The core of TED’s mission is to spread ideas, primarily through video. Every day you’ll be responsible for reviewing 15-25 TEDx talks staged at TEDx events around the world and determining if, when and how this idea should be shared on TED’s primary distribution platforms, eg. TED.com. You’ll work closely with key members of the licensing, media, content and editorial teams.
During this six month term, you will be expected to pitch and contribute posts to TED’s Ideas blog (ideas.ted.com). You will also work on an additional project that will contribute to TEDx’s mission. This may include market analysis, translations, or distribution insights. The scope of this project will be determined in the initial weeks of the fellow’s term to be completed by the defined end date.
Good to have:
To Apply: Please submit a resume and a cover letter that (a) explains why this program is a good fit for you, (b) includes links to samples of your previous work, eg. an article you wrote or a vlog you contribute to, and (c) a topic area you think is under explored by TED and TEDx. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
Start Date: August 2019
End Date: February 2020
Hours per week: 40