WIRED Resilience Announces Resilience
Among a pandemic, climate change and advances in technology that continue to shape almost all lifestyles, the last year has been the ability to work in the US. At WIRED, we believe that some of the people best placed to cover this rapid evolution (from growing pains to genius pivots and all means) are people who know these industries from the inside out. That’s why we’re launching a new program called WIRED Resilience Residency. Focusing on resilience for professionals who have embraced these forces in their careers, non-journalists offer them a unique opportunity to denounce the powerful stories of their changing fields and start new conversations about the future.
For six months, starting in June, residents will be collaborating with the WIRED-award-winning editorial team on ambitious storytelling about their industries. An artist can teach actors how to invent theater, dance and live music. An urban organizer can explore how cities are changing as a result of the pandemic. These projects can take many forms, including written features, photo essays, data visualizations, podcasts, videos, social media experiments, and more. WIRED will publish the work of the residents on its channels throughout the program. In the process, residents will become familiar with WIRED’s report and editor standards, receive feedback on their work, and work with experienced members of our staff.
Our goal is for everyone (residents, WIRED staff, and our audience) to benefit from the exchange of experiences, perspectives, and experiences. To do this, we invite and encourage candidates from under-represented communities, as well as those from industries that do not appear regularly on our pages. WIRED is a publication about change, and we want our coverage to reflect the full diversity of transformations that are taking place across the country.
Last day send materials WIRED for Resilience is the PST of May 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Interested candidates must submit the following:
- A 500-word cover letter introducing yourself and expressing interest in WIRED and the residency program
- Curriculum vitae or CV
- Contact information for at least two professional references, including their name, affiliation, and email
- An 800-word project proposal that describes what you plan to cover your industry during your six-month stay at WIRED. The proposal doesn’t require you to present specific stories in detail, but it’s a good idea to know the topics you want to focus on in your area and how you would implement your storytelling. Some driving questions: How does technology or pandemics shape your industry, and how does that affect people? What changes you the most? Which change worries you the most? What stories or perspectives on these issues do you not see in the media right now, and how would you incorporate them into your work? How can WIRED ‘Do the resources support that?
Candidates have the opportunity to enter work samples, via links or PDFs, that show the skills or experiences associated with the proposal. This can include examples of published writing or research, creative work portfolios, service projects in your community, public speaking commitments, and more. These samples are not required in your submission materials, but to the extent that they help us assess your ability to complete the proposed project, they are recommended.