Wired seeks a reporter to cover Big Tech

July 29, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The largest technology companies make world-shaping products and platforms. Wired seeks a writer to cover these companies, with a particular focus on Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

This role spans both the business/economic and social impacts of these companies’ power. You’ll cover their most consequential actions, get inside their internal deliberations, and report on the strategies they use to outmaneuver or quash competitors and influence regulators, politicians, and the public. You may also cover them through the stories of their smaller rivals, of companies that depend on their economic ecosystems—such as sellers on Amazon or app developers for Apple—or of regulators or activists who tussle with them. You may look at how they tackle issues like misinformation, how they use their platforms to try to promote positive change, and how their founders or top executives use their wealth philanthropically.  We’re less interested in earnings reports than real-world impacts. You’ll have lots of room to roam, and will work closely with editors to identify the sharpest angles on the most pressing stories in Silicon Valley and beyond.

You should have some experience of covering Big Tech, and ideally already be well-sourced in at least one of these companies. You should also be excited by the prospect of storytelling across a wide range of formats, from breaking news and sharp, timely analysis to deeply reported narrative features. (If you’ve never written one of those, don’t worry: WIRED has some of the finest longform editors in the business, and we love helping people who’ve got reporting chops and raw writing talent grow into gifted storytellers.) You may also have the opportunity to take part in our podcasts, video series, or live events.

You’ll be part of a growing and increasingly global newsroom of smart, kind, nerdy, and well-informed colleagues who are always brimming with ideas and eager to help each other out.

Pandemic permitting, you can work out of Wired’s offices in San Francisco, New York, or London, but if you live in the United States or UK outside those cities you can be based remotely. Preference will be given to candidates in the San Francisco area.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Pitch, report, and write stories on Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, balancing news and analysis of the most important stories with original investigative reporting, features, or essays
  • Collaborate with other members of the business and national affairs teams in shaping the WIRED coverage agenda for Big Tech-related issues
  • Collaborate with audio, video, events, and social media teams as needed to develop ways of telling stories on other platforms

Skills and qualifications:

  • Experience as a technology or business journalist with a track record of original reporting on Big Tech
  • A clear, engaging, jargon-free writing style

What happens next?

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply below, and we will review your application as soon as possible. You can update your resume or upload a cover letter at any time by accessing your candidate profile.

To apply, go here.

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