Digital Storyteller/Editor

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

About WRI

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues.

In January 2016, WRI was again named the #1 environmental think tank in the world in a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s ‘2015 Global Go To Think Tanks index’.


We need a dynamic, creative digital storyteller to manage the main editorial channel of WRI’s Resource Watch, an online platform to be launched this year. Resource Watch will monitor and present data on Earth’s resources in a compelling way to foster sustainable decision-making. The successful candidate will work with researchers and designers to conceptualize, assign, write and edit data-driven stories. A key part of the job is oversight of Resource Watch Insights, an interactive, data-driven blog which will feature graphical, short- and long-form pieces based on findings from WRI researchers, academic and technology partners, and original research conducted by the Resource Watch team. The Digital Storyteller will help expand and shape the editorial voice and overall design of Resource Watch before its public launch. The Digital Storyteller will report to WRI’s Manager for Digital Impact, along with WRI’s Online Editor and Content Strategist.

Resource Watch, an online, open, collaborative platform of actionable data, builds on WRI’s leadership in resource monitoring through initiatives such as our Aqueduct water risk mapping platform and Global Forest Watch forest monitoring platform. Accurate information is essential to keeping businesses efficient in the face of climate change, monitoring progress on Sustainable Development Goals and feeding a growing population. But while the number of information sources grows daily, few are curated to meet users’ needs. Governments, businesses and researchers must wade through volumes of data of little practical use. Leaders are left to act without relevant information, and citizens struggle to influence decisions that may degrade their communities. Resource Watch offers a better way. Bringing together satellite data, artificial intelligence, mobile technology and an empowered global populace, this new open platform allows real-time monitoring of Earth, generating actionable information for leaders and those who influence them. Resource Watch Insights will tell actionable, data-driven stories that allow readers to make sense of the vast amount of data contained in the platform.


The Digital Storyteller’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:


  • Oversee the production of Resource Watch Insights, an immersive data-driven blog by conceptualizing, assigning and editing data-driven stories and multimedia content.
  • Solicit research findings and new analysis from WRI programmatic staff and Resource Watch partners. Work with staff and partners to turn complex research findings into clever, compelling prose.
  • Identify and lead the production of original features.
  • Liaise with graphic designers and data visualization specialists to develop key visual content, both static and interactive.
  • Innovate and experiment with new ways of telling data-driven stories.


  • Assess, understand, and communicate Resource Watch’s niche in providing information to the public.
  • Manage an editorial calendar and develop mix of editorial content for Resource Watch Insights.
  • Guide the tone and voice of Resource Watch editorial, web, and social media content.
  • Identify and nurture media partnerships.
  • Work with partners and related platforms to inspire and develop story ideas and cross-promote content


  • Assist with the creation of related web content, outreach materials, newsletters, and fundraising materials, as needed.
  • Collaborate closely with WRI’s Core Communications team and communication staff across the Institute, especially the organization’s Editorial Manager and Editor/Content Specialist.

Additionally, in keeping with WRI’s commitment to gender equity across our programs, the Associate will also be required to identify relevant gender issues, as determined through a gender analysis, and ensure adequate and effective attention to these issues in project and partner development, budgeting and management.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in scientific communications or journalism
  • Prior experience managing a blog or web channel
  • Demonstrated experience or expertise in writing on science, environment, or international development issues
  • High degree of comfort exploring and working with data though visual analysis or other means
  • Understanding of the media landscape and storytelling trends
  • Experience writing/producing graphical and interactive features
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with data journalism, online content development or similar experience strongly desired
  • Experience working for a journalistic publication or newsroom
  • Proficiency with GIS or statistical package (e.g., R)
  • Strong social media skills

Final candidates will be required to take a writing test.

Candidates should provide a links to writing samples (3-5 clips) or their portfolio with their application.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to be considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

About WRI

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and corporate leaders.

WRI’s reputation is grounded in its excellent analysis, non-partisan approach, and high-impact results. We measure our success based on how our work helps to create real-world change on the ground—an approach we call “Managing for Results.”

WRI’s work is united by and driven by our values: Innovation, Integrity, Urgency, Independence, and Respect.

WRI fosters a culture of innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees are driven by the organization’s mission and have the satisfaction of helping to create a more prosperous and healthy planet.

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