Join one of DCInno’s “Startups to Watch” and help us build a life storytelling platform to improve person-centered care for vulnerable older adults.
MemoryWell is seeking an editorial intern to interview seniors and write short stories about their lives. These stories are in turn shared with care providers to tailor person-centered care. We are also looking for someone who can contribute to social media, newsletters, and a news platform about aging, longevity, and the practical needs and interests of 43 million family caregivers who care for an elderly or disabled loved one at home.
We offer opportunities to work in a fast-moving start up environment and to produce meaningful stories for families and people in care. We can provide mentoring from the professional journalists on our staff, including a 13-year veteran of the Washington Post and the former Washington bureau chief of Bloomberg News. Jay Newton-Small, MemoryWell’s founder, is a former national correspondent for TIME Magazine and author of the best-selling Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works.
As an editorial intern you will:
· Interview and write life stories for families.
· Work cooperatively with our editorial team.
· Previous journalism experience and or coursework.
· Interest in aging and caregiving issues.
· Orientation to detail and commitment to follow through.
· Ability to build and maintain positive relationships both internal and external to MemoryWell.
Interest and/or experience in video or audio editing is also a plus.
Location: Remote work
Please send resume and clips and a statement of interest to managing editor Michael Alison Chandler at email@example.com.
MemoryWell is a digital platform for elder storytelling. Our network of more than 700 professional writers works with families, senior living communities and home care providers to replace burdensome intake questionnaires with brief, intimate stories. MemoryWell’s portraits build empathy and are poignant keepsakes for families.
MemoryWell grew out of our founder Jay Newton-Small’s experience with her father, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease. When Jay moved him into a senior living community, she was asked to fill out a long, generic questionnaire about his life. This made no sense to her: who would remember pages of hand-written data points for 150+ residents? Instead, as a longtime journalist she wrote his story for his caregivers and it transformed his life. The stories we create are available on our digital platform for families to share and add to, and they can also be printed out to make for easy offline use.
Our story has been featured in the Washington Post, CBS Evening News and on NPR, and we are telling new stories every single day. We put the person in person-centered care.