Job Description

Posted 21 days ago

Common Sense ( ) is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and independent ratings. We offer the largest library of age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Comcast, DirecTV,, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

The TV reviewer will use their subject-matter expertise to watch, evaluate, and write about TV/streaming content for parents through a child-development and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. With excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, this contractor will produce anywhere from 4 to 10 new reviews per month. Work may also include updates to older reviews. We are committed to hiring reviewers from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences.

REPORT TO: Polly Conway, Senior TV Editor


DURATION: Six-month contract, with the potential to extend


  • Evaluate TV and streaming shows according to our proprietary rubric, detailed guidelines, and best practices, and write original reviews of media titles in a consumer-/parent-friendly tone.
  • Accurately source details about TV shows and locate and process materials like press contacts, image files, etc.
  • Upload text, images, and other data into our proprietary content management system.
  • Apply Common Sense style guide to all reviews.
  • Evaluate existing reviews through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to identify and correct problematic language. 
  • Occasionally communicate with publicists.

    • Demonstrated expertise in and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in media criticism and writing.
    • Background in journalism, child development, media criticism, or a related field.
    • Experience as a conversational writer, ideally for a parent audience (with clips to show for it). Your cover letter should reflect your writing style. 
    • Expertise in TV/streaming content. Within your cover letter, list three shows from the past year that you loved and – in a sentence – why.
    • Technical know-how, with experience using online content management systems and cloud-based software.
    • Demonstrated ability to execute projects working in a self-directed way with priorities/deadlines that may shift quickly.
    • THE "X" FACTOR:

      • You enjoy critically thinking about media from a variety of vantage points.
      • Spanish-language proficiency is a plus.
      • You're inspired by Common Sense's mission! 
      • Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion .

        Common Sense will consider employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.

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