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Anxiety-as-a-Service? Amazon's Ring seeks editor for breaking crime news

Amazon is seeking a Managing Editor for its smart doorbell unit, Ring, to deliver breaking crime news.

 

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Amazon is seeking a Managing Editor for its Ring smart doorbell unit – to deliver breaking crime news.

 

The job ad says: “The Managing Editor, News will work on an exciting new opportunity within Ring to manage a team of news editors who deliver breaking crime news alerts to our neighbours.”

 

The editor will need at least five years’ experience “in breaking news, crime reporting and/or editorial operations” as well as “deep and nuanced knowledge of American crime trends” and strong news judgement, Amazon says.

 

The ad goes on: "This position is best suited for a candidate with experience and passion for journalism, crime reporting and people management. Having a knack for engaging storytelling that packs a punch and a strong nose for useful content are core skills that are essential to the success of this role.

 

"The candidate should be eager to join a dynamic, new media news team that is rapidly evolving and growing week by week.”

 

 

Neighbourhood watch for the digital age

 

Amazon told Gizmodo that the role is “a backfill position for a team and an initiative that’s been live for a long time.” They said it was not a “not a crime news team” but a team which creates “crime and safety” alerts for users of Ring’s Neighbors app.

 

The Neighbors App allows users, police and Ring to post real-time crime and safety alerts. Residents can send shots from Ring video doorbell and security cameras, for example.

 

Amazon says Ring has created “neighbourhood watch for the digital age”.

 

Amazon bought start-up Ring last year for over $1 billion. Amazon says Ring has created “neighbourhood watch for the digital age” and that its mission is to reduce crime in neighbourhoods and “empower consumers”.

 

 

Perceptions of crime

 

In 2016, analysis from the Pew Research Center concluded that “voters’ perceptions of crime continue to conflict with reality.”

 

The survey, which was conducted in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, found that: “Despite double-digit percentage decreases in US violent and property crime rates since 2008, most voters say crime has gotten worse during that span."

 

The researchers added: “The disconnect is nothing new, though: Americans’ perceptions of crime are often at odds with the data.”

 

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