Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice.
The Staff Reporter/Photographer is a part-time, 24 hours per week, non-exempt position reporting to the Editor of Real Change, a progressive, community newspaper with a weekly circulation of 12,000-16,000. The Real Change newsroom is a community funded, independent media voice that educates and agitates around social issues, especially those related to race and class. This position helps to ensure continuous high-quality community journalism in the newspaper through article writing and photography.
Primary roles and responsibilities:
1. Reporting (40%)
- Work with the editor to identify stories and plan coverage
- Gather news using contacts, sources, personal interviews, wire services, news briefings and/or press releases
- Compile data and write stories and briefs
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with individuals, community organizations, publishers and other media
2. Writing (25%)
- Produce one news/feature article of at least 700 words and one brief (4-500 words) on a weekly basis. The editor will make exceptions to allow work on longer pieces or as needed
- Editing, copy editing, fact-checking and/or production duties, as needed
3. Photography (25%)
- Work with art director to identify which articles need images
- Take photos to supplement news stories and/or photograph other reporter’s stories as assigned by art director
- Assist art director in obtaining provided photographs through contacts, sources, personal interviews, wire services, news briefings and/or press releases
4. General Office Duties (10%)
- Archive all story research and articles
- Attend weekly editorial staff meetings and quarterly staff trainings
- Minimum of one year of experience as a working journalist and/or photojournalist
- Passionate commitment to social and economic justice and Real Change’s mission
- Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills
- Photography skills a must
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
- Strong inquisitive and critical thinking skills
- Solid knowledge of AP Style
- Ability to work productively in a dynamic environment
Compensation: Hourly Wage $15-17 DOE. Benefit package includes paid vacation and sick time, subsidized ORCA pass, and an annual professional development budget.
To apply: Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by August 14th, 2015. Please write “Reporter” in the subject line. People of color and those with direct experience with poverty and/or homelessness are encouraged to apply. NO PHONE CALLS.