Staff Reporter/Photographer

Staff Reporter/Photographer

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
  • Qualifications:
  • 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 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.




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