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 jobs@realchangenews.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.

 

 

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