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Company: YES! Magazine
Position:
Local Economies Reporting Fellowship
Location:
All Locations
Job Status:  Part-time
Ad Expires: 
May 29, 2013
Job ID: 1488996

Description:

YES! Magazine is seeking candidates for a paid, 10-month investigative reporting fellowship.

YES! Magazine is seeking a Local Economies Reporting Fellow to help expand our solutions-based coverage of successful grassroots approaches to building strong, inclusive local economies. This paid, ten-month fellowship begins in June 2013 and requires 20 hours of work per week. Candidates are free to work from a remote location. Some travel to our office near Seattle and to cover stories in various parts of the United States will be required.

The fellow will spotlight efforts around the United States to build local economies characterized by fairness, inclusion, and sustainability. Coverage will focus primarily on communities marginalized from economic growth during the last few decades.  Stories that investigate an intersection between access to jobs and topics such as ecological sustainability and social equality are especially relevant. Examples of appropriate topics include community benefit agreements, government subsidies, worker-owned cooperatives that pay living wages, and jobs programs based on environmental restoration.

The fellow will regularly contribute stories to both the print issue of YES! Magazine and yesmagazine.org. You will work in close collaboration with print and online editors, both pitching them stories and accepting assignments from them.

The fellow must make a ten-month commitment. After that, YES! and the fellow will evaluate and determine whether to extend the fellowship. Depending on the candidate's level of experience, a trial period may be agreed upon between the fellow and YES!

The fellowship pays $17,000 over the duration of the ten months.

YES! Magazine is an award-winning, ad-free, nonprofit publication that supports people’s active engagement in solving today’s social, political, and environmental challenges. Online and in print, we offer in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

Proposals are due May 20. The fellowship will run from early June 2013 through March 2014.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a solutions-oriented beat covering strong, inclusive local economies.
  • Cultivate a wide network of sources, including business leaders, academics, activists, foundation program officers, city planners, and others involved in creating, observing, and analyzing this part of the economy.
  • Investigate and report on the effectiveness of various campaigns and innovations by drawing on existing research and doing your own reporting. Some analysis of what innovations and policies are working—or not working—to build fair local economies is required.
  • Write 2 to 4 stories per month to be published online, and 2 to 4 stories to be published in print during the fellowship period.  Over the course of the year, 2 to 4 of these stories will involve long-term, investigative research (more precise editorial planning will be undertaken in cooperation with  YES! editors once the fellowship has begun). Storytelling styles can be a mix of on-the-ground investigative reportage, character-based narrative, and shorter blog posts offering analysis.
  • Participate in social media outreach strategies to promote coverage.
  • Work in close collaboration with YES! print and web editors.
  • Travel in the U.S. as needed for reporting, meetings, and conferences.
  • Represent YES! through occasional interviews and media appearances as required.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of professional journalism experience. Demonstrated experience following an in-depth, targeted beat.
  • Strong reporting, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, pitch, and execute compelling stories, report factually, offer analysis, and synthesize relevant issues (e.g., economic growth and environmental sustainability).
  • Ability to develop stories independently as well as accept assignments.
  • Commitment to covering stories focused on solutions and congruent with YES!’s mission (click here for more).

Preferred

  • Investigative reporting experience.
  • Demonstrated background in blogging and social media.
  • Experience reporting on race, class, economics, and social justice movements.
  • Experience with data analysis, statistics, and computer-assisted reporting.
  • Cross-cultural reporting experience. Spanish language a plus.
  • Home base within or in close proximity to a major urban center with a number of community economic development projects underway.
  • Skills in photography, video, or graphics.

To Apply

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this fellowship and the mission of YES!, and explicitly highlighting why your reporting experience makes you a strong candidate.
  • A proposal of no more than 500 words outlining how you plan to build this beat. The proposal should include a plan for how you would develop a network of sources and begin your reporting. You are free to use specific examples.
  • Three story pitches of no more than 200 words each on the topic of building strong, local economies, that include: 1) an investigative feature that explores how well an initiative to build a local economy is working. Strong pitches will include perspectives on how economic issues are related to social justice, sustainability, and other issues; 2) a blog post analyzing a timely, relevant issue, problem, or debate; 3) a multimedia story.
  • Two written recommendations.
  • Two writing samples. These can include newspaper and magazine clips, academic papers, blog posts, and unpublished pieces—anything that demonstrates your writing style and reporting skills.
  • Your résumé.

 

Please send all materials electronically to: fellowship@yesmagazine.org with "Local Economies Reporting Fellow" in the subject line. No applications will be accepted after 5:00 pm on May 20, 2013.

No calls, please.

The Positive Futures Network, publisher of YES! Magazine, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We welcome qualified applicants of any race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

 

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