News researcher: New England

New England, United States

Date Posted July 23, 2019
Industry Other, Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status
Salary Negotiable


The Solutions Journalism Network is seeking a creative journalist or researcher to lead a community news-needs analysis in the New England states.

This person will help build a news analysis that will inform SJN’s future work in the region. You will work with SJN to identify a range of New England communities -- from coastal regions to inland hamlets to major metros -- to host focus groups with news consumers. You’ll find representative community members to participate in those discussions, build surveys, analyze the results and tell a series of stories about what you discover in a public report. 

Your efforts will answer a few important questions: What issues do New Englanders care most about today? How well do audiences think their local news outlets give them information they need on those issues? What topics are ripe for deeper dive through a solutions journalism lens -- that is, rigorous reporting on the responses to social problems, in addition to reporting on the problems themselves? 

The ideal candidate will be well aware of the realities U.S. newsrooms face today, especially in rural places. You should possess:

a) an entrepreneurial, “can-do” attitude;
b) strong interviewing and facilitation skills, including across politically and ethnically diverse groups;
c) passionate attention to detail, and;
d) the ability to crunch numbers. 

You’re super organized and able to work alone, but can collaborate when needed. You are committed to journalistic excellence and the role of journalism in society. Journalism experience is preferred, but not required. Above all, you are curious.

Someone currently living in a New England state (VT, NH, ME, MA, RI or CT) is strongly preferred. This is a temporary part-time position as an independent contractor of SJN, and is not eligible for benefits. We anticipate this work beginning in late August 2019 and lasting approximately five months.

The Solutions Journalism Network is an independent not-for-profit organization. We exist to spread the practice of solutions journalism -- rigorous, evidence-based reporting on the responses to social problems. (More here:

Diversity of perspective, identity, and experience is important to us. We’re an ambitious bunch, and are looking for a candidate who brings their whole self to work. We also want to reflect and serve the whole of society. As a result, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, and we make all employment decisions without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Delaney Butler (

Does this sound like your calling? We hope so. Apply here by Aug. 12, 2019. We anticipate interviewing candidates between Aug. 14-16, making an offer by late August, and work starting soon after.

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