Southeast U.S.: Investigative reporter, Housing & Social Justice Ramifications

Augusta, Georgia

Date Posted September 02, 2020
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Not Specified
Salary Not Specified

Description:

This region-wide position will focus on housing, home financing, public subsidies and related policy and home ownership issues in communities throughout the Southeast. At its core, this investigative beat is about the traps and barriers that surround a journey to find, buy and keep a home in a part of America still affected heavily by systemic racism.

Our 23 USA TODAY Network newsrooms tell stories in local markets in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia. The reporter may live anywhere in those five states. Augusta, GA, is the most centrally located.

We’d want you to dig into deep issues that affect one community, or important regional trends that affect a whole state or the entire region. This is a social justice investigations position, and enterprise work would be the focus of the job.

Why housing and home ownership? (The beat will evolve later and broaden, and you will get a chance to help shape it). A lack of home ownership and the financial advantages that come with home ownership is one of the driving forces of many of the social and economic challenges facing some Black Americans and minority communities. Much of the root of the problem can be traced to the original Southern Confederate states.Generational ownership dates back to the country's founding for white Americans but for Black Americans, it doesn’t go much past 40 years ago. Even after World War II, when Black veterans thought the GI Bill was a step to a better life, Southern segregationist legislators had the bill crafted so as to keep Black veterans from benefiting. White banks flat out refused to give loans. Even after Vietnam, Black Veterans did not reap the same benefits as white GIs.

And so much of the opportunity gap between white and non-white families starts with housing:

In this role, you will craft compelling journalism that reaches and expands audiences by informing and engaging readers and creating public change.

You may at times act as a public ambassador through community outreach and connects with readers through social media. You’ll work with an investigations content coach and a wider project team, when needed, to shape storytelling to produce the highest-quality work.


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We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

— Your resume – one to two pages

— A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job

— Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve written, produced, or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role. 

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

 

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