|Date Posted||April 15, 2021|
|Industry||Magazines / Publishing|
Title: Racial Justice Editor
Reports to: Executive Editor
Status: Part-time contract position (25-30 hrs./week)
Location: Fully remote, U.S.
YES! Media is seeking an experienced journalist to join our team as the Racial Justice Editor. The ideal candidate will be skilled at writing, reporting, and editing for print and digital media, and have experience assigning and editing stories from freelancers, managing beat budgets, and working remotely—both independently and with colleagues—to meet deadlines, generate story ideas, and craft cohesive, overarching coverage within the Racial Justice beat. This is a rare opportunity to join a small-but-mighty team of editors dedicated to journalistic excellence, culturally competent coverage, and expanding the field of solutions journalism.
The Racial Justice Editor will be a key part of the Editorial team, producing and overseeing daily digital journalism within their beat, and contributing to the development and production of our quarterly print publication, YES! Magazine.
Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian people are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.
This is a contract, fully remote position, offering an hourly rate of $35/hour for 25-30 hours per week through December 2021. The Racial Justice Editor will be an independent contractor, and is expected to provide their own equipment. Upon completion of the contract, there may be an opportunity to convert to a full-time staff position, depending on the editor’s interest and success in the role.
The purpose of YES!’s coverage on race is to acknowledge the history of racial injustice and inequity in the United States (and abroad), and to reeducate our readers about the experiences and views of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian people and communities. YES!’s coverage of racial justice is explicitly intersectional, and centers the voices, experiences, and expertise of historically marginalized groups. In addition to fearlessly naming root causes of systemic injustice, our stories also recognize and celebrate the contributions of BBIA people to U.S. history and culture.
The Racial Justice beat covers a broad, intersectional range of topics—from grassroots solutions that inform and explain the ways in which BBIA communities are organizing and mobilizing to solve problems related to inadequate access to housing, food, health care, water, and jobs, to commentaries and analyses about the impact of those problems, including mass incarceration and state violence. YES!’s conception of the Racial Justice beat is expansive, and intentionally includes coverage of civil liberties, emerging solutions, contextualization of news and cultural events, and successful grassroots initiatives and community organizing within BBIA communities globally.
This position was first created in 2016, developed and shaped by Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, who is now YES! Media’s Executive Editor, and to whom the new Racial Justice Editor will report.
To apply for this position, please send a resume, three published clips, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the role, and what new avenues or stories you would explore if you were in charge of YES!’s coverage on racial justice. Send these materials in a single PDF to email@example.com, with the phrase “Racial Justice Editor” in the subject line, by May 7, 2021.
YES! Media is a 25-year-old independent, nonprofit publisher of solutions journalism. Our stories identify solutions and possibilities to build a more equitable, sustainable, compassionate world.
Candidates should be committed to an inclusive workplace that values differences in race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and other aspects of individual and social identity. They should be committed to advancing equity within the organization and learning from the ideas, perspectives, and contributions of all staff members. Building the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion into the way we work is a critical priority at YES! Media.
Positive Futures Network/YES! Media is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace and encouraging people from underrepresented communities to apply. We encourage the following applicants: people of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities who are underrepresented in the media field.