Interviewer & Audio Editor

Measure of America

Various, California

Date Posted September 15, 2021
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Special Projects
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Freelance
Salary 500/interview


UNADDRESSED: Voices Missing from the Statistics on Housing

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Measure of America is currently writing A Portrait of California 2021, the third California-focused human development report in our national Portrait series. This report will focus on the housing crisis, exploring the connections between key measures of opportunity and well-being, racial and geographic disparities, and recent crises and chronic deficits in affordable housing. While we strive to ensure that our data-driven research represents the diverse populations we study to the fullest extent possible, there are often gaps that can only be explored through qualitative investigations. Inspired by KQED’s special podcast series Sold Out: Rethinking Housing in America, we aim to contract 1-3 California-based journalists with audio experience to interview members of hard-to-reach populations about their experiences with housing for use in an interactive online tool and to supplement our upcoming report. The deliverable project will be transcriptions of these interviews, as well as edited audio clips for use in our interactive online tool. 


Measure of America (MOA) is a program of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2008, MOA has published national, statewide, and local reports using the human development framework and index, a concept and metric for measuring inequality and access to opportunity adapted from the United Nations. Our work includes research and reports on human development and youth disconnection as well as the publication of interactive data tools that make methodologically-sound data in the public interest accessible to a broad audience. All of our reports begin with an in-depth process of stakeholder engagement as well as post-launch presentations, training, and support to make sure that our findings reach the community members poised to translate insights into social change. 


Measure of America relies primarily on publicly accessible datasets from the US Census Bureau and anonymized data from state departments of health. Because of limitations in the data collected and smaller sample sizes, some critical populations are not fully represented in our findings. In particular, data often does not exist or is unreliable for LGBTQ people, young people aging out of foster care, people living in Native American communities, farmworkers, homeless people, undocumented people, people who lost their homes in the fires, and members of smaller Asian subgroups, like Hmong people. These groups are often disproportionately affected by housing insecurity, homelessness, and related barriers to health and human security. 


Pay: ~$500/interview, based on experience, including cutting audio clips, any necessary translation, and transcription. Assignment will begin with one interview with possible extension. 


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To apply, please submit your resume and answers to two short questions through this Google Form. 

Applications will be reviewed as they come in. 

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