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Equitable Cities Reporter Fellowship

Job ID: 56011
Job Views: 154
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Postal Code: 19102
Job Category: Online/New Media
Employment Type: Part time
Posted: 12.03.2018

Job Description

Next City seeks a talented journalist of color for a one-year freelance reporting fellowship starting ASAP. Although minorities represent more than half of the population in the 10 largest U.S. cities, they are vastly underrepresented in the media and in many conversations about urban trends and growth.

Ideal candidates for this Equitable Cities Reporter Fellowship will have a demonstrated interest in urban policy, and published clips that show you deftly reporting on economic inequality and how it affects marginalized communities in a U.S. city (or cities).

Within the framework of economic development, economic policy and social mobility, we’ll encourage you to follow your passion as you pitch and contribute to our online news site each month — whether that’s the racial wealth gap in the U.S., ineffective corporate subsidies, or wage theft and beyond. (Hint: If you don’t know the gist of all three of those, this fellowship probably isn’t for you.)

You should be an expressive, engaging writer who can weave together human interest stories with data and reporting. You should be motivated to uncover ways people can move out of or avoid poverty and to investigate policies and strategies that are contributing to inequality.

The fellowship will begin ASAP and can be fulfilled remotely, though you’re also welcome to work out of our Philadelphia office. The fellowship includes opportunities for travel, an annual membership to the professional journalism organization of your choice and other resources for professional development.

Fellows are welcome to write for other journalism outlets, but you’ll need time in your schedule to pitch and deliver between five and six 1,000-word articles per month to Next City.

To apply, please send the following:

  • A cover letter, a resume and three professional references;
  • Links to three published articles, at least one of which must demonstrate your reporting on urban policy or on a prevalent challenge facing U.S. cities today.
  • Pitches for two Next City article ideas that focus on U.S. urban economic development. Consider this an opportunity to show off your news instincts, your voice and your reporting skills. Specify the news hook. Explain exactly why (after a careful review of our site) you believe the article would resonate with Next City readers. Tell us how you'd frame the story, who you'd interview, and what data sources you'd consult, with as much detail as possible.

Deadline for applications is December 17. To apply, please click on the orange button at the top of this listing. If you have questions, please email and put "question about Equitable Cities Fellowship job posting" in the subject line.

Job Requirements

Qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two-plus years of professional journalism experience
  • Strong and demonstrated interest in cities, economic development and related public policy
  • Outstanding research, writing and fact-checking skills
  • Ability to independently develop story ideas and sources on a weekly basis
  • Efficient and deadline-oriented approach to tasks
  • Knowledge of CMS publishing and basic HTML

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