Are You YES! Media’s Next Racial Justice Editor?
Title: Racial Justice Editor
Reports to: Executive Editor
Status: Part-time contract position (25-30 hrs./week)
Location: Fully remote, U.S.
Compensation: $35/hour (min. $3500/month)
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.
About the Position
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.
YES!’s Racial Justice Editor will:
- Continue to shape YES!’s award-winning coverage of racial justice, including solutions emerging around the world from Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian communities.
- Build on YES! Media’s unique perspective in its coverage of racial justice, including identifying underlying problems and their potential solutions, what deep resistance and innovative possibilities look like, what movements are doing this work, who the leading voices are, and where fresh energy is coming from.
- Manage a monthly beat budget to assign reported stories and timely commentaries.Evaluate pitches from freelancers and make assignments within the beat, including negotiating pay, obtaining licensing contracts, and processing payment requests.
- Track assignments, completed stories, and author metrics within the Racial Justice beat.
- Conduct all levels of editing on drafts, as necessary, including developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, fact checking, and proofreading.
- Write and report at least two stories each month, or author a monthly column.
- Participate in the quarterly production of YES! Magazine, either through their own reporting or by editing assignments from outside writers.
- Contribute story pitches within the Racial Justice beat, and assign and edit at least one feature for each quarterly print magazine.
- Promote the Racial Justice Editor’s work, and that of YES! Media more broadly, on social media and to the Editor’s professional networks.
- Learn and utilize relevant systems for story and budget tracking and team communication.
- Enter reported stories into website CMS, and communicate as needed with additional editorial staff throughout the production and proofing process.
- Be a full-fledged member of YES!’s editorial team.
- Have access to YES!’s twice-monthly racial affinity group meetings.
- Join an organization that is actively committed to antiracism and equity, through both its external coverage and its internal operations.
Additional duties may include:
- Support for print and website production, including writing headlines, copy editing, fact-checking, proofreading, and article photo selection as needed.
- Collaboration with Digital production team to maximize reach of stories produced by the Racial Justice Editor on social media and elsewhere.
- Reading other magazines in print or online that share YES!’s reader demographics to be aware of industry developments as well as trending articles and authors.
- Curating potential reposts from like-minded and partner publications, and facilitating introductions, when possible, to additional authors or publications with whom YES! may want to cultivate a relationship.
- At least 5 years experience in journalism, in both editorial and reporting capacities.
- Excellent research, reporting, editing, and writing skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, both in editorial and interpersonal capacities, and ability to communicate professionally with writers of all levels, sources, experts, thought leaders, or other editors.
- Well-organized, able to meet deadlines and juggle multiple projects in different stages of completion simultaneously.
- Proven ability as a quick learner and fast worker.
- Ability to work independently and in close collaboration as a member of a team.
- Experience working with remote and in-house editorial teams to assign, edit, and shepherd to completion short- and long-form reported projects.
- An understanding of and curiosity about the ways race impacts economic, social, ecological, and political dynamics within the U.S.
- Familiarity with current and emerging patterns of transformative change, and professional connections to the individuals, communities, institutions, and organizers who are leading cultural shift and social change.
- Passion and expertise in the realm of racial justice, equity, privilege, and intersectionality, with a systemic analysis of the intersectional impact of race, as well as a knack for recognizing solutions that address root causes and shift power from the few to the many.
- Understanding and enthusiasm for the key values of the organization: collaboration, community, compassion, and how they manifest, including environmental responsibility, civic participation, anti-oppression and anti-racism work, bridge-building, and appreciative inquiry.
- Knowledge of media law and journalism ethics.
- Familiarity with online co-working tools, including Slack, Dropbox, Zoom, WordPress, Trello, Google Drive, and Office 365.
How to Apply
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 protected], with the phrase “Racial Justice Editor” in the subject line, by May 7, 2021.
About YES! Media
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.
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