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Features Reporter

The Features Reporter is a 36 hours per week, non-exempt position reporting to the Editor. This position is key to fulfilling our goals as a leading investigative newspaper for regional, progressive communities that produces advocacy journalism focusing on issues of race and class. This enterprising reporter produces weekly content featuring a variety of community voices as well as a quarterly feature story about, or in partnership with, a Real Change vendor.

Metro Reporter

The Metro Reporter is a 36 hours per week, non-exempt position reporting to the Editor. This position is key to fulfilling our goals as Seattle’s leading investigative weekly newspaper for progressive communities, producing antiracist and anti-classist, advocacy journalism that brings to light people, issues and institutions insufficiently covered in other media.

 

Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project was founded in 1994 to offer immediate employment options for poor and homeless adults and challenge the structures that create poverty. Real Change serves our vendors and unsheltered folks through three integrated approaches:

Vendor Program: We meet vendors where they are, providing immediate income and job training. Additional opportunities include advanced sales trainings, leadership positions, resource navigation and paid work with our Homeless Speakers Bureau and editorial department.

Real Change News: As North America’s leading street paper, we provide work for more than 500 people who choose to sell our newspaper. We regularly win awards for journalistic excellence. Our content focuses on economic, social and racial justice and human interest and investigative stories.

Real Change Advocacy: Real Change leverages relationships between vendors and readers to increase opportunities for homeless and low-income people to positively impact their lives.

Real Change is currently a majority white organization, yet poverty and homelessness disproportionately affect people of color, which is reflected in our Vendor population. We are actively working on equity and inclusion through policy review, caucusing, and our strategic plan workgroups. It is a key area of growth and an identified priority moving forward. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical ability, political affiliation, religion and any other non-merit factor. We equally value and strive to support all employees and job candidates.

 

Working under Covid: The reporter positions require a few hours weekly in our Vendor Center and a few hours weekly reporting in the field. Real Change takes Covid very seriously: We require masks; work schedules are staggered to limit the number of people in the office; we utilize air purifiers, have a daily sanitation routine, use plexiglass around high traffic areas and monitor staff for any Covid symptoms. The job descriptions represent current work duties, and may shift some during and after Covid so that we can effectively meet our mission and serve our Vendor population.

 

Primary Responsibilities

1.Reporting (45%)

  • Gather news from community members, press releases, wire services and other sources
  • Develop story ideas and work with Editor to identify and plan coverage
  • Present and plan stories to the team at weekly budget meetings
  • Ensure each story has usable art by coordinating with editors or taking photos
  • Cultivate relationships with sources, community organizations, other journalists and more

2.Writing (45%)

  • Compile and synthesize data
  • Interview multiple sources for each story
  • Metro Reporter: Produce two stories of at least 600 words each and two briefs, or the word-count equivalent of these four, weekly
  • Features Reporter: Complete one longform story weekly and several shorter stories a few times monthly
  • Ensure stories are fact-checked, proofread and in AP Style
  • Participate in news team’s editing and production cycle

3.Other Duties (10%)

  • Fulfill shift in the Vendor Center as scheduled
  • Upload content to the INSP News Service weekly and archive sources, research and work
  • Mentor Editorial Department interns and journalism students as assigned
  • Participate in regular department, all staff and other meetings as assigned
  • Participate in one Real Change Strategic Planning workgroup
  • Promote reporting through Real Change social media and at special events
  • Other related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • The equivalent of three or more years’ experience in journalistic reporting resulting in published articles
  • Self-starter with a history of meeting deadline requirements and developing story ideas
  • Passionate dedication to economic, racial and social justice
  • Team player who can work effectively within and across departments
  • Strong organizational skills and comfort working in a deadline-driven environment

 

Compensation: Salary range is $19.23 – $21.09 hourly. Benefit package includes health and dental coverage, generous PTO (3 weeks’ vacation, 2 weeks’ sick time, 10 holidays), a 403B retirement fund with a 4% Real Change contribution, flexible work schedules and professional development funds.

 

Accessibility: The Real Change office is not explicitly scent-free, uses fluorescent lights and welcomes pets. There are accessible bathrooms on both floors. Our office on the second floor is accessible via an elevator and there are two steps up to access the Advocacy area in our office on the first floor.

Features Reporter

The Features Reporter is a 36 hours per week, non-exempt position reporting to the Editor. This position is key to fulfilling our goals as a leading investigative newspaper for regional, progressive communities that…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Location

Seattle, WA

How to Apply

To apply for either or both of these positions, please send journalistic writing samples, two story ideas you would pitch, your resume and a brief cover letter to jobs@realchangenews.org with “[Features/Metro/Features and Metro] Reporter” and your last name in the subject line. We will be evaluating candidates based on the minimum qualifications- for a successful application, we encourage you to highlight your direct or related experience & ability to meet these criteria.

No phone calls, please. 

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