Race & Justice Unit Reporter

News New York City, New York


Description

Race & Justice Unit reporter

The WNYC / Gothamist Newsroom is looking for a curious, questioning, DEI-competent journalist to report on race and social justice in the New York / New Jersey region.

This team member on the Race & Justice Unit will report on the critical news and conversations of the moment, including in health care, economic inequality, justice reform, and politics/governance. This coverage will be told through a smart and nuanced lens of racial and social justice and aim to expose inequity, broaden opportunity, reach new audiences, and sharpen understanding of how our region and its institutions can work better for all its residents.

This reporter will be allergic to the pat answer and preconceived notion; committed to engaging in deep listening, particularly to often-overlooked voices in BIPOC communities; devoted to illuminating problems and solutions that put communities ahead of narrow interests and bureaucrats; know how to wrap rich storytelling around data and public records; and take it as a professional affront to settle for the press release-driven story heard and read elsewhere.

Examples of their work will attest to this.

This coverage is essential to covering a region where de facto segregation in schools and residential housing is an under-told story, and where economic inequality abounds, notwithstanding political leadership that is racially diverse and bills itself as progressive and inclusive. The New York City region can do better; help show our audiences how.

Responsibilities

  • Report and produce original news stories in both text and audio form that broaden awareness, understanding and appreciation for racial and social justice 
  • Collaborate with other newsroom journalists to spread the imprimatur of the RJU 
  • Report and produce original news stories that are clear, thorough, fair, timely and accurate
  • Conceive, source and pitch stories on a variety of topics, in both short- and long-form journalism,  that will engage listeners and readers, answering pressing questions and giving daily utility that drives daily audience habits 
  • Consistently meet daily publishing deadlines 
  • Develop sources that lead to scoops our audience can’t get elsewhere 
  • Participate fully as a member of the RJU, contributing to coverage plans, meetings, brainstorming sessions, newsroom projects, as well as related New York Public Radio endeavors 
  • Effectively coordinate and collaborate with other editors and digital journalists for maximum reach across our platforms, and work to reach new audiences 
  • Enthusiastically participate in newsroom-wide efforts to improve workflows, policies, and various practices as requested

Qualifications

  • Three years professional reporting experience at a reputable news organization
  • Familiarity with DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), cultural and social justice issues
  • Superb communication skills, including public speaking skills, the ability to multitask, and experience ]covering breaking news 
  • Aptitude and comfort producing a broad range of content, including audio, text news stories, and social media 
  • Experience with audience-centered engagement projects strongly preferred 
  • Competence in SEO and other digital audience skills 
  • Experience using production systems and software tools required to edit, produce and curate content 
  • Ability to see the story that is going to engage audiences and to anticipate reader/listener interests 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with data and public records to bolster storytelling 
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of reporting 
  • Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism, and impeccable journalistic integrity and judgment 
  • Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking 
  • The ability to work effectively with the public and colleagues at New York Public Radio
  • Familiarity with the history of social justice in our region and the ability and curiosity to apply it to current events and issues

Additional Information

This is a full-time role that includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal, sick time and parental leave.

This role is currently operating remotely, with the ability to optionally work from the office/studio sometimes, which is encouraged. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff and may be expected to work from the New York office in a hybrid capacity within the next few months. 

Given this role will be on-site all or some of the time, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required unless NYPR has approved a specific religious or medical exemption in advance of the first day of work. At this time, NYPR defines being fully vaccinated as having received two Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations or one Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.

Equal Opportunity

New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

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