Word In Black

Website wordinblack Word In Black, Local Media Foundation

Word In Black is a first-of-its-kind national newsroom powered by a collaboration of the nation’s leading Black publishers.

Type: Full-time, two-year employment contract (renewal possible). 

Location: Anywhere (U.S.-based). LMA/LMF and all affiliates are virtual organizations. You need reliable internet access and a commercial airport nearby for occasional travel, when conditions allow. 

Starting: As soon as possible, preferably October 2022. 

Reports to: Managing Director, Word in Black. 

Compensation: $55,000/year plus a competitive benefits package including choice of health plans, 401(k), technology stipend and generous PTO. This is an employment contract for up to two years, that may be renewed further depending on funding. 

Job Summary: We seek an experienced journalist who is well-informed about the challenges presented by racism and its resulting inequities — and curious about and committed to solutions — to follow and cover education for Word In Black. The education reporter will pitch, report, and write on a range of K-12 education topics impacting the Black community, with an eye toward covering Black children and their families through an asset lens. The reporter should have a strong understanding of education trends, policies, and challenges at the state, local, and federal level, and should have a diverse rolodex of sources. The reporter should be able to break complex education issues down so that someone who has not been in a school for years can understand why they should care and why they should care now, while also ensuring that produced stories and analysis are suitable for sharing with both legacy and new media across the collaborative. 

Essence of the job:

From the outset, most of the Reporter’s efforts will focus on these responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with Managing Director to develop stories and coverage, as well as the packaging for education content 
  • Produce and write other Word In Black copy, as required 
  • Keep up on best-in-class journalistic practices 
  • Explore and summarize the issues, and be able to present information to wider stakeholders 
  • Work with the data team to help guide visual storytelling

Desirable skills include: Knowledge of issues surrounding K-12 education, and preferably the spectrum from pre-K through college, and comfort reading and analyzing education research. Familiarity with education databases such as CRDC, CEDARS and IPEDS is a plus.

The ideal candidate must have:  

  • A track record of working remotely and a demonstrated ability to think creatively and entrepreneurially in order to excel and achieve goals   
  • Experience as a reporter 
  • Experience working with and reporting on the Black community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, solid editorial judgment, and the ability to write quickly and cleanly  
  • A bachelor’s degree or comparable experience is required. A degree in journalism or a quantitative field is a plus. 

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

It probably won’t work out if: 

  • You don’t have a passion for solving racial inequities in K-12 education.
  • You are not a team player.  
  • You don’t believe that legacy media and digital media can coexist.  
  • You don’t share the belief that a strong, independent, Black-owned press is vital to a healthy democracy.  

Want to be considered? Send a résumé and cover letter explaining why you’re ideal for this role to: wibjobs@localmedia.org 

Deadline: Position is open until filled. We will review applicants on a rolling basis.

About Word In Black 

Word In Black is a groundbreaking digital startup backed by 10 of the nation’s leading Black-owned publishers, and managed by the Local Media Foundation. This collaborative seeks to confront inequities, elevate solutions and amplify the Black experience with a solutions journalism approach. 

About Local Media Association / Local Media Foundation 

Local Media Association brings all media together to share, network, collaborate and more. More than 3,000 newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, digital-only publications, and research and development partners engage with LMA as members or constituents of our programs. As a 501(c)(6) trade association, LMA is focused on the business side of local media. Its programs and labs focus on revenue growth and new business models. LMA helps local media companies develop their strategies via cutting-edge programs, conferences, webinars, research and training. 

Local Media Foundation serves as the innovation and transformation affiliate of LMA. Incorporating our four strategic pillarsbusiness transformation, journalism funded by philanthropy, industry collaboration, and sustainability for publishers of color — LMF helps provide local media companies the strategies and resources for meaningful innovation and impactful journalism projects.

To apply for this job email your details to wibjobs@localmedia.org