2018 Surdna Reporting Fellowship

YES! Media seeks an experienced journalist from a community of color for a one-year, full-time reporting job. Apply by May 1, 2018.

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YES! Media seeks an experienced journalist for a one-year, full-time reporting job. YES! established this fellowship to help build diversity in the journalism industry and, specifically, to expose reporters from communities of color to solutions reporting. YES! values a diversity of voices and perspectives in its reporting on social justice issues.

YES! Media is a nonprofit, independent publisher of solutions journalism. Through rigorous reporting on the ways communities are responding to social problems and insightful commentary that sparks constructive discourse, YES! inspires people to build a just and sustainable world. Founded in 1996, it helped drive the modern “solutions journalism” movement, covering the communities, ideas, and initiatives working to build a better world. YES! is reader-supported, with no paywalls or advertising. It is nonpartisan and governed by a board of directors made up of journalists, thought leaders, and community activists. It publishes stories daily online and quarterly in a print and digital magazine. In 2017, each issue of YES! Magazine reached more than 150,000 readers, and yesmagazine.org averages nearly half a million unique users each month.

This fellowship offers the opportunity to work with experienced writers, editors, and designers to bring the YES! perspective to both daily news and in-depth solutions reporting. Areas of coverage for YES! Media can land within any of our major content areas: Civil Liberties, Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, Native Rights, Economic Justice, Democratic Reform, and Wellness and Health Justice.

The details:

  • The fellow is expected to write one short piece (800-1000 words) per week plus two more substantial pieces (1500-2500) per month  
  • Salary is $42,000
  • Paid sick and vacation
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • The YES! Media office is located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Most editorial staff members commute from Seattle three days a week and work remotely the other two. Public transportation to and from the office is paid for by YES!

The person we’re looking for:

  • You’ve got experience. You’ve worked as a reporter before, have clips that you’re proud of, and are full of ideas for stories.
  • You want to take your journalism into the solutions journalism realm. You’re eager to learn how YES! does that.
  • You’re an excellent writer with a clear and strong voice. You appreciate good editing.
  • You’re curious and creative, always looking for an alternative angle or a marketable hook.
  • You’re productive, quick, and independent.
  • You have a deep understanding of progressive ideas and social justice solutions.
  • You’re optimistic. You believe social movements have transformed societies many times throughout history and you bring that context to the current events you’re covering.
  • You come from a community underrepresented by conventional media and are able to use that experience to help us achieve greater depth in our coverage.

How to Apply:

The deadline for applications is May 1. Start date is late July.

Please send a cover letter, resume, three published writing clips, and two professional references. We prefer to receive all materials as a single PDF, sent as an attachment to [email protected] with “Reporting Fellow” in the subject line.

Your cover letter should include your name, address, the community of color you represent, and the following:

  • Tell us who you are, why you’re interested in joining YES!, and why diversity is important in solutions journalism. Up to 300 words.
  • Pitch two article ideas. One pitch should be for a short, reported piece off of current events and the other for a more substantial feature. Each pitch should be 50-100 words. Feel free to use our solutions journalism pitch form as a guide.
  • In a few sentences, tell us about your favorite media websites and magazines and which are doing great journalism—and why.

This position is funded in part by a grant from the Surdna Foundation.

YES! Media is an equal opportunity, employer. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. For this position we are executing a voluntary affirmative action plan.