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Reports to: VP, Practice Change Position type: Full time, salaried (exempt) with benefits Location: Flexible within the U.S.: candidates should be based in the Midwest, Mountain West, or West and open to frequent regional travel. Compensation: $65,000 - $70,000 Applications due: Sunday, April 12, 2020
Background The Solutions Journalism Network, a growing national non-profit organization, is catalyzing critical reporting about responses to social problems. Solutions journalism provides a framework, grounded in journalistic ethics and informed by today’s professional challenges, that enables journalists to cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection.
In SJN’s seven years, solutions journalism has become a credible reporting practice recognized for driving meaningful impact in society. Over 14,000 journalists have been exposed to our curriculum. More than 400 news organizations have engaged SJN to produce staff workshops, develop reporting projects, and consult on audience or community engagement activities.
The Local Media Project (LMP), a five-year initiative (currently in year two) generously funded by the Knight Foundation, seeks to find out how solutions journalism - and journalistic collaboration - can reimagine the relationship between news and society. This reimagining can reignite trust, cultivate engagement, and create the news ecosystem of the future.
The LMP is an initiative of The Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), an organization whose mission is to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We’ve worked with over 14,000 journalists and 200 news organizations to cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection.
As Region Collaborative Manager, you will: - Convene solutions journalism collaborative projects in your region, as well as keep an eye out for new possibilities - Steer the ship: keep collaboratives on track once they begin by facilitating deliverable deadlines, interim reports, etc. - Consult on pain points or questions from the collaborative (in conjunction with other SJN staff members) - Source and facilitate training opportunities for the collaborative participants (beginning with training in solutions journalism, but the sky is the limit) - With support from SJN staff, facilitate the collaborative's experimentation with new audience engagement tools - Refine a metics and data collection plan with the collaborative - Seek unique civic partnerships with libraries, educational institutions, or other community groups with an eye towards transformation - Advance justice and equity in communities, as well as at SJN - Contribute to research and knowledge gathering projects with the rest of the Local Media Project team - Participate in public-facing events and forums such as conferences, panels, talkbacks, Facebook Lives, etc.
What we're looking for: - Strong entrepreneurial aptitude: The manager won’t be content to just do tasks as directed, but rather seek out unique and transformational opportunities - Project management skills: the manager will oversee 3-4 collaboratives at any given time - An enthusiasm for regional travel - An embrace of the solutions journalism approach. - An interest in and a passion for the reinvigoration of local news - A passion for journalistic excellence and creating the news ecosystems of the future
Does this sound like your calling? We hope so: We’re an energetic, ambitious, and fun bunch, and we want great people to join us. We need folks who know how to solve problems, with an appetite for experimentation and an appreciation for ambiguity.
Key details: This full-time position is based in the midwest or mountain west regions of the U.S. with travel expected about once a month. The Solutions Journalism Network is a 501(c)3 organization offering competitive salary with health benefits; generous paid time-off and work-schedule flexibility; and the best (actually) colleagues. Remote employees receive a technology stipend and can expect to visit the NYC HQ once or twice a year. Remote employees also gather with the entire team in the late fall at our annual retreat (usually in a beautiful rustic location somewhere on the east coast).
Diversity of perspective, identity, and experience is important to us: We want to reflect and serve the whole of society. As a result we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to seek employment, and we make all employment decisions without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Delaney Butler (email@example.com).
Timeline Applications due: Sunday, April 12 Interviews: Mid to late April Offer date: Early May
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Solutions Journalism Network
Our mission is to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We seek to rebalance the news, so that every day people are exposed to stories that help them understand problems and challenges, and stories that show potential ways to respond.
Even hard-nosed investigative reporters agree that the news provides an excessively dismal view of the world. Audiences regularly come away from the news — even high quality news — feeling powerless, anxious, and resentful. When the daily news product makes people want to tune out and disengage, it doesn’t bode well for the news business — or for democracy.
We believe that journalism can do better. It can provide a view of the world that’s faithful to reality. It can strengthen engagement with audiences and rebuild trust. And it can sustain itself financially. However, it needs a major disruption — not just around better platforms or packaging, but around the news product itself.
Solutions journalism heightens accountability by reporting on where and how people are doing better against a problem — removing excuses and setting a bar for what citizens should expect from institutions or ...governments. It offers a more comprehensive and representative view of the world. And it circulates timely knowledge to help society self-correct, spotlighting adaptive responses that people and communities can learn from.
We help reporters, producers, and editors bring the same attention and rigor to stories about responses to problems as they do to the problems themselves. Doing so, we believe, can elevate public discourse, spur citizen agency, and reduce polarization. It can strengthen democracy. When added to the mix, it improves the overall quality and impact of journalism.
WHAT WE DO:
Train journalists to cover the whole story — what’s wrong and the responses to those problems
Support solutions reporting projects that move the needle in communities around the world
Bring journalists together to learn, share, and collaborate — helping the solutions approach to spread faster
Catalyze activities that connect solutions reporting to constructive, de-polarizing public conversations
Get high-quality solutions stories to the people and institutions who need them to make change