The Trace is seeking an experienced reporter to join our growing team as a full-time staff correspondent. The ideal candidate has direct experience covering gun crime, gun policy, or the gun industry for a major local newsroom and a track record of producing gripping, agenda-changing stories that hold institutions and powerful individuals to account.
This is an opportunity for a journalist in a city struggling with gun violence to explore the causes, responses, and potential solutions as a full-time endeavor. A crucial skill will be the ability to deliver stories that resound nationally. While The Trace is headquartered in New York, we are very open to candidates wishing to remain in their current locations (and in proximity to their extensive source networks).
In our year-and-a-half of existence as an independent, nonprofit media organization, The Trace has reported extensively on the toll that shootings exact on American families, especially those of color; the role of firearms in domestic violence; the influence of the gun lobby; the business of guns; and the regulators tasked with the difficult job of keeping firearms out of the wrong hands. Along the way, we have partnered with more than 15 news organizations, including the Atlantic, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, the Tampa Bay Times, and Vice.
With our investigations and features, we strive to reach the widest possible audiences. A collaboration on an interactive gun violence map with Slate last year was viewed more than 9 million times.
We want our reporting to inform and influence the national debate, and to spur change. Your job would be to help us do that, helping us deepen our coverage as we pursue stories with the highest impact potential.
To apply, please send us your resume; a selection of your best work; and a one-page memo outlining your best ideas for how you would cover the gun issue for The Trace. How would you focus your beat? What would it take to accomplish your goals? Who would you talk to, how would you report, and what storytelling approaches would you employ?
Applications can be sent to [email protected]
The Trace is committed to diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBQT people.