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The Trace Is Hiring: Midwest Correspondent, News Writer, and Visual Journalist

Join our growing team as we use journalism to shine a light on gun violence.

The Trace is the only newsroom focused full-time on reporting on gun violence in America. As we work toward our second anniversary this June, we are looking to make some significant additions to our growing team.  

The Trace is committed to diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBQT people.

Correspondent, Chicago and the Midwest (Freelance)

We are seeking a correspondent to write deeply reported articles on gun violence in Chicago and the Midwest. This is an opportunity for a journalist with experience covering law enforcement, public health, public policy, or business to dig deep on issues that matter.

The correspondent post is structured as a part-time, 12-month, contract position, with a compensation range of $24,000 to $36,000, depending on experience. We’re flexible about the quantity of articles the correspondent will produce, which could focus on a central theme or subject, or consist of individual enterprise pieces: You might report on firearms access and trafficking; the policing of violent crime; health care equity and victims services; or responses to trauma in communities recording high — and often rising — rates of shootings. We want to hear your ideas for stories with real potential to create accountability and increase public understanding, and will then structure workflow accordingly.

A crucial skill is the ability to deliver high-impact reporting that can resound with both local and national audiences. Experience covering gun violence, law enforcement, public health or related issues, and active sources in those areas, would be a big plus.

To apply:

Please send us your resume; a selection of your best work; and a one-page memo outlining how you would approach this project (the more specific, the better) to [email protected]

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News Writer (Freelance)

On the beat The Trace covers, there is no such thing as a slow news day. We’re looking for a smart, versatile, diligent writer to help readers make sense of the latest developments in gun violence and gun policy, chase down underexamined angles, and support our team in producing watchdog reporting on an issue with vast influence on community safety, public health, politics, law enforcement, racial inequality, criminal justice, and more.

This is an opportunity for a talented freelance journalist itching to take on steady, meaningful work. We’re looking for someone available to put in at least 20 hours a week and are flexible about how the day-to-day schedule is structured. Experience writing about firearms issues is highly valued, but is not essential: this could also be a chance for a journalist with experience in an overlapping beat (e.g., crime, medicine, state policy, law, etc.) to apply that knowledge to stories where your training and sources intersect with the topics The Trace covers.

Above all, we are seeking someone who:

  • Writes clean, engaging, accurate copy and meets deadlines, every time.
  • Embraces the full range of digital story forms (traditional news articles, FAQs, lists, graphics, etc.) and possesses a keen instinct for which formatting will provide the reader with the greatest value for a given piece.
  • Feels equally comfortable mining news clips or research reports and working the phone.
  • Learns new issues quickly.

To apply:

Please send your resume, a selection of your best work, and three story ideas to [email protected]. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 26.

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Visual Journalist / News Designer (Full-Time)

For The Trace’s reporting to achieve impact, it has to grab people’s attention and make complex subjects simple to digest. Recognizing those needs, The Trace is looking to hire a visual journalist with strong design skills and an enterprising attitude to join our growing nonprofit newsroom.  

This is an opportunity for a journalist with a talent for data visualization and graphics-making and a thorough understanding of reporting standards and editorial processes to produce work that really matters. Our coverage explores subjects like the toll that shootings exact on American families and communities, especially those of color; the role of firearms in domestic violence; the influence of the gun lobby; the business of guns; and the regulators and law enforcement officers tasked with the difficult job of keeping firearms out of the wrong hands.

The primary responsibilities and key qualifications for this position are outlined below. The nature of both The Trace’s coverage and of visual communication and storytelling for digital audiences means that there will be some fluidity in day-to-day tasks and the skills required to excel at them. The person in this position may spend one hour quickly creating a share-friendly social media graphic to accompany a breaking news story, and the next returning to a long-lead interactive requiring data analysis and coding.

To boil it all down, we’re looking for someone who:

  • Brings creative ideas for creating indelible data visualizations, from simple charts to ambitious, intricate info graphics.
  • Applies the mindset and ethics of a journalist to data visualization and graphic design, zeroing in on the most consequential findings while maintaining accuracy and fairness.
  • Possesses a keen instinct for lead images, layout elements, and social graphics that hook readers.
  • Can work quickly when the situation requires.
  • Collaborates well with editors and reporters.
  • Meets deadlines, communicates clearly, and finds smart solutions to challenges.

To apply:

Please send your resume and a selection of your best work to [email protected]. Please also read through our recent articles and send us one sketch for a graphic element that would have added impact to a story. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 26.

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About The Trace

The Trace is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to reporting on gun violence in America. Every year in our country, a firearm is used in nearly 500,000 crimes, resulting in the deaths and injuries of more than 110,000 people. Shootings devastate families and communities and impose steep costs on local, state, and federal governments. Meanwhile, the problem of gun violence has been compounded by another: the shortage of knowledge about the issue.

We believe that when an issue is shrouded by an information gap, journalism can be a big part of the solution. As a nonprofit newsroom, The Trace is able to dedicate itself to in-depth reporting that doesn’t let up after the latest high-profile shooting leaves the front pages. Since launching in 2015, we have collaborated and co-published articles with more than 24 news organizations, including the Atlantic, the Guardian, HuffPost, Slate, the Tampa Bay Times, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Vice.