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The Trace Is Hiring a Community Outreach Editor in Chicago

As the only news organization exclusively dedicated to covering gun violence, The Trace has a responsibility to ensure that our journalism serves the most affected communities. We’re looking for a talented, creative, dedicated community editor who can help us do that better, through a pilot project based out of our small Chicago bureau. 

In this role, you will: 

  • Use your knowledge of Chicago, journalism, and community engagement to identify the information needs of neighborhoods with elevated rates of gun violence
  • Collaborate with other Trace editors to determine aspects of our reporting that may not be reaching underserved communities
  • Work with freelance journalists and/or editorial fellows to complete assignments inspired by community information needs
  • Conceive, test, and measure methods and mediums for sharing The Trace’s reporting with affected communities 
  • Secure and manage partnerships with other Chicago newsrooms and community organizations

The ideal candidate is:

  • A creative problem-solver 
  • Someone with 5 to 7 years of journalism experience. (We also invite applications from candidates who worked in other fields before switching to journalism, but a minimum of 12 months in a newsroom is a must.) 
  • Currently working in Chicago media (or in a newsroom elsewhere and eager for the opportunity to return to the city you call home)
  • Able to work both collaboratively and independently as circumstances require 
  • Comfortable getting into the nitty gritty — workflows, schedules, budget — of a big project 
  • Passionate about community-powered journalism and experienced with a wide range of engagement strategies, from targeted social media outreach plans to printed materials to community events
  • Familiar with the disparities of gun violence in Chicago and possesses a working knowledge of the grassroots organizations building relationships with affected neighborhoods   
  • Dedicated to journalistic integrity and sensitive to the responsibilities of reporting on and for under-resourced communities 
  • Excited by the potential of journalism to empower communities to take on the challenges they face

This grant-funded position will have an initial 18-month term. Our goal is to make it a permanent and essential part of our editorial team. The Trace offers competitive salaries and benefits packages. 

To apply, please send the following to [email protected]

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter explaining why this opportunity appeals to you 
  • 1 to 5 links or copies of your most successful or innovative community engagement work, with brief explanations for how each reflects your approach

Deadline: April 10, 2020

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

About The Trace

The Trace is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization founded in June 2015. Our mission is to use public interest journalism to increase understanding of gun violence, examine potential interventions, and create accountability for those who stand in the way of a safer country. The Trace’s 14 person editorial team includes two reporters in Chicago, where we’ve so far completed partnerships with different news organizations.