The Land Fellowship for Journalists of Color

The Land Fellowship for Journalists of Color

September 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021

The Land is a local news startup that reports on Cleveland’s neighborhoods and inner ring suburbs. We deliver in-depth stories that foster accountability, inform the community, and inspire people to take action.  

According to responses to the 2018 American Society of News Editors Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey, people of color represented only 22.6 percent of the workforce in U.S. newsrooms that responded to the survey.

In an effort to increase our reporting capacity and address the historic lack of diversity in newsrooms across the country and right here in Northeast Ohio, we are seeking a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) candidate to fill a nine-month reporting fellowship. 

This is an opportunity to build tangible experience and to make a difference by doing great community journalism, not only with The Land, but also with other news organizations, including the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative (NEOSOJO).

Position: The Land Reporting Fellow

Status: Full-time

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $3,000 per month for nine-month fellowship plus paid leave, healthcare allowance, IRA

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for The Land Fellowship for Journalists of Color opportunity, an applicant must be:

  1. A journalist with an undergraduate degree in journalism or a related field from an accredited college or university, dedication to exemplary journalistic ethics, and proven research, writing, and reporting skills.

  2. Able to commit to nine months with The Land. 

  3. Able to begin working on or around September 1, 2021. 

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Professional journalism experience (non-student media). 

  2. Experience with one or more of the following: social media management; multimedia production, particularly photo or video; working with one or more content management systems; hands-on audio editing and innovative audio storytelling; other relevant technical expertise.

Job Description

A successful reporting fellow will be a resourceful, up-and-coming reporter interested in working with and learning from our small but growing team. The fellow will be directed to focus on covering elections in Cleveland and health equity issues in the area. 

Competitive candidates should have a passion for accountability, investigative journalism and solutions journalism, as well as working with residents to source story ideas and foster civic engagement. 

We are looking for:

— A developing, early-career reporter who has demonstrated skill in in-depth storytelling

— Someone who wants to dig into underreported issues and communities in Cleveland

–A journalist who truly gets excited about all the possible tools we can use for journalism now, from engaging with readers to analyzing data

–Someone who is enthusiastic about working with diverse groups of people, including Cleveland’s Latinx community and Black-led community organizations

–A collaborator; someone who works well as part of a team. In some cases, our efforts involve two or more journalists working together to bring a story home.

–A self-starter who will develop a strong network of sources to find and pursue stories that will reach a broad audience

Note: Don’t worry if you don’t check every box. Tell us in your application if you have skills or experiences that we haven’t described, that you believe are also important.

Please apply no later than August 21. We envision the selected candidate beginning work starting on or around September 1. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, references, and three writing samples to Lee Chilcote, [email protected].

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