Charlottesville is more than shorthand for racist violence. It is a college town facing increasing home prices, education disparities, a large income gap and a reckoning with race both separate and intertwined with the violence of the 2017 rally.
Charlottesville Tomorrow is seeking a community engagement reporter to bring more of our community into our newsroom to strengthen our coverage of these challenges.
This reporter will connect the news with the people we cover by working with grassroots and grasstops leaders and organizations to get to the heart of community needs. The reporter also will engage in bringing diverse people together to build a more robust group of informed citizens through journalism and community organizing.
Charlottesville Tomorrow is a nonprofit newsroom seeking to expand civic engagement to foster a vibrant, inclusive and interdependent community. Our small newsroom of four is half Black and half female, and our experiences span across continents and cultures. We’ve worked at small-town publications and large regional outlets and have chosen Charlottesville Tomorrow as a place where we can do meaningful journalism. Things that binds us are our spirit of collaboration and pursuit of truth, community and equity. (See our newsroom and full staff here: https://www.cvilletomorrow.org/people)
This is a full-time, salaried position with annual compensation between $50,000 and $60,000. We offer full medical coverage, three weeks vacation, moving expenses and a phone stipend. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and résumé, along with clips, to email@example.com.
Our staff is working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will return to our newsroom when it is safe to fully reopen. We’re nestled near the junction of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive and about an hour from the state capitol, Richmond, and two hours from the ocean and Washington, D.C.
The community engagement reporter will
be knowledgeable of Charlottesville and/or the South, especially communities of color
work with our partners in the Charlottesville Inclusive Media project, Vinegar Hill Magazine and In My Humble Opinion talk show, to tell stories across platforms through media such as photo essays, audio recordings and videos
help bridge the gap in trust between the media and community members, connect with and build a diverse audience
highlight resources for low-wealth communities, including upcoming actions by legislative bodies or other organizations and ways to be empowered in policy-making
write with communities in a way that is nuanced and collaborative
convey complex policy matters to a broad audience without talking down to them
be comfortable with stories where an antagonist isn’t always clear
file about three reported stories per month for Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Charlottesville Inclusive Media Project
be unafraid of saying what you don’t know and dive into learning
have space to build the infrastructure needed to best serve the community
We recognize that no one person will have experience with every part of this position, which spans community organizing, media development and reporting. You might have some of these skills and bring other strengths and experiences. If this sounds like a job you could be passionate about, please apply.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, salaried position with annual compensation between $50,000 and $60,000. We offer full medical coverage, three weeks vacation, moving expenses and a phone stipend.
About Charlottesville Tomorrow
Founded in 2005, Charlottesville Tomorrow is a hyperlocal journalism 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to expand civic engagement and foster a vibrant, inclusive, and interdependent community. We commit to delivering stories that incorporate the highest standards of journalism through the use of in-depth reporting, data, diverse perspectives, human-focused storytelling, creative formats, and exhaustive sourcing. Our goal is to slow down, to develop long-term source networks, and to pursue stories that help establish shared truth in public decision-making.