A coalition of media organizations called the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative seeks a talented and experienced individual to be its part-time project editor and director.
The CJC launched two years ago under the initial guidance of the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), which encourages rigorous, solutions-based reporting on community issues. Funding is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The collaborative’s media partners include public radio station WFAE , NBC TV affiliate WCNC, the Charlotte Observer, Q-notes, Queen City Metro and La Noticia. Non-newsroom partners include The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, and Free Press.
The collaborative has produced extensive coverage of Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis, some of which can be found at www.charlottejournalism.org. It now seeks a part-time director to help it expand on its success to date.
- Significant experience in leading people and projects that consistently produce quality journalism.
- Superb editing and management skills. You can back-stop stories and edit for consistency and quality as needed. You are a good listener and know when to be flexible. You meet deadlines and keep partners focused on project goals.
-Strong news judgment, coupled with the ability to help develop and execute significant story ideas.
-An appreciation for journalism’s role in helping society find answers to its most vexing problems. You know that illuminating a problem is only part of your role. Exploring possible solutions is just as important.
- Skilled at conducting meetings, conference calls, and webinars on a regular basis for excellent communication among partners.
- You will provide day-to-day leadership for the media partners in their work to report, edit and publish solutions-focused news.
- You will offer high-level feedback on major stories to ensure shared standards for quality reporting and coverage.
- You will convene and lead regular meetings of the collaborative. This includes building and distributing meeting agendas, finding meeting space and distributing meeting notes.
- You will provide constructive feedback that both highlights outstanding work and points to the needs for improvement.
- You will provide coordination, planning, member approval and follow-through of activities to support collaborative content publishing plans, including administration of grant contracts, grant funds, invoices and payables, event planning, maintenance of the CJC budget and expenditures, and drafting of any reports needed by SJN for audit, grant or other purposes.
- You will oversee the CJC website (charlottejournalism.org) in cooperation with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and CJC partners. This will include a plan to ensure the site is regularly refreshed with new content.
- You will plan and oversee social media support.
- You will act as spokesperson for the project where needed.
- The project editor/director will be hired on a contractual basis for one year (renewal possible) and will be expected to work an average of 20-25 hours a week. Salary range: $30,000-$34,000.
- The successful candidate will be based in or near the Charlotte metropolitan area. No funds are available for relocation.
Does this sound like your calling? If so, please answer a few brief questions below and attach your cover letter and resume.
Applications due: April 6th