Title: Health Equity Initiative Manager Reports to: Practice Change group head Position type: Part-time Contractor, Temporary, 18 months Location: U.S.-based, remote from anywhere in the U.S. Compensation Range: +/- $45k-50k total Applications due: 9/27 Interviews: 10/4 - 10/6 Start Date: 10/11 - 10/18
BACKGROUND: Since 2013, the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) has worked to legitimize and spread solutions journalism — rigorous reporting that examines not just problems, but also effective efforts to respond to them — in order to rebalance the news. We’ve made a strong case for how and why audiences and society benefit when solutions journalism is integrated into the news — and we’ve had real success. We’ve worked with over 500 news organizations and 20,000 individual journalists and, based on growing demand for our work, currently staff are working across the United States as well as in Africa, East Asia, and Europe. Around the world, solutions reporting is being adopted by news organizations because it increases audience trust and engagement, sharpens accountability and can open up new sources of revenue.
Today we believe it is more urgent than ever that we take bold action and significantly broaden our reach. Building on our foundational work with newsrooms, we are embarking upon an ambitious new strategy aimed at advancing a system-level change across the field of journalism. Working with a core group of journalists, educators and allies, we aim to engage tens of thousands more along with hundreds of news organizations in a movement to ensure ready access to news that is informed by solutions reporting. Our vision of success is sweeping but achievable. With broad adoption of solutions journalism, we envision an increase in society’s capacity to solve problems, widespread reach of more complete and accurate coverage, advances in fairness and equity in reporting and a public that is actively involved in the stories being told about their communities.
The Solutions Journalism Network seeks a part-time contractor to launch and steward a new reporting initiative focused on health equity. This initiative is aimed at catalyzing reporting by U.S. news organizations that addresses the deep disparities in health outcomes in the United States. The reporting projects that emerge will apply the solutions lens to examine the economic, legal, educational, racial, and environmental factors that determine well-being — and surfacing and assessing corresponding responses.
ROLE DESCRIPTION: Working with region-based SJN staff, the project manager will identify four to five U.S.-based news organizations or collaboratives — including those led by and serving people from excluded communities — that have demonstrated the desire to invest deeply in both solutions journalism and coverage of health equity. These news organizations will engage in at least year-long partnerships, during which SJN will provide training; consulting on reporting, engagement, and revenue sustainability; and financial support.
Partner news organizations will form a cohort that meets regularly to share challenges and best practices; identify reporting opportunities; learn about engagement and revenue opportunities; and meet with health equity experts. The intelligence and insights generated by this cohort will be packaged in webinars, blog posts, newsletters, or other formats that can be disseminated to the broader emerging network of journalists engaged in solutions-focused health equity reporting.
The goal will be to build capacity in participating news organizations to continue reporting after the term of the engagement. Those newsrooms also will commit to championing solutions-focused coverage of health equity across professional networks, helping to spread the approach.
Specifically, the project manager will: - Develop criteria to inform the selection of news organizations - Market the opportunity across SJN’s and other relevant networks -Select participating news organizations - Work with SJN colleagues, provide initial training and editorial workshops - Provide ongoing editorial support for newsrooms’ health coverage - Organize and steward a cohort of the participating newsrooms - Work with cohort members to develop webinars, blog posts, and other content
This is an 18-month-long project commencing in autumn, 2021. Newsrooms will be selected by December, 2021, and their reporting will commence in January, 2022. We anticipate that the project manager role will be approximately half-time for the first six months of the project; and 25% for the remaining 12 months. Does this sound like your calling? We hope so: We’re an energetic, ambitious and fun bunch, and we’re seeking great people to join us as we embark upon a purposeful pivot toward much-needed change in journalism.
Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion at SJN means a workplace where individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Diversity of perspective, identity and experience are important to us. We aim to reflect and serve the whole of society, and we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to seek employment. We make all employment decisions, however, without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Eva Blanc (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What we’re looking for: - Serious journalism chops. - Understanding of health inequities and a desire to identify solutions. Experience and expertise in health reporting preferred but not required. - An understanding of and passion for solutions journalism. - Aptitude and talent for training: You love to teach. - Organizational skills and project management expertise: You get things done efficiently and on time. - Strong team orientation: You work well with others (especially with us).
Do you have skills or experience that we haven’t thought of that would bring meaning to this role? Tell us how.