Street Roots, an award-winning weekly social justice newspaper based in Portland, Ore., is looking for its next editor in chief
This is not your conventional editing opportunity. Street Roots, a nonprofit print newspaper sold by people experiencing homelessness and poverty to earn an income, is on the front edge of pressing issues in a city frequently in the national spotlight.
A rare opportunity to edit a leading newspaper of the international street newspaper movement, this position hasn’t been open for nearly 20 years.
Our journalism is in touch with the streets on which our paper is sold. The editor in chief will have the opportunity to make much wider ripples. From homelessness to racial justice protests to the weather disasters of a disrupted climate, Portland faces issues with international significance. Street Roots articles are shared on a newswire with the newspapers in London, Seoul, Mexico City, São Paolo, and 100 other cities published in 30 different languages – all members, like Street Roots, of the International Street News Paper network.
The editor in chief will lead Street Roots journalism into its next era that includes building a newsroom in the heart of Portland. The organization is on the verge of purchasing and renovating a building to establish a landmark presence between downtown and Old Town neighborhoods in an area that suffered historic displacements, poverty and homelessness – blocks from city hall and institutions of power.
The Street Roots Editor in Chief will be
keen to lead a newsroom that works closely with people on the streets and other communities on the margins, recognizing the importance of this first-hand knowledge of systemic barriers, daily trials, and creative life-hacks.
brimming with ideas on how to be accountable to communities most impacted by homelessness and housing insecurity, including people who are Black, Indigenous, disabled, veterans, farm workers, gender diverse and formerly or currently incarcerated.
committed to how the Street Roots newsroom can support journalistic education and skills building, including two burgeoning initiatives
The MoJo (Mobile Journalism) Initiative to support people experiencing homelessness with media skills building to tell their stories
The Native American Youth Media initiative to support Oregon Native youth with media mentorship
a visionary for the potential of the newsroom – its physical space, strategic planning, staffing and operations. As a core leader in the organization, the editor in chief will immediately join newsroom design conversations, plans for how our print journalism can be supported by multimedia storytelling, special publications and community-based town halls.
deft with investigative journalism that digs into systemic issues of injustice.
Medical, dental and vision benefits. Generous paid time off and sabbatical leave
• Three years journalism experience with at least a year of editorial experience
• Preferred experience working in marginalized communities
By 5 p.m. October 18 please provide:
A cover letter (no more than 400 words) that addresses your qualifications for this position. What do we need to know about your journalism experience and in particular, your editorial experience? Why does this position stand out for you? Let us know why you are the person for this job.
Please email your application to email@example.com with the subject line Editor in Chief
Application deadline is Wednesday, October 18, but applicants are encouraged to apply earlier.
The first round of interviews will take place the last week of October and the first week of November.
Interview rounds will continue into November with the aim of filling the position mid-November.
Street Roots is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Native American Journalism Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the International Network of Street Papers.
The editor in chief will be expected to be based in Portland, Oregon.
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