We’re looking for a skilled journalist-entrepreneur to lead SJN’s work up and down the West Coast, focusing primarily on Washington to California but also including Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska and other western states, as opportunities arise.
In the last two years, SJN has forged relationships with dozens of news organizations and hundreds of journalists in the region, seeding projects that have produced high-impact solutions-focused reporting on education, health, the environment, and other issues confronting West Coast communities. Our primary goal in this work has been simply to improve the journalism itself, helping reporters, producers, and editors tell stories that better reflect the full reality of communities.
The West Coast manager will build on this base of work, catalyzing the spread of solutions reporting by journalists and news organizations in the region. This person also will help steward activities that connect the resulting coverage to enhanced audience and community engagement; and will seed professional and civic networks that promote learning and sharing across geography.
The application deadline is August 4, 2019.
Specifically, the West Coast manager will: • Identify journalists and news organizations with high potential to integrate solutions reporting into their coverage. • Introduce and advance the solutions approach, using SJN’s training resources to spur initial understanding and build capacity for adoption. • Working with others at SJN, support reporting projects that both yield high-impact solutions stories and help to shift journalistic practice. • Actively steward the highest-leverage relationships, yielding high-performing “beacons” that will influence the practice of other journalists and newsrooms in the region. • Identify opportunities to support community-based activities that will advance the impact of solutions reporting, toward sparking more constructive public discourse. • Identify and support journalist-trainers who can help spread the solutions approach. • Create regional network(s) of journalists and/or civic actors that can both strengthen professional practice of solutions journalism and speed the dissemination of solutions stories into society.
Does this sound like your calling? We hope so: We’re an energetic, ambitious, and fun bunch who recklessly construct portmanteaus and face a quotidian battle against our collective 3pm chocolate addiction. We want someone great to join us. We need a focused entrepreneur for this job, someone who sees opportunities at every turn—and can execute upon them. We need someone who knows how to solve problems, with an appetite for experimentation and an appreciation for ambiguity.
Diversity of perspective, identity, and experience is also incredibly important to us: We want to reflect and serve the whole of society. As a result, we encourage diverse applicants to seek employment, and we make all employment decisions without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. SJN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Also, other important things we’re looking for: • Serious journalism chops: You should have significant newsroom experience • A focused entrepreneur, someone who sees opportunities at every turn—and can execute upon them; • Project management skills: You are organized, disciplined, focused. You know how to function effectively with multiple moving parts. • Self-Starter: You work well alone and with others. • Someone with an appetite for experimentation: While we see very clearly where we’re headed, we don’t always know how we’ll get there – and we’re comfortable and confident with that. • Authentic Relationship Builder: You are a natural at connecting with people and building authentic relationships. You are happiest when you are engaging with new people and bringing them into your tribe. • Familiarity with and connections to the West Coast region.
• Live and work on the West Coast (not limited to LA--this posting requires a specific city and state, but we are open to applications from anywhere on the West Coast).
Additional Salary Information: Depending on qualifications.
About Solutions Journalism Network
Solutions journalism heightens accountability by reporting on where and how people are doing better against a problem — removing excuses and setting a bar for what citizens should expect from institutions or governments. It offers a more comprehensive and representative view of the world. And it circulates timely knowledge to help society self-correct, spotlighting adaptive responses that people and communities can learn from.
Our mission is to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We seek to rebalance the news, so that every day people are exposed to stories that help them understand problems and challenges, and stories that show potential ways to respond.
We help reporters, producers, and editors bring the same attention and rigor to stories about responses to problems as they do to the problems themselves. Doing so, we believe, can elevate public discourse, spur citizen agency, and reduce polarization. It can strengthen democracy. When added to the mix, it improves the overall quality and impact of journalism.
WHAT WE DO:
-Train journalists to cover the whole story — what’s wrong and the responses to those prob...lems
-Support solutions reporting projects that move the needle in communities around the world
-Bring journalists together to learn, share, and collaborate — helping the solutions approach to spread faster
-Catalyze activities that connect solutions reporting to constructive, de-polarizing public conversations
-Get high-quality solutions stories to the people and institutions who need them to make change