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The Spokesman-Review seeks a racial & social equity reporter

August 8, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The community-funded journalism team in Spokane, WA, is looking for a reporter to help serve the combined missions of The Black Lens newspaper, the Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund and The Spokesman-Review newspaper regarding racial issues in our community.

The mission is to inform, educate and entertain readers, primarily in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, about local racial equity, race relations, historic/systemic racism issues and the complexity of their impacts on all of our lives in the Inland Northwest. A component of the mission is to provide coverage of national race-related issues and how their influence is felt at the local level. This reporting will be accurate, thorough, helpful, fair, and lively.

The Role: This grant-funded position is one of the first reporter positions in the nation to report to both the editor of The Black Lens, an independent publication that is focused on the news, events, people and issues of importance to the African American community, as well as to the editor of The Spokesman-Review, Spokane County’s largest daily newspaper.

  • The role is structured in this singular way in order to support the reporter in gathering stories that celebrate differences and treat multi-cultural groups as a regional asset.
  • The reporter’s journalism will include both daily stories and larger enterprise stories for both the general audience of The Spokesman-Reviewas well as The Black Lens’ monthly print audience.
  • The journalist will be skilled in developing story ideas and projects on racial issues at the personal, community and national level in order to embed these articles in the context of Spokane’s and America’s racial history.
  • All the work created by this reporter will carry a Creative Commons license, meaning this content is owned by the community, not the publications in which they appear
  • It can be published by any other news organization for free.
  • No paywalls will be allowed to limit access to stories produced by this journalist and the stories will be syndicated by many other news organizations throughout the region.

Salary range $47,000-$52,000/year.

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