Colorlines Editorial Assistant

Position Location: NYC

 

About Race Forward:

In 2017 Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion to become the new Race Forward.

Since 1981, Race Forward has brought a systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. With increased capacity as a joined organization, Race Forward catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all.

 

The new Race Forward is home to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice. 

 

Position Summary:

The Colorlines Editorial Assistant (EA) provides administrative and journalistic support to the editorial team at Colorlines.

Administrative duties include processing freelancer contracts and invoices, logging the Senior Editorial Director’s expenses, and checking the Colorlines email box a few times a week and forwarding important messages to supervisors.

The EA’s journalistic support includes researching, proofreading and fact-checking articles. The EA follows breaking news as it develops for timely content on the site. When needed, the EA does quick write-ups (/NOW) and create shells for future posts on the Colorlines website.

When they are able, the EA may join press calls and attend events and conferences on behalf of Colorlines. The position provides opportunities for EAs to develop feature-length print work, video collaborations, infographics and other material. They are also eligible for leaning into a particular beat.

As a team member of Colorlines’ parent organization, Race Forward, the EA may be called on to work on committees outside of Colorlines. The EA must keep track of their overall workload and communicate with the Editorial Director and Senior Editorial Director to prevent performing invisible labor.

 

Skills: 

  • Respect for differences whether they are racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, class, religious or physical ability;
  • Effective, respectful and timely communications with supervisors, co-workers, vendors and others;
  • Seeks out advice, counsel and permission appropriately, but is not afraid to act when it is required to be effective;
  • Generating ideas and structuring workflow to bring the ideas into fruition.

 

 

 

Qualifications: 

A bachelor's degree from a four-year journalism or related program and/or a minimum two to three years of journalism-related experience and/or training;

  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to racial justice and intersecting issues;
  • Strong proofreading, fact-checking, and research skills;
  • Experience with using a CMS, Google docs, Docusign, and project management solutions such as Slack, Monday.com and Asana; 
  • Strong news judgement and an unwavering commitment to fairness, accuracy and journalistic ethics;
  • Experience using a style book or guide;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to meet high reporting and writing standards while being responsive to the news cycle;
  • Ability to operate within a small, remote and self-directed team;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize information quickly;
  • A balance between personal ambition and teamwork;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and able to multi-task effectively;
  • The ability to effectively report to people of color, particularly those who are women, femmes, trans and/or nonbinary.

Salary Range:  $49,0000-$51,000

 

Benefits include: Employer paid Health, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance, Commuter/Remote Benefits, competitive Time off policies, and employer retirement contribution.

 

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and references in one word or PDF document to hr@raceforward.org with subject Colorlines Editorial Assistant.