Race and Equity Reporter

  • Seattle, WA
  • Full Time
  • Newsroom
  • Experienced

The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is hiring a Race and Equity Reporter. As a member of our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, you will lead coverage that focuses on one of the biggest stories of our day: the quest for equity. This beat reporter will pursue breaking news, compelling enterprise, and accountability and watchdog stories that hold people and systems accountable for racism, discrimination and oppression found in our city, county and region.

From displacement of Native Americans in the Washington Territory in the 1850s, to anti-Chinese provisions in the early state Constitution, Japanese incarceration during World War II, and redlining and housing discrimination, Washington State has a long history of racial discrimination and segregation that persists today in education, health care, employment, the criminal justice system and more.

Ideally, you are a skilled reporter who can develop deep sourcing, break news, craft sharp explainers, and connect with the diverse communities of our region, with a special focus on South Seattle and South King County. We need you to go beyond stereotypes and “complicate the narrative” when it comes to including views out of the Seattle mainstream.

We’re looking for someone who can pivot from spot news and analysis to watchdog journalism. You’ll work with other reporters across our newsroom to uncover and report on ongoing issues. Please be adept at uncovering the real-life implications of the fight for equity and deftly weaving narratives that engage our growing digital audience.

 

Please note: while currently remote, this position will require some work in our Seattle office once normal operations resume. Applicants should be current (or future) residents of the Greater Seattle area.
 

The Race and Equity Reporter will:

  • Understand key issues surrounding race and equity and their effects on communities of people with varying social, gender, economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and disability and sexual orientations, within rural and urban locales.
  • Write clear, focused stories with a variety of approaches. We seek stories that are locally focused that also have national appeal.
  • Be immersed in research about these critical topics and how government, education, health and other policies intersect with them.
  • Develop diverse and knowledgeable sources who will help break news and add perspective to coverage by building trusting relationships with members of the community who may not have trusted us in the past.
  • Post breaking news stories for our website and social media, quickly followed by updates that add more detail and context.
  • Identify stories that will drive readership, using social media, callouts, audience analytics.
  • Work with a team led by an Assistant Metro Editor, and collaborate with beat reporters on other teams.
  • Welcome opportunities to contribute to the newsroom as a whole on group projects, occasional news shifts, and stories that transcend the beat system.
  • Work with colleagues in Photo/Video, Graphics/Interactives and the Digital Audience Team to create visually rich projects and explore creative new story forms.
  • The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic colleague and a champion of our core values of accuracy, journalistic ethics and inclusiveness.

 

Qualifications

We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.

  • Experience: At least three years’ experience as a reporter for a newsgathering organization.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Experience covering breaking news and filing from the field, including writing quick, accurate posts that are followed by more complete stories that provide necessary context and perspective.
  • Experience in watchdog and accountability journalism.
  • Collaborative spirit; diplomacy when communicating up, down and across teams.
  • Ability to file public-record requests and search databases.
  • Strong command of standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
  • Ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
  • Cultural competence and awareness of best practices related to inclusive journalism.
  • Ability to write clearly, accurately and creatively on multiple platforms and social networks.
  • Experience in traditional, shoe-leather reporting, as well as using social media to find and source stories. Familiarity with digital news production, live blogging, and analytics are also a necessity.

 

This position requires you to join a union and pay ongoing union dues each month. In addition, you will be required to take a pre-employment drug screen for controlled substances (excludes cannabis) and a criminal background check once an offer has been made.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 2.1 million. At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.

If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, please contact Human Resources at careers@seattletimes.com and provide a description of the reasonable accommodation(s) needed.

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