Human Connections Reporter

Montclair Local — Montclair’s nonprofit news source, with work published at MontclairLocal.news and in a weekly print edition — is looking to hire a Human Connections reporter.

Your job will be to seek out stories that start with people, not institutions and meeting schedules — but will often involve discussions of how structures and systems are (or aren’t) serving the needs of Montclair’s diverse community. You’ll focus on the struggles, triumphs, solutions, artistic expression and culture of Montclair. Your job is not to give voice to the voiceless — but to turn an ear toward those whose voices can and must be amplified, in the service of reflecting a complex and varied community equitably.

We’re a small operation, so you’ll also need to be nimble and flexible enough to jump into breaking news at any time. You may also play a role with some community-facing events and engagement efforts on behalf of the news organization.

The ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate:

  • A commitment to principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, with practical application to day-in, day-out community journalism. You understand engagement with the needs and culture of communities isn’t accomplished only with pieces about their specific concerns, but instead by exploring the ways any and all stories may intersect with their lives. This role isn’t only about the needs and culture of marginalized communities, but a qualified candidate will be ever-thoughtful about incorporating and exploring them as a core value.
  • An understanding of accountability and solutions journalism, with specific ideas about how to pursue both in Montclair.
  • An understanding of principles of community organizing, and their application to community partnership, engagement and story development.
  • Insights into how arts reporting can engage the principles described above.

If your portfolio includes multimedia or social media work, it’s a big plus. Prior work reflecting DEI principles and/or reflecting substantial engagement with the concerns of communities of color, LGBTQ+ populations and/or other marginalized groups and individuals is very welcome.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and three samples of your work to hochman@montclairlocal.news. Candidates of color, LGBTQ+ individuals and women are encouraged to apply.

Montclair Local Nonprofit News, Inc. (Montclair Local) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at Montclair Local are based upon one’s qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Montclair additionally Local welcomes conversations with prospective freelancers and individuals interested in joining the team in the future. Email hochman@montclairlocal.news.