Current Openings (as of 12/2019)

California-Based Full-Time Staff Reporter

InsideClimate News is seeking an experienced, enterprising journalist based in California to report on agriculture and its intersection with climate, energy and environmental issues.

The reporter will also be establishing and leading the West Coast hub of ICN's environment reporting network, convening and collaborating with fellow California journalists covering the state's complex farming industry. It would be the fourth of five hubs that we are opening to strengthen local reporting on climate and the environment in regions around the country in collaboration with local media.

The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of California agriculture and climate-related issues, as well as sources in politics and across farming and environmental groups. This is an exciting opportunity to expand ICN's National Environment Report Network and deepen our agricultural coverage in the country's most dynamic and profitable farming state at the forefront of climate policymaking. 

From our West Coast hub we will publish a steady body of work illuminating the tension between present agricultural policy and practice and future need in the face of climate change. We will examine the mounting threats of farming-as-usual as well as agriculture as a source of climate solutions. We will shine a spotlight on the people and institutions responding to climate challenges and the actors in both industry and government resisting change -- all of this understood in the context of complex inter-related subjects: water, immigration, health and social justice.

Three other reporting hubs are already up and running -- in the Southeast, the Midwest and the Mountain West, where our reporters are filing impactful and meaningful stories for ICN while convening meetings and working on collaborative projects with local news organizations.

We're looking for a self-starter who is able to work independently, write with authority and edge. You should live in the region —or have lived there previously, and be eager to move back.

This is a chance to be part of a team that has become a leader in deep reporting on climate change accountability and the intersection of climate change and agriculture. We prize accuracy, creativity, clarity, flexibility, adherence to deadlines, good news judgment and a strong work ethic. An ability to excel in the culture of an entrepreneurial and collaborative news organization is a must.

Qualifications:

- Minimum of 5-7 years of journalism experience

- Superlative people skills and collaborative nature

- Confidence working independently under deadline pressure

- Passion for accountability journalism

- Keen understanding of agriculture and environmental issues in California

- Fluency in Spanish is a plus

About ICN:

Founded in 2007, InsideClimate News is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy, agriculture and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped. Already one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country with 19 full-time staff, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

Our operation is largely virtual: We have a nucleus in New York, a presence in Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago and staff working from California to Maine. Our newsroom has always been driven by self-starters. Our reporters bring bring decades of experience from leading media organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, ProPublica, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News and Frontline. Others come from top programs for science writing and investigative journalism, among other backgrounds. Good ideas propel the operation, wherever they originate.

We have a supportive culture of collaboration and high standards of professionalism. At our core, we are motivated by accountability journalism and storytelling that has the impact to improve the public interest. We have earned national recognition for our work and many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (2013) and recognition as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2016). For more, please see: http://insideclimatenews.org/about.

To Apply

Please send your résumé, a cover letter. Explain to us why you would be a good fit and your vision for covering California agriculture. Please also include three references, and no more than five links to your best clips. Please send your materials to jobs@insideclimatenews.org with the subject line: ICN West Coast Reporter. 

 

Web Producer - This position has been filled.

InsideClimate News is searching for a detail-oriented, savvy Web Producer to design and produce our stories, web pages and newsletters.

This is an integral position to our daily operations at an exciting time for our award-winning and growing newsroom. As climate change emerges as a defining issue in the national political conversation, we are ramping up our content production, expanding our reach and working to maximize the impact of our journalism.

The ideal candidate has a solid eye for design and photography and meticulous attention to detail. You have a proven ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks with accuracy and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. You must have a passion for the hard-hitting public interest journalism ICN delivers—and you must care about ensuring that the visual presentation of our work matches the rigor of the reporting. This job will require a flexible schedule. Publication times vary and may require night and weekend work.

You will:

  • Coordinate with ICN's editors to produce news and feature stories and special projects in our content management system, including selecting photos, working with video and designing the layout.

  • Produce our weekly newsletters in Mailchimp. 

  • Format ebooks of our special reporting projects. 

  • Other website and production tasks. 

  • Attend weekly editorial meetings, and brainstorm with our team how to creatively package major stories.

Qualifications:

  • At least 1-2 years of full-time or internship experience in the news industry or other media.

  • Experience using content management systems and Mailchimp.

  • Skills and experience in design and Photoshop. 

  • Proficiency in HTML. 

  • Newsroom experience strongly preferred.

  • A keen interest in climate change a plus. 

This is a chance to be part of a team that has become a leader in deep reporting on climate change accountability and energy issues. ICN aims to expand our current staff of 17 in the next few years to more fully cover climate and energy in every region of the country. We prize accuracy, creativity, clarity, flexibility, adherence to deadlines and a strong work ethic. An ability to excel in the culture of an entrepreneurial and collaborative news organization is a must.

About ICN:

Founded in 2007, InsideClimate News is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers climate change, clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped. Already one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

Our operation is largely virtual, with hubs in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston, and staff from California to Maine. Our newsroom has always been driven by self-starters. We are staffed by professional journalists, many of whom bring decades of experience from leading media organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ProPublica, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Frontline. Others come from top programs for science writing and investigative journalism, among other backgrounds. Good ideas propel the operation, wherever they originate.

We have a supportive culture of collaboration and high standards of professionalism. At our core, we are motivated by accountability journalism and storytelling that has impact and serves the public interest.

We have earned national recognition for our work and many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. For more, please see: http://insideclimatenews.org/about

To Apply:

To apply, send your résumé, a cover letter, at least three samples of your work and three references to:

Stacy Morford (senior editor) and Stacy Feldman (executive editor) at jobs@insideclimatenews.org.

In your cover letter, describe your experience and why you are the right person for this job.

 

Director of Online Fundraising and Outreach - This position has been filled.

InsideClimate News is seeking a Director of Online Fundraising and Outreach to augment and implement ICN's online fundraising program. InsideClimate News has built the foundations of a solid online giving program over the last three years working with News Revenue Hub, and now is ready to leverage this success to support the expansion of our climate journalism.

The director will report directly to the Publisher and work to grow website traffic, newsletter subscribers and social media followers, and convert them into donors. The director will also steward our current pool of online donors, sustain and build our monthly giving program, and identify and cultivate major donors.

The director will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the online giving program, as well as strategy.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Work with News Revenue Hub to develop and execute online fundraising campaigns, including renewals, monthly giving, year-end giving and special appeals.

  • Grow and segment lists, cultivating donors and prospects for fundraising success.

  • Write and edit copy for email communications, online advertising, social media, website content and other marketing/fundraising materials aimed at increasing donations.

  • Collaborate with ICN's graphic designer and web developer to optimize landing and donation pages and implement testing plans to improve performance and increase income.

  • Track performance and generate reports on online giving program.

  • Sustain and grow online giving and monthly giving programs with particular focus on converting newsletter subscribers

  • Oversee maintenance of subscriber data and mailing list integrity.

  • Other projects, as assigned.
     

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Substantial experience with online marketing, direct mail and cross-channel marketing in public media or political campaign settings highly desirable.

  • Solid understanding of internet tools, processes and techniques for fundraising, donor development, list building and social networking.

  • Proven ability to write for an online audience at a professional level.

  • Knowledge of best practices for website optimization, search engine marketing and social media advertising.

  • Experience with databases, audience segmentation, data integration. Experience with Salesforce and Mailchimp a plus .

  • Detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet deadlines.

  • A high-level of expertise combined with strong interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude.

  • Willingness and ability to formulate a plan and implement it down to smallest details


About InsideClimate News

InsideClimate News is a Pulitzer Prize-winning non-profit, non-partisan news organization that provides essential reporting and analysis on climate, energy and the environment for the public and decision makers. We serve as watchdogs of government, industry and advocacy groups and hold them accountable for their policies and actions. Already one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.

InsideClimate News is committed to diversity and encourages members of under-represented communities to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.

To Apply

Send cover letter, three references, salary requirements and CV to David Sassoon, Publisher, at jobs@insideclimatenews.org. In your cover letter, please describe your experience and explain why you are the right person for this job.

Other Jobs at ICN

If you'd like to explore a fit with ICN, please get in touch and let's start a conversation. A big plus of any of these jobs is good knowledge of the climate and energy arena—the history, the issues and the major players.

To Get on Our Radar

Send your résumé and a cover letter. Please explain to us what you want to do and why you would be a good fit. Send to jobs@insideclimatenews.org, subject line QUERY.

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