News Editor

Full-time Remote

Grist is seeking a news editor to lead its coverage of green news, climate solutions, and environmental policy. We’re looking for someone who can assign and edit deeply reported news analysis that drives the daily conversation on world-shaking issues (and fuse a little irreverence where appropriate). We need a seasoned editor with impeccable news judgment, never-ending story ideas, a knack for headlines that make readers eager to click — and insights that bring them back. We’d also prefer someone who has mentored young writers and has some familiarity with newsletter products.

We prefer candidates based in the Eastern time zone, who are comfortable working remotely as part of an increasingly virtual newsroom. About half your time will be spent assigning and editing quick daily news hits, authoritative explainers, and smart analyses that provide readers with much-needed context. The other half will be devoted to managing a few newsletter products, as well as any enterprise reporting — digging for uncovered angles and finding the big stories that aren’t being told.

Coverage of the Trump administration will be only a portion of this role — our first priority is finding someone who can cover the myriad proposed solutions to climate change with a critical eye toward plausibility, scalability, and perhaps most importantly, equity.

Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years professional editing experience, preferably in digital journalism
  • Stellar news judgment and quick-turnaround editing ability
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental issues
  • Deep passion for journalistic principles and ethics
  • Ability to manage and mentor junior staff and fellows
  • Report, write, and produce as needed
  • Help shape editorial and organizational strategy
  • Recruit, hire, and onboard editorial fellows

And it sure would be nice if you had:

  • Deep understanding of the state of climate science and the surrounding policy debates
  • Familiarity w/ digging into documents, using FOIA, interrogating data
  • Ability to translate stories into multiple formats, including video, data viz, podcasts, etc.
  • Quick mastery of Grist’s irreverent, engaging, evidence-based voice
  • Comfort with social media
  • A knack for getting Grist stories into newsletters, link roundups, etc.

Compensation:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission that matters. To apply, please send a cover letter (in the body of your email, not as an attachment), resume, and clip links to newsed@grist.org with “News Editor” in the subject line. We’re looking for thoughtful but tight cover letters that demonstrate your enthusiasm, style, and vision/coverage plan. (If it sounds like a form letter, don’t bother.) No calls, please.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Audience Growth Analyst

Full-time

Are you eager to grow a media organization’s audience? Do terms like “conversions,” “KPIs,” and “engagement metrics” give you immense amounts of joy? Do you give a damn about the fate of the planet? If so, Grist wants you.

Grist, a leading national environmental media non-profit, is looking for an Audience Growth Analyst to work with our small (but growing) audience team. In this role, you will help build a culture of analytics-informed decision-making at a mission-driven media outlet. You will track all of Grist’s audience measures, report audience and engagement data back to the audience team and the staff at-large, work hand-in-hand with our award-winning editorial team, and help the organization reach its ambitious audience goals. This is an ideal position for someone in the early stages of their career. We prefer candidates based in our hometown of Seattle, but are open to alternatives for the exceptional somebody, as many of our team members work remotely.

Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that envisions a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. It’s our mission to make the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now. We are devoted to eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens readers to act. And we go beyond the page to convene leaders bringing about a sustainable world that works for everyone.

Responsibilities:

  • Use data to inform Grist’s growth and engagement strategy and help the audience team hit KPIs
  • Help the organization set clear, actionable, attainable goals based on trends and habits of users
  • Use analytics to deeply understand the Grist audience and their behavior across platforms; help translate this information to staff members
  • Track what stories people are consuming, where our readers are coming from, and how we are reaching our most loyal readers
  • Work with the Growth and Engagement Editor to build a rigorous reporting system to monitor progress against audience growth targets
  • Develop analytics and reporting system with Growth and Engagement Editor and Video Producer to increase engagement of YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels, monitor growth.
  • Administer daily reporting and monitor key metrics for audience team
  • Build and share periodic high-level reports for stakeholders across the organization; deliver insights and actionable recommendations through numbers
  • Serve as an in-house expert with analytics tools (e.g. Google Analytics, Parse.ly, video platforms)
  • Track analytics from third party platforms (Apple News, SmartNews, Flipboard, etc)
  • Measure success of syndication and any content-sharing partnerships
  • Use analytics to recommend iterative improvement to site and product design
  • Understand the objectives, challenges, and opportunities of each department at Grist
  • Provide analytics support across all of Grist

Requirements:

  • Passion for journalism, prior experience in publishing a plus
  • Fluency in Google Sheets + Docs, Parse.ly, Chartbeat, Google Analytics, Salesforce, social media analytics; some experience with Tableau
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate across teams
  • Critical thinker, eager to learn and understand new things
  • Proficient at building and understanding spreadsheets
  • Goal and detail-oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Eager to further develop their knowledge and skill set
  • Independent thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Preference for Seattle based

Compensation:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Public transportation benefits
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Cultivating an inclusive workplace is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to audience@grist.org with “Audience Growth Analyst” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please.


News Fellow

Fellowship

Are you a curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a journalist and storyteller? The Grist news fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

The news fellow will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) reporting, research, story ideas, writing, and creative experiments. You will be expected to write quick news updates, newsletter blurbs, and reported stories. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.

The news fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s downtown Seattle office or work remotely from anywhere in the country. (If you choose the latter, you can work in your PJs, but you’ll probably have to bake your own croissants.) Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

We are looking for early-career journalists, reporters, and editors. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads with some experience in journalism. Our primary subject areas are climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a carbon-free economy. (Note: If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship below.)

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.
  1. Write a short news post. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 200-300 words. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)
  1. Pitch a mini-feature. Pitch a story based on something happening in the news, a story that might run 400-1,000 words in length. The story could be a profile, an explainer, a reported news story. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. Pitch: What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “News Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2019, please submit applications by January 14, 2019.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Justice Fellow

Fellowship

Are you an early-career journalist looking to develop your voice, tell stories about compelling people and communities, and work at a news shop that’s making a difference? Are you obsessed with justice for all? Then Grist environmental justice fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the justice fellow will report on the connections between social inequality and the environment. You will explore the ways in which the environmental movement can become more inclusive — especially in the current moment — and how communities of color are developing new ways to fight for cleaner air and water, as well as safer neighborhoods. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies communities and people working on home-grown solutions. You will be expected to write quick news updates and newsletter blurbs, reported stories, and one mini-feature a month. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team.

The justice fellow will be part of our larger fellowship program, a six-month career development program for journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and give you a custom emoji in Slack (it’s true!).

The justice fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely from anywhere in the country. If you work remotely, you will be encouraged to report on stories in your home community. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. In special cases, the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

We are looking for early-career writers, reporters, and editors. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism.

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your communication style and why you’re the right person for the justice beat.
  1. Write a short news post. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 200 words. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)
  1. Pitch a story about a community that’s doing model work. Pick a community that’s working on home-grown solutions and tell us how you would approach a story about this community. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. What’s your big idea? What aspect of environmental justice are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. The pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2019, please submit applications by January 14, 2019.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Social Media Fellow

Fellowship

Are you an innovative, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to help grow Grist’s audience? The Grist social media fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

We know Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., can’t be an afterthought when it comes to great storytelling. Grist’s social media look, feel, and voice are key parts of our unique brand of environmental journalism. The social media fellow will help run Grist’s daily social media platforms. You will help coordinate cover story and video promotion, grow our social swap partnerships, and generally support Grist in its efforts to grow and engage with our audience. The ideal candidate will have an editorial background, some experience writing, and comfort with photo-editing software. Bonus if you’ve created or collaborated on social videos.

The social media fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely from anywhere in the country. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

We are looking for people who are familiar with social media and passionate about storytelling. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in media or journalism.

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.
  1. Create a Twitter thread. Take a look at our website and put together an engaging Twitter thread that highlights 3-4 stories featured on our homepage.
  1. Three samples of your work. Please send three examples of social projects you have been a part of and tell us a bit about what your role was on each.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Social Media Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2019, please submit applications by January 14, 2019.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.