Posted On: November 2, 2021
Media Organization: Filter Mag
Filter launched in 2018 with the mission to advocate through journalism for rational and compassionate approaches to drug use, drug policy and human rights. We also cover intersecting subjects including, but not limited to: incarceration and criminalization; housing and homelessness; HIV and hepatitis C; sex work; health care; and other fields to which harm reduction can be applied.
Filter is currently inviting applications for our Drug War Journalism Fellowship—an opportunity for an early-career journalist of color to become part of the friendly team at our fast-growing nonprofit publication.
The successful candidate will be US-based but work remotely, as our whole team is currently doing. This part-time role will consist of regular reporting and writing—primarily of shorter news articles, but with some opportunities to work on longer features. It will also include, to a lesser extent: research and fact-checking; assisting with technical, administrative and promotional tasks; and pitching in with other aspects of operating a daily online publication.
The Fellowship will last for six months. It will be a 1099 role, with 15 hours per week paid at a rate of $22 per hour (plus a monthly $50 reimbursement for home-working expenses).
The Fellow will benefit from the mentorship of experienced editors, flexible working hours, support in developing a network of contacts, and the chance to build a substantial and varied portfolio of published work. Past Fellows have continued to work with Filter as staff writers and regular freelancers after their Fellowships concluded.
Our Drug War Journalism Fellowship is open to candidates of color only. People who have been personally impacted by the drug war are strongly encouraged to apply.
Requirements for the role include:
* at least one year of experience writing about human rights issues for an audience
* willingness to pick up the phone and chase quotes
* demonstrated past interest in drug policy and harm reduction
* enthusiasm, creativity and a desire to work constructively as part of a team
Please send a brief cover letter to: Kastalia [at] filtermag.org. Please also include a resume and two linked samples of your writing. Candidates may be asked to complete a 30-minute writing task as part of the application process.