FERN seeks contributor on food security/food access issues

FERN is looking for a freelance writer to contribute primarily to its Ag Insider news service, with a focus on food security and food access issues. That includes food banks, federal programs (SNAP, WIC, school nutrition), state food programs and charities addressing these issues. Demand for these services is rising dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic and we want consistent coverage of the issue. For this project, FERN will commission up to a dozen stories, from short to more in-depth items, with a total freelance writing budget of $15,000. The reporter should be able to write compelling policy stories and features, conduct newsmaker interviews, and produce engaging analysis, with a premium on breaking news. We have no geographic requirements, but the reporter should be well-versed in policy developments in Washington, D.C. Please note that this is an independent contractor position, not a full-time staff position, and does not include benefits.

We expect you to have at least two to five years of journalism experience in areas that ideally would include poverty, income inequality, and/or food access. Tell us why you are the candidate for this project, and include a résumé, clips, and two or three story ideas you might pursue. FERN believes a diverse, open and inclusive work environment is essential to the strength of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this project without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. To apply, contact FERN Executive Editor Brent Cunningham at brent@thefern.org.

Posted June 23, 2020.