Staff Reporter

The Food & Environment Reporting Network is seeking a reporter with a proven ability to produce high-quality journalism with limited supervision on food and nutrition insecurity, and equity and environmental justice issues within the U.S. food system. The reporter will write stories for FERN’s Ag Insider news service (600-1,000 words), which focuses on food and agriculture policy and news. In addition, the reporter will be expected to develop features, investigations and explanatory stories (1,500+ words) distributed through FERN’s media partnerships. The position is full-time remote work with benefits.

FERN is a small, entirely virtual operation where staff thrive by working in a solitary, largely self-directed way. We prize individual initiative and innovation as well as an ability to work collaboratively. Clear and effective communication is paramount, especially since so much of it is done via multiple online platforms.

The successful candidate will be part of an independent, nonprofit news organization that produces award-winning investigative and explanatory reporting on food, agriculture and environmental health, both long-form through partnerships and beat reporting through Ag Insider. FERN’s work has appeared in outlets across the media spectrum, from National Geographic, the Texas Observer and Mother Jones to Scientific American, Reveal and NPR among dozens of others.

Requirements:

  • 2-5 years of experience as a reporter covering news and news-features, either on staff or freelance.
  • demonstrated ability to work a beat, cultivating sources, staying atop ongoing issues and developing expertise and a pipeline of story ideas.
  • demonstrated ability to write narrative features is a plus.
  • familiarity with content-management systems.

Preferred skills:

  • experience covering food, agriculture and/or environmental issues.
  • demonstrated interest in how policy-making works on Capitol Hill.
  • familiarity with WordPress.
  • familiarity with MailChimp or other newsletter software.
  • adept at Twitter and other social media.

Geographic preference: Our editorial staff is centered in Washington, D.C., and developing sources on Capitol Hill is an important piece of the job. While we do not require the reporter to be based in Washington, much of the work will be focused on federal policy. Salary is competitive with our peer news organizations and commensurate with experience.

FERN believes a diverse, open and inclusive environment is essential and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected].

Senior Staff Reporter

The Food & Environment Reporting Network is seeking a reporter with a proven ability to produce high-quality journalism with limited supervision on a range of topics connected to the nation’s food and agricultural systems and the related environmental issues. The successful candidate will help define the specific areas of focus for this position, based on their experience, interests and FERN’s editorial needs. The reporter will develop features, investigations, and explanatory and analytical stories (1,500+ words) to be distributed through FERN’s media partnerships. Additionally, the reporter will write stories for FERN’s Ag Insider news service (500-1,000 words), which focuses on food and agriculture policy and news. The position is full-time remote work with benefits. The salary starts at $60,000 but will be commensurate with experience.

FERN is a small, entirely virtual operation with staff who thrive working in a predominantly solitary, self-directed way. We prize individual initiative and innovation as well as an ability to work collaboratively. Self-starters are highly valued. Clear and effective communication is paramount, especially since so much is done via multiple online platforms.

The successful candidate will be part of an independent, nonprofit news organization that produces award-winning investigative and explanatory reporting on food, agriculture and environmental health. We produce long-form text and audio reports through partnerships with media outlets, and newsier, analytical coverage through Ag Insider. FERN’s work has appeared in outlets across the media spectrum, from National Geographic, the Texas Observer and Mother Jones to Scientific American, Reveal and NPR, among dozens of others.

Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of experience as a reporter covering news and news-features for newspapers and magazines, including analytical and explanatory pieces.
  • Experience covering food, agriculture and/or environmental issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to write narrative features.
  • Demonstrated ability to work a beat, cultivating sources, staying atop ongoing issues and developing expertise and a pipeline of story ideas.
  • Familiarity with content-management systems.

Preferred skills:

  • familiarity with WordPress.
  • some editing experience
  • familiarity with MailChimp or other newsletter software.
  • adept at Twitter and other social media.

FERN believes a diverse, open and inclusive environment is essential and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please send a CV, cover letter, and clips to [email protected].