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Senior Writer

Job Summary

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is seeking a senior reporter/writer to join a new partnership The Chronicle forged with the Associated Press. We’re developing journalism that helps readers understand one of the most under-covered and influential sectors of American society: the nonprofit world with its nearly $6 trillion in assets.

Organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Salvation Army, the Movement for Black Lives, the World Wildlife Fund, and so many others together employ 1 out of every 11 Americans and advance solutions to problems that government and business often overlook.

The mission of our expanded reporting team is to produce reporting that helps Americans learn more about how their giving and volunteering affects their communities and how philanthropists, foundations, corporate giving efforts, and nonprofits bring about change on issues such as climate change, racial justice, health care, poverty, and education. The senior reporter/writer will also work across the Chronicle’s newsroom on projects and articles that will gain attention from policy makers, high-level donors, nonprofit board members, and the general public.

Through this addition to our reporting staff, we plan to expand our accountability and explanatory journalism that uncovers the players, strategies, and money behind pivotal efforts to transform our society and that points the way to new solutions that improve the lives of people around the world.

What you’ll do:
• Research and pitch ideas for in-depth articles on a wide range of areas where foundations and wealthy individuals invest their dollars. Explore whether this money served affected communities well and whether important voices – especially those an investment was designed to help – had a seat at the table.
• Report and write articles that help our audience of donors, nonprofits and the communities they serve understand what happened after major philanthropic investments were committed.
• Work with the Associated Press to share your stories with a broader audience of Americans.
• Collaborate with other journalists in the Chronicle newsroom to write in-depth features for our monthly magazine.

Preferred qualifications:
• A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years’ experience working for a professional publication or information service. (College newspaper experience and professional internships may be considered as part of the five years of experience.)
• Demonstrated ability to rigorously research complex topics and distill them into lively, easy to read magazine style articles.
• Experience in long-form journalism, exceptional storytelling skills, versatility in learning, and researching a range of topics and identifying trends, as well as creativity in selecting story assignments that will gain widespread reader attention. Experience in working with the Solutions Journalism Network is a plus.
• Experience reporting on topics and themes that involve philanthropy and nonprofits, such as education, arts, the environment, or social change is a plus. Business coverage is also a plus.

Please attached your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and five samples of published articles that demonstrate your journalistic strengths.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chronicle of Higher Education has taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of its staff members. We are currently working remotely with a focus on the safety, health, and wellbeing of our employees. This role will begin remotely until it is safe to return to the office and will ultimately be based out of our Washington, DC office. Our salaries are competitive with excellent benefits including five weeks of annual paid vacation.

The Chronicle is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Organization: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Location: Washington US
Date Posted: October 21, 2021
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