This position begins June 1, 2021. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.
Are you drawn to stories about topics that are complex but have a real impact on people’s lives? Does your reporting examine how different groups of people are affected in disparate ways by policy and business decisions?
WPLN News is hiring a Report For America corps member to report on the environment, with a focus on equity. You will explore issues that have dramatic effects on people’s lives, like waste disposal, biodiversity, energy use, state parks and the changing climate.
You don’t have to dig far to find important environment stories. Tennessee is home to the nation’s largest public utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority. The state has an abundance of natural resources that are increasingly threatened by development. Its business-friendly environment often favors corporate growth over local pushback. And, the decisions made around natural resources disproportionately impact Black, brown and low-income communities in our region.
To cover this beat well, we are looking for a reporter with a passion for science or environmental coverage and a deep commitment to equity:
- You’ll have to pull out stories from complicated environmental memos and research, so some experience with the topic in the past is a plus
- Because the medium is radio and online, you should have an interest in learning audio storytelling, even if you don’t have experience.
- Above all, you need to be committed to connecting with communities that are historically underserved by media, and to telling stories that show how race, class and power intersect with other issues.
You’ll find that WPLN News is a supportive, collaborative environment full of people who believe in journalism as a force for public good. In the past few years, we’ve launched The Promise, a podcast that challenges assumptions about race, class and public education. We’ve uncovered new information in a high-profile police trial. We’ve amplified the voices of Black Nashvillians through our series Breaking Points and forged a strong partnership with Spanish-speaking news media.
This position is open to early-career and mid-career journalists. Regardless of your skill level coming in, you’ll receive mentoring from our award-winning news team with extensive experience in breaking news, audio storytelling, and investigative reporting.
Come join Report For America and WPLN News.
RFA guarantees a position for one year, with an option to extend the position to a second year. For more information on Report For America’s requirements for corps members, please click here. To apply, click here.