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The New York Amsterdam News (AmNews) is looking for a full time science reporter to join our Blacklight Investigative Unit. This is a position based in New York City that requires considerable attention to detail, personal initiative and a startup attitude. This role offers the successful candidate a unique opportunity: to work with a legacy Black owned news organization to support the essential work of supporting our democracy and informing our citizens.
To apply, send an email including a thoughtful cover letter and a resume as well as contact information for two references for whom you have worked or worked with in PDF format to email@example.com with “Science Reporter” in the subject line.
About the AmNews
The Amsterdam News is one of America’s most influential and oldest continuously published Black newspapers, published for 112 years in Harlem, New York City. Since 1909 the Amsterdam News has been a leading voice of the too often overlooked Black community in New York, the largest in the nation, and has worked to magnify the issues that most deeply impact communities of color in New York, the United States and around the world. The AmNews reported on the fight for equality during the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Freedom Riders, among others, making it by far the most influential and most frequently-cited Black weekly in the country.
About the position
This is a two year, grant funded, union position with the possibility of a longer duration based on funding availability. The science reporter is an ambitious and detail-oriented member of the AmNews Editorial Team. You’ll hit the ground running, be unafraid to break news and be a highly motivated self-starter who displays personal integrity and is comfortable working both independently and collaboratively. You will spend roughly 1/3 of your time covering and writing breaking science related news and 2/3 of your time working on long form and/or investigative projects.
In this role, you will:
Cover breaking science related news and general science stories as well as long form and investigative topics. Your goal will be to cover these topics through the lens of how they impact communities of color. Your focus will the New York City area but you may also cover regional, national and international stories. In addition to being assigned stories including, but not limited to, COVID-19, climate change, and gun violence as a public health emergency, you will generate your own story ideas, including for long form projects.
Meet regularly with the AmNews Editorial team including the Investigative Editor, Publisher, Managing Editor, News Editor, and other reporters.
This position is based in the New York City area and flexible work options are available.
To apply, send an email including a thoughtful cover letter and a resume as well as contact information for two references for whom you have worked or worked with in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Science Reporter” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on December 6th 2022. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date in January of 2023.
The New York Amsterdam News welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.
A strong candidate will have all of the following:
5+ years of experience in reporting on science or science related topics including public health, preferably with a background in covering the New York City region and/or Black and brown communities
Experience in long form or investigative journalism
Superior verbal and written communication skills
Experience with virtual work environments (both technology, tools and personal skills) and the ability to work independently and remotely
Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a portfolio of source relationships with little supervision
The superior candidate also will also have many of the following:
The New York Amsterdam News was started more than a century ago, with a $10 investment. It has gone on to become one of the most important Black newspapers in the country and today remains one of the most influential Black-owned and -operated media businesses in the nation, if not the world. On Dec. 4, 1909, James H. Anderson put out the first edition of the Amsterdam News with six sheets of paper, a lead pencil, a dressmaker’s table and that $10 investment. The Amsterdam News was one of only 50 Black newspapers in the country at that time. Copies were sold for two-cents a piece from his home at 132 W. 65th St. in Manhattan. The paper was named after the avenue where Anderson lived in New York’s San Juan Hill section of Manhattan.
By 1910, as Blacks began the Great Exodus from the South, moving into big cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and New York’s Village of Harlem, so grew the success of the Amsterdam News, so much so that An- derson soon moved the paper uptown to 17 W. 135th St. Still growing, the AmNews moved again in 1916 to 2293 Seventh Ave. The next move came in 1938 to 2271 Seventh Avenue until, in the early 1940s, it relocated to its present address at 2340 Frederick... Douglass Blvd. in Harlem. In 1926, publisher Edward Warren’s wife, Sadie, purchased the paper. It struggled for survival until 1935, when it was bought by two of the nation’s foremost Black entrepreneurs, Dr. Cielan Bethan Powell and Dr. Phillip M.H. Savory of the Powell Savory Corporation. Powell assumed the role of publisher. During Powell’s tenure, the Amsterdam News expanded its reach, reporting not only on local stories that were important to the Black community, but national news stories as well. The AmNews reported on the fight for equality during the Jim Crow era, the events of the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Freedom Riders, among other stories, making it by far the most influential and most frequently-cited Black weekly in the country.
The Amsterdam News was one of the first publications to focus its attention on Malcolm X and began publishing his column, “God’s Angry Man.” A host of the most influential Black leaders in the nation who have appeared in the Amsterdam News include scholar W.E.B. DuBois, activist Roy Wilkins, Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, NAACP President Ben Jealous and Rep. Charles Rangel. In 1963, the New York Times credited the Amsterdam News with inspiring a crackdown on the drug and crime epidemics that gripped Harlem, saying, “The Amsterdam News has always had a great deal of persuasive power in Harlem and other Black communities.”
On May 1, 1971, Powell announced his retirement and sold the paper to the Amnews Corporation, which currently retains ownership. In August of 1982, Wilbert A. Tatum, who was chairman of the board of the Amews Corporation and publisher, broadened its reach still further by extending the editorial perspective into international affairs. This wider scope resulted in increased interest and readership within local, national and international communities. In July 1996, Tatum gained complete ownership of the Amsterdam News. The future of the storied publication was now solely in the hands of the Tatum family. A year later, Tatum stepped down, handing the reigns of publisher and editor-in-chief to his then-26-year-old daughter, Elinor Ruth Tatum, who retains those positions to date.
Wilbert Tatum died on Feb. 26, 2009.
The Amsterdam News has enjoyed significant accomplishments. In October of 1930, it became the second Black newspaper to be admitted to the Audit Bureau of Circulation. In 1936, it became the first and remains the only Black newspaper to be unionized in all departments by the Newspaper Guild of New York Local 3. While the Amsterdam News is “The New Black View,” it remains keenly aware and respectful of the fact that it serves an increasingly multi-racial and multi-ethnic community in New York and beyond. Today, the New York Amsterdam News remains the voice of one of the largest and most influential Black communities in the country and the world.
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