Visual Journalist (Environmental Justice)

Guardian News & Media (GNM)
New York, NY, United States
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Guardian News & Media (GNM) is the publisher of the US news website, the Guardian and Observer newspapers and website in the UK. We're a highly regarded global news brand, owned by the Scott Trust — an arrangement that guarantees its independent voice in perpetuity.

Headquartered in New York City, Guardian US, is an entirely digital operation that seeks to engage US readers by combining the Guardian's internationalist, online journalism with US voices and expertise.

Environmental justice is one of the crucial civil rights issues of our time. Minorities and low-income people are exposed at far greater rates to pollutants and the effects of global heating, and face stark disparities in access to clean water and air. This is why the Guardian had made environmental inequalities a central plank of its coverage - and why we are now expanding our coverage with a year-long special series

We are now looking for a Visual Journalist, Environment Justice to join our New York team.

Department: Editorial

Reports to: Editor Special Series, US / US visuals team

Normal location: New York, NY

Terms and conditions: 12 months, from Jan 2021 

Purpose of role

Research, develop and produce agenda-setting and original visual journalism on the subject of environmental justice in the US across several Guardian platforms (usually for our website and app but also our social media channels), subject to the guidance of senior members of the US philanthropy projects and visuals teams. 

Key responsibilities

  • To understand the brief of the environmental justice project and to develop high quality visual journalism (stories told through graphics, photographs, multimedia elements and more) in close consultation with the philanthropic and visuals teams in the US 
  • Collaborating with editors to figure out what stories are best told visually
  • Conceptualizing ambitious visual stories
  • Reporting and researching these projects to gather information, data and assets.
  • Building the stories, which could include graphics, photographs, videos and interactive elements
  • To have a vision of what you would like to achieve with a year of visual journalism dedicated to this topic - what do you want readers to take away from your coverage?

Core Skills

Experience and skills in the following areas. If you feel you do not possess all of these skills, please consider applying anyway, as you will be able to develop some of them in the course of the job.

  • Experience covering science or environmental justice stories is great, but not required.
  • A portfolio showing your abilities to tell journalistic stories visually
  • Data analysis and visualization (we are tool agnostic but experience making maps and interactive data visualizations is a plus)
  • Digital design and illustration (fluency with Adobe Illustrator a big plus)
  • In addition, if you have front-end web development experience or experience producing videos, we are willing to shape the role around your skillset.
  • Experience of reporting and journalistic writing

Other required skills/behaviors 

  • Ability to deliver work and motivate others to do so in high pressure situations to tight deadlines 
  • Ability to consistently set and hit story deadlines
  • Ability to initiate relationships with, and work collaboratively with other journalists and editors, including at request of supervising editor
  • Establishing good working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
  • Finding, contacting and working with contributors
  • Our values - honesty, integrity, courage, fairness, and a sense of duty to the reader and the community

All candidates interested in applying should upload a resume and cover letter as one document. All candidates must have the right to work and live in the United States and be located, or prepared to relocate to the Greater New York City Area.

Guardian News & Media is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin or citizenship.

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future.

This job description is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It summarizes the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows, you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role.