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Connecting with Caregivers: Emerging Audience Data Coordinator +
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Reports to: Karen Magnuson - Project Director, New York & Michigan

Position type, duration: Part-time (20 hours/week), Contractor, one-year minimum

Location: Work remotely based in Western New York or Southeast Michigan

Compensation Range: $40,000

Applications due: May 30, 2021

Interviews: June 14-25, 2021

Start Date: July 12-26, 2021

𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞𝗚𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗

The Solutions Journalism Network, a growing national non-profit organization, is catalyzing critical reporting about responses to social problems. Solutions journalism provides a framework, grounded in journalistic ethics and informed by today’s professional challenges, that enables journalists to cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection. 

In SJN’s seven years, solutions journalism has become a credible reporting practice recognized for driving meaningful impact in society. Over 18,000 journalists have been exposed to our curriculum. More than 300 news organizations have engaged SJN to produce staff workshops, develop reporting projects, and consult on audience or community engagement activities. 

This role will support the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York. The New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative is breaking new ground as the Solutions Journalism Network’s first interstate collaborative -- a diverse group representing at least 26 news organizations, three universities, a liberal arts college, and a book publisher. 

The collaborative, which focuses on solutions to challenges faced by caregivers of older adults, is launching a Connecting With Caregivers program to fill an urgent need. One in five Americans is a family caregiver, and the number is growing rapidly. It’s unknown exactly how many caregivers exist in Western New York and Southeast Michigan, but our emerging media collaborative faces the same problem public agencies and service providers do – how best to reach them. 

𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗜𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial data journalist to work with the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative’s nascent Connecting With Caregivers program. 

Connecting with this population is a task that has been bedeviling to public health officials and program funders as well as journalists. As the name of the collaborative’s project (https://www.facebook.com/NYMIsojo) indicates, caregivers are often part of an invisible army - people of all ages struggling in the trenches without much acknowledgement or fully understanding where to go for help. 

The Emerging Audience Data Coordinator will work closely with others on the team to build a Caregiving Coverage Data Center to help journalists develop story ideas and access up-to-date context for storytelling.

𝗔𝗦 𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗨𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗔 𝗖𝗢𝗢𝗥𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗢𝗥, 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟:

- Plan and execute quantitative analyses — and interpret results — in support of solutions journalism stories and visualizations for the media collaborative.

- Assist reporters with data brainstorming, acquisition, cleaning, integrity-checking, and analysis.

- Collect public data, using state and federal open records requests when necessary, to build greater awareness and understanding of the challenges facing caregivers of older adults.

- Build new databases based on local research and resources for caregivers of older adults.


This position is part of a bigger puzzle: transforming the way journalists engage and cover caregivers of older adults to offer stronger, community-centric information and storytelling rooted in what caregivers say the main issues are.

Does this sound like your calling? We hope so: We’re an energetic, ambitious, and fun bunch, and we want great people to join us. We need folks who know how to solve problems, with an appetite for experimentation and an appreciation for ambiguity. While SJN seeks to seed financially sustainable collaborative journalism, please note that this role will be part-time and temporary at first.

Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion at SJN means a workplace where individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Diversity of perspective, identity, and experience is important to us. We want to reflect and serve the whole of society. As a result we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to seek employment, and we make all employment decisions without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Delaney Butler (delaney@solutionsjournalism.org).

𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗪𝗘'𝗥𝗘 𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗥:

- Experience working on data projects in a newsroom or experience doing statistical or data-scientific analysis, either in academia or in another research setting.

- Excellent interpersonal skills and editorial judgment.

- A solid understanding of the tools of data analysis, such as database management systems, statistics software, Microsoft Excel, etc.

- Demonstrated skill in obtaining and cleaning data.

- Proficiency in tools to visualize complex data in creative, explanatory formats to keep up with this rapidly evolving field.

𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙟𝙤𝙗? 𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙪𝙨 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨.

𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲

Applications due: May 30, 2021

Interviews: June 14-25, 2021

Start Date: July 12-26, 2021

Connecting with Caregivers: Emerging Audience Editor +
Apply For This Job

Reports to: Karen Magnuson - Project Director, New York & Michigan

Position type, duration: Part-time (20 hours/week), Contractor, one year minimum

Location: Work remotely based in Western New York or Southeast Michigan

Compensation Range: $40,000

Applications due: May 30, 2021  

Interviews: June 14-25, 2021

Start Date: July 12-26, 2021

𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞𝗚𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗

The Solutions Journalism Network, a growing national nonprofit organization, is catalyzing critical reporting about responses to social problems. Solutions journalism provides a framework, grounded in journalistic ethics and informed by today’s professional challenges, that enables journalists to cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection. 

In SJN’s seven years, solutions journalism has become a credible reporting practice recognized for driving meaningful impact in society. Over 18,000 journalists have been exposed to our curriculum. More than 300 news organizations have engaged SJN to produce staff workshops, develop reporting projects, and consult on audience or community engagement activities.

This Emerging Audience Editor will support the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York. The New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative is breaking new ground as the Solutions Journalism Network’s first interstate collaborative -- a diverse group representing at least 26 news organizations, three universities, a liberal arts college, and a book publisher.  

The collaborative, which focuses on solutions to the challenges faced by caregivers of older adults, is launching a Connecting With Caregivers program to fill an urgent need. One in five Americans is a family caregiver, and the number is growing rapidly. It’s unknown exactly how many caregivers exist in Western New York and Southeast Michigan, but our emerging media collaborative faces the same problem public agencies and service providers do – how best to reach them. 

𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗜𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

We’re looking for a community engagement specialist to work with the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative’s nascent Connecting with Caregivers program. 

Connecting with this population is a task that has been bedeviling to public health officials and program funders, as well as journalists. As the name of the collaborative’s project indicates (https://www.facebook.com/NYMIsojo), caregivers are often part of an invisible army – people of all ages struggling in the trenches without much acknowledgement or fully understanding where to go for help. 

The Emerging Audience Editor will work with others on the team to conduct research, help create and run the Connecting with Caregivers program.

𝗔𝗦 𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗨𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗢𝗥, 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟:

- Conduct research on ways to connect with caregivers through interviews with local caregivers and experts, and on best practices across the nation.

- Investigate and experiment with innovative ways to establish an ongoing dialogue with caregivers. Help identify emerging needs for coverage by the collaborative.

- Be responsible for creating engagement opportunities to promote discussion about important caregiving issues online, in person and in storytelling formats.

- Be responsible for representing the media collaborative in the community and at public events both that we host and that you attend.

- Be responsible for regularly engaging diverse audiences of caregivers on multiple digital platforms.

- Be responsible for tracking audience analytics of social posts and collaborative content online.

- Embrace solutions journalism as a practice and promote caregiving coverage from the collaborative in efficient, effective ways.


This position is part of a bigger puzzle: transforming the way journalists engage and cover caregivers of older adults to offer stronger, community-centric information and storytelling rooted in what caregivers say the main issues are.

Does this sound like your calling? We hope so: We’re an energetic, ambitious, and fun bunch, and we want great people to join us. We need folks who know how to solve problems, with an appetite for experimentation and an appreciation for ambiguity. While SJN seeks to seed a financially sustainable collaborative journalism, please note that this role will be part-time and temporary at first.

Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion at SJN means a workplace where individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Diversity of perspective, identity, and experience is important to us. We want to reflect and serve the whole of society. As a result we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to seek employment, and we make all employment decisions without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Delaney Butler (delaney@solutionsjournalism.org).


𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗪𝗘'𝗥𝗘 𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗥

- At least one year of full-time experience in audience engagement, preferably in journalism, with expertise in social media.

- Advanced writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.

- Advanced knowledge of audience analytical tools and social media strategies to grow a fan base, and grow and engage audiences.

- Organizational and planning skills that allow for successful multi-tasking in a deadline-driven environment.

- Advanced interviewing skills.

- Be bilingual, able to speak English and Spanish.

- Self-motivated.

- Knowledge of journalistic principles of ethical conduct.


𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲:

Title: Emerging Audience Editor

Reports to: Karen Magnuson - Project Director, New York & Michigan

Position type, duration: Part-time (20 hours/week), Contractor, one year minimum

Location: Work remotely based in Western New York or Southeast Michigan

Compensation Range: $40,000

Applications due: May 30, 2021  

Interviews: June 14-25, 2021

Start Date: July 12-26, 2021

New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative: Caregiving Project Editor +
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Reports to: Karen Magnuson - Project Director, New York & Michigan

Position type, duration: Part-time (20 hours/week), Contractor, one year minimum 

Location: Work remotely based in Western New York or Southeast Michigan

Compensation Range: $40,000

Applications due: May 30, 2021 

Interviews: June 14-25, 2021

Start Date: July 12-26, 2021

𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞𝗚𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗

The Solutions Journalism Network, a growing national nonprofit organization, is catalyzing critical reporting about responses to social problems. Solutions journalism provides a framework, grounded in journalistic ethics and informed by today’s professional challenges, that enables journalists to cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection.  

In SJN’s seven years, solutions journalism has become a credible reporting practice recognized for driving meaningful impact in society. Over 18,000 journalists have been exposed to our curriculum. More than 300 news organizations have engaged SJN to produce staff workshops, develop reporting projects, and consult on audience or community engagement activities.

This role will support the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative (https://www.facebook.com/NYMIsojo), supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York. The New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative is breaking new ground as Solutions Journalism Network’s first interstate collaborative – a diverse group representing at least 26 news organizations, three universities, a liberal arts college, and a book publisher. 

The collaborative, which focuses on solutions to the challenges faced by caregivers of older adults, is launching a Connecting with Caregivers program to fill an urgent need. One in five Americans is a family caregiver, and the number is growing rapidly. It’s unknown exactly how many caregivers exist in Western New York and Southeast Michigan, but our emerging media collaborative faces the same problem public agencies and service providers do – how best to reach them. 


𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗜𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial journalist to work with the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative. 

Considering the ambitious, innovative nature of the proposed Connecting with Caregivers Program, a part-time caregiving project editor will be needed to assist with day-to-day support for the 31 partners/participating media organizations as they report, edit, and publish and/or broadcast news coverage about caregiving and caregivers. More news organizations have indicated an interest in joining the collaborative, and it is likely to grow as more coverage surfaces and partnerships gain traction. 

𝗔𝗦 𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗝𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗢𝗥, 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟:

- Manage relationships between collaborative partners.

- Be responsible for accountability toward goals and strategies set by collaborative members.

- Convene and lead consistent meetings for collaborative partners.

- Reinforce the solutions journalism approach by offering guidance on potential story ideas, reporting strategies and research resources. 

- Provide quality control on the project as a whole – identifying gaps in coverage and flagging inconsistencies, including making sure the project website reflects the collaborative’s mission.

- Act as the central keeper of story pitches and plans of each participating outlet. In the case of conflicting or overlapping story plans, the Caregiving Project Editor will look for ways to meld reporting so that the efforts and integrity of each newsroom’s work is maintained.

- Encourage cross-newsroom coverage as much as possible.

- Manage the project’s website and social media platforms.


This position is part of a bigger puzzle: transforming the way journalists engage and cover caregivers of older adults to offer stronger, community-centric information and storytelling rooted in what caregivers say the main issues are.

Does this sound like your calling? We hope so: We’re an energetic, ambitious and fun bunch, and we want great people to join us. We need folks who know how to solve problems, with an appetite for experimentation and an appreciation for ambiguity. While SJN seeks to seed a financially sustainable collaborative journalism, please note that this role will be part-time and temporary at first.

Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion at SJN means a workplace where individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and use each person’s talents and strengths. Diversity of perspective, identity, and experience is important to us. We want to reflect and serve the whole of society. As a result, we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to seek employment, and we make all employment decisions without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Delaney Butler (delaney@solutionsjournalism.org).

𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗪𝗘'𝗥𝗘 𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗥:

- Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong editorial mindset.

- Proven organizational experience and leadership on large projects.

- Experience working with a diverse array of media outlets.

- Familiarity with solutions journalism.

- Demonstration of effective judgment, critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.

- Knowledge of AP style.

- Available to work evenings/weekends as needed.

- Willingness to experiment.

- At least three years of experience in journalism.

𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙟𝙤𝙗? 𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙪𝙨 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨.

𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲:

Title: New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative: Caregiving Project Editor

Reports to: Karen Magnuson - Project Director, New York & Michigan

Position type, duration: Part-time (20 hours/week), Contractor, one-year minimum 

Location: Work remotely based in Western New York or Southeast Michigan

Compensation Range: $40,000

Applications due: May 30, 2021 

Interviews: June 14-25, 2021

Start Date: July 12-26, 2021

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