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, 2-3 clips, as well as contact information for two references for whom you have worked or worked with in PDF format to blacklight@amsterdamnews.com 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.

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.

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:

  • Multimedia reporting experience (Photo/video/audio/podcasting)
  • Experience in data journalism and/or visualization
  • Experience in creating and using public records requests in your reporting
  • A strong social media presence and experience in using social media to engage readers and promote your journalism

Compensation and Benefits for this position includes:

  • Annual Salary $80,000
  • 100% Employer Paid Health Care 
  • Union membership
  • Paid Vacation + 13 named holidays
  • Generous Sick Leave/Personal Time
  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave 
  • Transit Check Program
  • Flexible Spending Plan
  • 401K and pension

This position is based in the New York City area and flexible work options are available.

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.