The Counter is seeking candidates for a year-long reporting fellowship to cover the movement around justice for Black farmers and the pioneering agriculture work being done in communities of color nationwide—the first known beat of this kind at any U.S. media company.
This position represents our recognition of the racial disparities in agriculture, food media, and media as a whole, as well as the dearth of sustained, reported media coverage on the barriers and successes today’s Black farmers experience.
The number of Americans employed in farming enterprises continues to shrink, and according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Black farmers make up less than 2 percent of the nation’s 3 million farmers. Black farmers have long been pushed from the business by land loss; biased lending and federal policies; and unequal access to capital, technology and other resources.
As part of our editorial team, the Future of Farming Fellow will develop and report stories that shed light on the roles that racism and injustice have played in shaping the U.S. agriculture system, introduce readers to a new generation of leaders whose efforts are seeding food sovereignty for the future, and chronicle the politics of redress.
Applicants for this position should:
- Have three to five years of professional writing experience, with investigative or food reporting preferred.
- Have a demonstrated background that balances traditional reportage with narrative writing.
- Have previously developed short- and long-term enterprise pieces.
Be interested in how policy and grassroots activism have affected various populations and constituencies.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for African-American and communities of color.
- Be comfortable working remotely and in underreported, rural, and Southern communities.
- Enjoy collaborating with fellow journalists while also possessing a self-driven work ethic and communication skills required to successfully work remotely.
This is a full-time opportunity. Compensation for this position is $73,000 and includes health insurance and benefits. Applicants should submit a CV and brief cover letter linking to three examples of their best or most relevant work to email@example.com. The subject line should read: The Future of Farming Fellowship.
The deadline to apply for this fellowship is April 8, 2021. We encourage you to apply well before the deadline.
The Counter is committed to identifying and addressing forms of systemic inequality that pervade the American food system—as well as food media itself. Read a statement from our editor about our ongoing work to improve equity and representation within our organization.
The Counter is an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.