Two nonprofit journalism organizations are joining forces for the first time to hire a beat reporter to cover Native and Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Underscore.news, a digital reporting team based in Portland, Oregon, that covers Indian Country, is collaborating with Indian Country Today, a national digital and television news enterprise covering Indigenous communities.

The reporter hired will be shared between Underscore.news and Indian Country Today to produce daily news or spot stories as well as long-form enterprise stories. The goal is to increase the visibility of Indigenous communities in storytelling and news reporting.

A desired applicant is someone who seeks out, scoops and embraces enterprise reporting, and someone who is committed to building relationships with Native communities, the organizations say.

"Underscore.news is honored to partner with Indian Country Today. Together, we'll produce more original coverage of Indigenous communities and contribute to a growing national visibility for Indian Country," said Jackleen de La Harpe, executive director of Underscore.news.

The partnership between the news organizations was described as important by ICT editor Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock.

“First it opens the door to better coverage of Indigenous issues in the Northwest. Second, it creates opportunity; it's a good job. And I love partnering with other news organizations because it teaches us all to work together to be better storytellers,” Trahant said.

The reporter hired will be required to produce no less than one story per week for Underscore.news. Story topics can include Indigenous people and communities recovering from COVID-19, as well as other stories from places like Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia. Other story topics and pitches are welcome.

(ICT Classifieds: Underscore.news + Indian Country Today Beat Reporter)

This 32-week limited reporting position is full-time including benefits, and will pay a $60,000 to $70,000 annual salary, depending on experience. It is anticipated that this will be a long-term staff position in 2022, depending on funding. The job will be based in Portland, Oregon, and begins August 9, 2021.

Candidates do not have to be Native, but should be someone who can relate to Indian Country. Both organizations say they encourage members of communities that are traditionally underrepresented, and misrepresented in media to apply, including Black, Indigenous and people of color; women; LGBTQIA people, and people who are differently abled.

A full job description can be found here. Interested applicants can upload a resume and up to three work samples through this online portal. There will also be a series of questions to answer. Resumes will be used as a summary for consideration but most attention will be paid to responses to the questions, the organizations say. 

Interested in applying? Click here.

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