Dallas Free Press is hiring freelance reporters, writers, researchers and data analysts to cover community, civic and solutions-focused stories. The ideal candidate relishes the challenge of making “boring” or complicated topics interesting, finds no appeal in parachute journalism, understands the difference between storytelling and story-taking, and wants to do more than simply admire problems. Much of the work requires a familiarity with FOIA and the ability to navigate government data and documents.
Your work will be part of groundbreaking efforts on the part of a new Dallas news nonprofit. We focus our community journalism efforts in South Dallas and West Dallas, two historically redlined neighborhoods, and that work informs collaborative projects that tackle complex civic issues with solutions journalism. South Dallas is predominantly Black, and West Dallas is predominantly Latinx with many residents whose native language is Spanish. We’re seeking freelancers who reflect the culture and diversity of these neighborhoods.
We plan to hire full-time journalists over the next few months and hope to discover potential staff among our freelancers. We’re open to exceptional college students and also trying to identify experienced reporters with a penchant for this work. We pay $50 to $1,000 per project, depending on the freelancer’s experience and the project’s complexity. Fees are negotiated when the assignment is given.
To apply: Send a cover letter, résumé, work samples and references to Dallas Free Press executive director Keri Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.