How’s this for some bittersweet progression?
In a recent memo explaining the reasons for layoffs at Guardian US, a finger was pointed at Facebook and Google. Now, in the wake of those staff reduction plans, the paper is looking to fill a homelessness editor position in San Francisco, a city where the Silicon Valley boom threatens all renters outside the protective layer of rent control.
On the brighter side, homelessness is a (sadly) rich beat. From the job posting‘s list of Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
– Be a first point of contact for the homeless project, and be responsible for day-to-day oversight of the project;
– Commission and communicate with freelancers who might contribute to the project, helping to shape and edit their coverage;
– Find and craft compelling, human-centric stories that explore the impact of homelessness on individuals and society;
– Explore emerging platforms and tools that enable digital storytelling and distribution of stories;
– Contribute ideas to news planning, building your own areas of interest within the Guardian’s editorial strategy;
– Develop a working app.
The position is a one-year contract. Deadline to apply is Dec. 4.
Correction (Nov. 20):
The original version of this item inadvertently referred to the position as “homeless editor,” which may have been a Freudian slip rooted in the occupational hazard of writing regularly about media layoffs. FishbowlNY apologizes for the error.
H/T: Luis Gomez