Position Description

Earth Journalism Network: Meso-American Editor
Location To Be Determined
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BACKGROUND

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) serves as the environmental media program for Internews, a leading media development organization. EJN is looking to hire a Spanish-speaking Meso-American Editor to play a lead role in the editorial, capacity building, and networking activities of our new Meso-American Reef Reporting Project, aimed at improving the quality of news coverage focusing on the environmental health of the Meso-American Reef in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, and increasing the capacity of journalists in these countries to cover issues related to the Meso-American Reef in the future.

 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

  • The main task for the Meso-American Editor will be to mentor the Spanish-speaking journalists selected by the project to receive story grants, to advise them as they go about producing their stories for local media, and to edit Spanish-language stories they produce. We estimate the number of story grantees to be around 6 (but the final number may be more or less), and these stories could come in multiple formats (print, radio, video, online).
  • The Meso-American Editor is also expected to participate in a journalism training workshop that will take place in southern Mexico in July, and in two webinars expected to be held on Sept 5th, 2019. They will assist with training activities as appropriate.
  • Assist in the selection of participants for EJN story grants and for the Mexico workshop, including spreading news about the activity to solicit applications, recommending suitable journalists in the region, helping to judge the applications that come in, and providing other related support.
  • Assist in the management of the story grantees for story production projects across Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras (and possibly Belize). Ensure that the projects are completed according to set editorial and technical parameters and budgets.
  • Provide editorial support to project staff, partners, and journalists to ensure that content is accessible to the media and target audiences. This includes aggregating content produced by local media, arranging partnerships for content with local media, commissioning stories from journalists, and if desired, producing stories to publish in local media or on various sites supported by EJN globally.
  • The mentoring activities with story grantees will include supervising story development, editing and translating of stories by journalists, approving project plans/calendars and final materials, providing final editing and overall production supervision and, liaison with media partners to support content production relating to environmental subjects and data.
  • Assist in hosting the webinars in both Spanish and English and promoting them nationally, regionally, and internationally.
  • Oversee data collection from grantees for narrative and M&E reporting, and contribute material for program reports, communications materials, and other program documentation in collaboration with project and HQ staff and as per award stipulations.
  • Promote project-related opportunities among potential and current beneficiaries and stakeholders through various channels, including social media.
  • Support the organization and facilitation of the two in-country training workshops planned for this project, in particular the July workshop in Mexico. The other workshop planned for Belize in August may not require as much support.
  • Liaise with donors, partner universities and other key stakeholders.
  • Monitor project activities and achievements and reporting results in regular reports.
  • Support Monitoring and Evaluation activities to collect and interpret data for EJN’s indicators spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrate commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • At least five years of experience with environmental reporting in media and/or training of media professionals to work on issues critical to other development sectors (e.g., science, health, environment/climate change, etc.)
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish, along with strong ability to communicate in English, expertise in other languages a plus
  • Strong media management or journalism experience
  • Interest and strong background in environmental research and policy
  • Proven organization and administrative skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize with a shifting workload
  • Proven ability to operate effectively in a multicultural and team environment
  • Relevant university degree
  • Interest in working with online media and mapping tools
  • Good communication, presentation and inter-personal skills
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