Company Info

Grist Magazine, Inc.
Seattle, WA, United States

Staff Writer, Food & Agriculture

col-wide   

Occupations:

Writer

Job Description:

Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to highlighting climate solutions and uncovering environmental injustices. Since 1999, we have used the power of journalism to engage the public about the perils of the most existential threat we face. Now that three-quarters of Americans recognize that climate change is happening, we’ve shifted our focus to show that a just and sustainable future is within reach. 

Over the past four years, Grist has scaled from a Seattle based team of 20-25 to a nationally distributed organization of ~60 with a growing budget. Grist’s strategy centers on climate, justice, and solutions, and we implement our mission through two areas of work: Our award-winning Editorial Program and our work to transform talent and representation within environmental storytelling. Grist was recently awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In addition, Grist was named best small newsroom by the Edward R Murrow Awards in 2022 and the Online Journalism Awards in 2021 (among dozens of other awards and nominations). 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Overview

We are seeking a Staff Writer to help us grow Grist’s coverage of food and agriculture. We’re looking for someone with stellar news judgment, a passion for storytelling, and a deep commitment to impactful journalism.

The staff writer will pitch, report, and write stories on topics at the intersection of climate, the environment, food, and agriculture. The right person for this position will be interested in approaching the beat through a narrative lens, producing rich stories that demonstrate how climate change is reshaping cultures, communities, economies, and ecosystems. We're also looking for someone who is always mindful of equity issues that are often at the root of stories on any of these beats. An inquisitive writer who can reflect on trends in policy, economics, culture, and science would thrive on this beat.

What does this role look like in practice? You’ll generally write 4 to 6 stories per month — ranging from roughly 600 words to a few thousand — and land a handful of enterprise projects per year. Grist is a small, collaborative team, so you may also be asked to contribute to newsletters, collaborate on larger projects, appear in the occasional video, and represent Grist at conferences and workshops. 

The annual base pay for this position is between $76,000 - $90,000 depending on experience. Grist is based in Seattle, but the job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country. This position is represented by Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild Local 37082 (“Grist NewsGuild”). 

Job Requirements:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conceive, report, write, and produce stories of varying lengths — from breaking news to news analysis to features — on topics at the intersection of food, land, agriculture, the environment, and climate
  • Translate important trends and news about climate change into gripping prose that focuses on climate policy’s impact on everyday lives
  • Contribute to Grist’s newsletters, special packages, and other projects, as requested
  • Help mentor Grist fellows; be excited about sharing your methods and talents with your colleagues and learning about theirs 
  • Other duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 4 years of reporting experience, preferably focused on climate, the environment, food, and/or agriculture
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Professional reporting experience, knowledge, and interest in climate and food
  • A track record of covering stories of national importance and impact
  • Comfort with magazine-style journalism
  • Experience finding sharp, provocative angles on the news of the day
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
  • Proficiency with desktop writing tools and web technologies for news gathering and publishing
  • Superior organizational skills and obsessive attention to details
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Comfort with working at a remote-first organization

And it sure would be nice if you also had:

  •   Excitement about exploring innovative and creative ways to tell stories in a fast-moving environment, specifically for mobile devices
  •   A passion for helping Grist attract new, more diverse audiences for environmental stories
  •   The ability to identify stories that will resonate online

BENEFITS

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage paid 100% for Employee premiums and 85% for Dependent premiums
  • Employer paid Basic Life, ADD, Travel Assistance, STD/LTD, EAPs
  • Voluntary Insurance include Health, Dependent and Transit FSA, Life/ADD, Critical Illness and Accident Insurance
  • Traditional and Roth 401k with matching (vested immediately)
  • Monthly WiFi Stipend
  • Alternative Transportation Reimbursement
  • Fifteen paid holidays per year (which includes office closure between Dec 25 and Jan 1) plus five floating holidays and 3 summer days
  • Generous paid leave including medical and family leave, parental leave, abortion leave, sabbatical leave and many other paid and unpaid leave programs
  • Annual in-person all-staff retreat (subject to pandemic conditions)
  • 100% Remote work with drop-in offices available in Seattle, WA and Brooklyn, NY

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.