WE’RE HIRING: Block Club Chicago seeking a neighborhood-obsessed reporter for Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood
Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, relevant and nonpartisan coverage of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
Block Club believes all neighborhoods deserve to be covered in a meaningful way. We amplify positive stories, show up to development and local school council meetings and serve as watchdogs in neighborhoods that are often ignored by traditional news media.
Our reporters don’t parachute in once to cover a story. They are in the neighborhoods they cover every day building relationships over time with neighbors. We believe this ground-level approach not only builds community but leads to a more accurate portrayal of a neighborhood.
Some of us have internalized the national media’s narrative of a broken Chicago. We aim to change that by celebrating our neighborhoods, our resilience and highlighting the people who fight every day to make the city a better place for all.
About the job
We’re looking for a reporter to cover the Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood neighborhoods on the Far Southwest Side of Chicago. This position is being partially funded through Report For America.
You’ll be expected to cover everything from local school council meetings and community policing efforts to restaurant openings and real estate developments. Night meetings are common. This is not a 9–5 job (though it is typically Monday-Friday).
Block Club Chicago reporters are expected to build sources and contacts in the communities they cover. Plan on getting texts and emails from neighbors and becoming a well-known fixture in your neighborhood. This is a remote position (we want you to be embedded in the community), but we’ll have staff meetings in our Loop office and you’ll check in with your editor several times a day.
This is not a job for someone who wants to write one story a week. You’ll be expected to have one or two fresh stories daily. There will be opportunities to work on longer-form, investigative pieces, but the majority of the job is keeping your readers up to date on daily news from the neighborhood.
Full benefits (medical, dental, vision), 401K
3 weeks paid vacation
Ability to pitch your own stories every day and explore things that interest you
Supportive, scrappy, tight-knit editorial team
Familiarity with Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood (residents or former residents of the Southwest Side preferred)
At least two years of reporting experience — please include news clips and not marketing or copywriting samples.
Ability to shoot your own photos in the field
Experience promoting your stories on social media
Ability to generate story ideas and willingness to hear from neighbors and readers
Experience covering community meetings or a neighborhood beat in the past a plus!
How to Apply
All hiring for this position will go through both Block Club and Report for America (RFA).
Email a cover letter (the email itself can be your cover letter), resume and 3 or 4 of your best stories to newsroom (at) blockclubchi (dot) org along with two references.
Put “SW Side Reporter Position” in the subject line, please!
Deadline for applications is January 20, 2022.
Block Club Chicago is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to everyone regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Block Club Chicago believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff makes us a better newsroom more able to accurately report on the neighborhoods of Chicago.