In The Thick is a political podcast where journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, In The Thick has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss. It’s a podcast that values and gives a platform to POC voices so communities of color understand they matter in the country’s political discourse. In The Thick is hiring a rising journalist for an eight month fellowship. 

We are seeking recent graduates from a journalism program, early-career journalists, or working journalists with little or no prior experience working with audio (preferably no more than two years working in audio journalism) with a passionate interest in reporting that centers POC voices. They will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, honing their journalistic and storytelling skills as well as gaining technical radio broadcasting and podcasting skills.

The fellowship will start in October 2021 and end in June 2022. It is a part-time position (20-24 hours per week) and paid at $15 an hour. The Fellow will be immersed in In The Thick’s editorial and production process, particularly gaining feedback on how to research, pitch, produce and edit stories from In The Thick’s unique perspective. 

This position is currently remote, with the option of remaining remote or transitioning to in-person upon the reopening of our offices in Harlem, New York.  Location is not a limiting factor—we’re open to welcoming fellows regardless of where they’re based.

The ideal candidate should play well with others and enjoy production and reporting. They should have a passion for telling POC stories and working with voices that are rarely heard in the public media landscape. We’re a small shop, so while we’re looking for someone who is a true team player, there is a lot of room to do meaningful work.

Duties and Expectations

Reporting to the In The Thick Producer, the Fellow will:

  • Support the daily and weekly production process for In The Thick, including prep, recording and post production of our two weekly episodes; support of live show productions; and, administrative tasks as needed
  • Generate ideas for coverage of episodes that center and highlight communities of color
  • Participate and pitch in weekly editorial meetings;
  • Provide multimedia content (web copy, archival audio, news clips, etc.) for each episode;
  • Be trained and assisted in producing their own episodes through the duration of the fellowship;
  • Encourage local community organizations to share episodes with their communities.

For episodes that they produce, the Fellow will be expected to:

  • Write and report episodes as needed;
  • Report, write, edit and/or voice segments;
  • Edit episodes and segments in ProTools;
  • Secure and organize audio materials for episodes;
  • Participate in final listens for their episodes;
  • Assist in fact-checking scripts to ensure editorial integrity and quality of content;

Qualifications

  • Recent college graduate (including students graduating in 2021), early-career journalist, or working journalist with little or no prior experience working with audio (up to 2 years working in audio journalism)
  • A knack for developing relationships with sources and show guests who are immersed in their local communities;
  • Commitment to diverse coverage within and outside of POC communities, in terms of sexual orientation, gender, and race;
  • Have an ear for good tape;
  • Demonstrate ability to pitch POC-centric political, social and cultural roundtable and evergreen episodes that are newsworthy with voices that are not given a platform in the mainstream media
  • Excellent team player and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and other team members
  • Ability to work independently while also fitting into a small, focused team;
  • Be curious with a desire to keep learning;
  • Some familiarity with ProTools or similar digital audio editing platforms and audio production experience a plus, but NOT a requirement

Additional Details 

  • Location: Remote 
  • Salary: $15/hour for 20-24 hours/week
  • Recording equipment and audio editing software will be provided.
  • Duration: 10/2021 through 6/2022 (8 months)

Applications for In The Thick’s audio production fellowship will be accepted through September 27th. All applicants will be notified of decisions by early October.

DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit the following:

a cover letter summarizing your background and goals, and why you would be an appropriate fit for this fellowship;

your resume stating qualifications;

3-5 work samples (we encourage you to submit audio samples if you have prior experience in radio); 

and two (2) references.

To avoid any broken links, please attach all documents as .doc, .pdf, or .mp3 files.

Must be submitted by September 27th to be considered for this position, but we encourage early applications. 

To apply, please send all your application materials to jobs@futuromediagroup.org with the subject line: “In The Thick Fellowship application for [YOUR NAME]”. 

Futuro Media is a diverse work environment and we encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. 

About Futuro Media Group

The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to creating multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.