American Society of Magazine Editors

Freelance Midwest Correspondent at The Trace

The Trace is seeking a correspondent to write deeply reported articles on gun violence in Chicago and the Midwest. This is an opportunity for a journalist with experience covering law enforcement, public health, public policy, or business to dig deep on issues that matter, like firearms access and trafficking, the policing of violent crime, health care equity and victims services, and responses to trauma in communities recording high — and often rising — rates of shootings.

This is a part-time, 12-month, contract position, with a compensation range of $24,000 to $36,000, depending on experience. We’re flexible about the quantity of articles produced under this contract, which could focus on a central theme or subject, or consist of individual enterprise pieces. We want to hear your ideas for stories with real potential to create accountability and increase public understanding, and will then structure workflow accordingly.

A crucial skill will be the ability to deliver high-impact reporting that can resound with both local and national audiences. Experience covering gun violence, law enforcement, public health or related issues, and active sources in those areas, would be a big plus.

To apply:

Please send us your resume; a selection of your best work; and a one-page memo outlining how you would approach this project (the more specific, the better) to

The Trace is committed to diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBQT people.

About The Trace

The Trace is an independent, nonprofit news organization that covers guns in America. We have reported extensively on the toll that shootings exact on American families, especially those of color; the role of firearms in domestic violence; the influence of the gun lobby; the business of guns; and the regulators tasked with the difficult job of keeping firearms out of the wrong hands. Along the way, we have collaborated and co-published articles with more than 24 news organizations, including the Atlantic, the Guardian, HuffPost, Slate, the Tampa Bay Times, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Vice.

Thursday, May 18, 2017