American Society of Magazine Editors

Freelance News Writer at The Trace

The Trace’s mission is to use journalism to shine a light on America’s gun violence crisis. It’s a beat where there is no such thing as a slow news day. We’re looking for a smart, versatile, diligent writer to help readers make sense of the latest developments, chase down underexamined angles, and support our team in producing watchdog reporting on an issue with vast influence on community safety, public health, politics, law enforcement, racial inequality, criminal justice, and more.

This is an opportunity for a talented freelance journalist itching to take on steady, meaningful work. We’re looking for someone available to put in at least 20 hours a week and are flexible about how the day-to-day schedule is structured. Experience writing about firearms issues would be a big plus, though this could also be a chance for a journalist with experience in an overlapping beat (e.g., crime, medicine, state policy, law, etc.) to apply that knowledge to stories where your training and sources intersect with the topics The Trace covers.

Above all, we are seeking someone who:

  • Writes clean, engaging, accurate copy and meets deadlines, every time.
  • Embraces the full range of digital story forms (traditional news articles, FAQs, lists, graphics, etc.) and possesses a keen instinct for which formatting will provide the reader with the greatest value for a given piece.
  • Feels equally comfortable mining news clips or research reports and working the phone.
  • Learns new issues quickly.

To apply, please send your resume, a selection of your best work, and three story ideas 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 dedicated to reporting on gun violence in America. Every year in our country, a firearm is used in nearly 500,000 crimes, resulting in the deaths and injuries of more than 110,000 people. Shootings devastate families and communities and impose steep costs on local, state, and federal governments. Meanwhile, the problem of gun violence has been compounded by another: the shortage of knowledge about the issue.

We believe that when an issue is shrouded by an information gap, journalism can be a big part of the solution. As a nonprofit newsroom, The Trace is able to dedicate itself to in-depth reporting that doesn’t let up after the latest high-profile shooting leaves the front pages. Since launching in 2015, 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