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The Counter is an award-winning nonprofit newsroom.

We cover the economic, political, and cultural forces shaping American food.

We’re continuously looking for journalists and media leaders to join our staff and post relevant opportunities on this page.

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Current full-time opportunities:

Vision: Nourished Schools Reporting Fellowship

The Counter is seeking candidates for one year-long, multimedia reporting fellowship to chronicle the evolution of school food reform—from coronavirus crisis to the politics of universal meals

The national school lunch program as governed by USDA has been rattled to its core by the pandemic. This ongoing and historic public health emergency has presented both a massive disruption to the way we feed our communities, and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to envision a future in which equitable access to nutritious food is universal for all students. 

Here’s what this is not: An education beat, a policy-only reporting role, or lighthearted, cheeky romp through the landscape of cafeteria menus we all remember. This is energetic, deep reporting driven by human stories and one focused question: What is really stopping us from feeding students well? On its surface, a reporting project about school food may seem straightforward. But this fellow should be prepared to dig into an opaque, highly politicized system, and be eager to help the public understand what it cannot see

As part of our editorial team, the V:SN Fellow will participate in developing an editorial calendar that ensures news-driven, consistent, and focused text coverage on the politics of school lunch, as well as pitch and report stories of all kinds, from feature to profile to explainer. They will not work in a silo, but as an integral part of our newsroom, and their work will be informed by—and inform—their fellow reporters. 

Over the length of the fellowship, the V:SN fellow will collaborate with our editors to develop a narrative, limited-run podcast based on their reporting and produced by The Counter. 

Applicants for this position should:

  • Have at least three to five years of reporting experience, with investigative or food reporting preferred.
  • Have a demonstrated background that balances traditional reportage with narrative writing.
  • Have previously developed short- and long-term enterprise pieces.
  • Have worked either in audio or video as a reporter or host, and have reported a long-lead multimedia project.
  • Have experience with projects that include field reporting and production.
  • Have experience working with producers to edit and finalize scripts.
  • Be interested in how policy and grassroots activism have impacted the school lunch program and various constituencies over decades.
  • Be interested in and familiar with what it takes to report well on systemic issues.
  • Enjoy collaborating with fellow journalists while also possessing a self-driven work ethic and communication skills required to successfully work remotely.

This is a full-time opportunity and there is no residency requirement. We work as a fully remote team. Compensation for this position is $73,000 and includes health insurance and benefits. 

Applicants should submit a CV and brief cover letter linking to three examples of their best or most relevant work to [email protected] The subject line should read: The V: SN Fellowship. We are accepting applications until June 1, 2021. We encourage to you apply early

The Counter is committed to identifying and addressing forms of systemic inequality that pervade the American food system—as well as food media itself. Read a statement from our editor about our ongoing work to improve equity and representation within our organization.