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Come help us build the future of food media.

The Counter is an award-winning nonprofit newsroom.

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

We’re looking for journalists and media leaders to join our staff.

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The Future of Farming Reporting Fellowship

The Counter is seeking candidates for one year-long reporting fellowship to cover the movement around justice for Black farmers and the pioneering agriculture work being done in communities of color nationwide—the first known beat of this kind at any U.S. media company.

This position represents our recognition of the racial disparities in agriculture, food media, and media as a whole, as well as the dearth of sustained, reported media coverage on the barriers and successes today’s Black farmers experience. 

The number of Americans employed in farming enterprises continues to shrink, and according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Black farmers make up less than 2 percent of the nation’s 3 million farmers. Black farmers have long been pushed from the business by land loss; biased lending and federal policies; and unequal access to capital, technology and other resources. 

As part of our editorial team, the Future of Farming Fellow will develop and report stories that shed light on the roles that racism and injustice have played in shaping the U.S. agriculture system, introduce readers to a new generation of leaders, whose efforts are seeding food sovereignty for the future, and chronicle the politics of redress. 

Applicants for this position should:

  • Have three to five years of professional writing 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.
  • Be interested in how policy and grassroots activism have affected various populations and constituencies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for African-American and communities of color.
  • Be comfortable working remotely and in underreported, rural, and Southern communities. 
  • 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 Future of Farming Fellowship.

The deadline to apply for this fellowship is April 8, 2021. We encourage you to apply well before the deadline.

The Recovery Project Reporting Fellowship

The Counter is also seeking two year-long reporting fellows to cover Covid-19 recovery efforts through the lens of American food and farming. 

Food was central to the story of 2020: Covid-19 disrupted supply chains, endangered workers, imperiled business models, and changed our relationship to eating. With a historic relief bill passed and hundreds of millions of vaccines on the way, recovery appears to be imminent—yet an end to the pandemic won’t mean returning to business as usual. 

We seek fellows ready to chart the contours of this new normal, who are eager to take their reporting beyond the “issues Covid-19 laid bare” and into the greater unknown: How has the pandemic changed the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed? What new ideas, challenges, and controversies have emerged? What role will policy play? And how will the events of the past year, which took a deeply unequal toll, disrupt or further entrench the systemic forces that shape entire industries and individual American lives? 

Fellows will pitch stories on policy solutions, business concerns, supply chain shifts, labor issues, cultural considerations, and barriers to equity across the American food supply chain, from restaurants and home delivery services to meatpacking plants and food security efforts. Experience covering a specific food-related sector can be a plus, but above all we’re looking for versatile, experienced journalists ready to follow stories wherever they lead. 

Applicants for these positions should:

  • Have three to five years of professional writing experience, with investigative or food reporting preferred.
  • Feel comfortable reporting in a range of formats, from short news pieces to meaty narrative features. 
  • Have previously developed short- and long-term enterprise pieces.
  • Report on a range of communities and industries with accuracy, respect, and humanity. 
  • 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 Recovery Project Fellowship.

The deadline to apply for this fellowship is April 8, 2021. We encourage you to apply well before the deadline.

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.

The Counter is an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.