Researcher on BIPOC-led Journalism

The Schmidt Family Foundation (Remote)

Posted 2 months ago

Established in 2006 within The Schmidt Family Foundation, The 11th Hour Project supports pioneering, people-centered solutions that are human rights and planet-aligned, working tirelessly to restore the connection between humans and our planet. 

Building on its 15 years supporting frontline environmental organizing and nonprofit journalism in the environmental field, The 11th Hour Project seeks a short-term consultant to conduct a landscape analysis of U.S.- and Africa-based nonprofit journalism organizations–from print or broadcast media outlets, to associations of members of the press, to digital-only reporting platforms, to other storytelling organizations–led by people of color and telling the stories of communities of color at the intersection of human rights and environmental stewardship. 

The analysis should explore the connections and collaborations within this community, its strengths and areas for support, and its place in a broader context of nonprofit journalism and environmental journalism. The analysis should conclude by surfacing ideas for grantmaking that elevates the voices and narratives of people of color, particularly those on the frontlines of climate change and environmental activism. There may be an opportunity for extending this project should deeper due diligence be required or an expansion of grantmaking be considered in the future. 

Qualifications of Candidate 

  • At least five years’ experience in journalism, media, philanthropy or non-profit organizations focused on diverse representation in the media
  • Prior experience producing independent research based on interviews
  • Knowledge of issues facing people of color in the media industry
  • Impeccable people skills and ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Strategic thinker who is rigorous, deadline-driven and pays strong attention to detail 
  • Experience and clarity working around issues of power, privilege, class and wealth
  • Strong intersectional politics and demonstrated commitment to gender, racial, economic, environmental, and global justice
  • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated experience in environmental reporting, research or organizing 

Key Deliverables

  • Interviews (phone or Zoom) with eight  to 10 internal stakeholders at The 11th Hour Project
  • Interviews (phone or Zoom) with eight to 10 recommended current 11th Hour Project grantees 
  • Interviews (phone, Zoom or email) with 20 to 30 additional organizations or individuals beyond The 11th Hour Project’s network, as recommended by stakeholders and grantees
  • List of organizations in U.S. and Africa working on these issues that are led by people of color with an assessment of their work and a contact
  • Summary assessment, based on interviews and additional online research, of people of color-led journalism organizations in the U.S. and Africa, identifying high-need opportunities for grantmaking and offering a short list of recommended next steps for moving forward

Preferred Timeline

  • Dec. 1. to March 1: Interviews and weekly check ins with 11th Hour team on direction, outstanding questions
  • March 1 to March 30: Analysis drafting; biweekly check-ins with 11th Hour team
  • March 30: Deliver final report to 11th Hour Project

We offer competitive compensation. 


How to Apply
Please send a resume and a brief cover letter to with the subject line “Researcher on BIPOC-led Journalism.”

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