Program Objectives and Activities
The Reporting the Border program focuses on the following activities:
- Empowering U.S. — based journalists to leverage access to information laws, harness public data, and incorporate visualizations and infographics to produce compelling, evidence-based stories related to border issues;
- Incentivize investigative journalism and Improve security protocols and use of secure digital tools and platforms by local journalists, editors, and civil society actors to protect their online information and collaboration;
- Create and nurture a hub of cross-border journalists and civil society actors to advance transparency, accountability, social justice and human security in the U.S. — Mexico border area.
General Responsibilities include:
- In coordination with the BCJB President, assist program participants to attend both editorial and logistical needs.
- Help the BCJB President to build and maintain partnerships with other organizations in order to meet the Program goals.
- In coordination with the BCJB President, help editors to develop, maintain and ensure the best results and highest impact possible of each grant and fellowship awarded.
- Work closely with the BCJB team to communicate program’s milestones.
- Work on any other deliverable requested by the BCJB President to attend specific needs arising during the Program development.
Specific Responsibilities include:
Overseeing all Fellow and Editors activities
- Help identifying and recruiting Fellows who meet project and program criteria;
- Conduct due diligence on fellowships and grants candidates.
- Help preparing and implementing an orientation program for new Fellows and grantees that prepares them to manage their investigative reporting projects;
- Maintain weekly contact with Editors to ensure they are meeting their objectives;
- Helping Fellows develop innovative resources – guides, networks, technology, collaborations – that last after their Fellowships and have a measurable impact on how information is delivered and shared;
Working with the Communications team to develop an effective communications strategy for the program
- Helping BCJB to communicate program milestones, impact and news through blogs, social media and events organized by BCJB;
- Develop blogs, multimedia and other content for BCJB’s websites, especially the Border Hub;
Working with the BCJB’s president to report activities to donors
- Tracking all metrics and follow the monitoring-and-evaluation program that measures the progress of each project and helps BCJB to see if milestones and goals are met;
- Produce a monthly metrics report useful to evaluate and reports activities;
- Help drafting regular reports to ICFJ and other funders supporting the Border Hub program.
Required experience and skills
- 3-5 years of reporting and or editing experience in the U.S. — Mexico border.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Experience with excel and Microsoft office tools.
- Experience with CMS
- Proven experience in online campaigns via social media.
- Bilingual (English-Spanish).
Desirable experience and skills
- Experience as a trainer and conferencist in media and journalism conferences.
- Experience in multimedia journalism.