This is a brand new project, so you would be involved with launching and shaping this very exciting online publication.
Part-Time Editor, Online Publication, Branches & Roots
We are seeking a part-time editor to join the team working to launch an exciting new project to highlight the work of farmers and ranchers living in the valley who are growing solutions that are good for their farms, communities, and land. The editor will play an important role in helping to shape and edit the stories and develop the tone of the content as the site comes online and continues to evolve.
- Manage the website and its content with a focus on the overall tone of the project.
- Manage small team of writers and guest writers, and help to identify new writers
- Work with writers and Advisory Team to identify new stories around the San Joaquin Valley
- Oversee production schedule
- Manage editorial calendar and topics for potential posts
- Edit copy for content, tone & spelling/grammar.
- Work with Advisory Team to ensure discipline around the integrity and tone of the project
- Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
- Leadership skills to effectively manage a team of writers or contributors.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Time management skills and excellent attention to details.
- Experience with Microsoft Office, WordPress and various other publishing tools.
- The ability to meet deadlines and budget requirements.
- 1+ years of proven working experience in an editor role.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, marketing, or a related field.
- Professional portfolio that highlights your previous written work.
Please note that this is a part-time position with an hourly rate based on experience.
The farmers and ranchers in the San Joaquin Valley take great pride in their agricultural heritage and their ability to feed America.
As they work to make a living off the land, they face many complex challenges, including droughts & floods, concerns about air and water quality, and complicated local, state and federal regulations. Climate change exacerbates many of these challenges and threatens the future of farming and these rural communities.
Many farmers – some of whom have returned to this area to put down roots on their family’s land – are finding ways to use farming as part of the solution for conserving our natural resources and mitigating climate change. They are branching out to see what is possible for the future of farming by mixing new ideas and technology with time-honored water and soil conservation practices.
Shifting the Narrative
Urban-based regional and national media outlets often paint the agricultural sector in the valley as an environmental villain. Positive stories about the farmers and ranchers that are proactively transitioning to more sustainable and climate friendly practices are often left out of the conversation.
There is a significant need for these ranchers and farmers to tell their stories in order to begin change the narrative and challenge the negative stereotypes that exist about farming in the valley.
Branches & Roots
Branches & Roots creates a space to tell these stories. It is a local online media outlet designed to highlight the work of farmers and ranchers living in the valley who are growing solutions that are good for their farms, communities and land.
Branches & Roots is supported by the Media Impact Fund at the Central Valley Community Foundation and the Madera/Chowchilla Resource Conservation District.