Street Justice Newsletter: Job and Volunteer Opportunities
|Gordon Chaffin||Jun 25|
Last updated 8/5/2020
Street Justice Careers
Street Justice is a nonpartisan news organization formed in 2018; it will begin operating as a nonprofit charitable organization in Autumn 2020. Gordon Chaffin serves as the sole staff member and reporter at Street Justice, producing journalism covering the Washington, DC region. Street Justice publishes email newsletters; website articles; YouTube videos; content for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook; and podcasts.
Street Justice has a total email audience of 3,300 and 370 paid subscribers. The organization grossed $12,250 in CY2019 from subscriptions and donations; on pace to gross $32,000 in CY2020. Street Justice subscriber-only newsletters average 55% open rate (reaching 475 high-value readers) and weekly newsletters to the full email list earn 30% open rate (reaching 2,025 readers who follow DC-area local news and national readers who follow transportation news).
Street Justice does not have any job openings now. We hope to hire part-time reporters and multimedia producers in 2021 after we raise enough money to operate sustainably and pay a living wage.
Help Set Up Our 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Goal: First Board of Directors meeting in August to adopt bylaws, elect officers, finalize government certification applications, and pass a budget for FY 2021 beginning Oct 1, 2020.
Board of Directors: 10-15 hour per month commitment: 1 monthly Board meeting, 1 monthly committee meeting, and offline work on key organization tasks. 9 members, elected to staggered 3-year terms with the first board members volunteering for 1, 2, or 3-year terms to stagger 1/3rd Board turnover each year. Elected board member roles will include a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Advisory Council: 3-5 hour per month commitment: 1 monthly Board meeting, 1 monthly committee meeting, and little-to-no offline work. 11 members, appointed formally by the Board with no term or time commitment. Advisors are ex officio officers of the Board: invited to attend all meetings with participation, but no voting rights.
Board Committees: Four standing committees with 4-5 members including at least two board members: Finance; Development and Fundraising; Editorial; and Audience and Organizations: Outreach, Retention, and Partnerships. Advisors pick one committee to focus on and attend their meetings.
Informal Advisors: 1-2 hour per month commitment for folks with special interest, skills, and experience in aspects of media, business, non-profit management, and public policy areas. We want advisors from as many community stakeholder groups and perspectives as possible. Informal advisors aren’t committed to attend Street Justice meetings or listed publically.
Street Justice has several volunteer opportunities to help several aspects of the organization’s growth. We are taking proactive, committed action to elevate women, people of color, and LGBT+ professionals.
Non-Profit News Start-up Seeks Volunteer Grant Writing and Fundraising Assistance
Street Justice — a DC-based news media start-up — seeks volunteer assistance to identify non-profit funding opportunities and craft applications/proposals. The organization’s single staff member has published for 18 months as a self-employed individual charging monthly subscription fees, taking non-deductible donations, and selling digital services. Street Justice will convert to non-profit status in 2020. In the future, Street Justice will pay a living wage for this assistance.
Non-Profit News Start-up Seeks Volunteer Sales and Business Development Assistance
Street Justice — a DC-based news media start-up — seeks volunteer assistance to identify and pitch potential advertisers or brand partners in the transportation, outdoor recreation, education, and health/wellness industries. The organization’s single staff member has published for 18 months as a self-employed individual with a few small advertiser partners. 3,300 total subscribers — 350 paid — on email newsletter with anticipated 2020 gross subscriber revenue of $20K. In the future, Street Justice will pay a living wage for this assistance.
Non-Profit News Start-up Seeks Volunteer Multimedia Journalists
Street Justice — a DC-based news media start-up — seeks volunteer assistance to produce videos for a new YouTube channel. The ideal volunteer will have experience in broadcast journalism and a passion for local news coverage. Behind and on-camera experience helpful, but the most needed skill is the ability to take print news content and re-purpose for visually compelling videos.
The traditional local broadcast affiliate camera work is tired and doesn’t work well on YouTube. Street Justice founder Gordon is a strong writer, competent A/V producer, and owner of lots of gear. So far, Street Justice videos include a few vlogs, a few video reports, and civic event livestreaming.
we need someone with scriptwriting and story-boarding experience, as well as a lead videographer and collaborator on shot selection brainstorming. Street Justice needs your help to plan, shoot, and edit something closer to Casey Neistat’s “Bike Lanes” or Phil Gaimon’s “5 Most Common Bike/Car Collisions.” We’re also fans of Verge tech videos with Ashley Karman and Verge science videos with Loren Grush.
The goal for Street Justice videos is to reach new audiences for local journalism content focusing on transportation, housing, energy, outdoor recreation, education, and health/wellness. In the future, Street Justice will pay a living wage for this assistance.
Non-Profit News Start-up Seeks Volunteer Print and Photo Journalists
Street Justice — a non-profit news media start-up — seeks volunteer assistance to produce written reports and photos about local government and civic events in the Washington, DC area. We cover the entire region, but many important neighborhood-level events happen on the same evenings. This volunteer would help cover multiple events and topics while Street Justice founding reporter Gordon Chaffin is tied up already.
The ideal volunteer will have experience covering government meetings and community advocacy groups. Key skills are strong writing, competent photography skills, and keeping a level head in situations where residents get heated talking about issues in their neighborhoods. Work would involve evening meeting attendance and the writing of approximately 400 words for a newsletter.
Street Justice hopes to produce more on news coverage of Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. We transportation, housing, energy, outdoor recreation, education, and health/wellness. In the future, Street Justice will pay a living wage for this assistance.
Non-Profit News Start-up Seeks Seeks Volunteer Accounting Assistance
Street Justice — a DC-based news media start-up — seeks volunteer assistance to set up best practices accounting and bank account management procedures for legal compliance and minimally painful tax filing. The organization’s single staff member has published for 18 months as a self-employed individual charging monthly subscription fees, taking non-deductible donations, and selling digital services. In 2020, Street Justice will seek non-profit status in the District of Columbia. Non-profit set-up with workflow for bookkeeping, payroll, taxes, donations, and other compliance) In the future, Street Justice will pay a living wage for this assistance.
Non-Profit News Start-up Seeks Pro Bono Legal Advising (Non-Profit Status & 1st Amendment Risk)
Street Justice — a DC-based news media start-up — seeks Pro Bono legal advice on the establishment of non-profit status in the District of Columbia. The organization’s single staff member has published for 18 months as a self-employed individual charging monthly subscription fees, taking non-deductible donations, and selling digital services. Also, Street Justice seeks legal advice and best practices on 1st Amendment protection (libel/slander). In the future, Street Justice will pay a living wage for this assistance.
Future Hiring and Staff Plans
Immediate Business Administration Needs (2021)
Business Development Assistant (for non-profit fundraising, audience development/CRM, and corporate/brand sponsorships)
Editorial Assistant (editing written newsletter, updates to SJ calendar & project public comment list, business administration assistance)
Medium-Term Editorial/Content Needs (2021-23)
Audience Producer (manages outreach and retention of SJ subscribers, stays in close contact with subs for feedback, seeks new audiences with organic networking efforts & paid markeintg)
Multimedia Journalist aka Audio/Video Producer (a second person with more experience than me behind the camera for video and still photography plus audio production, goal: 1 video report & 1 podcast/audio report per week)
Graphic Designer/Visual Journalist (a designer to produce still and motion graphics for visual storytelling on social channels, goal: 1 design or cartoon per week)
Education Programs Coordinator (manages Street Justice for Education, a free subscription program for college students/staff and K-12 classroom content)
Northern Virginia Correspondent (ideally a student journalist from George Mason, Northern Virginia Community College, or Marymount U)
Maryland Correspondent (ideally a student journalist from U-Md, Montgomery College, or UMaryland Global Campus)
2nd DC Correspondent (ideally a student journalist from Howard, UDC, GWU, Georgetown, or American)
Diversity and Voice
Street Justice will hire women, BIPOC, and non-cis-gender staff, including for the unpaid Board and advisory roles that come with non-profit status. That’s not an aspiration or goal — that is our promise. We will pay living wages: $15/hr for undergraduate students; $20/hr for recent grads and graduate students; $25/hr for experienced professionals, and recent graduate degree earners. We [Alan on including
Street Justice produces subjective journalism. We produce factually accurate, thoroughly reported content. We write with a personal and opinionated voice, contrary to “view from nowhere” journalism that produces an unrealistically symmetrical portrayal of matters in dispute. Where there are power dynamics, Street Justice applies greater scrutiny to agents and stakeholders with greater privilege and more questionable motives.