The National Trust for Historic Preservation established the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund in order to draw attention to the remarkable stories that evoke centuries of African American activism and achievement, and to tell our nation’s full history. Please click here to learn more about the Action Fund. As part of the Action Fund program, the National Trust seeks to collaborate with diverse and creative people who value black culture and heritage and are passionate about sharing their expertise to help preserve African American historic places. The Action Fund Editorial Fellow is an early-career journalist with interest in African American history and the places that help tell the stories of African American culture, heritage, activism, and achievement.
The fellow will coordinate with the editorial and digital marketing team to satisfy elements of the National Trust’s content strategy on SavingPlaces.org and in Preservation magazine, with a particular focus on African American history, the people and places integral to that history, and the individuals today who are working to protect those places. Much of the content generated during this fellowship will highlight Action Fund grant recipients, but the fellow will also be responsible for elevating the stories of people and places not currently affiliated with the Action Fund or the National Trust. The ideal candidate is a talented writer, thorough researcher, and skilled editor.
This will be a 6-9 month stipended fellowship, with some flexibility of dates and scheduling of hours & deliverables.
National Trust fellowships are temporary, project-based experiential opportunities targeted to graduate-level or early career professionals. This is an excellent career development opportunity, although there is no expectation of employment with the National Trust at the conclusion of the fellowship.
- Generate story ideas and coordinate with editorial team to determine appropriate method of publication.
- Research and report at least one news article, personality profile, case study, or feature story per week for SavingPlaces.org and contribute to each quarterly publication of Preservation during the fellowship period.
- Perform photo research and secure images to accompany all published work.
- Participate in the magazine content editing process, which may include researching and fact-checking stories, and proofreading copy and story layouts.
- Attend the National Trust’s PastForward Conference in Miami (fall 2020) and present on the body of work developed during the fellowship (National Trust will provide stipend to cover expenses).
- Other communications tasks as assigned by editors.
- 2-3 years experience creating content that reflects and engages culturally diverse audiences. Experience researching and writing about, and/or academic focus relating to, African American history, historic places and communities, strongly preferred. Personal or professional ties to African American communities, cultural heritage, or affinity organizations are also a plus.
- Basic analytical and problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
- Excellent writing and line-editing skills.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
- B.A. preferred, or comparable combination of college-level study and experience, preferably in journalism, history, or field related to historic preservation.