Jobs

Open positions at the OptOut Media Foundation.

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Web Developer
Frontend App Developer
New York Editor
Volunteer

OptOut is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that was founded in 2020 to help independent media outlets compete with the corporate giants. Our long-term goal is to advance democracy and social justice by distributing vital independent news content.

Our app, available for iOS and Android, has been downloaded over 10,000 times and aggregates content from over 170 financially independent, trustworthy news outlets. Our newsletters go out to over 5,000 organic subscribers. Find out more about OptOut on our websites and app.

The OptOut Media Foundation is a nonprofit charity that began as a volunteer project. Now our staff consists of volunteers and paid contractors. Our small budget allows us to pay $40/hour across the board for limited hours.

People from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply for all positions. The news industry needs much more diversity, equity, and inclusion, and DEI is essential to all aspects of the OptOut Media Foundation.

Developers

The OptOut Media Foundation is looking for part-time or volunteer developers to help with web development and the frontend of our news aggregation app.

We are seeking two developers who believe in our mission and have the below skills who can each put in 10-20 hours per month at least through the end of 2022. They will work alongside the current team, which is part of the nonprofit Progressive Coders Network.

Web Developer

OptOut is seeking a web developer to enhance our websites, which use Ghost CMS. We want to create a new splash page, add a staff section, and create individual pages for each newsletter we publish.

Required skills: Solid knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Git. Familiarity with Ghost CMS, including Ghost theme development using Handlebars, is desirable but not required.

Frontend App Developer

OptOut is seeking a frontend developer to help with feature maintenance and upgrades to the app. Sound knowledge of React is required, and comfort with React Native is preferred.

If you're interested in joining the tech team, please email us with your resume, links to your work, and two professional references: jobs@optout.news

New York Editor

OptOut is seeking an experienced journalist with an intimate knowledge of New York City and New York state to launch our New York program!

As with our new climate program, this editor will write a news roundup newsletter every other week, research and recruit new independent outlets, and build and moderate a Discord chat community for New York journalists. New York-focused outlets currently in the OptOut network include Documented, FAQ NYC, New York Focus, The City, and Hell Gate.

The newsletters round up recent news content from OptOut's participating outlets and include original analysis, job and event listings, and, sometimes, original interviews or other features. See OptOut Climate for examples.

The editor will research new potential additions to the OptOut roster based on our standards and will work with the executive director and others on staff to evaluate and recruit them to join the network.

Finally, the editor will publicize, launch, and moderate a Discord channel for NYC and New York state journalists where they can network, discuss the industry, and work together to solve problems in media.

This position is for five hours per week. As with all paid positions at OptOut, this job pays $40 per hour. It begins as soon as possible. Money is budgeted through the end of 2022 and likely throughout 2023 and beyond.

Requirements

  • Believe in OptOut's mission to educate the public about current events and help sustain a diverse media ecosystem by promoting and assisting independent news outlets and, in doing so, advance democracy and social justice.
  • Be a talented writer with the ability to generate clean copy and write in their own unique voice.
  • Be exceptionally reliable and detail-oriented.
  • Know the ins and outs of NYC and New York state politics, climate, labor, immigration, and other key subject areas.
  • Have at least three years of experience reporting and/or editing news about New York.
To apply, send your resume, links to three relevant stories you've written, and a cover letter explaining why you'd be ideal for this position to jobs@optout.news.

Volunteer

OptOut began as an entirely volunteer organization, and some core members of our team still work as volunteers. We are always eager to bring more volunteers into our project. If you're interested in helping with any aspect of OptOut, please let us know at jobs@optout.news.