Contributing Editor, Refugee Resettlement (4-month contract)


Hi! 👋🏾 We’re Prism, a BIPOC-led nonprofit news outlet launched in 2019 that centers the people, places, and issues currently underreported by national media. We’re committed to producing the kind of journalism that treats Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and other invisibilized groups as the experts on our own lived experiences, our resilience, and our fights for justice. Read more about our mission here.

Under the Trump administration, admission and resettlement of refugees within the United States has been cut to record low levels. Now, as the new Biden presidential administration takes shape with plans to rebuild the resettlement program, Prism is looking to expand our coverage of refugee communities in the United States, admission and resettlement policy, and community sponsorship. To that end, in 2021, we plan to publish a multi-article series that takes a deep dive into the issue of refugee resettlement in the United States, offering readers a nuanced understanding of admission and resettlement policy and community sponsorship, and centering the experiences of refugee communities around the country with a focus on BIPOC.


We’re seeking a contributing editor, on a contract basis, to manage this special project. This role offers a seasoned editor the opportunity to envision, plan, and commission a series, providing a platform to feature their own journalism and amplify the voices of additional writers. Over the course of four months, the contributing editor will develop a five- to six-part series on refugee resettlement, shepherding the project from concept to publication. In consultation with Prism’s senior editorial team, the editor will conceptualize and outline the series. Once the outline is approved, the contributing editor will commission articles from writers of their choosing, and will also write up to two pieces in the series—the lead/introductory article and another essay or feature. The contributing editor will also commission original artwork for the series. The contributing editor will edit all submissions within the series with copy editing and fact-checking support from Prism staff. Finally, in consultation with the managing editor, the contributing editor will time the rollout of the series.

The contributing editor role is a freelance, contract, and remote position paying $1,000/month over the course of a four-month contract. Estimated hourly commitment is 20 hours/month.


Applicants should have at least three years of experience as an editor—familiarity with refugee resettlement a plus. The right candidate will be organized and self-driven, with proven ability to focus, prioritize, and implement. This position requires someone with exceptional writing, editing, and project management skills.

If you don't fit perfectly into this criteria but have a strong editing background and want to tell us about the interest and unique skills and experience you would bring to this coverage area, we encourage you to apply. Your application should reflect what you’ve done, what you can do, and what you would—or would want to—do as a contributing editor at Prism, and your vision for how you would shape this series.


To apply, email your (1) resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) links to no fewer than three published pieces you're proud of in a single-document PDF to join@prismreports.org with the subject line Contributing Editor - Refugee Resettlement by the conclusion of Monday, February 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Consistent with our mission, we believe the experiences of BIPOC, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and other invisibilized groups should be centered in our work and we encourage people from these identities to apply to join us. We look forward to hearing from candidates why they are interested in and how they would inhabit this role.

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