Andscape is seeking a General Editor to serve as coordinator of the Rhoden Fellowship, a program created to support the growth of students studying journalism/communications at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Andscape is a Black media platform dedicated to creating, highlighting, and uplifting the diverse stories of Black identity. Magnified by the power and reach of ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, the Andscape umbrella includes an editorial division, book publishing arm, film and television division, and music publishing group – each united by the shared mission of illuminating the culture and experience of Blackness. Founded in 2022, Andscape is a reimagination, expansion and diversification of The Undefeated’s former platform.
The program is named for William Rhoden, who is a columnist for Andscape and was an award-winning New York Times sports columnist. The Rhoden Fellowship aims to create a journalism pipeline for students interested in all phases of the industry: journalism, video, design, editing, sales, and public relations.
The General Editor will be the initial point of contact with those doing business with the program. They will be an editorial voice and mentor to the students and an ambassador for the program throughout the company. This position will be the liaison with relevant parties that may include: various media outlets, sports teams/players, event venues, hotels, and journalism departments at their HBCUs.
Andscape is located in Washington D.C. This position will be a hybrid role.
- Serve as the day-to-day contact for the Rhoden Fellows – the primary initial contact for those who are doing business with the program
- Create a curriculum for the Fellowship each year to keep the Fellows engaged and building their skills
- Runs point on all budget matters related to the Fellowship – coordinating with Andscape on financial needs
- Liaison with the HR department in all matters related to the Fellows
- Responsible for maintaining accurate contact lists for the program directors, faculty advisors and Fellows, information about the Fellows, in what media outlets they are being placed, and what projects they are working on. Documents any problems and solutions that arise in the process.
- Manages the Rhoden Fellows calendar, creating a list of potential coverage opportunities
- Work with the HBCU editor on assigning HBCU content and arranging coverage around HBCU events
- Manage the rollout and ongoing operations of the Rhoden Fellows, such as acceptance and rejection letters, communicating between program directors, faculty advisor and Fellows, and monitoring the Initiative’s budget and expenses
- Researches how other journalism fellowships are run so that the Rhoden Fellowship stays competitive and current
- Help to maintain relationships with HBCUs involved in the program and seek out opportunities to connect with other HBCUs to promote the program
- Create a positive environment that fosters collaboration, dedication and teamwork among Fellows and faculty advisors
Basic Qualifications :
- Minimum of 3 years of editorial experience as an editor or writer for an online publication.
- Experience mentoring young writers
- Is a self-starter who is capable of managing a heavy workload and has excellent time management skills
- Has clear communication skills and experience working within a cross-functional team
- Has high degree of competence in editing, writing and reporting
- Has solid news journalism experience and news judgment
- Has understanding of HTML and related Web-authoring tools and software
- Has strong English grammar and excellent organizational skills