Payday Seeking Spanish-Speaking Editor

PITTSBURGH,PA. Following the success and widespread acclaim of Payday’s more than 20 on-the-ground dispatches of the Brazilian presidential election (we even got invited to the White House to cover President Lula’s 1st state visit), Payday has decided to expand its coverage of international labor solidarity while also continuing our coverage of labor and social movements in the U.S. 

Every day we see incredible, inspiring labor actions happening worldwide, yet we hear so little of them in the U.S. We are undergoing an international fight against fascism and must understand how other movements are fighting back and how we can learn from one another. 

Payday Report is seeking a part-time Spanish-speaking editor at the rate of $32 an hour based in the U.S. or Latin America to help us cover Latin America and immigrant communities here in the U.S.

While most of the editing work will be in English, Payday is searching for a native Spanish-speaking editor who learned Spanish, either in Latin America or growing up here in the U.S, to help with translating and(special preference given to those who speak Portuguese, which I speak fluently.)

While Payday is a small, growing, crowdfunded outlet based in Pittsburgh, we have shaken up how the mainstream media covers labor in the U.S.

 Our work as the first outlet to systematically track the strike wave during the pandemic has been widely recognized by everyone from the Washington Post to NPR’s “All Things Considered” to filmmaker Boots Riley. In 2021, our work helping produce CNN’s United Shades of America was nominated for an Emmy.

We are a pro-union publication, but we aren’t afraid to ask tough questions about the labor movement, particularly regarding race and sexism. In 2020, the New York Times praised our work exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. 

We seek someone who shares our values and sees the independent media movement as a separate independent force dedicated to speaking truth to power and holding corporate and union leaders accountable.

We are looking for someone dedicated to the values of the independent media movement who can help our publication grow more and reach communities traditionally marginalized by the mainstream media. 

Ideally, We are looking for someone who can commit an hour or two three or four times a week to edit our newsletter. Additionally, this person would be responsible for editing one or two additional stories a week. 

We would pay an hourly rate of $32 an hour during a starting trial period as we try out different editors. After an initial trial period of 3 months, Payday would be willing to offer a salaried part-time position. People who have held this position previously and have gone onto high-profile positions in the media include Clarissa León, deputy editor of DocumentedNY.

Ideally, we would like to hire someone who is looking to combine working with Payday Report while working for other small, independent media publications. Payday Report is dedicated to growing the independent media movement and is interested in hiring people with ideas about how to grow the independent media movement. 

Payday Report heavily encourages applicants from marginalized communities, particularly communities of color, to apply. We encourage all applicants, even non-traditional applicants, to apply for this position. 

While Payday is based in Pittsburgh, the position is remote, and applicants can be based either in the U.S. or Latin America. (Although I hope you visit Pittsburgh at the very least to catch a ballgame – I have season tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirates.)

To apply, please send a short email (three to five paragraphs) explaining your background, vision, and goals. (No need for CVs – I never got a job in journalism using a CV and wouldn’t expect someone to do the same). Instead, send us good ideas, stories, ideas, and ideas about how we can grow Payday’s financial base of more than 3,000 subscribers. And please include references.

Since editing isn’t something that can’t be measured in clips, Payday Report will ask editors to audition by editing, for which they will be paid $ 32 an hour. 

 Send emails to [email protected].

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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