Women Do News is seeking an upbeat, mission-driven events and marketing manager to help pitch and organize edit-a-thons, panels, conference partnerships and other types of appearances. This is a contract position that takes variable hours, about 3 to 8 per week regularly, with more hours during board meetings and events. Depending on the candidate, there is possible travel involved and a chance for greater opportunities as Women Do News grows. Hourly rate starting at $25 per hour, higher commensurate with experience.
The primary tasks include:
- Reach out to organizations and conferences to partner so that Women Do News edit-a-thons and panels are part of programming. This includes but is not limited to journalism conferences; we’ve done virtual and in-person events in the past with AAJA ONA, AEJMC, Hack and Hackers, and others.
- Manage and promote our monthly virtual edit-a-thons. These events are spaces to work with board members and volunteers on developing Wikipedia pages for nominated journalists, troubleshoot Wikipedia editing obstacles and build community. (While it is great if candidates have edited in Wikipedia or participated in Women Do News events before, we are interested in people who can promote and manage online community events regardless!)
- Coordinate with the program manager and liaise with board members who will attend events, speak and train volunteers. This includes working with our Events chair and coordinating strategy and task management with our program manager.
- Reach out to alumni magazines, media reporters, to get coverage of Women Do News and/or those who need citations. Develop and execute a strategy to use our nominations systems to help more publications profile notable women journalists.
We want to know about you. Send us a resume (as a PDF attachment or link) and two paragraphs in an email about how the Women Do News mission aligns with your interests and professional goals. Please send your materials to Anna Moseidjord at email@example.com by August 31, 2023. We’ll start reviewing resumés in September but keep the application process open until the position is filled.
More about us:
Our Mission: Women Do News works to raise the visibility of women journalists by increasing the quantity and enhancing the quality of their Wikipedia entries.
Why it matters: Visibility on Wikipedia is paramount in driving gender parity in journalism leadership. Presently, fewer than 20% of Wikipedia biographies are females and this imbalance extends to women in journalism, negatively impacting the perception about their contributions to the field.
Background: Women journalists are underrepresented on Wikipedia, one of the most-visited English language websites in the world. This leads to issues related to safety, credibility, recognition, and income. The Women Do News project grew out of a 2019 cohort of journalists participating in Take The Lead, a leadership training program co-founded by Gloria Feldt. It has since evolved to partner with other allies at universities and journalism groups to identify worthy women journalists for biographies, train editors, and add Wikipedia entries to even the playing field on this important platform. We are now part of a nonprofit, Bay City News Foundation, to support this work.