Work for the IMA! New job opening

Updated: Aug 16

Independent Media Community Organiser


The Independent Media Association is a community of 60 independent media organisations dedicated to public interest journalism and maintaining editorial independence from vested interests.


We are a cooperative run by and for our members which has existed for just over a year. We are now looking for someone who is charismatic, driven, passionate about organising and brings people together to actively undertake projects with each other, to join the organisation.


You can see Who We Are here (https://www.ima.press/about-us) and Purpose here (https://www.ima.press/general-5)


Vital statistics

  • Location: Anywhere: Home/remote working

  • Hours: 2 days per week. Starting in or around September/October 2022. Working days/hours flexible (ideally Monday).

  • Contract: 12 months, to be reviewed annually

  • Rate: £18.75 per hour, £150 per day

  • Deadline for applications: Sunday 04 September

The role

It is a part time role for one year - with a view to becoming permanent.

The role is about bringing independent media organisations together to work with each other, and to bring other sectors in to support independent media and vice versa.

A lot of this work has been started and there are working groups and initiatives ongoing, but these need to be focused on and given the full support of someone dedicated to the task freeing up the other staff member to focus on administration.


The other staff member focuses on operational administration and support for the community organiser - as well as administrative support for the members and board - and will be on hand to onboard you with all the existing initiatives and strategy, introduce you to members, strategy, external organisations we collaborate with and so on.


They will make sure you have the administrative support to focus on you doing what you do best, getting people to work together.


Oversight will come from the IMA board which meets fortnightly, and your line manager will be the General Secretary.


You will need to be self motivated and enthusiastic about organising and about democracy.

Some examples of our work include;

  • Independent Media Awards

  • Workshops on raising funds for independent media, social media management, investigative journalism, podcasting and more.

  • Lobbying efforts in collaboration with other organisations like Hacked Off, media reform Coalition, Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Public Interest News Foundation around legislation affecting the media.

  • Drafting and pushing a motion through the National Union of Journalists around membership of the NUJ

We would like you to;

  • Organise a full event that includes the Independent Media Awards and actively working on a collaborative project together

  • Work on a public facing media campaign

  • Encourage members to become actively involved in working groups that exist, or start new ones bringing members together to socialise, form relationships and share problems

  • Organise General Meetings and Workshops that are well attended and useful to our members

  • Recruit new members to the IMA, especially in communities we have low or no membership.

  • Bring democracy movements into contact with indy media platforms and bring the membership into the movement

  • Get active participation in the IMA’s overall strategy and deepen our ties with our members and increase our capability to act on initiatives set by the board - i.e. bring the membership together to work on projects

  • Create and hit measurable targets in all of these areas

Pay

Our rate of pay is currently £18.75 per hour, £150 per day


What we’re looking for

Essential criteria

  • Some experience in project management - it could be running events, being involved in campaigns or building organisations

  • A passion for working with people

  • A desire to challenge the dominance of elitist media that operates in the interests of the few, and to build a strong independent media

  • Hard worker, who is comfortable managing deadlines, creating and following their own leads, and working on multiple projects simultaneously

  • Good communicator with good interpersonal skills.

  • Good level of IT/digital skills.

  • Self-motivated, able to generate ideas and carry them through to original and timely content.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in community organising

  • Formal training and/or good experience in project management

  • Existing connections to independent media or media reform organisations

  • Good at digital organising

  • An understanding of structures of media organisations

  • Familiar with Google Workspace and open to learning Airtable and a couple of other digital organising tools

To apply...

Please send the following to thomas@ima.press by Sunday 04 September.

You can attach your CV if you wish, but we are as interested in your unpaid work and volunteer projects as your paid employment.

We are also open to applications made with video or audio clips, at a maximum length of 5 minutes.

If you have any questions at all – about the role, the application, or anything else – feel free to get in touch - thomas@ima.press


Diversity & equal opportunities

This opportunity is open to individuals from a group that is under-represented. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQI+ and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.


About the Independent Media Association

The IMA is a member owned cooperative dedicated to supporting independent media. You can find out more about us here https://www.ima.press/about-us






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