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.
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
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
Our rate of pay is currently £18.75 per hour, £150 per day
What we’re looking for
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.
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
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 04 September.
A single-side of A4 (maximum of 500 words) about why you are well suited to the role, including links to examples of your work/organisations you have worked with
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 - email@example.com
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