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Location: * Northeast, DC
Beat: Photojournalism involving minority communities in Wards 7 and 8 in D.C.
Position: This photojournalist works as a team with a RFA reporter, covering communities east of the Anacostia River. Ward 7 has a poverty rate of 27 percent and Ward 8 is about 36 percent, and crime rates are disproportionately higher than the rest of the city. But these neighborhoods are also home to a vibrant arts community, early stages of gentrification, most of the city's low-income housing, the Frederick Douglass house, and much more that routinely goes undercovered. This photographer helps change that by developing an East of the River beat. Coverage includes a mix of enterprise photography, features, and profiles, alongside coverage of community events, political developments, and other daily news. We believe it's important that this journalist is a person of color. We believe it is important they already live in the community they will cover, or have experience in similar communities in other cities.
Reporter: Elizabeth Shwe