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January 2023 Bonus Edition 
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Every month we round up the latest career tips, insights and job opportunities from our multi-platform network of Black and Brown media organizations. 

URL Media runs a
highly successful recruitment arm and has placed some of the top media executives in the country. 
The magic of ongoing learning

Hello, this week from Leonor Ayala Polley, URL Media’s Chief Business Development and Partnerships Officer. I am excited to share that my very first fellowship experience is currently underway, and what I am telling myself is that I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. My year kicked off in amazing fashion with a two-week residency at Columbia University as part of the 2023 Sulzberger Fellowship cohort. The Sulzberger Fellowship, in particular, focuses on newsroom executives and leaders taking on work-related projects that will ultimately lead to a more robust and sustainable future for newsrooms.

During the fellowship, I had space to be vulnerable and learn from others with similar challenges, from innovation to sustainability. I learned new ways of working and managing across generations, cultures, and disciplines — hard skills to hone in a fast-paced news environment.  And my journey is only beginning. We have 19 weeks to go! 

As I reflect on the ways I was stretched and pushed out of my comfort zone, all for the sake of wild creativity, growth, and letting go of learned ways of doing things, I am truly grateful. Leadership, in particular, can often feel lonely. So it is a bonus from this experience that I have gained 23 new peers and colleagues across the journalism industry whose north star is improving our craft. 

In previous roles, I was lucky enough to take part in countless corporate training programs, also very useful, that are designed to cultivate leadership. The biggest difference with this fellowship is that I learned from a cross-section of my peers who all approach their work differently. 

Sonali Kohli, URL Media’s Senior Recruiter, is an early adopter to the fellowship and has done many, so I asked her about her experiences. 

“I. LOVE. Fellowships.,” she says emphatically. “To me, space away from a day job and time to reflect and learn and spread out my brain has led to some of my best work.”

At the Spencer Fellowship at Columbia, she benefited from one-on-one sessions with advisors who taught her really practical things like how to get a literary agent and write a query letter; and then expanded her journalism skills by working with a researcher and professor who taught her the value of incorporating ethnographic practices into her reporting.

A few years ago, she applied for artists’ residencies for which she would never have considered herself qualified. Some residencies simply offer space to work on a project; others offer community and learning. 

Here's our advice for applying to fellowships, journalism and otherwise. And arguments to battle the insecurities Sonali and I share, and have heard from others:

  • I'm not qualified: You probably are. And if you're not, someone will let you know. 

  • I don't have a good idea: Look at what you’ve worked on recently and search for threads you wanted to spend more time on but couldn't. Also, projects change drastically during fellowships all the time! Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

  • It's expensive: Ok this one is very fair. Many fellowships are paid or have stipends attached for travel, at least. Many also have scholarships for folks from underrepresented groups. 

  • My employer won’t support me: Start the conversation! Ask your employer if they will sponsor you and provide them with a short list of fellowships you are interested in. Many employers have set aside money for professional development and as long as you are in good standing and can manage your day to day workload there is little reason for a good boss to say no! 

What is Davos?
What it is, who's attending, what’s the agenda, and every other question you have about 2023's annual gathering in Switzerland is answered here.
Let's Talk Careers: the What's Next Workshop

If you missed our last one, we're once again hosting a free virtual workshop for folks who have been laid off or are at a career crossroads. Join us on Jan. 20 at 1 pm ET to discuss:
  • Building a wealth cushion/portfolio career
  • How to think about your resume
  • What employers want

Sponsored Spotlight:

The Markup

The Markup is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization in New York City that investigates how powerful actors use technology to reshape society. With little oversight, technology is affecting how we vote, how we raise our kids, who is able to get housing, jobs, healthcare, and have a comfortable life. 

The Markup is hiring a Managing Editor and multiple reporters to bring an accountability lens to quicker turnaround investigations and larger projects. At least one reporter will focus on labor—specifically gig and warehouse workers and the ways technology is changing labor. If you're interested, check out The Markup's approach to a fairer, more transparent hiring process.

📌 Position: Managing Editor
Company: The Markup
Compensation: $160,000 - 190,000
Location: Remote

📌 Position: Reporters
Company: The Markup
Compensation: $80,000 - $110,000
Location: Remote

URL Media is supporting this search. If you're interested in any of the roles, please email URL Senior Recruiter Sonali Kohli.

Contact Us

Job Board 

URL Media is recruiting for these open roles. Contact if you're interested in learning more about any of them. 
📌 Position: Executive Assistant
Company: URL Media
Compensation: $45,000 – $65,000
Location: Remote

📌 Position: Local News Editors
Company: The Baltimore Banner
Compensation: Dependent on experience
Location: Baltimore, MD

Company: The Baltimore Banner
Compensation: Dependent on experience
Location: Baltimore, MD
📌 Position: Local News Columnist
Company: The Baltimore Banner
Compensation: Dependent on experience
Location: Baltimore, MD

📌 Position: Executive Director
Company: Student Press Law Center
Compensation: $160,000+
Location: Remote with regular travel to DC office expected

📌 Position: Senior Audience Engagement Editor
Company: Slate
Compensation: $71,000 - $100,000
Location: Remote

The following are job openings with URL partners or affiliate organizations who we love. We encourage you to apply directly!

📌 Position: Media Sales Development Lead (part-time)
Company: Documented
$3,500/month base + commission  
Location: New York, NY (Remote) 

📌 Position: Editor-in-Chief
Company: Scalawag
Compensation: $
Location: Remote within the U.S. South 

📌 Position: Creative Director
Company: Scalawag
Location: Remote within the U.S. South (preference given to Atlanta, New Orleans, and Durham)

📌 Position: Science Reporter
Company: Outlier Media
Location: Detroit, MI

📌 Position: Visual Journalist
Company: Outlier Media
Location: Detroit, MI

📌 Position: Writer
Company: PushBlack
$55,018 - $72,011
Location: Remote

📌 Position: Digital Content Associate (Social Media)
Company: PushBlack
 $43,580 - $62,666
Location: Remote

📌 Position: Chief of Staff
Company: PushBlack
$103,272 - $166,138
Location: Remote

📌 Position: Chief Copy Editor (News Desk)
Compensation: Based on experience

Location: Remote with offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune
📌 Position: Freelance Audio Field Reporter(s)
Company: Our Body Politic
Compensation: $60/hr
Location: Remote / Based in PA, GA, FL, NC, TX
We are currently working with a mix of media, nonprofits, and other organizations to source and hire for executive roles. If you are a senior-level media professional looking to pivot, contact us. 

Please fill out our candidate intake form or email ( to inquire. 
As a job candidate, there are no fees associated with working with URL. We look forward to adding you to our pipeline! 

Uplift. Respect. Love.
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Do you need help recruiting top talent?

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URL Media runs a highly successful recruitment arm and has placed some of the top media executives in the country. If you’d like to be informed of further opportunities, drop us a line at with your resume or LinkedIn profile. If you're looking for top talent, drop us a line on how we might work together!  
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