FREELANCE: Call for Indigenous Journalists


The Real News Network (TRNN) is seeking freelance video or print journalists to cover critical and relevant issues impacting indigenous and tribal communities with a strong focus on (but not limited to) the impacts of climate change. We are commissioning 5-7 minute video reports or 1000-2500 word text reports from journalists with indigenous and tribal backgrounds.

The journalist will:

  • Produce a finished video report, ranging from 5-7 mins of original reporting on climate and

environment, OR 1500-2500 word text articles.

  • Work closely with TRNN’s editorial team to produce a story that meets our journalistic standards and in a timely manner.
  • Be able to work independently.

We are commissioning freelance pieces, but have the possibility of raising additional funds to create a more regular position.

To support TRNN’s Indigenous Reporters Program, please contact TRNN’s Membership Relations Manager, Rosette Sewali at [email protected] or make a donation here.

About The Real News Network: The Real News Network is a 501(c)3 daily multi-media news and documentary service, headquartered in Baltimore. We produce independent, verifiable, fact-based journalism that engages ordinary people in solving critical problems of our time.

We examine the underlying causes of the chronic problems, and investigate and report on effective solutions and models for change. We don’t just cover people in high office or limit news to the partisan horse race for power. We think that people who fight for human rights and work for solutions are newsmakers.

While we report and investigate on all important issues of social and economic concern, we consider the climate change crisis an existential threat. In all of our programming and journalism, the impact of environmental degradation and the climate crisis, especially on marginalized people, and the urgency of finding solutions will be front and center.

We are a nonprofit and do not accept funding from advertisers, governments, or corporations.

Apply: We encourage interested journalists to apply by sending your story pitch, along with your resume and work samples to [email protected]. You may also send a reporters’ or videographers’ reel. Please include “Indigenous Reporters Program” in the subject of your email.

Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation notification. Applicants can expect a response from The Real News within 4 weeks.

Acknowledgments: Seed funding to support indigenous journalism talent at The Real News Network is provided by The R & M Lang Foundation.

We are grateful for guidance by the Native American Journalist Association and Indspire.