The Guardian announces new roles in the Caribbean, South America and Africa, and expands its reporting on race in the UK and US
The publisher is recruiting for several new editorial positions, including dedicated correspondents for the Caribbean, South America and Africa, and reporter roles in the UK and the US specialising in race, equity, community affairs, health and inequality.
The seven new roles aim to boost the scope and ambition of the Guardian’s coverage of underrepresented regions and communities, and come in response to research which found links between the founders of the Manchester Guardian and historical transatlantic slavery.
The roles are:
- US senior reporter, race and equity covering race, identity and inequality for both US and international audiences, including stories on culture, health, education, social justice, politics, religion, education, and the legacies of American slavery. A second US reporter, race and equity will report across similar topics, while also prioritising ideas about Black communities in southern states, including the Gullah Geechee people (as identified in the Scott Trust’s research).
- Three dedicated correspondent roles – a Caribbean correspondent, a South America correspondent and an Africa correspondent – each covering daily news and analysis, features, multimedia content and coverage for other non-news sections, particularly stories affecting African-descended populations.
- A Manchester-based UK community affairs correspondent, focusing on Black, Asian and ethnic-minority populations and racial justice issues more widely, and a UK health and inequalities correspondent highlighting racial justice issues within the health industry, including the NHS.
Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media says: “These new roles will further boost our coverage of underrepresented regions and communities all over the world, in North and South America, the Caribbean, the UK, and across Africa.
“They will be reporting on the urgent stories and issues that affect societies in those regions today, aiming to cover these populations in a depth and breadth rarely seen in the western media.
I look forward to the positive changes that all these positions will make to the Guardian’s overall coverage.”
Read more about the announcement here.