Freelance Contributing Journalist

The Plug is seeking freelance contributing writers and journalists to cover news, feature, and data stories on the Black innovation economy.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 1+ years of reporting experience with a variety of samples in short and long-form content
  • A deep understanding of the tech industry
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of G-Suite, WordPress, ASANA, and other remote technical tools for team and project collaboration
  • Pursuing or holds a bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or English
  • Strong research skills and thorough knowledge of journalistic standards, ethics, and AP guidelines
  • Be self-motivated with an ability to meet deadlines


  • Contributes mid-to-long form articles, feature stories, data visualizations on trends shaping the Black innovation economy. 
  • Writers are responsible for independently researching and writing pieces aimed at an audience of venture capitalists, tech executives, policymakers, and foundation program officers. 
  • Stories must include interviews with subjects as well as credible secondary research sources and data. 
  • All work is done remotely and on your own schedule 


  • Emerging journalists passionate about Black culture, new technology, and trends 
  • Mature candidates with flexibility and great organizational skills  
  • A dope storyteller eager to bring fresh ideas to our growing digital newsroom
  • A resourceful team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • A patient and optimistic attitude, willing to grow and learn in a startup environment

To apply, please send your resume and up to 3 links to your published work to sherrell[at] with the subject line: Contributing writer opportunity.

Sherrell Dorsey

She is the founder and CEO of The Plug—a distinctive, Black tech news and insights platform covering Black innovators in tech, venture capital, future of work policy, and more. Follow Sherrell on Twitter @Sherrell_Dorsey.