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.

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