Boyle Heights Beat, Los Angeles, California

Date PostedDecember 20, 2017
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusPart-time

Boyle Heights Beat is a youth-led community news project that serves an immigrant neighborhood of Los Angeles. It has been hailed as a model for youth development and civic engagement – by NBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times. The Beat helps first generation students build skills that help them in school and in life. The tagline of the bilingual quarterly newspaper: “noticias por y para la comunidad” or “news by and for the community."

The Beat, a project of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and the Hoy newspaper, does double duty as a youth development program – training youth in research, interviewing, writing and critical thinking – and as an outlet that gives voice to an L.A. Latino community of close to 100,000. Its print edition is delivered to 28,000 doorsteps with 5,000 distributed in schools and churches.

After each edition is published, the youth reporters take on leadership roles, presiding over well-attended community forums at which residents provide feedback and suggest other stories for the youth to pursue. Visit the paper's online site here.

The ideal candidate will be fluent in spoken Spanish with strong daily journalism chops and be passionate about journalism and community engagement. Previous experience working with youth is a plus.  The job is based in a collegial office near USC, but it requires meeting with youth at a community center and accompanying them to interviews at homes, businesses and organizations in Boyle Heights. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

The editor:

  • Mentors/edits youth reporters in all stages of the reporting and writing process including research, field interviews, outlines, writing, fact-checking and following AP Style guidelines
  • Manages all aspects of publication production, including keeping youth reporters on track and coordinating with other editors to ensure deadlines are met
  • Researches information and verifies facts. Reads, proofs, edits and rewrites copy. Interviews sources when appropriate.
  • Coordinates with key partners, including a development consultant, and oversee outside partnerships and diversification/development efforts
  • Schedules and supervises outreach about and organization of quarterly community meetings to ensure diverse and robust participation from the community
  • Brainstorms about new initiatives and partnerships with colleagues
  • Interacts with all internal and external sources necessary to successfully complete assignments.

Job Qualifications:

Candidate must speak fluent Spanish. (Many sources whom youth reporters interview are monolingual Spanish speakers.)

Candidates must have demonstrated reporting and editing experience in daily or weekly journalism, including mastery of AP style. We also seek candidates with strong project management experience who can ensure news deadlines are met and work with community partners.  

Salary based upon experience.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree.  Combined experience/education may substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 1 year

Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience with writing, editing, proofreading and the preparation of news stories for publication. Working knowledge of desktop publishing, word processing, photography, graphics, design and printing.
Preferred Field of Expertise: Applicants who have demonstrated project management and editorial management as well as experience working with youth.

Please provide a cover letter describing your interest in the position. Apply at https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/editor/1209/6528182

REQ20054129 Posted Date: 12/18/2017



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