News Curator/Blogger

Cobird, Los Angeles, California

Date PostedJanuary 23, 2018
IndustryDigital Media
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified
Description:

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
We are an early phase start-up company located in downtown Los Angeles. This is an exciting new venture which is projected to immediately become a significant player in the content creation, ecommerce and video space arena. Cobird will be a major disruptive force in the market place. We value diversity, working collaboratively as a team, and fostering synergies between our team member’s interests, skills and strengths. Our team members work hard, are dedicated to growing the company and passionate about creating a unique media platform that includes a shopping and social experience.

SUMMARY OF POSITION  
The News Curator/Blogger will join a team of journalists who will design and start a new news organization dedicated to educating, enlightening and entertaining a millennial audience. The Company is looking for a smart and energetic infomaniac to help build a foundation of sources and to curate hundreds of records per day. The Curator should have impeccable news judgement, a nose for timely events and keen ability to identify real versus fake news. The Curator should be well versed in digital journalism; editing and writing blog-style posts that everyone will be talking about tomorrow; have a knack for developing engaging stories with original and new methods of storytelling; and excel in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

The Curator will assist in building a foundation of news sources to acquire content; identify, filter, analyze, edit, and rewrite news content from wire services, partner sites and public sites for a diverse millennial audience. The Curator will edit, fact check, and rewrite acquired content to fit the Company’s voice and style; and interact with the audience in blog-style posts. The Curator will participate in daily news meetings and assist in molding the direction of the day’s news; interface with all departments and external vendors; participate in the testing and analytics process of the prototype; and whatever else is needed to keep the department running smoothly.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:
 

  • The skills and knowledge that comes with the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as journalism, communications or English.
     

Related Experience: 

  • Entry to 3 years of writing, editing, news research, curation experience
  • Demonstrated experience using licensed news wire services and public content sources
  • Demonstrated experience curating and rewriting acquired content to match the company’s research and brand identity
  • Demonstrated social media editing and blogging interactively with an audience
  • Excels at discerning, writing, editing current and trending news that sensationalizes our audience’s attention
  • Strong analytical, research, writing, editing and fact checking skills in American English
  • Impeccable journalism ethics and standards, including on writing and repurposing content
  • Superb on-time task completion, organizing skills and attention to detail, even under deadline
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as cloud-based editing and workflow programs and CMS
  • Ability to read and interpret website analytics
  • Participation in survey writing and user/usability testing
  • Enthusiastically works in a fast paced, deadline driven environment

 

Additional Job Requirements: 

  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, under tight deadline pressure, including breaking news, including weekends and overnights. Must be able to work additional hours with little or no notice if needed.
  • Must be able to work and travel throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and willing to travel out-of-area travel if required.

 

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excels in collaborating and working in a team environment
  • Ability to work comfortably with people from different creative and technical disciplines 
  • Strong sense of urgency, ability to problem solve, manage details and projects while responding to changing priorities and feedback
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge in current events, consumer trends, economics, and political news
  • Use of a journalist backpack kit, a plus
  • Bilingual English/Spanish, a plus
     


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Percent of Time

  • Standing

25%

  • Walking

25%

  • Sitting

50%

  • Use of hands, fingers

100%

  • Talk and hear

100%

  • Vision (ability to read fine print)

100%

 

ENVIRONMENT

  • Office environment
  • Fast paced, deadline driven


CONTRACT

6 Month Contract. Rate is a fixed weekly fee.

Office location is in DTLA. Parking or alternative transportation allowance included.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submit resume, cover letter, and portfolio/examples of work to tflowers@cobird.com for further consideration.

 

CoBird is an equal opportunity employer. CoBird does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.


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