Local Editor/Reporter

Patch Media, Chicago, Illinois

Date PostedJanuary 24, 2018
IndustryDigital Media
SpecialtyLocal News
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified
Websitehttp://www.patch.com
Description:

Got an eye for local news that clicks? Ready to make a mark in digital journalism – in your town. Patch has an immediate opening for a field editor to cover the south suburbs of Chicago. We need someone who knows local news and can scoop the TV stations and local newspapers. A successful candidate is someone with an entrepreneurial bent, great news judgment and knowledge of the local audience, who has a flair with social media, and can work independently. You don’t need a computer science degree, but you certainly need to be comfortable with reading analytics and using a content management system and online tools.

Patch team members are passionate about what we do: We love to tell great stories, to share important local information, to connect with our audience. Ours is a fast-paced, exciting job, and we're thrilled to be building an entirely new business dedicated to local communities. We're profitable and growing. We're one of the top 100 most-read websites in the U.S.

Preferred local editor candidates are:

  • passionate about community journalism and breaking news
  • enthusiastic, competitive and driven to produce quality work
  • capable of turning out a clever, smart headline on the fly
  • thrive in a goal-oriented environment
  • savvy about social media and SEO
  • eager to learn

On a daily basis, our staffers:

  • spot scoops, break stories and report them out in real time
  • write headlines; select photos; report original news; aggregate/curate local news of interest
  • work collaboratively with colleagues and independently when necessary
  • organize their home pages and newsletters according to best practices
  • run Patch-branded social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter
  • study Google Analytics and other metrics to monitor performance and improve tactics
  • use digital tools, such as CrowdTangle and Dataminr, to keep tabs on local happenings and organizations

We offer a competitive benefits package, as well as a crew of smart, witty, helpful colleagues. If you're interested in a full-time job with us, email a cover letter, resume and links to your work to patcheditjobs@gmail.com

 


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