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Company: Dakotafire Media
Position:
Seeking journalist looking for a new adventure
Location:
Telecommute
Job Status:  Part-time
Ad Expires: 
May 3, 2014
Job ID: 1439167

Description:

Dakotafire Media is looking for a journalist who is eager for a chance to do solution-focused journalism in the eastern Dakotas.

Dakotafire brings together journalists from community newspapers in the Dakotas to report on issues they do not have the resources to cover on their own. The project started as part of the Knight Community Information Challenge, and so far has been sponsored by the Knight Foundation and the South Dakota Community Foundation. As we go beyond the initial grant period, we need a journalist who is willing to hustle to help us meet our new objectives. It's going to be fast-paced but fun.

The stories we produce are printed in participating newspapers, in a quarterly magazine, and on Dakotafire.net. Learn more about our project at dakotafire.net/about.

Some of the topics we've covered previously are population trends in the Dakotas, trends in farm size, infrastructure needs, workplace issues, "brain drain or brain gain," and entrepreneurship education. Our motto is "Sparking rural revival, one story at a time," and our goal is to give people information to get them thinking in different ways and acting to improve their communities.

What we're seeking:

  • Reporting/writing for our collaborative stories (we do these every two weeks).
  • One or two additional stories each week, as assigned, which is often localizing national rural issues stories.
  • Some "news assistant" tasks such as uploading stories to our website (which often also includes revising local stories for a regional audience).
  • Help with social media (monitoring conversations and making regular posts).
  • Help with special projects, such as customized publications on special topics.
  • Some layout work of pages or graphics using InDesign may be included.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of the Dakotas. Applicants must live in the Dakotas or be willing to relocate after a two-month trial period.
  • Basic knowledge of Dakota agriculture. (Quick test: If you can't tell a corn plant from a soybean plant, this probably isn't for you.)
  • An interest in and preferably a love for rural places.
  • All the stuff you need to telecommute reliably--computer, high-speed Internet, etc.
  • A solid writing foundation--grammar, spelling, all that jazz--and at least two years of journalism writing experience.
  • An interesting writing voice. We don't want dry, lifeless material.
  • Energy and eagerness to try new things (we're delving into infographics, audio, and video).

This job will start as a freelance position for a two-month trial period. We'll offer competitive compensation for the right person.

Please e-mail a résumé, two references and two writing samples to heidi@dakotafire.net. No phone calls, please.

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