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Company: The Ark
Seeking two reporters: Education, government/crime
Job Status:  Other
Ad Expires: 
June 19, 2013
Job ID: 1493713


Tiburon's 2,500-circulation weekly newspaper is seeking two reporters to cover hyperlocal news on the Tiburon Peninsula, which includes Tiburon, Belvedere, Strawberry and East Corte Madera in southern Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Our education beat reporter will cover meetings of the local school district, along with events and issues at the three local schools, the primary off-peninsula high schools and several private schools. Coverage will also include profiles of students who excel in academics, athletics, arts and volunteerism; news-you-can-use listings of school- and education-related events; and number crunching come budget and test season. This is a long-term, independent-contract/freelance position. The reporter will work in the field and from home, and the job requires occasional night and weekend work. Reporting is paid hourly, and works out to about 20 hours per week during the school year.

Government, courts and crime: This beat reporter will cover the city government of a small town, including several government and public boards that must operate under the Brown Act. You will also develop community contacts on the ground to root out news issues before they reach City Hall and to unearth potential feature stories and profiles of community members. In addition, you will write weekly crime stories and cover local police and fire agencies while following local court cases to their conclusion. This is a staff position. The reporter will work in the field, from the office and from home, and the job requires frequent night and occasional weekend work. The position is salaried with benefits and vacation/holiday/sick pay.

Backgrounds in journalism and, specifically, in newswriting are required; knowledge of AP style is strongly preferred. You should know how to identify the news value of specific items in your community and at meetings, to develop your story leads, to write a proper lede and nut graf, to challenge friendly and trusted sources, to write under deadline pressure, to boil down seemingly endless pages of budget numbers into a story that makes sense to a general audience, and to not get us sued for libel. Students and recent J-school grads are encouraged to apply. We're seeking candidates in Marin County or who have quick access to the Tiburon Peninsula from S.F. or the East Bay; the jobs require attendance of meetings and in-person reporting in town. Most story deadlines are Thursday and Friday; The Ark goes to press Monday for Tuesday rack and Wednesday home delivery.

The Ark accepts its role as a force in the community that is a central breeding ground for the exchange of facts, ideas and opinions. As a result, it embraces tenets of community journalism in which we are not just stenographers who report on local events, but are fact-checkers who research and challenge our sources, who provide context present and historical to our readers beyond the face value of events, and who seek truth among differing perspectives and opinions.

Use the JJobs interface or send a PDF resume, cover letter (optional) and clips to Executive Editor Kevin Hessel at editor (at); your full name should be in the file name of the submitted documents. Phone calls are discouraged. We'll likely wait until the ad expires to review all submissions and contact potential candidates. Thank you for your patience.






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