Silicon Prairie News has spent almost five years growing its team as a digital media startup, as part of a robust region, to make an impact that resonates around the country. We're preparing to accelerate that growth, but before we can, we have an incredibly important role to fill in Omaha.
In our newsroom, there are no limitations. Because we're working every day to create an entirely new type of media company—one that values community as much as news—we're constantly brainstorming. There are few built-in methodologies, and you'll have the opportunity to create the trajectory of our company alongside two other editors and a host of freelancers. As SPN grows, you'll be positioned to grow with it, with the potential to cover more and more cities. We want someone who can teach the rest of the newsroom something new and challenge us to be better.
We stick by an approach of writing stories that are reported with the same care that would make our journalism professors proud while allowing room to get creative—we're somewhere between a newspaper and a magazine. You'll also be engaged with the community on a regular basis. We strive to get out to events, to make ourselves open for conversation through days out of the office, and we're coming up with new ways to engage all the time.
If you're a journalist who wants to take on a challenge, cover tech, work alongside passionate people and be part of a growing movement, this is your opportunity.
A few of your responsibilities will be:
• Cover your local startup community and entrepreneurs
• Edit the work of other SPN editors and freelancers
• Assign stories to SPN freelancers
• Track companies and individuals through Twitter, Facebook, blogs and more
• Create new content ideas and story formats
• Serve as the editorial face of SPN in Omaha and Lincoln
We're looking for someone with:
• An undergraduate degree in journalism or english
• 1-5 years of writing for publications, whether in school or out
• Self-discipline to stay on top of stories in their region
• The ability to connect and engage with people
• A desire to take on the risks that come with a startup
• A sense of creativity and unconventional thinking within journalism