Arts & Culture Staff Reporter

Crosscut, Seattle, Washington

Date Posted September 06, 2019
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Arts/Lifestyle
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


Cascade Public Media is looking for a dedicated staff writer to join its Arts and Culture team and provide coverage about Seattle, Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest. This person is not a critic but an experienced writer who is enterprising, curious and well-connected — someone who can provide thoughtful and thorough coverage of the arts and cultural scene of the region through short and long-term profiles, trend, explanatory and/or investigative stories. The ideal candidate embraces a broad definition of what falls under arts and culture coverage and is committed to exploring how arts/culture intersects with race and underrepresented communities. The candidate also holds a deep knowledge of the local arts scene in all its diversity and has a proven track record of beat coverage.

Qualified applicants please apply here.

Key Job Responsibilities

  1. In partnership with three other journalists, greatly contribute to the Crosscut arts and culture beat and deliver a steady stream of stories pitched by you and/or assigned by the Arts/Culture Editor.
  2. Prioritizes excellence in written storytelling and is well-versed in story planning, research and in-depth reporting.
  3. Provide and expand upon a network of contacts across the regional arts and culture scene that can help to identify stories that are not being covered by mainstream media outlets.
  4. Serve as a champion for Seattle and Washington State’s rich arts and culture scene and ardent community; push for compelling story coverage of unique issues and help Crosscut seize related editorial, partner and community opportunities.
  5. Collaborate with video producers, photographers, audience engagement editors and web designers to shape stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of multimedia.
  6. Adhere to the strictest of journalistic and organizational ethical standards for fairness, thoroughness and quality.
  7. Serve as a Crosscut representative at community and partner events, industry gatherings and in other formal settings.
  8. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business or a related field or equivalent experience required.
  2. At least three years of experience as a writer or editor in a deadline-oriented environment; arts and culture-related strongly preferred.
  3. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  5. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  6. Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred.


1.  Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.

2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time. 

3. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time.

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.

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