Journalist product manager

Montrose Daily Press, Montrose, Colorado

Date Posted October 09, 2020
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified

Description:

No, the job title is not a typo. (If you don't know what a typo is, stop reading now.) Wick Communications is expanding its NABUR initiative, which combines community journalism with reader engagement via our own social media platform. NABUR, or Neighborhood Assisted Bureau Reporting, offers aspects of investigative reporting/feel-good local news combined on a site similar to Nextdoor or Facebook Groups. This project is funded in part by the Google News Initiative.

As a journalist product manager in the Montrose, Colorado, NABUR project you will be coordinating online discussions, conducting experiments in news coverage through conventional storytelling (print, video), experimenting with alternative storytelling techniques (databases, polls, anything you can imagine), crafting curated newsletters and organizing virtual and in-person events (pandemic permitting.) 

Our NABUR sites are key to our strategy of putting readers front and center in our news coverage. We launched this project in April of this year and have well-established NABUR sites in three markets: Green Valley, Arizona; Sierra Vista, Arizona; and Wenatchee, Washington.

Our preference is for the position to be in the market, where you’ll be a part of the editorial team at our print/digital newspaper, The Montrose Daily Press. You’ll also collaborate with journalist product managers at our three other NABUR sites. 

What qualities do you need to apply?

We’re looking for someone who comes ready to break new ground and push our industry forward.

You should be tech-savvy and be a whiz with social media. Journalism training/experience is vital, though equally important is an appreciation of the role of the free press and a dedication to continuing it. We’re looking for self-starters who will come ready to innovate. Experience with product development or website management is a plus.

Wick Communications is a family-owned media company nearly 100 years old that has print/digital presence in about a dozen nationwide markets. This is a full-time position with benefits.

The application deadline is October 31. Before applying, please visit our latest NABUR site at nabur.myheraldreview.com, create a free account and see what you think. For reference, work samples from our existing journalist product managers are available here: wick.news/JPMworksamples

If this gets your juices flowing, send your resume and cover letter to Digital Director Sean Fitzpatrick at sean.fitzpatrick@wickcommunications.com and Digital Audience Editor Reilly Kneedler at kneedler@wenatcheeworld.com.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at JournalismJobs.com.