|Date Posted||February 16, 2021|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
|Salary||$60,000 to $65,000|
The Long Beach Post, an award-winning online publication serving the seventh-largest city in California, is seeking a seasoned investigative journalist who can also pitch in with editing and mentoring young reporters. The Post is an independently owned publication with one of the largest newsroom teams in Southern California. We are seeking to add a news reporter who is a self-starter with a demonstrated ability to effect change through solid, confident journalism.
The scope of the job is as wide as you want to make it. You'll have a focus on Long Beach with an eye for regional and statewide areas of interest. The ideal candidate will have had experience covering local government and business, handling FOIA and public-records reporting, and identifying unique and untold stories of wrongdoing that can be made right.
This person will also have the ability to lead projects and edit stories on occasion, both for the Post and our sister publication, The Long Beach Business Journal, which publishes in print twice monthly and online daily.
The ideal candidate will have a clip file that includes straight investigative stories, insightful and critical newsmaker profiles, narratives spun off breaking news or other events, and at least a few examples of investigative narrative—watchdog work written as storytelling.
You'll work on occasion with our Pulitzer Prize-winning special projects editor, along with other editors and reporters on projects big and small, including occasional breaking news.
Create storytelling that accurately informs and engages.
Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.
Serve as a newsroom leader and mentor, occasionally stepping in to lead projects and edit stories.
Collaborate with editors to provide all appropriate elements for stories (i.e. photos, videos and graphics). Captures basic photos and video as needed.
Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.
Place a high priority on data analysis to identify trends that would otherwise go unreported.
Strategize and execute distribution and optimization plans for all content.
Demonstrate clear and concise writing skills with strong nut graphs and “why this is important to me” content.
Outstanding research skills and extensive sourcing and contacts that can break news.
The ability to create trust within the community.
Bachelor's or master’s in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of 5 years’ reporting and/or editing experience (this is not a position for a recent college graduate).
Strong command of AP style and grammar.
Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
Comfortable using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms to enhance reporting and promote stories.
A working knowledge of reporting ethics and media law.
The ability to collaborate well with others and work with a team on the biggest stories, but can just as easily work solo.
Must be willing to travel on short notice to cover breaking news events.
Work weekends and nights as needed by the news cycle.
This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Fluency in Spanish and/or Khmer is highly desirable but not required.
Pay and benefits
The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $65,000 annually, in addition to full medical, vision, dental, cell phone and mileage allowance, life insurance and a matching 401K. Other benefits include generous PTO and 10 paid holidays. A relocation allowance is available for exceptional candidates not currently based in the Los Angeles region.
How to apply
Please send an email to Managing Editor Melissa Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than March 8, 2021, with the following:
A brief cover letter in the body of your email giving an overview of your experience and why you are applying for this position.
A copy of your resume
A document with links to recent works that show a range of your abilities, along with a narrative that includes any problems you encountered and overcame during the reporting process, and other background information that might be useful in understanding your reporting process.
A document with 3-5 professional references, including emails and phone numbers. Letters of recommendation are also welcome.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected classification under federal and state law.
Pacific Community Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity
This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.
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