|Date Posted||October 12, 2021|
|Industry||Newspapers / Wires|
|Required Education||Bachelor's Degree|
Sarasota, Florida, is known for its vibrant and busy arts and culture scene. No matter what you’re into, there’s always something to watch, listen to, eat or enjoy.
The Observer Media Group is looking for an Arts & Entertainment writer/editor who can help our readers navigate it all. From compiling the best calendar of things to do in the area to previewing the most interesting aspects of upcoming performances, this section is all about helping our discerning readers enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer — and it’s a lot.
Each week, you’ll be in charge of writing, editing and producing our Arts & Entertainment section, a favorite amongst our readers. This includes planning and executing stories on topics ranging from the ballet to the best happy hour deals. The ideal candidate will be able to move seamlessly between high-brow entertainment and everyday fun.
You’ll also be working with a team of freelance writers and reviewers to create a varied, complete experience for readers each week and to ensure all our arts organizations get their moment in the spotlight. Behind every performance or event, there’s a story. It’s up to you to find it and share it in the best way possible, whether that’s through narrative stories, photo essays or creative graphics. It’s our goal each week to surprise and delight readers with unique, hyperlocal content — and this section is packed with opportunities to do just that. Want to see what we mean? Take a peek at one of our sections here.
This position requires a high level of planning, organization, creativity and problem-solving. The ideal candidate needs to be able to look ahead to see what’s coming up, prioritize what’s most important and make sure nothing slips through the cracks. This includes networking with arts organizations not only to learn what’s ahead, but also picking their brains for story ideas and unique angles no other publication will have. It also includes staying on top of daily arts and entertainment news for our website and social media.
The Observer Media Group is an independent, family-owned and operated multimedia company based in Sarasota, Florida. The company publishes 11 newspapers throughout Florida, along with six websites and four quarterly magazines. Altogether, our newspapers and websites reach more than 450,000 readers each week.
Our newspapers are consistently recognized with awards for our print products and website.
Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits are offered, including paid time off; health, dental, vision and life insurance; 401k match and flexible work schedule.
Interested? Send a cover letter, resume and 3-5 writing clips to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at KHughes@YourObserver.com.