Reporter / Newsletter Editor

Valley Voice Media

Palm Springs, California

Date Posted November 14, 2022
Industry Digital Media
Specialty General Assignment
Job Status Full-time
Salary $45,000-$50,000
Website https://valleyvoicemedia.org/

Description:

We're an independent newsroom just emerging from startup mode that has been recognized as one of the most successful in North America. Now it's time to grow, and we need you to help us do that.

As a reporter and newsletter editor you'll report each day on issues that matter to a diverse population that has been underserved for years by the local corporate media, then pitch in to build the most popular daily newsletters in our coverage area. We don't chase ambulances or rewrite a lot of press releases. Instead, we listen to our audience and report news and information that makes an impact in their lives.

You'll work with fun, caring colleagues who put your wellbeing ahead of the product. What does that look like? Glad you asked! Our staff works a maximum of four days each week and stops each day when the work is done. Sometimes that's after eight hours; sometimes it's after two hours. Most times, we leave weekends and holiday work for the editor/founder, and we're super flexible about time off. We also try to pay a living wage.

Those with an interest in having a larger role with the company, including an equity stake, are especially encouraged to apply. We're looking for young, diverse people who can help grow the business and take over from the founder in a few years.

Requirements

  • Ability to write articles, feature stories, and some investigative pieces on deadline. City Hall reporting experience is a bonus
  • Ability to work independently to conduct research to uncover interesting and significant news, tips, assess leads, and pitch story ideas
  • Mirroring our community, we are seeking somebody able to write content with a diversity of thought, experiences, culture, and more.
  • Ability and interest in learning how to help produce a daily newsletter and build stories in a content management system.
  • Interest in learning all aspects of the independent, digital media business is a plus but not required.

What the perfect candidate looks like

  • At least 1-3 years of experience writing news
  • Good time management skills
  • Candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities
  • Fluency in Spanish is a big plus

What we offer

  • Base pay between $45,000 and $50,000 a year
  • A four-day work week with very few assignments (if any) on weekends and holidays off
  • Healthcare stipend
  • An extremely flexible work schedule and casual environment (we're not formal like corporate media)
  • Remote work to the best of our abilities. We don't have an office, but sometimes we need to cover stories in person.
  • Potential for growth with the company

If you’re interested, please reach out to us at editor@valleyvoicemedia.org and include some links to a few stories you’ve written so we can get a sense of what you’re capable of and what you’re interested in covering.

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