Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hey, We're Hiring a Staff Writer!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The job is almost nothing like this photo, but it came up in the stock photo search so whatever. - IMAGE COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • The job is almost nothing like this photo, but it came up in the stock photo search so whatever.

The Tucson Weekly is hiring a staff writer and GOSH THAT COULD BE YOU. Basically, we need someone who can contribute content to the Weekly, print and online, across the wide variety of subject matter we cover here. Plus, we need someone who isn't boring, who gets alt-weekly style. Someone who can write a well-researched cover story and a clever blog post about a YouTube video. We just want it all, is that too much to ask?

Read over the qualifications below and if you think you're up for the challenge, send me (dan@tucsonlocalmedia.com) a cover letter, your resume, and three clips of your previously published work.

PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Staff Writer will cover specific beats as well as general assignments/breaking news as needed.

Essential Job Duties

• Responsible for thoroughly reporting news stories, features and other stories accurately in a clear, concise manner.
• Complete knowledge of beat(s) and local cultural happenings, in order to produce news/ features for print or digital platforms on a daily basis.
• Producing stories that can be used in special sections not directly tied to a beat.
• Assign photos/graphics with stories as early as possible and take photos on an as-needed basis.
• Flexible hours to accommodate breaking and other news.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

• Knowledge of AP style and ethical standards of the journalism field
• Ability to cultivate sources on beats to enhance story content/production.
• Ability to write clearly and concisely.
• Experience with online media, including ability to write blogs consistent with the Weekly’s style
• Ability to take photographs on an as-needed basis.
• Knowledge of Weekly’s audience
• Abililty to work under deadline.
• Ability to work flexible hours.

MINIMUM POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism
Experience: Experience as a freelancer or staffer at professional media outlets, preferably in the alternative newsmedia realm with clips that demonstrate reporting and writing proficiency.

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