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Emerging Journalist Fellow - Audience Engagement

Posted 
November 18, 2020

Overview

The six-month fellowship (with the possibility of a six-month extension) is a full-time position designed to jumpstart the career of a new professional at a time when local journalism is both increasingly vital and threatened. Along with the rest of the news staff, our Fellows will help our readers exercise their responsibilities as citizens in an informed manner. And we hope that they will also help create journalism that is more representative of the communities we serve with Crosscut and our sister organization, KCTS 9 public television.

The next emerging journalist fellow program from Cascade Public Media will focus on the evolving nature of online journalism and be placed with our Audience Engagement team.

Application closing date: December 6, 2020

Salary: $18.00/hour plus benefits

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Participate in a one-week onboarding that acquaints the Fellow with the various parts of Cascade Public Media (CPM)
  2. The Engagement Fellow will be expected to contribute to the newsroom’s audience strategies through email newsletters, social media, homepage publishing and more. These anticipated deliverables will give Fellows practice working on deadline, and a consistent feeling of accomplishment
  3. The Fellow will also be exposed to cutting-edge digital journalism tools spanning publishing, multimedia and audience analytics technologies
  4. This role will liaise closely with Crosscut reporters and journalists to create optimal audience reach/impact engagement strategies
  5. Use SEO best practices to help come up with headlines and descriptions geared toward search engine optimization
  6. Join the Audience Engagement team meetings and trainings
  7. As time permits, the Fellow may pursue occasional original reporting opportunities via Crosscut’s editing and publishing channels, as supported by their manager
  8. Participate in occasional training sessions by staffers or visiting professionals
  9. Fellowships will last six or 12 months with a start date between January 1-15, 2021
  10. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Degree in Journalism, proven and demonstrated understanding of SPJ ethical standards OR related field experience preferred
  2. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; some experience organizing and managing multiple priorities and in developing and managing projects
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  4. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment 
  5. Some understanding of journalism ethics and practices, specifically where social media is concerned
  6. Consistent professional use, interest in and understanding of various social media platforms
  7. Interest and aptitude for moderating online comments and/or interest in building and helping to manage online communities
  8. Working knowledge of Content Management Systems
  9. Working knowledge of Photoshop preferred
  10. Working knowledge of AP style 
  11. Ability to create charts, maps, visualizations for the website a plus but not required
  12. Ability to understand, relate to and communicate the perspectives of diverse communities, historically disadvantaged populations or economically marginalized communities or individuals. Experience living or working with diverse communities is highly desired. Fluency in a language other than English is a plus

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.

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