Staff Writer

Position Available at Chico News & Review
Posted April 19, 2017
Type of Position: Permanent Full-Time
Staff Writer - Chico

The award-winning Chico News & Review, the state's largest newspaper (42,000 circ) north of Sacramento, is looking to add a talented Staff Writer to our newsroom. This position is responsible for writing two to three stories weekly while also working on long-form pieces to be published as cover stores, as well as other duties, as assigned by the Editor. The stories therein may include coverage of city government, including meetings on a tight deadline; features related to the environment and health; or general assignment news features. The Staff Writer will attend weekly editorial meetings to discuss timely issues, topics and events from which to develop stories, and must keep on top of current local affairs and trends. Chico is small metropolitan city (about 90,000 population) that is home to a California State University campus. The surrounding region offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, including the city's 3,600-acre park.

Typical hours for this position are 40 hours/week; may need to work some nights and weekends, but mostly a daytime job.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Consistently meet deadlines

Attends the weekly editorial staff meeting

Works cooperatively with editors and art directors

Writing and proofreading

Story generation

Take photos for publication and/or make photo assignments

 

Knowledge and Abilities:

Ability to develop sources through networking, using the telephone and developing relationships with people outside the office

Understanding of local government

Ability to identify leads for stories through observing situations outside of the office

Knowledge of reporting techniques and ability to to write in a magazine style

Must be able to take direction and meet strict deadlines

Mastery of AP style, grammar and punctuation

Interest and knowledge in health care and green issues and trends

Must be an excellent multi-tasker

Basic photography skills

 

Education and Experience:

Must have two years experience as a reporter or staff writer at a publication. A college degree in journalism or related field is preferred.

How To Apply:

Through Indeed:

https://www.indeed.com/cmp/News-&- Review/jobs/Staff-Writer-40ee04a550f0271b?q=news+%26+review

Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that includes the text of three samples of your work, or links to a URL. In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in the Staff Writer position at the News & Review?

2. What important stories should the News & Review cover in the next six months?

3. What one or two things from your prior experience do you see as being the most relevant and valuable to help you succeed in this position?

4. Tell us something about you that we won't learn from your resume.

Applicants who do not fulfill all cover letter requirements will not be considered.

Notes: The News & Review is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks diversity in the workplace. THIS IS A REGULAR IN-HOUSE POSITION. NO FREELANCE OR REMOTE WORK. LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY. No telephone calls, including agency reps, please. This position will remain open until filled.

 

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location: Chico, CA

Required education: Bachelor's

Required experience:

Reporting: 2 years

Writing: 2 years

Required license or certification: Driver's License

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