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Job Board >> Reporters for weekly newspaper: Education, general assignment

Company Name The Ark Newspaper
Location Telecommute, **
Date Posted 14, Wednesday 2012
Category Blogger
Listing Type Hourly Rate


Tiburon's weekly newspaper is seeking multiple part-time, long-term independent contract reporters to cover hyperlocal news on the Tiburon Peninsula, which includes Tiburon, Belvedere, Strawberry and East Corte Madera. All positions work in the field and from home, and would require occasional night and weekend work.

Our education beat reporter will cover meetings of the local school district, along with events and issues at the three local schools, the primary off-peninsula high schools and several private schools. Coverage will also include profiles of students who excel in academics, athletics, arts and volunteerism; news-you-can-use listings of school- and education-related events; and number crunching come budget and test season.

There is also a general assignment position available for feature-writing and, occasionally, news writing when beat reporters get overloaded on weekly assignments.

Reporting is paid hourly; features a flat rate. A journalism background and knowledge of AP style is strongly preferred; a news-writing background is acceptable -- but you should know how to identify the news value of specific items in your community and at meetings, to develop your story leads, to write a proper lede and nut graf, to challenge friendly and trusted sources and to write under deadline pressure. Students encouraged to apply. We're seeking candidates in Marin or who have quick access to the Tiburon Peninsula from S.F. or the East Bay; the jobs require attendance of meetings and in-person reporting in town.

The Ark accepts its role as a force in the community that is a central breeding ground for the exchange of facts, ideas and opinions. As a result, it embraces tenets of community journalism in which we are not just stenographers who report on local events, but are fact-checkers who research and challenge our sources, who provide context present and historical to our readers beyond the face value of events, and who seek truth among differing perspectives.

How To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume and clips to Executive Editor Kevin Hessel. Phone calls are discouraged. We'll likely wait until the ad expires to review all submissions and contact potential candidates. Thanks for your patience.
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