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Features Producer

The Seattle Times, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, is actively seeking a qualified, versatile Features Producer in the newsroom. This critical position builds audiences for, and increases engagement with, Seattle Times Features content on multiple digital platforms, including seattletimes.com, mobile devices, email newsletters and social media. Additionally, the Features Producer contributes to the transformation of The Seattle Times into a digital-first, subscriber-supported news organization, leading the region in public service journalism.

 

Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with writers, editors, producers, visual journalists, developers and others to raise the profile of Features and PNW Magazine content across multiple platforms. Spearheads new content initiatives, promotional strategies and digital products.
  • Serves as Features and PNW’s specialist on best digital practices, innovation, tools and workflow. Coaches, persuades, and champions as necessary to boost the staff’s digital game.
  • Serves as primary communication channel between Features/PNW and the Digital Audience Team (DAT), carrying each group’s concerns, standards and initiatives forward to the other. Energetically participates in DAT activities and projects.
  • Monitors online traffic and uses metrics to guide production, engagement, promotion and editorial decisions.
  • Fosters diversity and inclusivity in coverage, interactions with readers and internal processes.
  • Contributes to the news organization as a whole through committee involvement, planning projects and programs, etc., and by assisting other departments as needed.

 

Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field (or equivalent experience in lieu of education).
  • Daily digital publishing experience.
  • Fluency with the web and a deep understanding of how people use digital tools to produce and consume information. Must be familiar with common web publishing technologies and content-management practices.
  • Advanced social media skills, including ability to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and emerging social networks.
  • Knowledge of AP style, understanding of search engine optimization (SEO) principles and strong writing ability, particularly in headlines and summaries.
  • Solid news judgment. Basic familiarity with principles of libel, newsworthiness, fairness, accuracy, etc., while under pressure and on deadline.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a desire to seek out and engage with a broad range of viewpoints. Strong grammar and language skills.
  • Solid foundation in journalistic principles. Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.

 

Schedule

Five rotating 8-hour shifts per week, which will likely include some weekend and morning/evening shifts.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.8 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

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