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Engagement Editor (Project Homeless)

The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is looking for an experienced web producer and audience Engagement Editor to join our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom. In this temporary position, you will work as part of the Project Homeless team, the newspaper’s award-winning, grant-funded journalism project aimed at enriching the public dialogue around the region’s homeless crisis. Part of that mission is to find creative solutions to address the issue, in addition to broadening the newspaper’s audience. We are seeking applicants to spark and nurture community conversations about homelessness in the city, region, state and the entire West Coast. Ideally, you are adept at seeking out community voices that can improve our journalism while also making it more inclusive.

 

We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. We are looking for an energetic, detail-oriented person who enjoys collaboration. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone early in their journalism career, who is exploring the type of journalist they want to be but also is skilled at identifying different and creative ways to both tell and report stories.

 

Responsibilities

  • Act as web producer for the Project Homeless reporting team (made up of two reporters and one editor), posting and producing their stories for online readers, and running the team’s @TimesHomeless Twitter account.
  • Demonstrate creativity and a desire to actively work with the community, including homeless people themselves. 
  • Crowdsource to help deepen our reporting.
  • Plan online and in-person events (examples include our popular first-person storytelling event and our coffees with Project Homeless series).
  • Continue to build the project’s online audience while maintaining (and growing) community partnerships.
  • Solicit and work with guest writers.
  • Track and analyze analytics and experiment with other engagement.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience: Must have a minimum of 1+ years’ experience in audience/community engagement and/or as a web producer, preferably for a daily news organization or news website. Ability to meet deadlines is a must.  Clear writing, communication skills and proficiency in AP Style are required.
  • Education: Undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism or communications, or combination of related professional work experience, is preferred but not required.
  • Strong writing, multi-media skills and previous experience covering news.
  • Comfort with public speaking.
  • Desire to work with diverse communities.
  • Understanding of web analytics with common industry practices and emerging tools, applications, etc.
  • Familiarity with audience engagement tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Hearken.

 

Preferred Skills

  • Fluency in another language.
  • Experience planning community events around journalism.
  • Exposure to publishing tools like WordPress.
  • Exposure to Marketing Cloud also a plus.

 

 

Schedule

This is a temporary, full-time position, with benefits options after two months.

 

 

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 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

 

 

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