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Pacific NW Magazine Writer

The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country, is looking for an experienced writer for “Pacific NW,” the Times’ Sunday magazine. As the Pacific NW Magazine Writer, you should be a skilled storyteller with visual sensibility to produce entertaining, lively magazine cover pieces. This writer will be a strong reporter who digs deep, a thoughtful observer who gains the trust of sources and offers creative story ideas. Ideally, you have a deep knowledge and understanding of the Northwest – or be curious enough to develop that quickly. We value diversity, equity and inclusion in our coverage and produce stories of interest to our varied and ever-changing readership.

The Seattle Times is an award-winning newsroom with a history of producing groundbreaking journalism for a broad regional audience. Independently owned by the local Blethen family for more than 120 years, The Times has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes, the most recent in 2020. It is considered a leader among major metropolitan newsrooms, producing rapid-fire breaking news, deep and richly told narrative and explanatory stories, high-impact investigative reporting, and powerful, gripping visual journalism.

 

Responsibilities

  • Write fair, balanced stories with a strong voice and a point of view. Stories should be clear, well-focused and well-organized. Handle a variety of stories and writing approaches. Write clear, appropriate leads. Write with authority based on clear understanding of the topic. Self-edit for crisp, clean copy on multiple platforms. Use good interview techniques and effective quotes.
  • Provide a steady flow of provocative, topical story ideas.
  • Develop diverse and knowledgeable sources.
  • Participate in team meetings, discussing story ideas for themselves and others, and the coverage areas for the magazine, best ways to display our content online.
  • Work collaboratively with editors and other departments. Be a good colleague and teammate who shares our values of accuracy, journalistic ethics and inclusiveness. Be able to communicate with diplomacy up, down and across teams. 
  • Make agreed-upon deadlines and lengths, working with editors, and other departments – including photo, video and graphics – during the process of reporting and writing stories.
  • Seek diversity in sourcing and inclusiveness in framing, language and presentation.
  • Write stories using WordPress or other content management systems. Be able to make photo and graphics requests from WordPress stories.  
  • Be able to cover breaking news and file from the field. This position will require working occasional weekend news shifts and contributing to major breaking news stories. In that role, you will be asked to write quick, accurate posts that are followed by more complete stories that provide necessary context and perspective.

 

Qualifications

We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.

  • Experience: At least five years’ reporting experience, preferably at a metropolitan daily news organization.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Possess high standards for long-form writing.
  • Be a curious, thorough reporter and skilled writer.
  • Be adept at social media, using the available platforms to promote stories and as a reporting tool. Possess the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and other emerging social media networks to gather and disseminate news, reach new audiences and track the changing social landscape.
  • Use analytics to inform story ideas and approach to writing.
  • Have excellent grammar and language skills.
  • Have typing and basic computer skills.
  • Possess cultural competence and familiarity with best journalistic practices related to equity and inclusion.
  • Be able to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
  • Possess visual acuity. Before any magazine cover story idea is approved, we need to develop a plan for the photos or other art that will appear with the story.

 

This position requires a criminal background check and drug screen for controlled substances (including marijuana). As a union-represented position, you will also be required to join a union and pay membership dues.

 

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, Seattle Times Media Solutions combines 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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