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The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is looking for a full-time Temporary Features Reporter to run our movies and books beats and fill in on other stories as needed. This person should have a background in entertainment reporting, and be able to handle general assignments and breaking news, while also identifying, conceiving and executing enterprise stories off a beat.
This Features (books/movies) reporter should:
Be familiar with the workings of the books and movies industries.
Possess a working knowledge of persons, issues, events in Seattle’s movies/books scenes.
Generate creative story ideas off the beat
Be nimble enough to write everything from spot news to enterprise in an expedient, productive fashion
Be able and willing to pitch in and cover other topics as needed within the scope of the Features department’s coverage areas.
Yield diverse and knowledgeable sources who will help break news, track emerging research and add perspective to coverage.
Willing to work some nights and/or weekends as coverage dictates.
Work with a team led by an editor and collaborate with beat reporters on other teams.
Work with colleagues in Photo, Graphics/Interactives and the Digital Audience Team to coordinate visuals and digital assets for stories.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic colleague and a champion of our core values of accuracy, journalistic ethics and inclusiveness.
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 two years of work as an entertainment reporter for a newsgathering organization.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or relevant equivalent experience.
Experience covering breaking news and filing from the field, including writing quick, accurate posts that are followed by more complete stories that provide necessary context and perspective.
Collaborative spirit; diplomacy when communicating up, down and across teams.
Strong command of standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times.
Ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
Cultural competence and awareness of best practices related to inclusive journalism.
Experience in traditional, shoe-leather reporting, as well as using social media to find and source stories. Familiarity with digital news production, live blogging, and using analytics to inform story choices are also a necessity.
Ability to write clearly, accurately and creatively on multiple platforms and social networks.
This position requires you undergo a pre-employment drug screen for controlled substances (excludes marijuana) and a criminal background check once an offer has been made.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent 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 2.1 million. At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.
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The Seattle Times, the nationally-renowned and award-winning digital and print media company, is the leading source of news, sports, business, technology, entertainment and other content for the trendsetting Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a news media company with a laser focus on journalistic standards and excellence, we provide clarity above the content clutter and engage readers across digital and print platforms to provide news that matters where, when and how they want it.