American Public Media
  • SCPR, Content - 29TA
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:

KPCC is looking for a writer with a strong voice and solid news judgement to cover life in Los Angeles and beyond for LAist, a community news site serving the greater Los Angeles region. The ideal candidate is  fast and creative and someone who can find sharp angles on a wide range of topics from news to arts and culture to food ' on various digital platforms (Hint: web, social and newsletter). You're as comfortable aggregating from various news outlets as you are sourcing your original ideas and editing the work of others. And you have the stamina to keep up with tight deadlines in a fast-paced news environment. Bonus points if you've created and grown a newsletter audience.

But, most importantly, you have a deep love and understanding for L.A. and Southern California. We are looking for someone who is passionate about becoming a trusted friend for our readers ' telling people what's happening in their neighborhood and why it matters. If that's you, keep reading...

This posting has an application deadline of August 29, 2018 (10pm PST).

Position Responsibility:

  • Generates and develops story ideas that will grow a loyal digital audience and create community in Southern California under guidance of the senior digital editor
  • Curate and produce content across all platforms (ie: homepage, social and mobile) with the highest standards of accuracy, production quality and timeliness
  • Report, aggregate and write breaking news and other daily stories
  • Assist with editing stories from others in the newsroom and freelancers
  • Write and produce a daily newsletter
  • Work with social media editor to execute LAist's engagement strategy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Collaborate with the news producers, reporters, editors on coverage
  • Be a champion for a consistent voice and style for LAist
  • Use analytics (ie: Chartbeat, Google Analytics) to make data-informed decisions
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years of experience working in a digital/engagement reporting capacity at another news organization
  • Community journalism experience 

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong news judgment and interest in local and regional news
  • Outstanding writing skills, particularly for digital platforms. We expect to see writing samples.
  • Ability to tell stories in different ways on different platforms
  • Deep understanding of social media (ie: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Broad knowledge of digital storytelling tools and trends
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in multiple departments/divisions
  • Knowledge and fluency with AP style and usage
  • Basic knowledge of SEO, particularly for headlines
  • Ability to use analytics to drive decision-making
  • Experience working with content management systems
  • Basic familiarity with Photoshop or another photo editing software
  • Ability to work with changing deadlines and in a fast-paced environment
  • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS 

Reporting To This Position: None         

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including early morning hours.
  • Physical Demands:
         Required to walk, sit, and stand
         Reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
         Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping  
  • Working Conditions:
         Moderate noise level


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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