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Cascadia Daily News seeks a general assignment reporter/producer

May 1, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Our ideal candidate will be a classic, nimble G.A. reporter, able to jump on breaking news and produce smart, contextual, enterprise journalism in a digital-focused newsroom. It’s not an entry-level gig; we need a reporter with the news judgment tools and reporting skills to anticipate and produce local takes on subjects with regional and national interest. On our team-oriented staff, this reporter must be able to work independently, with the drive and skills to produce cleanly written daily stories derived from original reporting.

What you will do:

  • Report and write quick-turn explainers on breaking news, trending topics, interesting events and activities across Northwest Washington state, for publication on or in our weekly print edition.
  • Maintain an active presence on social media to promote and distribute your work, and occasionally report live events.
  • Brainstorm story ideas and work with editors to repurpose some content and enhance our existing daily digital/social storytelling.
  • This job will begin with a roughly 70-30 split between G.A. duties and online news production/deadline story editing for a short term before transitioning to full-time G.A. pending our hiring of a new managing editor.

What it will take to be successful:

  • Comfort with producing high-quality work on deadline.
  • Strong news judgment, creativity and meticulousness.
  • Ability to report stories and write quickly while keeping the strictest commitment to fairness, accuracy and clarity.
  • A focus on inclusion of a diversity of sources and voices in stories.
  • Ability to maintain contact via Slack and other tools for breaking news assignments when working from home or on location; some flexible scheduling is required.
  • Ability to mine social media and analyze digital data for story ideas.
  • Ability to collaborate with all newsroom teams and work in a fast-changing news environment.

Required skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.
  • At least two years’ experience in a newsroom or a related work environment.
  • Home base in Whatcom County, Washington. This position is full time in our newsroom in a historic building in downtown Bellingham.
  • Some experience in front-line editing and online posting of stories, during initial stages of job; occasional fill-in producer shifts moving forward.
  • Strong news judgment and the ability to distinguish process from news of community impact.
  • Social media acumen including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other networks to deliver news to a diverse audience.
  • Familiarity with current AP Style rules and libel laws, and adherence to the publication’s ethics guidelines.
  • Valid driver’s license and means of personal transportation.

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Basic photography/videography skills and ability to post digital audio and images.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team-oriented, multigenerational newsroom.
  • Familiarity with MS Office (Excel, SharePoint), Adobe Suite, Slack and other typical office comms tools.
  • Cohabitating senses of adventure and humor. We are serious about our hard work, but have fun doing it.

Salary: Pay ranging from $50K to $60K DOE.

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