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El Tímpano seeks a community reporter

June 29, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

El Tímpano, an award-winning local journalism and civic engagement organization, is hiring a key editorial role to further our mission of informing, engaging, and amplifying the voices of Latino and Mayan immigrants of the Bay Area.

The Community Reporter is responsible for engaging with our Spanish-speaking audience via service journalism and interaction primarily through text-messaging (SMS)—interaction that forms the heart of our community-powered newsroom. They are responsible for both researching and reporting issues and opportunities of relevance to our SMS community, and listening to them closely to identify stories to amplify, or concerns to examine. At its core, this unique position is responsible for establishing El Tímpano as a trustworthy, authoritative, and valued source of local news, information, and participatory storytelling among our growing and highly engaged audience of Latino and Mayan immigrants.

While El Tímpano is a remote-first work environment, this position, like all El Timpano positions, will be involved in-person outreach. Candidates must be based in or willing to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Voraciously monitor local, state, and national sources of news, information, and resources to identify issues of relevance to Latino and Mayan immigrants. Pitch and draft SMS content, ensuring relevance, timeliness, clarity, and cultural awareness
  • Interact with El Tímpano’s SMS subscribers to provide information in Spanish, gather data, and answer questions
  • Maintain excellent standards, ensuring content is verified, up-to-date, and helpful
  • Track data to document and evaluate subscriber growth and engagement
  • Facilitate a feedback loop between SMS community and El Tímpano’s editorial and civic engagement teams to surface stories, questions, and emerging issues, and to support community-powered reporting; conduct interviews to identify and research story ideas
  • Collaborate with colleagues to continuously explore new ways to effectively reach, grow, and engage with El Tímpano’s audience and to address gaps in access to news, information, and civic engagement
  • Like all El Tímpano team members, this position will be expected to take part in in-person outreach approximately once a month
  • Host and co-produce El Tímpano’s regular Spanish-language Facebook Live series with local experts and community leaders
  • Maintain, update, expand El Tímpano’s directory of resources
  • Pitch, report and produce monthly stories (in English) on news deadlines for digital platforms
  • Other programmatic, editorial, or administrative activities as they emerge to support the needs of a growing non-profit organization.

You are a great fit if you…

  • Are a bilingual journalist (spoken and written Spanish proficiency)
  • Have significant experience working with Latino immigrant communities and 3+ years experience in journalism, community media, and/or community organizing
  • Have excellent interpersonal communication, including the ability to communicate respectfully and inclusively in diverse environments with colleagues, community members, and external peers; Are a confident speaker in Spanish and English in both large public settings and one-on-one
  • Are familiar with the Bay Area, its local issues, and its Latino immigrant communities
  • Are organized and capable of juggling multiple tasks and projects while maintaining deadlines and high standards
  • Thrive in a start-up environment where you are expected to build things from scratch, learn and iterate as you go, take initiative and ownership of your work, collaborate with a team, and adapt as the organization grows and evolves
  • Share a passion for El Tímpano’s mission of informing, engaging, and amplifying the voices of Latino and Mayan immigrants

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