The Seattle Times is looking for a part-time associate sports producer to handle our digital sports content and join a thriving digital news team. This is a demanding role that requires: an outside-the-box thinker unafraid to take risks, a solid foundation in journalistic principles and ethics, excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to juggle and quickly adapt to changing needs, a willingness to keep up with the latest tools and techniques and the desire to work collaboratively with an award-winning Sports and newsroom staff to take Seattle Times’ digital sports to the next level.
Specific objectives include but are not limited to:
Crafting the presentation of Sports content on The Seattle Times homepage and Sports channels. Adjusting leads, headlines, photos and teasers to emphasize highest priority coverage.
Engaging readers with staff-written content via social media.
Conceiving and executing Sports projects and reader engagement activities.
Monitoring online traffic and using metrics to guide editorial decisions.
Planning and executes a large volume of digital articles and projects with a high degree of detail, without losing sight of mission-critical priorities and serving readers with high-impact, engaging, must-have news, resources and information.
Takes part in planning of Sports special sections, conceiving, planning and executing digital packaging and special digital features to complement those sections.
Please note, this job is 16 hours per week; schedule varies but includes most weekends.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLYTo apply, please submit the following:1) a resume; 2) a brief critique of seattletimes.com sports homepage uploaded in a MS Word document; 3) links to 3 samples of your work in your resume and/or attach relevant screen shots of your work as a separate document (Word or PDF preferred);4) a list of references (with at least one being a former manager/supervisor).Attachments are uploaded on the same page where you upload your resume. After uploading the resume, use your back browser to return to the page and upload additional attachments. Please note: file size limit is 4MB (4,000KB)
Must have prior digital publishing experience; daily or weekly publishing experience is desirable
Must have a solid foundation in journalistic principles. Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of visual journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
Must have native-level fluency with the Web and a deep understanding of how people use digital tools to produce and consume information.
Must be familiar with common web publishing technologies and content-management practices.
Requires fluency with content-management tools, including blogging platforms such as WordPress, basic understanding of HTML, Web design principles and multimedia production tools.
Must have knowledge of AP style, understanding of search engine optimization (SEO) principles and strong writing ability, particularly in headlines and summaries.
Must have deep knowledge of sports and sports journalism, to contribute to story planning, make informed decisions about story plan and presentation, write accurate headlines and produce the sports report.
Requires advanced social media skills, including ability to use Twitter, Facebook Pinterest, LinkedIn and other emerging social networks to gather and disseminate news, reach new audiences and track the changing social landscape.
Must have a basic understanding of cross-platform design principles.
Must have the ability to analyze stories and make judgments about content, libel, newsworthiness, fairness, accuracy, etc., while under pressure and on deadline.
Must be able to facilitate the use of social media in a news environment.
Must have the ability to craft accurate, enticing headlines for Web.
Must have strong grammar and language skills.
Must have the ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.
Requires visual acuity.
Must maintain and sustain attention and effectively interact with people in extremely stressful situations.
Must have the ability to organize time well and juggle multiple tasks. Must be able to meet daily and changing deadlines and balance workloads.
Requires flexibility and ability to handle a variety of assignments. Must be able to adapt to change creatively and with a problem-solving approach.
Must demonstrate willingness to perform routine but necessary duties.
Must be punctual for assigned meetings and work shifts.
Should be able to respond constructively to direction, suggestions, and critiques.
Ability to work remotely in emergencies through mastery of necessary software and access to required fonts, phone numbers and other information.
The scope of the work varies, depending on the type of workload, but will range from simple to complex and may vary by intended platform.
Working Conditions: Typical open office environment that can be noisy, chaotic and subject to continual verbal and electronic interruptions. The position requires significant computer work. Individual ergonomic adjustments must be made to prevent RSI.
The position requires some night and weekend work, depending on the flow of news and sports events.
The above standards are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
To apply, please submit the following:
1) a resume;
2) a brief critique of seattletimes.com sports homepage uploaded in a MS Word document;
3) links to 3 samples of your work in your resume and/or attach relevant screen shots of your work as a separate document (Word or PDF preferred);
4) a list of references (with at least one being a former manager/supervisor).
Attachments are uploaded on the same page where you upload your resume. After uploading the resume, use your back browser to return to the page and upload additional attachments. Please note: file size limit is 4MB (4,000KB)
For application assistance only, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls, please.