Technically Media, a digital media company best known for its local tech economy news site Technical.ly, is hiring a beat reporter for its Baltimore market coverage. We’re seeking someone who is eager to work a beat, file daily and build a network of sources in the region's emerging business community. A primary tool for reader engagement and determining our effectiveness is the growth of our daily email newsletter product, a core component for the vibrancy of our community of professionals.
Leading with exceptional news and relationship-building instincts, this reporter will work with Technical.ly’s Baltimore market editor to effectively and comprehensively report on the Baltimore region’s tech and innovation economy, which includes the companies, workforce and support system that underpins it. In one day, you might cover the news of a promising health tech startup’s Series A alongside a round of local accelerators with open applications; the next, you might profile a software engineer working remotely from Baltimore for an internationally ubiquitous Big Tech company, speak to grassroots activists pioneering digital equity solutions or attend a summit for social enterprises.
We aim to write both for and about an informed technical audience to help them navigate their careers and understand the economic trends shaping their work. Our mission is to make a community better, smarter and more engaged. This reporter will be successful if they’re trusted on their beat and deliver a daily newsletter product with news, information and perspective that is worth reading daily.
The ideal candidate will excel in cultivating source relationships to consistently deliver valuable local business news, quickly and accurately. You should have experience in and a willingness to experiment with new media, as well as an interest in supporting and learning from an experienced journalistic enterprise. Plus, as a small, growing news media startup, we’re probably more fun than your traditional editorial employer.
The Baltimore reporter will report directly to the Baltimore market editor and work closely with our distributed newsroom, which is active daily via Slack. We additionally find regular opportunities to work together in person across our markets. We aim to publish at least three new items per day on each market’s individual sections of the Technical.ly website, four days per week. The reporter in this role should expect to contribute two of those daily, including a mix of reported features, recurring columns and short-form posts emphasizing new and breaking news. Our editors also solicit guest posts and freelance contributions, as well as publish nationally relevant stories across all of our markets daily. There will be regular collaboration and daily coordination with editors and fellow reporters.
This role will operate remotely, but if you’d like, we can place you in a local coworking space. We come together as an entire team quarterly, when public health allows, and do so largely in Philadelphia, where much of the company’s leadership is based.
The person in this role is expected to spend roughly 90% of their time reporting in and around Baltimore, and 10% doing supplementary tasks like supporting strategy, social media engagement and administrative work.
The position is ideal for someone passionate about beat reporting and source development. Bonus points for being inspired by technology and our efforts to build a sustainable model for impactful local journalism. Because we consider ourselves a community company, you must have a drive to be the most connected person in your local tech and entrepreneurship community.
Candidates should likely possess the following qualifications:
Interested individuals should contact Technical.ly Editor Sameer Rao at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit a resume, short letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the role (with two to three references) and examples of your work. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Technically Media is a digital media company best known for publishing local tech news network Technical.ly in several mid-Atlantic communities and the social impact-focused news site Generocity.org.
At Technical.ly, we believe that journalism is a necessary act for strengthening any community. Our mission is to use news coverage to sustain and grow an audience of technologists and entrepreneurs inspired by local impact — and to bring them to action. We fund our work by making connections in our community through events, storytelling and services (particularly with talent acquisition strategies) Much of our most impactful work includes helping connect jobseekers and employers.