Technical.ly Lead Reporter, DC (Part-Time) - Technical.ly

Technical.ly Lead Reporter, DC (Part-Time)

  • Location

    D.C., Network

  • Type

    Part-Time Job

  • Category

    Other

ABOUT THE POSITION

Technically Media, a local news and events organization best known for its local tech news network Technical.ly, is hiring a part-time Lead Reporter to contribute reporting, develop an audience and maintain relationships on behalf of Technical.ly DC.

This person with exceptional news and community building instincts will work with the Technical.ly Editor-in-Chief and Technical.ly Associate Editor to effectively and comprehensively report on the early stage tech, entrepreneurship and innovation community of Washington, D.C.

We believe that journalism is a necessary act for strengthening any community. Our mission is to use editorial to grow an audience of technologists and entrepreneurs inspired by local impact and bring them to action. That action can include seeking career opportunities, being inspired to greater work, connecting to community resources or other acts related to our mission. You are our local champion for our network of services.

The ideal candidate will excel in balancing source relationships to consistently deliver valuable community news quickly and accurately. You should have experience in and a willingness to experiment with new media and be interested in supporting and learning from a journalistic enterprise — a journalism organization that gives value to all community members, including readers, event attendees and sponsors. Plus, as a small, growing news media startup, we’re probably more fun than your traditional editorial role.

This is a 25- to 30-hour a week, part-time position paid between $1,750 to $2,000 monthly or $21,000 to $24,000 annually, depending on experience and output. Part-time staff can buy into the company healthcare plan (currently with Independence Blue Cross) and dental coverage (United Concordia).

This role will report directly to the Technical.ly Editor-in-Chief with support from the Technical.ly Associate Editor. Presently Technical.ly is published in five local markets, with an additional network-wide site. With the support of freelance and guest contributors, we aim to publish 4-5 items per market, per day, with the Lead Reporter responsible for 3 of those items per day.

This role will have access to work out of a D.C. coworking space (cove Columbia Heights) and be encouraged to spend time in the community.

An average 30-hour week for this role might look something like this:

  • 10 hours a week producing a reported feature daily
  • 10 hours a week producing 2-3 smaller daily items
  • 5 hours a week filing smaller items and working on special projects  
  • 3 hours a week attending at least one event, which may include social engagement
  • 2 hours a week managing administrative and internal tasks

Expected Responsibilities:

  • Help establish and implement overall Technical.ly editorial strategy in D.C., led by the Technically Media Editorial Director, with the Technical.ly Editor-in-Chief and Technical.ly Associate Editor
  • Grow and support an audience of local technologists and entrepreneurs
  • File 3 items a day, including at least one reported feature
  • File at least one monthly “big headline” larger enterprise report, including evergreen, investigative or other deeply sourced piece about the community
  • Use daily reporting and source relationships to find trends and grow smaller threads into larger concepts
  • Develop and maintain sources and other relationships with leading community members
  • Attend at least one community event a week, both to report and be present
  • Attend and speak at relevant events to raise awareness of our work across Technical.ly markets
  • Participate in and support social media strategy for the Technical.ly market, including limited live-tweeting and engagement and social sharing on places like the market Twitter handle, community Facebook groups, Reddit and our public Slack group
  • Serve as a resource and liaison between the Technically Media team and the Technical.ly DC market

Qualifications

The position is ideal for someone passionate about beat reporting and local community development. Bonus points for being inspired by technology’s real-life impact and by building a sustainable business model for local news.

Candidates should likely possess the following qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of reporting experience
  • Exceptional collaboration and communication skills
  • An obsessive hunger to be the best-sourced reporter on the beat
  • Be excited by our mission and want to represent it in this community
  • Must have meaningful beat reporting and editorial experience
  • Obsessive view of AP style, grammatical and syntax standards and the like. Must have an opinion on the Oxford comma.
  • Must have empathy to ask “why” of our coverage, an instinct to know when publicly critical reporting provides the most value. Our mission to make a community better, smarter and more engaged.
  • Interest in local communities and serving them with journalism
  • Interest in sustainable news by balancing journalism ethics and business model
  • An understanding of online content management systems, comparable blog software and social media applications is required. Experience with WordPress or other open source content management systems is desirable.
  • Knowledge of and interest in local and national tech, entrepreneurship and innovation communities

Other information

  • Position is paid monthly as a W4 part-time employee
  • Position includes a $25 monthly Bring-Your-Own-Device reimbursement
  • Position can buy into our company healthcare and dental offering
  • Access to the cove Columbia Heights coworking space

About Us

Technically Media Inc. is a publishing strategy firm that focuses on making communities better with niche news and inclusive events. Based in Philadelphia, Technically Media publishes local technology news network Technical.ly in five mid-Atlantic communities. In October 2015, Technically Media also began publishing local social impact news site Generocity.org.

Apply for this job

Interested individuals should contact Technically Media Editorial Director Christopher Wink at chris@technical.ly and Technical.ly Editor-in-Chief Zack Seward at zack@technical.ly. Please submit a resume, cover letter (with 2-3 references) and examples of your work.

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