Technically Media | Pittsburgh tech and economic development reporter (freelance) - Technical.ly

Pittsburgh tech and economic development reporter (freelance)

Technically Media |  Pittsburgh | Other

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Technically Media, a local niche news, jobs and events organization best known for its local tech news network Technical.ly, is seeking a reporters for a yearlong project to report feature stories on economic change in Pittsburgh.

This project, to be named later, aims to explore the tech and innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, including employer and hiring trends. Its first year is being supported by InnovatePGH, a public-private partnership of the Pittsburgh Innovation District, which will not have editorial oversight.

Technical.ly is seeking to work with multiple reporters in the Pittsburgh region. Throughout 2020, Technical.ly is producing 12 enterprise stories, including interviews with multiple stakeholders and analysis of the dynamics of economic transformation. Each story pays starting at $300, with additional considerations depending on experience and depth of reporting. Stories will begin running in March 2020, and extend through the end of 2020.

These stories will focus heavily on the dynamics shaping talent attraction and retention within Pittsburgh, and the implications of the growth of the technology industry for the region’s future. Reporting will be done independently and without oversight outside of Technical.ly’s editorial team.

At Technically Media, we believe that journalism is a necessary act for strengthening any community. Our mission is to use editorial to grow an audience of business leaders, entrepreneurs, funders and policymakers and bring them to action. This project will be carried out in the spirit of that mission.

Qualifications

This position is great for someone who has journalism experience and is seeking something experimental to develop their reporting chops. Likely, this is for an existing freelance reporter who is excited by a meaningful reporting project aimed at advancing the conversation on talent and growing industries. Bonus points for being excited by local news, and Pittsburgh’s future specifically.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • A few years of reporting experience
  • Developed local connections and knowledge (preferred)
  • Thorough reporting and fact-checking skills
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to meet deadline
  • Adherence to AP style and a firm understanding of grammatical and syntax standards
  • Knowledge of and interest in technology communities, local economies and hiring trends

Interested? Send your resume to Stephen Babcock at stephen@technicallymedia.com. Your email should include a few short, effective sentences explaining why you’re the best candidate for the project and a couple of links to your best work. 

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

Technically Media Inc. is a publishing company that focuses on making communities better through news and events. Based in Philadelphia, Technically Media publishes local technology news network Technical.ly in four mid-Atlantic communities: Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. and Delaware. In October 2015, Technically Media Inc. began publishing Generocity.org, an existing social impact-focused news outlet.

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Our Mission: We convene the smartest people and organizations in industries that matter for local communities to thrive in the future. To do that, we make connections with journalism, events and services. Presently, we publish two niche news sites: Technical.ly, which focuses on local tech communities, and Generocity.org, which focuses on the social impact community of Philadelphia.

Our Story: Founded in Philadelphia in 2009 by Temple University graduates with backgrounds in journalism, the media startup has grown to more than 23 full-time employees and a wider network of contributors. We produce regular and annual events including the widely-publicized Philly Tech Week, which in April 2017 welcomed 15,000+ people across 150 events and 138 partners, and Baltimore Innovation Week, which in September 2016 hosted more than 9,000+ at 50+ events.

Our Values: Technically Media is a sustainable community acceleration organization. We value entrepreneurship, creativity, inclusion, flexibility, transparency and those who do, act and create, whom we highlight through news and events. Our team members are public community leaders who pursue new thinking, cherish local communities and are willing to ask challenging questions in order to get better answers. We use communication as a means for conflict resolution and community betterment. We have high standards for ourselves and others and consider professional goals to be personal ones as well.

Our Location: We are headquartered in the historic Curtis Center on beautiful Washington Square in Old City Philadelphia, with additional team members working out of vibrant coworking facilities in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Delaware and Brooklyn.

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