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Technical.ly Baltimore Contributing Reporter (Contract or Freelance)

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Technical.ly Baltimore, a digital news publication covering the region’s tech and entrepreneurship community, is looking for a contributing reporter to support its daily news coverage.

The contributing reporter will supplement our daily news coverage, which is largely driven by our lead reporter but also features stories by freelancers and guest posts from community members.

We cover local tech but that means many things to many different people. While we’ll assign some stories, you’ll also get to choose what you’ll cover. Wanna go deep into the underground hacktivist scene? Or cover how cybersecurity is changing Maryland? Or chronicle how local immigrant-owned startups are affected by ever-shifting national policy? Do it. The contributing reporter will carve out their own beat(s) and own those spaces.

What we do best is cover a community very closely. We think of ourselves as a community newspaper for tech — we strive to know and report on every single person who’s making moves in a scene. We want to know why people are doing these things and what it means for the community and the city at large. No story is too small.

This will either be a month-to-month contract or a less structured freelance relationship, depending on the right writer’s needs. It is expected to pay between $500 and $1,000 per month depending on how many stories the writer is available to produce (ideally one or two features per week).

 

Responsibilities

  • File 1-2 stories per week, including news pieces, Q&As, profiles, features and event recaps. For each piece, you’ll secure photos and other appropriate media, plus suggest headlines and deks.
  • Communicate with Technical.ly assistant editor to coordinate coverage.
  • Develop multiple beats within the local tech umbrella  (i.e. internet privacy, digital access, civic tech)
  • 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.

 

Qualifications

We need someone who:

  • can find stories on their own.
  • has a hunger to break news and own a beat.
  • is serious about getting facts right.

Would be great if you could:

  • report on businesses with an eye toward accountability (this is not a marketing job).
  • write about complex tech issues for a wider audience.

Since we’re so locally focused, it’d be great if you care about your neighborhood and your city and if you share our belief that place is important.

 

If you don’t fit this description at the moment but are interested, reach out to us about freelancing.

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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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