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Technical.ly Philly Lead Reporter (Full-Time)

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Technically Media, a local niche news and events organization best known for its local tech news network Technical.ly, social impact site Generocity.org and annual event series Philly Tech Week, is hiring a Lead Reporter for its Technical.ly Philly site.

The Lead Reporter is our organization’s primary point of contact for sources and community members of the Philadelphia technology and entrepreneurship community. We use beat business reporting and community journalism to convene this collection of technologists and entrepreneurs, and you must be our chief connector and narrator.

The ideal candidate has experience in and a willingness to experiment with new media and is interested in supporting and learning from a community journalism enterprise — an organization building a business model around helping make connections, including jobs, education and more. Our newsroom pledges to be accurate, relevant and productive for the communities we serve. Plus, as a small, growing news media startup, we’re probably more fun than your traditional editorial role.

This role will report directly to the Technical.ly Managing Editor. With the support of freelance and guest contributors, we aim to publish 3-5 items per day in Philadelphia. This role might report 3-4 of those items of various lengths and story types, while following other story ideas.

This role will operate out of Technically Media offices in the Curtis Center building of the Washington Square neighborhood in Philadelphia.

The person in this role is expected to spend three quarters of their time interviewing, writing and reporting and one quarter doing supplementary tasks such as supporting strategy, social media engagement and meeting with internal staff.

This is a full-time salaried position. Staff have access to our company healthcare plan (currently with Independence Blue Cross), dental (United Concordia), a 401k plan, a monthly IT stipend for our bring-your-own-device work environment and other related benefits. This position will start on roughly Monday, May 20, 2019.

Expected responsibilities

  • Help establish and implement overall Technical.ly editorial strategy in the Philly market, led by the Technical.ly Managing Editor.
  • Work closely with Technical.ly Managing Editor to execute that overall editorial strategy, including its news product, directory, social media properties and the like.
  • Grow and support an audience of local technologists and entrepreneurs.
  • Publish 3-4 items a day, with a variety of independently reported stories and limited aggregation.
  • File at least one monthly larger enterprise report (aka “big headlines”), including evergreen, investigative or other deeply sourced pieces about the community.
  • Prioritize information sharing between the editorial, events and business teams to highlight potential partners, speakers, venues, sponsors and contributors.
  • Attend and speak at relevant events to raise awareness of our work.
  • Participate in and support social media strategy for the Philly market, including engagement and social sharing on places like the market Twitter handle, community Facebook groups, reddit and our public Slack group.

Qualifications

This position is ideal for someone with some editorial experience and interests but seeking something that allows for growth in beat reporting skills and exploration of nontraditional story types. Bonus points for being excited by local or niche news specifically.

Candidates should likely possess the following qualifications:

  • A few years of writing and reporting experience 
  • An interest in how local communities — specifically tech and innovation communities — are shaping the future of cities
  • An excitement to experiment with voice in your writing
  • Obsessive view of AP style, grammatical and syntax standards and the like
  • Be excited by our mission and want to represent it on a citywide stage: We’re proud of what we do for our communities and are passionate about exploring how we fund our work by serving those very same communities.
  • An understanding of online content management systems and social media is required. Experience with WordPress or other open source content management systems is desirable.

Other information

  • This is a full-time, salaried position.
  • This role is based out of Technically Media’s Philadelphia headquarters.
  • This role reports to the Technical.ly Managing Editor.
  • This role must be available to support breaking news and relevant event production, though other hours are flexible and we celebrate work-life balance, including the option to work from home when needed.
  • Though results matter most and Technically Media prides itself on flexibility, as a guide, this role might expect to work roughly 45 hours a week.

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To apply: Email Technical.ly Managing Editor Julie Zeglen (julie@technical.ly) with your resume, a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in this role, and links to some examples of your work. Plus, for fun, your favorite GIF of the moment.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Health Insurance
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  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

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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