Full Time - Entry or Early Career Level (Specialist, Coordinator, Associate, Interns)
Nonprofit, Social Media
4 Year Degree
The six-month fellowship (with the possibility of a six-month extension) is a full-time position designed to jumpstart the career of a new professional at a time when local journalism is both increasingly vital and threatened. Along with the rest of the news staff, our Fellows will help our readers exercise their responsibilities as citizens in an informed manner. And we hope that they will also help create journalism that is more representative of the communities we serve with Crosscut and our sister organization, KCTS 9 public television.
The next emerging journalist fellow program from Cascade Public Media will focus on the evolving nature of online journalism and be placed with our Audience Engagement team.
Participate in a one-week onboarding that acquaints the Fellow with the various parts of Cascade Public Media (CPM)
The Engagement Fellow will be expected to contribute to the newsroom’s audience strategies through email newsletters, social media, homepage publishing and more. These anticipated deliverables will give Fellows practice working on deadline, and a consistent feeling of accomplishment
The Fellow will also be exposed to cutting-edge digital journalism tools spanning publishing, multimedia and audience analytics technologies
This role will liaise closely with Crosscut reporters and journalists to create optimal audience reach/impact engagement strategies
Use SEO best practices to help come up with headlines and descriptions geared toward search engine optimization
Join the Audience Engagement team meetings and trainings
As time permits, the Fellow may pursue occasional original reporting opportunities via Crosscut’s editing and publishing channels, as supported by their manager
Participate in occasional training sessions by staffers or visiting professionals
Fellowships will last six or 12 months with a start date between January 1-15, 2021
Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Degree in Journalism, proven and demonstrated understanding of SPJ ethical standards OR related field experience preferred
Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; some experience organizing and managing multiple priorities and in developing and managing projects
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment
Some understanding of journalism ethics and practices, specifically where social media is concerned
Consistent professional use, interest in and understanding of various social media platforms
Interest and aptitude for moderating online comments and/or interest in building and helping to manage online communities
Working knowledge of Content Management Systems
Working knowledge of Photoshop preferred
Working knowledge of AP style
Ability to create charts, maps, visualizations for the website a plus but not required
Ability to understand, relate to and communicate the perspectives of diverse communities, historically disadvantaged populations or economically marginalized communities or individuals. Experience living or working with diverse communities is highly desired. Fluency in a language other than English is a plus
Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods
Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.
Additional Salary Information: This position comes with full benefits.
KCTS 9's mission is to inspire a smarter world.
In January 2016, KCTS Television and Crosscut became Cascade Public Media. This nonprofit, community-licensed, publicly supported organization remains committed to supporting social and civic engagement, arts and culture and education and family initiatives.
KCTS 9, which first went on the air in 1954, delivers a wide variety of programs including drama, news, documentaries, science, kids programming and other PBS favorites.
Founded in 2007, Crosscut tells stories and provides context and analysis that helps people understand our fast-changing region and how they can be a part of shaping it for the better.
Together, Crosscut and KCTS 9 support Cascade Public Media’s mission - To Inspire a Smarter World