It’s not easy to get jobs in the news and media industry. Not only are they scarce, there are lots of candidates vying for the same position. Sometimes, however, you just have to forget that and dive into the applicant pool.
Tech Reporter(s) at Mashable
Job Description: Mashable actually has two tech reporter openings, one based in the San Francisco office while the other is in the NYC office. Mashable’s new tech reporter in SF will mainly cover the beats of tech and gadgets, startups, mobile, development and design. This isn’t a job for slackers — you’ll be expected to write at least four stories a day. For more, read the full description. The New York reporter should have “killer writing and reporting skills, a laser-like focus on details, boundless energy and willingness to work super hard at the coolest place on Earth.” Here are the details on the NYC-specific post.
Pros: Mashable is arguably one of the hottest media companies around and being in either of its bureaus would be a great place to cover the technology beat.
Experience Needed: Two more years at a daily publication is required (with copy editing experience) plus a year or more of using WordPress.
Contact: Apply on the Mashable website (links to job application). You could also try contacting Stefanie Rennert (@StefanieRennert), Mashable’s HR manager.
Social Media Manager at Business Insider
Job Description: Business Insider is looking for someone who is “part oracle, part evangelist, all execution” to fill the role of social media manager. ”We’re looking for a tech geek who is obsessed with consuming news,” Jessica Leibman, BI’s managing editor, wrote in an email to me. ”Someone who dreams in tweets, knows about Facebook’s newest addition to the Graph API, and has sharp editorial judgment. Someone who gets Business Insider, our readers, and what we’re trying to do.” Here’s a longer description.
Pros: Since launching in 2007, BI has quickly become a big player in covering startups, media, and business in general in NYC. This role not only lets you work with social media but also is an opportunity to showcase your brilliance by generating great new concepts.
Experience Needed: One year working in social media or online journalism.
Contact: Email resume, writing samples, and cover letter to Liebman, email@example.com.
Job Description: Poynter, which I consider to be a kind of journalism Bible, is looking for a mediareporter who will “surprise, provoke and inform in a way that ultimately shifts how we think about journalism and the people who practice it.” Here’s what else you’ll need to make it to the top of the candidate’s list.
Pros: Not only will tons of journalists read your work, you’ll get to work with a fabulous team that includes Julie Moos, Mallary Jean Tenore, Jeff Sonderman, and Al Tompkins.
Experience Needed: Not listed.
Contact: Information and inquires can be sent to Julie Moos, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there other cool, new jobs out there that should be on this list?