Local Editor Emmaus and Lower Macungie Patch

Oct 31, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
Ms. Christine Easow
Full Time
About Editorial:
We’re looking for people who have the passion, creativity and chops to actively engage their local community through incisive reporting, professional editing and thoughtful content curation. We’re looking for people who can also leverage an array of new technology, tools and social media. The contributions from the local voices in our communities are a core part of Patch’s DNA; our sites are designed to be an interactive, dynamic experience for our users by inviting them to participate in the conversation via blogging, comments, and announcements.

As a Local Editor, you’ll become part of a dynamic and innovative team of journalists, engineers, designers and business professionals, creating bold new solutions for our industry. You will have the exciting chance to manage and run your own site(s) -- for all things local in your community -- effectively informing and delighting our Patch users. This is far more than an opportunity to transform journalism; it’s an opportunity to improve the lives of your community members.

Your Role:

Report, utilizing multimedia skills, and create original content

Manage and curate content on your Patch -- in every form that takes (website, newsletter, etc.)

Build a community online and get people addicted to Patch

Encourage user-generated content and community involvement, including recruiting a variety of contributors

Be collaborative and constructive across all aspects of the company -- marketing, sales, editorial, etc.

Interact, engage, reach out, and otherwise be peripatetic and ubiquitous in your community

Be invested in the success of your community -- write for the community, not about the community

Be flexible to business opportunities, might be asked to assist or take on a neighboring site

Your Qualifications:

Entrepreneurial spirit and drive; start-up experience a plus

Experience in online community building -- using tools and strategies for seeding conversations and engaging with your users

Comfort with being a leader/local celebrity in the community, not merely an observer but a participant

Demonstrated ability to manage your time, as well as plan and prioritize your work

Flexibility and a willingness to change directions

Passion for -- and adept skill in -- writing for the web, social networking and community journalism

Understanding of the value and impact of carefully curated and aggregated content

Ability to report on a tight deadline -- degree in journalism a plus, but not required

Great news judgment and the ability to tap into the interests, rhythms and identity of a town

“Bull-doggish” reporting instincts and a willingness to ask tough questions of important people

Understanding of copyright and libel laws

Car ownership (a must) and flexibility to work from anywhere -- be it at home, from your car, at a coffee shop or the high school football game

Willingness/ability to live in or damn close to the relevant market location

Experience recruiting, managing and motivating a team of contributors is a plus

Patch offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including 401(k) match and performance bonus. Patch Media is an AOL company. AOL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other classification prescribed by applicable law.

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