Food and Culture Journalist
The Long Beach Post, a growing digital publication and among the largest newsrooms in Los Angeles County, has an immediate opening for a reporter to cover the complex, evolving food and culture scene in our city and the surrounding communities in our coverage area; bars and breweries, dining and distilleries, cottage culinary businesses and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the overall industry.
This position will be part of the Hi-lo, our growing Arts & Culture vertical, which is the four-person team in our newsroom shaping and expanding coverage of the creative and cultural communities in one of the most diverse large cities in the country. Reporting to the Hi-lo editor, this is a full time position, with a competitive package of benefits.
A prime candidate for this position would be enthusiastic about covering not just food, but telling the stories behind the food, compelling and powerful narratives about the people who make up Long Beach’s rich and ever-changing culinary landscape.
As a reporter at a digital, daily publication, a demonstrated comfort level with the fast-paced, ever-changing nature of online news is a must. While we do not operate as a “content mill,” and reporters are encouraged to spend the necessary time to create powerful narrative and to get the story right, a sense of urgency is a must. A reporter in this position should be comfortable with cold-calling and developing sources and contacts both in and around the industry.
Most importantly, candidates must have a curiosity and an understanding of the culinary and cultural importance of the city of Long Beach and its place not only in Southern California, but in the broader regional landscape. We are looking for someone who is passionate about being seen as a part of the community they are covering and excited to be part of a growing team that is helping build a sustainable model for local digital journalism.
While not a requirement of the position, complementary skills that we are looking for would be the ability to produce multimedia elements, such as photo, video or audio, to aid in your storytelling.
The ideal candidate will be a proactive self-starter with strong journalism fundamentals, an unquestionable respect for journalistic ethics, equal passion for visual and textual storytelling, and the ability to find and work sharp angles for multimedia packages that explain what’s going on and why it matters on a wide range of topics. You see fine dining and the dive bar as possessing equal cultural value and are able to work under deadlines in a fast-paced daily news environment to tell the stories needed to inform, delight, engage and connect the people of Long Beach.
Candidates must also be social media savvy and have a strong knowledge in building community and finding story ideas on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Candidates should be ready to explore the diverse pockets of the city – from popular food trucks to unknown taco stands – and cover these communities with respect and nuance.
There are many talented candidates who won’t necessarily fit everything we’ve mentioned above, or who have important skills we haven’t yet considered. Don’t let that deter you from applying. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
We are dedicated to intentionally improving the diversity of our organization, in part by better reflecting the city we cover. Candidates from communities historically underrepresented in our industry and our newsroom are strongly encouraged to apply. With a large Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog-speaking community, bilingual abilities are a huge plus but not necessary.
- Be the leading voice in the food vertical of the Hi-lo at LBPost.com, including but not limited to producing daily spot and enterprising coverage. Generate and develop story ideas that will grow a loyal digital audience and create community in Long Beach
- Break culinary, cultural and restaurant business stories
- Execute engaging social media posting of food and beverage content
- Assist with production of the daily e-Alert email newsletter
- Grow the Post’s digital audience through targeted coverage and creative uses of social media
- Cultivate relationships with sources in the wider food industry, including chefs, restaurateurs, influencers, and other food reporters
- Assist other reporters (including news) with coverage and reporting as needed (we are still a small newsroom, and sometimes everyone needs to pitch in)
- Represent the Long Beach Post at public functions
- Ability to effectively and professionally collaborate with Managers and Peers as well as outside third parties
- Reliable, trustworthy, ethical and professional
What you should send us:
We’re most interested in your past work. Please submit a cover letter of no more than one page stating why you are the best candidate and how you would approach this position. In addition to your resume, please include at least three pieces of original reporting you’ve done in the past that you feel best exemplifies your brand of journalism. Additionally, consider including links that show how you use social media to further your work. Email your application to [email protected].
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected classification under federal and state law.
Pacific Community Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity
This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.
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