The Seattle Times
Date posted: Nov. 8, 2019
The Seattle Times is actively looking for a passionate Editorial Writer to spearhead conversation about our new "Save the Free Press" initiative. As a member of the Opinion staff, you will provide a strong voice on current Free Press media issues especially as they relate to the Puget Sound region and Washington state. You will be part of an initiative to create a “Save the Free Press” movement with both a local and national focus. We’re looking for a writer who thoughtfully contributes to Editorial page edits and produces a regular column addressing this important subject. By focusing our reader’s attention on underlying problems and possible causes, you should be comfortable probing these issues and suggesting sophisticated solutions.
Summary of Responsibilities:
This role calls for you to thoughtfully contribute to Editorial page edits as the resident expert on our “Save the Free Press” initiative. In addition, you will be expected to develop unique personal column ideas and write a monthly (or bi-monthly) column on current and urgent media issues. Consider and propose insightful, persuasive solutions. Driving public engagement and conversation among readers is key, as you initiate conversations with creative and fresh angles on significant views. Finally, you will be asked to propose and maintain monthly Free Press data page with visual data in conjunction with a Free Press Graphic Artist.
At least five years of reporting or writing experience are required, preferably as part of an Opinion team at a daily newspaper/website or as Investigative journalist. Bachelor’s degree in journalism (or related field) or equivalent combination of education and experience are required as well. Successful applicants will have developed social-media skills, with ability to use Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and other social media networks to reach new audiences and develop deeper relationships with existing audiences. An innate ability to research deeply and analyze large data sets is also necessary to be successful. Finally, applicants should be able to collegially debate issues with colleagues in a professional way.