If you have experience with building vibrant digital communities and have a deep passion and interest in entrepreneurship in journalism, we want to hear from you.
LION Publishers is a journalism association supporting independent local online news publishers, and recently, in partnership with the Google News Initiative, launched the GNI Startups Lab, a program that will help aspiring news entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Canada turn their news idea into reality and set their business on the path to sustainability.
As part of the GNI Startups Lab program, we want to hire a part-time community manager to help us create a go-to destination for anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship and/or startups in news and journalism. We would expect this person to already be leading or working with a journalism startup(s) and eager to have the resources to create, manage and grow a community focused on skills sharing, networking and support among people interested in news entrepreneurship.
Design and recommend a budget for community management (there are some funds available for this)
Choose the right platform to manage the community on
Create community guidelines/expectations and community management protocols
Promote and recruit for folks to join the community
Help seed discussion questions and spur conversation in the group
Work closely with our Startups Lab Senior Program Manager and Membership/Communications Manager to share relevant programming updates/resources with the community
Grow the community into a valuable resource for anyone interested in journalism startups
You should also be prepared to work for an organization that’s:
Scrappy and operates leanly
In the process of building a strategic plan and still has many unknowns (read: possibilities!) on the horizon
A small distributed team that relies on digital communication and (hopefully in the near future) occasional in-person meetings to communicate and collaborate with each other
This is a grant-funded position and you’ll report to programming director Anika Anand.
Here’s more on how to apply:
If you choose to apply, and are chosen to be interviewed, be prepared to talk about your mid-term and long-term career goals and how LION can help support you in achieving them; your existing connections and involvement in the journalism startup community; and why you, specifically, are the person to help us create and grow this community.
LION Publishers encourages applications from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities. We desire to build an organization and grow a membership that welcomes and encourages participation from all interested individuals.
About LION Publishers
LION Publishers is a journalism association supporting independent local online news publishers.