The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization, and one of the region’s premier regional news sources, is hiring an Arts Recovery Reporter. This position is 32 hours/week and is a grant-funded role that is subject to grant renewal. Funding for this role is not guaranteed beyond the 2022 calendar year, though renewal is the goal.
A rich, vibrant arts scene is the hallmark of a flourishing society. The arts play an integral role in creating a sense of shared experiences and introducing people to new ideas, and they’re the cornerstone of culture. Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic and all resulting economic woes have put arts organizations everywhere in peril. This arts recovery reporter will help us deepen our exploration of the pandemic’s effects on artists, arts organizations and audiences, depict how the recovery of the arts is essential to our society, and demonstrate the role the arts play in helping to revitalize the pandemic-dampened economic landscape of their communities.
We’re looking for an experienced journalist who is passionate about the arts, has a solid understanding of how arts organizations and nonprofits work, and a good grasp of the economic side of the arts industry.
Using solutions journalism, watchdog reporting and other reporting tools, we want you to help us shed light on how arts organizations in the greater Puget Sound region are responding to the pandemic; how trends in the arts and arts philanthropy are changing; who does (and doesn’t) have access to the arts; and how the arts and economic viability relate to each other.
Be well-versed in how the arts world and nonprofits operate, and have a general understanding of the issues and operational challenges they face.
Be familiar with the Seattle-area arts scene and its main players and organizations.
Stay on top of Seattle-area arts and entertainment news.
Be a versatile reporter who can react quickly to breaking news, work on medium and long-range enterprise stories (at least two per month) and find stories off the beat that are relevant and engaging to our audience.
Be comfortable using social media and other audience engagement tactics to identify story ideas and interact with readers.
Work with an editor to identify and build coverage priorities and a good variety of story ideas. We seek stories that are locally focused, but that might also have national appeal as communities everywhere look to help their arts sectors pick up the pieces in the post-COVID-19 recovery period.
Be a team player and work with other members of our newsroom and our arts and entertainment coverage team to find, conceive of and execute the best and most relevant stories for our readership.
Understand and look out for opportunities to diversify our coverage of the arts and entertainment sector, while always keeping marginalized and underrepresented communities in mind.
Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in story choice, sourcing and framing.
Be comfortable with filing public records requests and using records to inform stories or advance your reporting.
Pitch solutions-oriented stories that examine possible responses to problems.
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.
Experience: At least 3 years reporting experience, preferably in the arts and entertainment realm, and preferably with a major metropolitan newsroom.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.
Experience covering a breadth of news stories, from breaking news to longer-form journalism and enterprise, preferably with some experience covering the arts and/or the nonprofit sector. Experience covering the economy is a bonus.
Able and willing to file public records requests and use documents to inform your reporting.
Demonstrates an understanding of how to build sources on a beat, and work a beat to find stories.
Team-oriented, with a collaborative spirit.
A good communicator.
Ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., under pressure and on deadline.
Cultural competence and awareness of best practices related to inclusive journalism.
Ability to write clearly, accurately and creatively on multiple platforms and social networks.
Experience in traditional, shoe-leather reporting, as well as using social media to find and source stories. Familiarity with digital news production, live blogging, and analytics are also a necessity.
Schedule: Flexible, with some weekends and evenings required.
This position requires you to join a union and pay ongoing union dues each month. In addition, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug screen for controlled substances (excludes cannabis) and a criminal background check once an offer has been made.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.
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