Advance Local Reporting Fellow in Worcester, Massachusetts
Position : Reporting Fellow
Location : Worcester, MA
Diversity & Inclusion are at the core of our mission to strengthen and empower the communities we serve.
This is a hybrid work opportunity based within Massachusetts.
As part of our ongoing commitment to building talented newsrooms that understand the communities we serve, Advance Local Media is offering an exciting and unique opportunity to pursue a paid online master’s degree with one of the top schools for a Master’s of Journalism - the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications.
Through this fellowship program, you will receive real-life experience working with the MassLive Media while earning your master’s degree. The program features a flexible work start date to coincide with Syracuse University’s online academic term, beginning in April 2024.
MassLive Media is the most trusted source for news and information throughout Massachusetts. A digitally focused company, MassLive Media provides content when and where readers want it - online, on smartphones and on tablets - through MassLive and a range of digital products. MassLive Media is also an advertisers' strongest media partner, with an innovative suite of products to help them connect with their best customers.
As an Advance Local Reporting Fellow with MassLive , you will be part of a dynamic and inclusive newsroom team focused on local journalism for one of the country’s largest privately owned media companies. Your success will come from producing news stories for various platforms while meeting audience demand for immediacy, depth, and engagement. You’ll be supported by our leadership team, your colleagues, and our commitment to provide resources for your successful journalism career.
In your role during the academic program, you will:
Help us tell stories through written text and video that go beyond the who and what, to give the how and why that help us bring change to our communities
Gather information and write journalistically sound news items that are:balanced and factual; timely and topical; and, well-sourced and contextually correct
Interact on social media platforms, sharing articles, answering questions, promoting your topic and thenewsroom’s initiatives
Bring a diverse mindset, through your voracious consumption of news about Massachusetts
Pitch stories about news, trends and conversations about what’s happening in the community
For this position we’re looking for candidates with:
Degree in journalism, communications or other field, with demonstrated communication, writing and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and remotely, under deadline pressure while prioritizing tasks
Understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics, and story structure
Experience with search engine optimization practices and social media to source and promote content
Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms
Understanding imperatives of multiple platforms – print, mobile, digital, etc.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
A successful candidate will be able to cover General Assignment news in-person. Coverage includes the creation of General Assignment videos and live interviews for streaming on social media.
This job requires reliable transportation to meet with sources or cover events.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please include your cover letter and work samples.
January 31, 2024 – Final deadline for candidates to apply.
Advance Local Media offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package with affordable options for your healthcare including medical, dental and vision plans, mental health support options, flexible spending accounts, fertility assistance, a competitive 401(k) plan to help plan for your future, generous paid time off, paid parental and caregiver leave and an employee assistance program to support your work/life balance, optional legal assistance, life insurance options, as well as flexible holidays to honor cultural diversity.
MassLive.com is one of the largest news and information websites in Massachusetts and was recently recognized as the best news site in New England by the New England Newspaper & Press Association. MassLive provides an essential 24/7 news, information and social interaction network. As an organization we aim to inform, engage and entertain, as well as promote active participation in the exchange of news and ideas because knowledge improves people's lives. We embrace new ideas and innovation.
MassLive Media Group is a part of Advance Local Media, one of the largest media groups in the United States, which operates the leading news and information companies in more than 20 cities, reaching 58+ million people monthly with our quality, real-time journalism and community engagement. Our company is built upon the values of Integrity, Customer-first, Inclusiveness, Collaboration and Forward-looking. For more information about Advance Local, please visit www.advancelocal.com .
Advance Local Media is committed to cr eating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, encouraging applications from people of all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.
If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.
Advance Local does not provide sponsorship for work visas or employment authorization in the United States. Only candidates who are legally authorized to work in the U.S. will be considered for this position.
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