Jobs

Currently, The Bedford Citizen is seeking reporters for the following positions:

 


Community Reporter—32 hours/week

The Bedford Citizen is looking for a part-time (32 hours/week) community reporter to cover local government meetings, community events, as well as breaking news in the town of Bedford, MA. The candidate must be able to attend evening meetings and occasional weekend/holiday events, have your own transportation and be able to work without a physical office. The candidate should be a self-starter comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, able to turn stories around quickly, and be familiar with covering local government.

Reporting to the Editorial Committee, the Community Reporter will join two content-oriented meetings each week. The Community Reporter will provide information on upcoming meetings and events while taking direction for likely story angles and prioritizing stories through consensus with the Editorial Committee. Stories will be submitted for copy editing within agreed upon timeframes. The Community Reporter will maintain a list of evergreen story ideas to work on when not covering current events or when local government meetings are held less frequently.

The candidate must be willing to cover/interested in local government, town elections, and town meetings with some understanding of how a town meeting form of government works, it’s pros and cons, and with an eye out for events that impact the community at large.

The Bedford Citizen is a digital civic news organization serving residents and businesses within the town of Bedford, MA. Founded in 2012, The Citizen serves the 13,000 residents and ~500 businesses in the town with news and information geared to keeping them informed and engaged in the life of the community.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or relevant experience
  • Excellent communication skills. As a representative of The Citizen, the candidate must be able to listen, interview, take accurate notes, and write well-conceived and -organized stories.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, ability to identify the core topics in a story.
  • Excellent grammar, ability to follow The Bedford Citizen’s writing style and formatting for the web as well as excellence in spelling.
  • Ability to cultivate and, when necessary, maintain confidentiality of sources.
  • Ability to work with a variety of volunteers and take direction from them.
  • Maintain awareness of key interest points that would be important to local readers and be able to generate ideas for articles/stories that are relevant to the community.
  • Demonstrated fluency in using social media to drive reader engagement
  • Attend meetings and community events as assigned
  • Willing to work up to two nights/week and occasional weekends/ holidays.
  • Photograph community events and some public meetings
  • Have a valid driver’s license and consistent access to a vehicle order to attend meetings and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply: please send your resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and 3 articles (at least one with photos preferred) of your best work to jobs@thebedfordcitizen.org. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Stringer/Freelance Journalist

The Bedford Citizen is looking for a stringer to cover local government meetings in the town of Bedford, MA. You must be able to attend evening/weekend meetings and events, have your own transportation, and be able to work without a physical office. You should be a self-starter comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, able to turn stories around quickly, and be familiar with covering local government.

You will work with our team to determine meetings most needing coverage each week. You will typically cover 1-3 meetings a week, turning in well written articles, requiring minimal editing and fact checking, within 48 hours. Typical meetings you will cover include: Selectmen, Planning Board, Board of Health, etc.

The Bedford Citizen is a digital civic news organization serving residents and businesses within the town of Bedford, MA. Founded in 2012, The Citizen serves the 14,000 residents and ~500 businesses in the town with news and information geared to keeping them informed and engaged in their community.

Requirements

  • Able to attend evening meetings consistently
  • Have your own automobile, including a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance in order to attend meetings. (Bedford has extremely limited public transportation.)
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, ability to identify the core topics in a story.
  • Excellent grammar, ability to follow The Bedford Citizen’s writing style and formatting for the web as well as excellence in spelling.
  • Be willing to get the story right.

To apply: please send your resume, cover letter, and 3 articles/your best work to jobs@thebedfordcitizen.org. Do not send freelance story ideas/pitches; we are looking for news coverage. No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.