The Winters Express seeks staff writer

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The Winters Express is seeking a reporter to cover city-related news.

The Staff Writer position is responsible for covering the Winters City Council and Winters Planning Commission meetings. The writer will be responsible for attending the meetings in Winters on alternating Tuesdays at 6 p.m. The writer may also be responsible for assisting with other City of Winters related meetings as assigned or to report on breaking local news. Writers are responsible for their own transportation.

The editor is looking for an experienced reporter who is familiar with how local government operates, has a strong news sense, a healthy curiosity and intense focus to pivot quickly between a wide variety of topics. Some articles are brief and informative, while others require a more investigative and research-driven approach. The ideal candidate can think critically on the fly, consider no assignment too big or small and will not be afraid to ask probing questions.

Throughout the week, the writer will be responsible for conducting follow-up interviews based on reporting from public meetings. The staff writer position works flexible hours, typically dictated only by meeting times and dates, and must be able to work with ironclad deadlines in mind. The writer will be responsible for writing two to three clips weekly, with additional work available optionally on assignment.

The Express staff writer position serves to contribute to the editorial team’s mission to inform the community on local news topics through accurate, thorough, just and fair reporting and writing. This watchdog position plays a crucial role part of a thriving local democracy.

This is a part-time position. A college degree is required, and a professional or educational focus on journalism should be evident. Previous experience at a daily newspaper or other professional media organization is preferred but not necessary. The job pays $15 per hour, and typically takes at least an 8 hour per week commitment.

The Winters Express is the community newspaper for Winters, California. Established in 1884 and locally-owned and operated ever since, the Express is part of the McNaughton Newspapers family and the oldest business in Winters.

For more information about the job opening, email your resume and links or scanned images of at least three writing clips to Editor-in-Chief Crystal Apilado at crystal@wintersexpress.com. The Express is an equal opportunity employer and applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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