Express hiring staff writer for city, education news

FILE: A draft version of the front page of the Winters Express newspaper is seen in an undated photograph. Photo by Matthew Keys/The Winters Express
FILE: A draft version of the front page of the Winters Express newspaper is seen in an undated photograph. Photo by Matthew Keys/The Winters Express

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The Winters Express is seeking a part-time journalist to cover city and education-related news. The Staff Writer position is responsible for covering the Winters City Council and Winters Planning Commission meetings, as well as assisting in education related articles. The writer will be responsible for attending the city-related meetings 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 is responsible for conducting follow-up interviews based on reports from the 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 is responsible for writing two to three clips weekly, with additional work available optionally on assignment.

The Express staff writer position is a vital part of 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 as 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 eight 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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