We currently have the following job openings at Sonoma West Publishers:
COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER REPORTER (Sebastopol)
Compensation: Salary and benefits
Employment type: 36 hours
We are seeking a community-minded journalist to help cover, define and present the news to a dynamic and active readership in western Sonoma County. Our news team is small and spunky, and we cover topics as wide-ranging as city hall, natural resources, community festivals, homelessness, cannabis and crime. The position includes writing for print and digital, copy editing and regular news beat assignments covering schools, government and community activities.
We post daily to our websites and social media and we publish four print newspapers every Thursday. The company also produces a variety of special sections, which often involve news staff support. Visit www.sonomawest.com to find out about our family of publications.
The small communities we serve are energetic, engaged and diverse, and a reporter who works for us has the opportunity to refine and enhance their reporting and interviewing skills, while covering a variety of topics and styles — from hard news to feature articles. Our reporters have front page bylines every week, and our papers regularly win awards for our work.
Our new reporter will become familiar with digital posting using the TownNews content management system and regular social media postings. Experience in print and digital news is important.
This is a hands-on position that requires proven capability in diverse areas of news gathering and community interaction. The position is full time (36 hours a week paid) and includes health benefits and the opportunity to write the first draft of history. The job is based in our Sebastopol office and includes weekly trips to Healdsburg.
We are a family owned business. We work hard, laugh frequently and are obsessed with accurate, brave and timely journalism. One of our reporters describes our company as "family-friendly, cynical-yet-hopeful and fond of baked goods."
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a resumé, cover letter and three published clips of your work. Tell us about your print and digital skills (or your learning curve) and convey your passion for community news. We look forward to hearing from you.
ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (Sebastopol)
Compensation: Salary, commission and benefits
Employment type: full-time
Our newspaper company is looking for experienced and successful advertising sales people to join our advertising and marketing team. We offer a creative work environment with lots of room to grow professionally and economically. Team members work closely with hundreds of locally-owned businesses to achieve their marketing and sales goals. We are a part of the many seasonal festivals, promotions and annual ad campaigns. New team members will work to develop new accounts as well as service well-established accounts and represent all our many advertising and marketing efforts throughout a defined geographic sales territory. Compensation includes competitive commission structure with a base pay as well as paid health benefits. Previous success in print advertising and outside sales experience is an absolute requirement for these positions. Knowledge of our local communities and a previous background of local community involvement is essential as well. Submit resume and cover letter.