Juneau, Alaska is one of the most vibrant arts and culture hubs in the Pacific Northwest, and the Capital City Weekly is dedicated to telling the stories of those who make it so. We are seeking a strong reporter/editor who can hit the streets, get out in the arts community, take in the best shows, meet the artists/musicians/authors, and then write about it. The reporter/editor is expected to produce multiple stories a day, as well as assist with the production of the publication. Do you like to uncover the story behind street art? How about interviewing curators of museums or writing about up-and-coming or renown artists? If you like to be out and about downtown, this may be the job for you.
Juneau, essentially a smaller version of Seattle, boasts an active arts scene, and is considered “the big city” in Southeast Alaska. Juneau is home to Alaska’s only professional theater plus several other plucky smaller theaters, a world-class state museum and an annual folk music festival that draws thousands from across the state each spring. It is also a huge hub of indigenous Alaska Native art; Sealaska Heritage Institute (a local nonprofit) is on a mission to make Juneau the next “Santa Fe” in terms of a growing the arts hub to the most prestigious and largest on the West Coast. The nonprofit also hosts Celebration biennially, which celebrates Southeast Alaska Native culture and is the largest gathering of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples in Alaska.
The Capital City Weekly has long been a part of the Juneau Empire family and is based in the Juneau Empire building, 3100 Channel Drive. The Juneau Empire is a six-day a week daily newspaper and relies on the CCW for arts and culture coverage. The CCW is inserted in the Empire each week, and is also available on stands out in the community (coffee shops, grocery stores, etc.). The two newspapers share resources and work together often. The CCW reporter/editor is supervised by the Juneau Empire Managing Editor. The CCW and Juneau Empire are owned by Seattle-based Sound Publishing, Inc. Sound Publishing.
Editor Description/Other duties:
The “editor” part of the reporter/editor position means that this person is responsible for executing the vision of the CCW, and serves as the point person of contact for community members who want to share arts and culture related news. This position is similar to a section editor of a daily newspaper. This person may be assigned other duties to assist in workflow of the CCW:, including but not limited to: compiling calendar listings, writing news briefs, processing/editing content submitted by readers, freelancers and columnists, proofreading pages, posting stories to the web and social media, assisting with news clerking duties, and other projects.
Candidate should be able to take photos, shoot video, record audio, and be social media savvy.
At least two years experience at a daily newspaper is desired; bachelors degree in journalism, English or a related field or equivalent in work experience required. Preference will be given to qualified candidates in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Email a cover letter, resume, references and three writing samples, include “Arts Reporter/Editor” in subject line. No phone calls please. Finalists will be contacted for a phone interview.