Sonoma Media Investments, an independent, privately owned multimedia company based in Sonoma County, is seeking a Reporter for the Sonoma Index-Tribune, an award-winning twice-weekly newspaper committed to excellence in community journalism. Index-Tribune readers online and in print enjoy extensive coverage of the people, government, trends and breaking news in Sonoma Valley.
The latest addition to this creative and aggressive news-gathering team will produce content (stories, photos and videos) for our active website while also crafting in-depth stories on general trends/topics in the community for print.
Formed by local investors who recognize the value of local journalism, SMI has multiple publications that reach seven out of 10 North Bay adults more than 376,000 in total. The Index-Tribune and its website, sonomanews.com, serve a growing and engaged audience eager to stay strongly connected to their community.
Essential job functions include, but are not limited to the following:
Research and write 3-4 full length news stories weekly, plus breaking news stories as needed. Beats may include healthcare, education, crime and emergencies, as well as post-North Bay fire recovery stories, along with other general assignment reporting.
Write news and features briefs as needed.
Track local news trends, suggest news stories, photos and videos that appeal to a wide variety of print readers and website users.
Post stories to sonomanews.com and social media daily. Help keep site updated throughout the day M-F with fresh content, including breaking news, links to photo galleries, and content from affiliated publications.
Attend meetings and community events as necessary, obtain reports and gather data, conduct interviews and collect information.
Review website analytics.
Bachelor s degree in journalism or related field.
Strong knowledge and familiarity with Sonoma Valley area and community a plus.
Minimum of one year s experience with a community newspaper.
Multimedia skills, including updating a web site, use of Photoshop, video camera, video editing and digital camera.
Spanish language skills a plus.
Sonoma Media Investment values the contribution of our employees and offers a competitive compensation plan. We also offer an array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, 401K and Paid Time Off.
Sonoma Media Investments is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. Any job offer is conditional upon satisfactorily completing a background investigation and pre-employment drug testing.