Columnist

The Gazette

Cedar Rapids, IA Printing & Publishing / Marketing & Media
The Gazette, an award winning daily newspaper located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is looking for a talented columnist to join its opinion team. This position is responsible for writing timely, locally relevant commentary and engage audiences to mold public opinion.  

This position writes regular columns for print and online publication and investigates and writes on topics of public importance/interest, through interviews, research and first-hand experiences. This person will also serve on the paper’s five-member editorial board and will also be responsible for researching and writing staff editorials that reflect consensus opinion.

Our ideal candidate understands Iowa and uses their voice in constructive and engaging ways. They are known for finding ways to listen to people with differing views. The columnist should be digitally-focused in soliciting and distributing the content they and the three-member opinion team produces.

High ethical standards, strong news judgment and desire to innovate are musts. So is the desire to work as part of the team which seeks op-ed contributions from across the state.

Our ideal candidate is mindful of incorporating a diverse range of opinions – not just on the political spectrum. We’re looking for someone who is committed to finding voices from the right, left and spaces in between, as well as young to old, the voiceless to the policy wonk or farmer to downtown dweller.

Our ideal candidate will also be comfortable engaging with the audience in person, through initiatives like Pints & Politics, a monthly show featuring our opinion and political reporting staff. They will utilize social media and digital tools to build and connect with audience. They’ll be a strong listener with abilities to cut through political rhetoric and be able to construct clear, concise, accurate and fair arguments in their writing.

Our organization:
Our news operation combines print and digital for The Gazette, TheGazette.com, and several niche sites. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is employee-owned. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news outlets. While we’re focused in Cedar Rapids -- Iowa’s second-largest city – we have bureaus in Des Moines and Iowa City. The region is rich with things to do outside of work hours.

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • The ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, problem solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication skills.
  • You should be attentive to detail, ability to form clear and logical arguments with excellent command of English language.
  • Demonstrates above-average ability to listen and synthesize ideas.
  • Candidate must be highly organized, passionate about local issues, a confident decision maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching.
  • Candidate must also be organized, able to juggle multiple tasks and have self-editing skills.

This position requires a degree in journalism, communications, English or a related field and at least three to five years of related experience at a newspaper.

A pre-employment drug screen is required.
EOE

Application Instructions:

To Apply:
Apply online at www.thegazette.com/careers. Please include a brief cover letter, resume, and link to portfolio or work samples to the online application.

Job ID: 68402

Posted 23 days ago

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