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Help Us Reinvent Media!

We have freelance, part-time and full-time positions available depending on the timing and the candidate. As a growing and nimble company, we’re always looking for the right people to work with us to stay on the edge of media’s transformation with an equity-first focus. If interested, please email a cover letter, 3-5 work samples and a resume to work@thereader.com. Bilingual and cultural proficiency skills always a big plus. Attitude and work ethic define success here. Current positions of focus include:

Reporting Internship Opportunities, The Reader and El Perico

Potential interns: Read this before applying

Want to change the world? Let’s talk.

The seeds of The Omaha Reader were planted in 1991 by a rag-tag group of college kids involved in Omaha’s nascent music and culture scene. The paper became a non-profit monthly, making a name for itself by breaking away from the often stuffy, predictable reporting of other local media.

This is not the Reader’s original staff, but this is how we imagine them.

The Reader published its first issue in February of 1994. The staff included five people, including current Publisher/Editor John Heaston, who crafted it inside an apartment on 49th and Dodge streets. Over the next decade-and-a-half, the paper endured changes in ownership while a series of editors kept a keen focus on providing Omaha with cutting-edge news and sharp cultural coverage, each issue complete with great writing, stunning presentation and the city’s most complete event listings. Over time, The Reader gained the trust of Omaha’s residents and eventually established itself as a staple of the city in its own right.

Who’da thunk this all-volunteer effort would become Omaha’s third metropolitan newsweekly since WWII?  Or the first to be accepted for membership in the Association of Alternative Newsmedia?

 Truth be known, our group is still rag-tag. But today we are a multimedia company,  encompassing a digital agency, Pioneer Media, that creates content and delivers web services to local clients. We also publish other newspapers including our sister publication, the Spanish-language El Perico. We take nothing for granted, as we continue to navigate ongoing, seismic changes in media delivery, revenue and society.

 The Reader and El Perico still cover culture, but today in this post-internet, “fake news” era, we think it’s more important than ever to keep our eyes on speaking truth to power. That’s meant everything from holding public officials accountable to writing stories that generate new, thought provoking questions.

 So You Want to Ride With Us?

The Reader and El Perico have published well over 30,000 stories, thanks to contributions from hundreds of creative individuals. We always welcome new talent through our Internship Program. Reporting interns learn on the job, getting feedback from our reporters and editors. We want to send you off at the end of your time with us with good clips and fond memories. As we work with you and get to know you, you also become part of our talent network, people we can recommend for jobs elsewhere, or maybe even hire ourselves one day.

 Reader or El Perico interns DO NOT:
  • Need to be a college student

  • Need to work a certain number of hours per week

  • Need to come from a traditional journalism education

 Interns DO:
  • Need technical and storytelling savvy within your chosen medium (writing, photography, video, podcasting)

  • Need to be invested in the Omaha community

  • Earn byline, experience and access to Reader perks. Contributions appearing in print are paid at freelance rates (based on difficulty, length and turnaround time). Depending on availability of funds and the internship demands, we may also pay a weekly stipend starting at $50/week.

  • Bilingual and cultural proficiency skills always a big plus

  • Have a good attitude and work ethic. Those define success.

Interns DUTIES INCLUDE:
  • Assisting with meaningful news and cultural reporting. Pitch us your original ideas and for those we select, we will encourage and support your creative freedom as you pursue the story.

  • Contribute to online content and social media

  • Work with community contributors, empower community storytelling and engagement

  • Learn about the print production including pre-press, layout and design and proofing

  • Help track and list local events

  • Assisting with our daily Reed Moore e-newsletter

Here is helpful information your resume should contain: https://journoterrorist.com/2011/04/14/7-mistakes-that-doom-a-college-journalists-resume/

You in? Great! Please email a brief cover letter, 3-5 work samples and a resume to work@thereader.com.

 

Business Development – IMMEDIATE FULL-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE

Work directly with the publisher on educating, servicing and growing a clientele ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to mom-and-pop small businesses. We stringently take a client-first consultative approach centered in business results, digital strategy and organic growth (particularly content marketing, search engine optimization and conversion optimization) that delivers the best long-term ROMI for our customers and establishes deep, long-lasting relationships. As we shifted from relying entirely on advertising starting in 2008, we’ve stood up a significant “boutique” agency — PioneerMedia — that is team-focused, offering full-scope services or niche deliverables as an independent agency, trusted partner or white-label provider. We deliver the highest value not only in our client’s business results, but in our ability to educate and empower them to make holistic marketing decisions.

Very little outbound activity, most inbound or referral. It is our goal to bring this skill set to other alternative and ethnic media and we are fostering many local and national relationships along these lines.

Compensation: $30,000-$60,000 annual base based on experience and ability with significant commission opportunities. Health insurance compensation and 401k included. Profit-sharing and employee ownership coming.

Social Media Director – FULL-TIME, PART-TIME OR FREELANCE

Work directly with the editorial and agency teams on educating, servicing and growing the social media needs of a clientele ranging from our own media channels (The Reader, El Perico, OmahaJobs.com, PioneerMedia) to Fortune 1000 companies and mom-and-pop small businesses. We stringently take a client-first consultative approach centered in business results, digital strategy and organic growth (particularly content marketing, search engine optimization and conversion optimization) that delivers the best long-term ROMI for our customers and establishes deep, long-lasting relationships.

Duties include social media strategy, creation and implementation integrated with larger content and advertising strategies and driving engagement in social media channels.

Compensation: Starts at $15-$25/hour based on experience and ability  with significant commission opportunities. Health insurance compensation, 401k included for full-time employees (profit-sharing and employee ownership coming).

Marketing or Sales Internship (Minimum request of 10-15 hours a week)

  • Help local businesses understand their customers with advanced research and data techniques
  • Work with an official Grow with Google City Partner
  • Implement educational and consultative approaches that help businesses drive the best results based on their needs, not the products we can sell. Build trust by bringing value.
  • Collaborate on creative content for marketing, SEO and advertising campaigns
  • Assist businesses with the fundamentals of Identity SEO and foundational marketing, including a number of complimentary services
  • Help build, track and optimize integrated campaigns across multiple online and offline channels