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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 to stay on the edge of media’s transformation with an equity-first focus.

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.

(June 2022) POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Omaha Documenters Program Director

APPLICATION DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO JULY 1, 2022

To apply for this job, please send a cover letter and resume to info@oinj.org.

Documenters is coming to Omaha! The Omaha Institute of Nonprofit Journalism (OINJ) and host newsroom The Reader are seeking a journalist or experienced organizer with a passion for local media, people, policy and power in Omaha to lead the day to day operations of our Documenters program. In this full time role, the Program Director will work closely with OINJ and Reader staff to:
● Train community reporters (“Documenters”),
● Fact-check and approve community reporting on local government meetings,
● Curate community reports in a high-quality weekly newsletter, and
● Build relationships with local media to raise awareness for the Documenters network.

You should consider applying if:
● You believe that getting more people engaged with local policy and government is an important way to create a more equitable society and you’re a skilled facilitator
● You’re able to distill complicated topics into conversational and easy-to-understand language
● You’re a thorough and detail-oriented civic nerd

About the Documenters Network:

Local government bodies hold thousands of public meetings every day—but the vast majority receive no media coverage and produce minimal records. The Documenters Network makes local government more accountable and transparent by training and paying community members to attend these meetings and publish the results via news products, social media and our custom web app, Documenters.org. The Documenters Network was founded by City Bureau in Chicago and has since expanded to Cleveland, Detroit and Minneapolis. OINJ is in the process of launching an Omaha Documenters program in collaboration with this collective effort.

Responsibilities:
[50%] Manage Documenters assignment workflow
● Manage overall assignment workflow, including posting assignments, assigning Documenters and approving payments
● Own review, skill-based feedback and approval for all submitted content
● Help troubleshoot Documenter issues/challenges as needed

[30%] Foster and facilitate Documenters community of practice, including in-person and remote events
● Manage quarterly trainings and other civic learning opportunities that are responsive to Documenter needs
● Manage quarterly in-person and/or remote meetups for local Documenters
● Own engagement efforts w/Documenters to better understand local information needs (i.e. Documenters.org message board engagement, occasional surveys and interviews with Documenters)

[20%] Share local Documenters content
● Own production of weekly newsletter based on Documenters content
● Help communicate themes and questions raised in Documenters reporting to [ORG] staff and local news partners

Compensation:
● Starts at $40,000-$50,000 depending on experience
● Retirement plan
● Flexible
● Mix of remote/in person position
● Proven program with an ability to make an impact in civic engagement with nationally renowned program.

About Omaha Institute of Nonprofit Journalism and The Reader

From over 100 applicants across the country, Omaha was selected for the first
cohort of the Documenters Network expansion, following Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Minneapolis.


The Omaha Institute of Nonprofit Journalism is a journalism lab leveraging innovation
and experimentation from emerging best practices in the industry, starting with City Bureau’s Documenters Network. Board President John Heaston, treasurer Mike Abramson and secretary Deb Neary work with an advisory committee that includes all mainstream and community media, journalism educators and community representatives, as they work to build out a full board and support the launch of Omaha Documenters.

The Reader is an award-winning monthly newspaper distributed throughout Omaha with its Spanish-language sister paper El Perico the first Thursday of every month. Pioneer Publishing is a carbon neutral, financially sustainable Omaha-based, media operation.

Embedded in the Latino community, our largest freelance partner, 1st Sky Omaha, reaches the Black community. With proven collaborators NOISE (North Omaha Information Support Everybody), the Omaha Star, KETV-ABC, Flatwater Free Press, and others going back over 28 years, our coverage is groundbreaking and nationally award-winning, including LION’s Solutions Journalism Story of the Year in 2021. In March 2022, Pioneer Publishing was recognized as “10 News Publishers Doing It Right,” by Editor & Publisher.

Digital Content Editor, hybrid in-person/remote

This position will be accepting applications through in fall 2022.

For a detailed description of the position, click here.

*Note: Applicants must have a strong knowledge of Omaha and its culture.

The Reader, Nebraska’s only nationally-recognized alternative newsmonthly, seeks a full-time Digital Content Editor to develop and maintain the publication’s digital presence via a variety of content, including social media posts, blogs, feature stories and event listings, with special attention given to driving increased traffic and brand visibility. A successful Digital Content Editor will combine their tech savvy with a passion to create and share meaningful material.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing strategies for generating meaningful content that garners a high volume of visits, and encourages awareness of and excitement around the publication
  • Weekly planning with editorial staff to locate galleries and online-only content opportunities that enhance the publication, as well as to develop seasonally appropriate content for holidays and special issues
  • Planning daily and weekly blogs that draw people to the site on a regular basis
  • Contributing original content
  • Managing and encouraging a diverse team of staff, interns and freelance contributors to provide a daily supply of material
  • Collaborating with sales associate to coordinate the promotion of campaigns, events and Readers’ Choice
  • Editing copy for readability or converting longer content to a more digestible format
  • Interpreting and adjusting print feature stories and headlines for digital audiences
  • Achieving page view, unique visitor and other monthly goals set by the publisher; analyzing data and responding appropriately
  • Managing/overseeing the publication’s social media presence

Requirements:

  • Thorough knowledge of Omaha culture
  • Excellent understanding of the special requirements of writing for the Web as opposed to writing for print articles, and the ability to distinguish between the two
  • Strong online traffic analytical skills enabling adjustment of content production based on site performance and traffic patterns
  • Familiarity with and working knowledge of WordPress, Google Analytics, Google AMP compatibility, and all major social media platforms
  • Strong understanding of industry best practices
  • Proven success with implementing SEO practices, as well as generating increased traffic in social media

Compensation info:

  • Starts at $36,000, based on experience
  • Simple IRA
  • Hybrid in-person/remote

Interested? Please send a resume, cover letter and 3-4 writing samples to Lynn Sanchez, Creative Services Director, at work@thereader.com. Have questions? Feel free to also send those to work@thereader.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


Internships Available at The Reader

The Reader is always accepting applications for our spring, summer and fall internships in editorial, business management and more. Interns are treated like, and expected to be, full members of the team. That means covering breaking news, writing cover stories, producing podcasts, managing advertising and doing the million other things that help The Reader serve our community. If internships aren’t available and you’d still like to contribute, we’re always looking for new freelancers too.

Application requirements and deadlines will be included in specific job postings. But if you think you’d make a good addition to the team, or have questions about how you can get involved with The Reader, email us at work@thereader.com.

Why Intern at The Reader?

Fall 2021 Sales and Marketing intern Camryn Mottl, recent UNO graduate.

I am Camryn Mottl, I am graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication, concentrating in Advertising and Public Relations. I also have an associate’s in Communication Studies from Iowa Western Community College.

I wanted to intern at The Reader/Pioneer Media because I wanted to gain as much experience as possible before entering into my career field. Working closely with the lead sale associate Tylonda Sanders and editor/publisher John Heaston, I was given an opportunity to learn different aspects of digital marketing.

Some of the things I did during my internship included helping out around the office, specifically with the Reader’s Choice awards. I also helped LoCo Omaha Delivery with their social media content, as well as their customer emails. I learned more about Google myBusiness and SEO, and how that can greatly impact the engagement of a company with their target audience. On top of that, I was able to gain some connections by indirectly marketing for small restaurants around the Omaha area.

My schedule was flexible, I only worked a couple of days a week, with one day at home and one day at the office. This was incredibly beneficial since I worked multiple jobs and was attending school as well. I was appreciative of their willingness to be flexible with my schedule.

The opportunity to apply what I’ve learned in college was extremely fulfilling. It was reassuring to graduate with a degree that I know has the potential to make change for the company I work for and the world around me.

I encourage students to consider interning here because they gain connections when working with John Heaston, who has been in this business almost 30 years. They will learn more about how to properly market for a variety of businesses, setting them up for success as they continue preparing for graduation and their future careers.

Digital Service Delivery Lead

IMMEDIATE FULL-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE

Read more about this position at PioneerMedia.me

Compensation

$40,000+ based on experience and skills, includes 401k, generous personal leave, bonus possibilities, profit-sharing and emerging employee-ownership opportunities.

Quick Job Overview

The Digital Service Delivery Lead is responsible for ensuring the success of Pioneer Media’s Digital clients. They are responsible for executing all digital service projects for the Agency and ensuring client deliverables are delivered in a timely fashion. Most time will be spent implementing Local SEO campaigns.

Lead will work directly with Operations Director and Creative Services Supervisor and top businesses, particularly in home services and medical categories. Join a diverse, fun, motivated team leading transformational change nationally in the intersection of local media and agency services. 

Core Job Responsibilities and Skill Set

Full job description at Pioneermedia.me

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to work@thereader.com

Business Development

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.