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 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.

(May 2022) POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Digital Content Editor, hybrid in-person/remote

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!


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.