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 Bilingual and cultural proficiency skills always a big plus. Attitude and work ethic define success here.


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Could You Be The Reader’s Next Backbeat Columnist?


To apply for this job, please send a cover letter with three writing samples and resume to

From profiling new bands to telling readers about trends to watch, The Reader’s Backbeat column is an authoritative voice in Omaha’s local music scene. Through at least two monthly stories, one online and in print, past columnists have investigated an uptick in Omaha venues, spotlighted talented underground music and explored the future of the city’s DIY scene. The ultimate goal is to put artists front and center, bringing their stories to life with an authentic, unique voice.

Backbeat’s primary goal is putting local musicians front and center. 

Payment is a $250 per month stipend. 

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • Strong interviewing skills, excellent written communication and/or formal journalism training
  • Curiosity about all aspects of the local music scene in all parts of Omaha
  • A desire to seek out under-reported stories
  • You will be responsible for pitching monthly topics and meeting monthly deadlines 
  • Backbeat provides one online article and one print column about 800 words apiece each month. All content appearing in the paper is copy edited.

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.


  • 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


  • 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 Have questions? Feel free to also send those to We look forward to hearing from you!

Internships Available at The Reader

Internship Start Dates:

  • Spring Jan 1 – April 30
  • Summer May 1 – Aug 31
  • Fall Sept 1 – Dec. 31

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

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.