Visual storytelling through smart, sophisticated and engaging design, is a critical way to both win new readers and retain them -- on both the print and digital platforms.
The Press Democrat, a division of Sonoma Media Investments, is seeking a strong, multidisciplinary journalist for our universal design and editing desk in Santa Rosa, California. This candidate must be comfortable designing pages using an InDesign-based CMS, optimizing our Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism for print and digital and making tough news decisions on deadline.
We have a Newsroom culture built around respect, collaboration, great talent and a desire to be the best news organization of our size in the country. It's more than a dreamy goal. We're serious about serious journalism, and as the biggest newsroom north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, we push hard for ambitious, agenda-setting content.
We're consistently recognized as one of California's strongest news organizations, and we were awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, related to the tragic 2017 wildfires that swept through Sonoma County. But success is measured day-by-day and not by awards on a wall. We have a tremendous relationship with readers across our market, and the ideal candidate will be committed to smart, powerful designs that take chances and bolster our efforts to win more readers and keep them.
Sonoma County is a West Coast treasure. Here, you will find the gorgeous Pacific Ocean coastline, more vineyards than you can count, hundreds of wineries, world-class dining and inspiring groves of redwoods.
We're also privately owned with local investors, not Wall Street, determining our future. We have zero debt, but a mountain of aspirations.
This position can be remote, with daily and near-constant communications with our primary Newsroom in Santa Rosa.
The Ideal Candidate Will Be Expected To
- Design pages using an Adobe InDesign-based content management system.
- Help select wire service articles of relevance to our print and online audiences.
- Edit articles for content, clarity, grammar and length on deadline.
- Write or edit headlines and photo captions for print and digital.
- Strong writing proficiency and command of English and AP style.
- Experience designing pages, editing, writing headlines, posting content online, using social media and meeting deadlines.
- Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and InCopy; functional knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator, as well as experience using a variety of social media platforms are preferred.
We offer an opportunity to expand your repertoire and advance your career at our award-winning family of publications. Our flagship newspaper, The Press Democrat, won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the wildfires that destroyed nearly 5,300 homes in our community last fall.
We’re a hard-working, tight-knit team that also produces three weekly newspapers, a monthly Spanish-language publication and other special projects. This job will primarily involve working weeknights and one weekend shift per week. Data analysis, multimedia skills and the ability to speak Spanish are pluses.
The position is based in Santa Rosa, California, an hour north of San Francisco, where vineyards give way to redwood forests and a scenic coast. Sonoma County, home to 650,000 people, is an international destination for tourists and produces some of the best wine and beer on the planet. Two colleges, along with thriving tech, farm and government sectors make this region an exciting and dynamic place to work.
The Press Democrat values the contribution of our employees and offers a competitive compensation plan. We also offer an array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life, accident insurance and paid time off. Additionally, we are committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace. Any job offer is conditional upon satisfactorily completing a background investigation and pre-employment drug testing. Some positions require a valid California State Driver’s License, proof of insurance and reliable transportation.
Candidates should feel free to contact our new Executive Editor at Rick.Green@pressdemocrat.com.
To apply, please visit our company career page: www.sonomamediainvestments.com/jobs and submit a resume, cover letter and 6-8 samples of your best design work.