Monday, May 20, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 11
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Santa Maria Sun / Job Openings

STAFF WRITER

The Sun in Northern Santa Barbara County is looking for its next staff writer, but we’re not looking for just any article-pushing, source-wrangling, story-chasing someone.

Are you sick of editing or regurgitating press releases day after day? Or maybe it’s those damn list things— you know the ones: “Top 10 hottest places to eat your lunch on a rainy day.” Or maybe it’s just not being able to put the time and reporting into a story that deserves it: the weeks and repeated phone calls that give a story what it needs to ripen into the hard-charging, data-filled narrative it’s dying to be; the time that turns a “meh” story into one that blows a hole in the status quo.

Can you see the big picture of what a story means to a community? Is that what drives you? Do you know what it takes to—yes, we know, it’s cliché—make a difference in the lives of the people you cover? Does that sort of thing matter to you?

If so, then you’re exactly who we’re looking for: a staff writer who isn’t afraid to take on the tedious, the tenuous, or the talented. That certain someone who can wrestle a story to the ground and fill it with the things that matter to the communities we cover at the Sun and New Times. Oil, agricultural, water, and environmental advocacy aren’t the only things that drive this place—although those are pretty juicy beats. There’s more, and we want to hire someone who can drive his or herself to unearth those stories and tell them in a meaningful way. Let us know if you’ve got what it takes. We dare you.

TO APPLY: Send a résumé, cover letter, and story samples to Cindy Rucker at crucker@newtimesslo.com.

New Times Media Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

UPDATED 04/17/19

PART-TIME EDITORIAL DESIGNER

You MUST know Adobe InDesign to be considered!

Want to work in a fun, exciting, and creative environment? If you have a strong design sense as well as a good work ethic, you may have what it takes to join the New Times Media Group team. We’re looking for an efficient, motivated individual to design and produce editorial pages under specific deadlines on a weekly basis.

Applicants must know Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, and the Mac OS in general. Being able to take direction, be a team player, and work well with others is a necessity. Must be available Monday to Wednesday. Additional hours are occasional. This is an in-house position in our San Luis Obispo office.

TO APPLY: To apply, please send a cover letter, samples of your work (or a link to a portfolio) and your résumé to Cindy Rucker at crucker@newtimesslo.com.

New Times Media Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

UPDATED 04/17/19

FLAVOR WRITER, FREELANCE

Join Our Team!

New Times is looking for its next FLAVOR writer, but we’re not looking for just any article-pushing, press release-reading, food-eating, wine-drinking someone. We’re looking for that certain someone who can see the nuances that make a chef, farmer, or winemaker special—a writer who can tease the most out of an interview, a bite of food, or a sip of liquid. Someone who not only knows food, but cares about the people making it and where they came from.

FLAVOR is about more than food and drink. It’s about understanding the work that goes into producing and participating in the chain that leads to your table and into your mouth—and being able to put that on paper in a way that’s meaningful to our readers.

This is a freelance position with weekly deadlines. Think you have what it takes? Prove it. Journalism experience is a requirement.

TO APPLY: Send a résumé, cover letter, and story samples to Editor Camillia Lanham at clanham@newtimesslo.com.

New Times Media Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

UPDATED 04/17/19

ADVERTISING SALES

We are seeking an energetic and self motivated person looking for a career in advertising sales. If you have excellent communication and customer service skills as well as a strong drive to succeed and make lots of money, this is the job for you. Experience in sales, particularly in media sales, a real plus but not required. New Times Media Group has a competitive compensation and benefits package. Applicants must have a valid driver's licence and reliable transportation. Qualified applicants please forward your resume to:

TO APPLY: If this sounds like you, please let us know by e-mailing your résumé and cover to Cindy Rucker at crucker@newtimesslo.com.

When you submit your résumé please answer the following questions in the body of your e-mail:

1) Why are you interested in working for New Times Media Group?
2) Why should we hire you?

Compensation includes a base salary, commission and bonus; excellent benefits package including medical, dental, paid time off. New Times Media Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

UPDATED 02/23/19




Weekly Poll
How should the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District improve its A-G completion rates?

Align graduation requirements with university entrance requirements.
Ensure that students and parents are well aware of A-Gs and what they are before high school.
Improve support services and summer school classes for students who fall behind.
Completion rates are fine as is. Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college!

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