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Help Wanted: Reporter/Editor for New D.C. Publication

The U.S. Capitol building, as seen through a telescope from the rooftop of a Ballston apartment building (courtesy Andrew Clegg)Local News Now LLC — the publisher of ARLnow.com, BethesdaNow.com and RestonNow.com — is seeking a founding editor for a new local news website that will cover a dynamic, diverse and civically engaged neighborhood in the District of Columbia.

Candidates should have a nose for scoops, a drive for breaking news and a passion for local reporting. Having lived or worked in the District is a major plus.

You’ll report on everything from business openings to development to crime to local Advisory Neighborhood Commission meetings. You will be the go-to source for “hyperlocal” news and information around the community. Expect to give presentations to neighborhood groups and to make an occasional TV or radio appearance to discuss your stories.

This is not an entry-level position. We require a minimum two (2) years of local news reporting experience and a demonstrated ability to write clean, engaging copy on tight deadlines without outside editing.

You must demonstrate an ability to quickly and accurately report on crimes, fires and other breaking news in the field. You will have a freelance budget, so leadership and copy editing abilities will be important.

Photography and photo editing skills are a must — the internet is a visual medium and your articles should include compelling visual elements. Familiarity with social media is required. Familiarity with police band scanners, Google Apps and WordPress is desired.

Compensation for this full-time position is competitive. Benefits will be provided, as will a computer, camera and other equipment. We believe in work-life balance and in a five-day work week — you will not be asked to work nights or weekends except in the event of breaking news or an especially important neighborhood meeting or event.

We are a small but growing company and we anticipate there to be career advancement opportunities down the line.

To apply, please send a short cover letter in the body of your email (to [email protected]) explaining why you’re interested in this position and why you’re the right person for the job. Attach a resume and one or two representative writing samples that have not been edited by anyone other than you.

Photo courtesy Andrew Clegg

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