Queen City Nerve is hiring a digital editor to assist in covering the ever-evolving news cycles of Charlotte. Topics covered will include local government, breaking news coverage, food and beverage development, art and music releases, and more.
This position is made possible by the recent support of our readers, who in the end will benefit most from its creation. This is a part-time position with opportunity for advancement.
We are in search of someone who is dedicated to Charlotte culture and is familiar with the history and advancement of our city. Applicants should understand what cultures and subcultures in our area make the Queen City truly unique and have a passion for telling the stories that come from within them.
We are creative and diverse in our coverage and are always looking for new avenues of coverage and storytelling that we should be pursuing. The right candidate should be able to identify areas of coverage that need attention and create outlines for pitches to the editor.
A preferred candidate should have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, though not required, and should be overly familiar with AP style writing and stylizing. Applicants should be familiar with Charlotte news, arts, food, music, culture and trends. Published writing/editorial experience is prioritized, with journalism experience preferred, though copywriting and copy editing experience with other businesses are acceptable. You should be familiar with tech aspects of websites, social media and certain computer programs including Photoshop.
The new digital editor will be expected to:
- Create custom content that adheres to our editorial guidelines
- Stylize and schedule online content
- Use best practices for on-page website optimization
- Meet all publishing deadlines
- Turn around 500-word stories quickly if needed (breaking news, etc.)
- Have access to reliable transportation
- Be available to work 20-30 hours per week
- Provide insight and short-form reporting in our email newsletter to be produced 3x a week
- Repackage long-form stories into 50-250 word posts for social media
- Own a laptop/computer
- Identify progressing stories in our community and pitch content ideas
- Edit and layout between 10 and 15 articles a week on our website
All applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Reaching out through social media will disqualify you from the process.
Alternative newspapers are an incubator for great writers and reporters, historically. We aren’t looking for experts (though that would be cool), but we are looking for passionate writers. Familiarize yourself with our content and then ask how passionate you are about it. We can’t wait to work with you!