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East County Observer Community Editor
The Observer Media Group (OMG) is a family-owned and -operated multimedia company based in Sarasota, Fla. OMG publishes eight weekly newspapers throughout Florida. Altogether, the company’s newspapers and websites reach more than 200,000 readers each week.
The Observer’s newspapers focus on the residents and local issues that impact the communities we cover, including Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Sarasota. From daily web updates to long-form print features, our reporters are constantly generating news that is useful and informative to our readers.
Our newspapers are consistently recognized with awards for our print products and website. The Local Media Association named the Sarasota Observer and Longboat Observer the top newspapers in their divisions in 2012. In 2011, the Sarasota Observer won general excellence in the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspaper Contest.
YourObserver.com, our company’s website, was named Best Overall Local News site in 2012 by Local Media Association. Our website also won first-place awards for video, social media and local community initiatives.
The Observer currently has an opening for a community editor for our East County Observer newspaper. The East County Observer community editor covers a mix of community, school, business and religious events, as well as tells the stories of the people behind them.
We are looking for a driven, enthusiastic and creative journalist to join our company based in sunny Sarasota. The ideal candidate will not be afraid to jump in and immerse himself or herself in the community and get to know the residents and local issues. Our multimedia reporters use their excellent writing, photography and video skills to tell stories in a unique way.
• Cover community events and take compelling, creative photos
• Produce in-depth photo essays from your coverage area
• Plan multimedia content to package with stories
• Write weekly feature stories on community issues/events and residents
• Upload photo events to the website/Facebook; help maintain the Observer’s social media pages
• Contribute content, including photos and stories, to special sections throughout the year
• Serve as an outstanding representative of the paper in the community
• Great photography skills; good eye for detail
• Excellent writing and reporting skills
• Great organizational skills
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Team player
• Proficient in using social media as a news tool
• Experience shooting and editing video is a plus Please send résumés and three to five clips to Deputy Executive Editor Jessica Luck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Marketing Consultant
Do you know the ins and outs of the Internet and have know-how to harness the power of social media, the Web, email marketing and mobile apps to help local businesses market themselves and drive store traffic? Do you like to have fun and make money?
Observer Media Group is launching an exciting new initiative to hire local marketing consultants who will provide area businesses with industry-leading digital products to market and grow their businesses. These key employees will report to the Digital Sales Manager.
Digital Marketing Consultants (DMCs) will have strong business development sales experience and a proven track record of establishing consultative business relationships. The right candidate will have a sales hunter mentality and will be skilled in prospecting and cold calling, proposal development and presentation closing agreements, post-sell performance monitoring and capturing up-sell opportunities to achieve sales goals. DMCs will be digitally savvy and will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and high level of self-motivation. If you envision yourself as having a passion for helping local businesses succeed with digital media solutions, this is a job for you.
We are looking for energetic individuals who can help us strategically and creatively build the business from the ground up. DMCs will offer high-end solutions including social media marketing, online promotions, mobile and desktop Web site solutions, SEO, SEM, online display and video advertising and targeted digital database marketing.
This position is part technology ambassador, part small business marketing consultant and part professional sale representative. We are looking for committed professional sellers with a record of success in their careers who can identify great prospects and win business.
Observer Media Group is a highly regarded multimedia publisher serving a premier target audience of Sarasota & Manatee County residents and decision makers. We are growing on all fronts. We offer competitive compensation, bonus opportunities, full benefits and a dynamic work environment.
Send resume and cover letter to Kathleen O’Hara, Digital Sales Manager, Observer Media Group, 1970 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Sarasota, FL 34326 or email@example.com.
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