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Junior Business Reporter

The Business Observer is seeking a full-time junior reporter to be based out of its Sarasota headquarters and cover the Sarasota-Manatee area.

The Business Observer covers entrepreneurs, CEO and business leaders from Tampa to Naples each week. But just because we’re a weekly doesn’t mean we’re not always churning out content. Whether it’s for the Web or print, the pace is fast and the stories are fun. For example, check out the microsite we did for our 40 under 40 issue: businessobserver4040.com

We write intelligent stories for C-suite readers. We don’t chase news — we explain trends, strategies and how business leaders are finding success in their industry. Our readers turn to us to learn lessons that can help them in their work and find out who’s doing what in our coverage area. To write for CEOs you need to think like one, and you need to know what they care about most. In fact, that’s our in-house motto: “Boss needs to know.”

We are looking for new talent to help us beef up our daily Web presence and bring new ideas on how to approach our print stories. The ideal candidate will have experience covering business, and will know the basics — things like how to read income statements and how to glean important information from complex and jargon-filled press releases. This candidate must also be a business news junky. This is a publication dedicated entirely to business coverage — we want someone as passionate about telling the stories of companies and their leaders as we are.

The Business Observer is a paid subscription, weekly business publication of the Observer Media Group, which has nine community newspapers in Florida. Check us out online at BusinessObserverFL.com.

Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits included.

 To apply, send a cover letter, resume and 3-5 clips to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at khughes@businessobserverfl.com. No phone calls please. 

Page/graphic designer

The Observer is looking for a talented, enthusiastic full-time page designer to join our editorial department. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the print and newspaper industry and be knowledgeable in Adobe Creative Suite. Must be a self-starter who can work independently, but also enjoys being part of a young, energetic team and collaborating with reporters. The candidate should also have strong organizational skills, be able to work quickly and accurately under daily deadline pressure and be able to juggle multiple projects at once, all while injecting creativity into your designs.

Responsibilities
• Design all components of weekly newspapers, including Page A1, features, opinion and sports pages; designer is also responsible for numerous special sections a year
• Format and scan photos, including color corrections, resizing and touch-ups
• Assist editor in proofing and making corrections to pages
• Make/upload PDFs to the printer as needed; make sure daily deadlines for producing pages are met

Requirements
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
• Proficiency with Mac OS X operating systems
• A strong understanding of typography, photography and layout is imperative
• Experience with informational graphics and Illustrator a plus.
• Ability to meet deadlines; must work well and maintain composure under pressure

Interested? Email a resume, cover letter and 3-5 clips to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at khughes@yourobserver.com. No phone calls please. Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits are included.

Government Reporter

If you love finding hidden stories in meeting agendas, or listening to residents’ concerns during public comment periods, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

We’re looking for a self-starter to cover government and enterprise stories related to neighborhood news. You’ll report on local government and politics, real estate/development, tourism, breaking news and, yes, the occasional tropical storm or hurricane while wracking up lots of front-page bylines.

The right candidate must be able to develop a network of sources that ranges from elected officials to neighborhood residents. With our hyper-local coverage, we need a reporter who can become a part of the community to discover and report what matters most to our readers. Photography/video skills are a plus.

If you’re looking for a company in which to grow and continue to build your reporting skills, this is the place for you. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic and has a strong desire to continue to learn and be a part of a young, energetic team. While our print papers are weekly, we are a daily news operation, posting breaking news and features on our website, YourObserver.com.

Interested? Email a resume, cover letter and 3-5 clips to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at khughes@yourobserver.com. No phone calls please. Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits are included.

Community reporter

We are looking for a driven, enthusiastic and creative journalist to join our company. 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.

Responsibilities
• 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

Requirements
• Great photography skills; good eye for detail
• Excellent writing and reporting skills
• Great organizational skills
• Detail-oriented
• Creative
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Team player
• Proficient in using social media as a news tool
• Experience shooting and editing video is a plus

Interested? Email a resume, cover letter and 3-5 clips to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at khughes@yourobserver.com. No phone calls please. Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits are included.

Graphic Designer

Creative Services is currently seeking a graphic designer to work in its Sarasota location.

Designer will be responsible for creating ads for a variety of publications including print and online and support materials.

Ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, be able to meet deadlines and work well in a team environment. Experience in Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat a must.

Please send cover letter, resume and five samples of recent work to Brooke Schultheis at bschultheis@yourobserver.com.
 

Multimedia Advertising Sales

The #1 Weekly Newspaper in North America* is looking for a dynamic multimedia sales professional with the drive to succeed. The Observer Media Group (OMG) is a highly regarded, family-owned and operated multimedia publisher serving a premier target audience in Sarasota & Manatee County.

We are growing on all fronts and are looking for a self-starter with strong sales skills who is persuasive, energetic, focused and a relationship builder.

The ideal candidate will be:
· comfortable cold calling
· have good communication skills
· possess the ability to understand the marketing and advertising needs of a diverse range of businesses

You will sell our complete media offerings including print, digital and niche publications. Top candidates will have a proven track record of overcoming obstacles, achieving goals and engaging a diverse range of personalities.

We offer an excellent compensation plan ... The sky’s the limit ... the more successful you are, the more you’ll earn.

Benefits package include:
· 401K
· medical
· dental insurance
· life insurance

Send resume and cover letter to Jill Raleigh, Advertising Director, Observer Media Group, 1970 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Sarasota, FL 34326 or jraleigh@yourobserver.com

Advertising Sales Specialist

The Observer Media Group is seeking a Sales Specialist for our magazine division. In addition to required skills above, magazine experience is a plus. Responsibilities include overseeing all revenue, prospecting and selling new advertisers and creating new ideas and opportunities to grow the magazines.

Send resume and cover letter to Jill Raleigh, Advertising Director, Observer Media Group, 1970 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Sarasota, FL 34326 or jraleigh@yourobserver.com.

Front-End Developer

Digital Observer Media is a digital marketing agency comprised of people who harness the power of digital to elevate businesses and help brands grow. Digital Observer Media, a division of Observer Media Group, is focused on creating and executing digital marketing campaigns, designing and building websites, managing social-media platforms and running online promotions, sweepstakes and contests for its customers.

Digital Observer Media is seeking a skilled front-end developer to join our growing team.

  •  Do you play well with others?
  •  Can you write markup in your sleep?
  •  Do you build responsive layouts?
  •  Can you mirror a design into a pixel-perfect responsive wordpress theme?
  •  Can you do the same in Drupal?
  •  Do you have JavaScript and jQuery skills?
  •  Do you know and use Sass?

The front-end developer will report to the Technology and Development Manager and work closely with the Interatctive Art Director and the Creative Services Department.

Observer Media Group (OMG) is a family-owned, Florida-based, media company that publishes nine newspapers, seven websites, two lifestyle magazines, multiple social media and video channels and mobile applications. For two years running, in 2012 and 2013, OMG was recognized by the Local Media Association for publishing the two best weekly newspapers in North America — the Longboat Observer and Sarasota Observer. And the Local Media Association in 2011 and 2012 recognized YourObserver.com for best design and best local news site, respectively. The company constantly strives for excellence.

The company is growing on all fronts and offers competitive compensation, bonus opportunities, full benefits and a dynamic work environment.

If you answered yes to all (or most) of the questions above, send cover letter, resume and links to live examples of your work online to Adam Saah, technology and development manager, 1970 Main Street, Sarasota, Fla. or asaah@digitalobservermedia.com.