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Longboat Observer town reporter

Longboat Key, Fla., is a 10-mile barrier island with world-famous beaches and an average annual temperature of 73.1 degrees.

Sound appealing? 

If so, the Longboat Observer has an immediate opening for a news reporter.

In the past year, we’ve written about everything from a rogue group of peacocks to a senior citizen brawl that ended with one man in a swimming pool to groins. (Editor’s note: Groins are sand-control structures.)

We’ve also done hard-hitting stories about elections, infrastructure projects, budgets, spending, insurance, union negotiations and more. 

We’re looking for a self-starter who will work out of our Longboat Key and Sarasota offices and quickly become the go-to person for all news related to Longboat Key. You’ll report on local government and politics, real estate/development, tourism, insurance, breaking news and, yes, the occasional tropical storm or hurricane while racking up lots of front-page bylines.

The job isn’t a fit for everyone, but here are a few signs it could be for you:

  • You’d rather be in the field chasing stories than sitting in your desk. 
  • You consider local politics as one of your favorite spectator sports.
  • You’re confident in your news judgment and aren’t afraid to argue with your editor about whether to pursue a story or what belongs on the front page.
  • You love reading as much as you love writing.
  • You know how to read a town budget (and find them fascinating).
  • You always have a Plan B ready in case stories fall through.
  • You have a love of journalism, knowledge of AP style, rapport with sources, knack for details, ability to hit deadlines and desire to constantly improve your craft.
  • Bonus points: You have photography and video skills.

The Longboat Observer is part of the Observer Media Group, a family-owned and operated multimedia company based in Sarasota, Fla. The company publishes 10 weekly newspapers throughout Florida, along with six websites. Altogether, our newspapers and websites reach more than 240,000 readers weekly.

While our print papers are weekly, we are a daily news operation, posting breaking news and features on our website, YourObserver.com. 

If you’re looking for a company in which to grow and continue to build your reporting skills, this is the place for you.

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

Please email your resume, including references, three to five clips, and a note explaining why you’re the ideal candidate for the job to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at [email protected].  

No phone calls, please.


News and Feature writer

Do you love digging out the most engaging stories from your community? Can you share that story with your audience through the written word, photos and video? Are you comfortable navigating social media?

If the above description fits you, check out our opening for a news and feature writer at the East County Observer in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

You would be joining a close-knit, fun team that is building for the future. You would be living in an area that is quite simply, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. You would be working with an editor with more than 30 years’ experience at all levels of newspapers.

The Observer Media Group is a family-owned and operated multimedia company based in Sarasota, Fla. The company publishes 10 weekly newspapers throughout Florida, along with six websites. Altogether, our newspapers and websites reach more than 240,000 readers each week.

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 and 2013. The Longboat Observer won that honor again in 2015.

We’re looking for a self-starter who will quickly become the go-to person for all community news and events in the area.

Responsibilities

  • Cover community events and take compelling, creative photos
  • Plan multimedia content to package with stories
  • Write weekly feature stories on community issues/events and residents
  • Cover news stories as needed and always be seeking story ideas
  • 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

  • Good photography skills; good eye for detail
  • Good writing and reporting skills
  • Great organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Creative
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multitask
  • Team player
  • Proficient in using social media as a news tool
  • Night and weekend availability is a must; however, you will work closely with your editor to balance your schedule with time off during the week.
  • Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits are included.

Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Please email your resume, including references, three to five clips, and a note explaining why you’re the ideal candidate for the job to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at [email protected].

No phone calls please.


Community Reporter

Do you love to report on local news? Would you love reporting even more if you could do it footsteps away from the beach?

If so, you could be the right candidate for the community reporter/photographer position at the Observer Media Group. 

Our community reporter/photographers cover 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. 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.


The Observer Media Group is a family-owned and operated multimedia company based in Sarasota, Fla. The company publishes 10 weekly newspapers throughout Florida, along with six websites. Altogether, our newspapers and websites reach more than 240,000 readers each week.

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 and 2013. The Longboat Observer won that honor again in 2015.

We’re looking for a self-starter who will quickly become the go-to person for all community news and events in the area.

Responsibilities

  • Cover community events and take compelling, creative photos
  • 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 and multitask
  • Team player
  • Proficient in using social media as a news tool
  • Night and weekend availability is a must; however, you will work closely with your editor to balance your schedule with time off during the week.

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

Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Please email your resume, including references, three to five clips, and a note explaining why you’re the ideal candidate for the job to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at [email protected].

No phone calls please.


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 Caleb Stanton, Creative Director at [email protected]
 


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 34236 or [email protected]