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Managing Editor wanted

Do you see news everywhere you go? Do you enjoy being part of a community? Do you have a passion for telling stories in unique and counterintuitive ways?

These are just some of the qualities we’re seeking in a managing editor to head our company’s fastest-growing paper. 

The East County Observer is a community weekly that covers Lakewood Ranch, an area consistently voted one of the top master-planned communities in the country. It is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in the past two decades it has gone from cow fields to a sophisticated development with a small-town feel. It's an idyllic place with lots of opportunities to enjoy the Florida sunshine.

We’re seeking a leader for this paper who is excited to become part of the community to uncover the news people are talking about as well as the heartwarming stories that bring them together as neighbors. It requires excellent weekly news judgment, an instinct for breaking news on the Web, and an ability to lead young reporters in planning and executing stories that shine for our readers.

Whether it’s online or in print, our goal is to surprise and delight our readers with 100% local content that is relevant, informative and entertaining. As a hyper-local news organization, we believe our papers should be a reflection of the area. We believe in covering what matters most to our readers, be it serious issues that foster conversation or playful features that help connect the community. And, we have some experience doing it. Our papers, websites and multimedia packages consistently win top honors for general excellence with the Florida Press Association, and we were named the top newspaper in North America two years in a row by the Local Media Association.

We believe there’s no news too small, and we want to deliver papers that are full of engaging “day-after” stories that have a unique angle and offer something the dailies can’t. This means this position involves a lot of planning, coordinating and creating. It means thinking through how each story will look on page, with art and graphics, as well as how it could be presented online. It also means collaborating with a team of reporters and designers to give clear vision and leadership each week to ensure a high-level of execution. 

The managing editor is responsible for planning, directing and editing stories for the print edition and daily updates online. This may also mean writing stories and attending events to stay in touch with the community. To keep the pulse of the area, this person should live in East County.

Must-haves include:

Proven copy-editing skills, including knowledge of all things AP style
Excellent news judgment for a weekly audience
An ability to think visually in storytelling
A passion for great writing
Enthusiasm for community and getting involved
A wicked sense of humor
A hard worker who’s not afraid to try new things
Great leadership skills and the ability to show others by doing
Ability to collaborate and play well with others
A desire to dream up and create unique content every week
An obsession with improvement and an unparalleled commitment to excellence

And why should you choose us? You can tell the moment you enter our offices that you aren't in your parents' newsroom. For one, we're always hiring to fuel our growth. Plus, we have a simple motto that describes our culture: If you can dream it, you can do it. We give our staff lots of freedom to think big and create great content, which includes putting new ideas into action. We also work as a team, and you'll find everyone is a cheerleader for creating new and exciting things, whether it's a new advertising initiative or a special print product. We strive for excellence every day in everything we do, and we're looking for others who do the same. Like to work hard? You'll be rewarded — as a thriving company, we've got ample opportunities.

Interested? Send your resume and a cover letter to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at khughes@yourobserver.com. Please put the position title in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Digital Innovation Editor wanted

In this business, if you’re not innovating, you’re dying. We at the Observer Media Group know this. In fact, it’s our vision statement: to innovate and elevate.

That’s why we’re looking for a passionate, creative individual to help lead fresh approaches to our news content online. That means dreaming up new ideas for the online world and making sure they get executed in a way that informs, surprises and delights our audience of educated, affluent readers. 

This position requires someone with strong copyediting skills and spot-on editing instincts, someone who can work with our reporters and managing editors to plan how stories pitched for print can be translated and adapted to make an impact online. This person should also love to dig into the data that come with clicks, and be passionate about thinking of clever ways to maximize our content in the digital space. You should be up to date on the latest social media and applications to help us strategize how we can use them to tell our stories the best way possible and reach the most people possible.

This person will also see the possibilities in how stories can be reported and complemented with art and graphics to create packages that are engaging and entertaining. At the Observer, there’s no news too small, so we have fun presenting 100% local content in a variety of ways.

We don’t chase daily news in print — we leave that to the Web. Our daily e-newsletter, which this position will help steward and produce each afternoon, has the top news of the day. Our weekly print products are full of engaging “day-after” stories that have a unique angle and offer something our competitors can’t. Our goal is to give readers something they can’t wait to read — whether it be in print, on our website or on their mobile devices. And, we have some experience doing it. Our papers, websites and multimedia packages consistently win top honors for general excellence with the Florida Press Association, and we were named the top newspaper in North America two years in a row by the Local Media Association. 

Must-haves include:

Excellent copyediting skills, including knowledge of all things AP style
Excellent news judgment for a weekly audience
A passion to eat, sleep and breathe digital stuff, including analytics
A wicked sense of humor
A hard worker who’s not afraid to try new things
Great leadership skills and the ability to show others by doing
Ability to collaborate and work well with a team of young reporters and editors
A passion to think outside of the box and create unique content every week
An obsession with improvement and an unparalleled commitment to excellence

And why should you choose us? You can tell the moment you enter our offices that you aren't in your parents' newsroom. For one, we're always hiring to fuel our growth. Plus, we have a simple motto that describes our culture: If you can dream it, you can do it. We give our staff lots of freedom to think big and create great content, which includes putting new ideas into action. We also work as a team, and you'll find everyone is a cheerleader for creating new and exciting things, whether it's a new advertising initiative or a special print product. We strive for excellence every day in everything we do, and we're looking for others who do the same. Like to work hard? You'll be rewarded — as a thriving company, we've got ample opportunities. 

Interested? Send your resume and a cover letter to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at khughes@yourobserver.com. Please put the position in the subject line of your email. 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.
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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.


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 34236 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

Observer Media Group is a digital marketing agency comprised of people who harness the power of digital to elevate businesses and help brands grow. Observer Media Group, 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.

Observer Media Group 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@yourobserver.com.