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City reporter

At the Observer Media Group, we believe the most important news is the news closest to our readers. After all, despite the noise national news generates, the issues that impact us most are local.

If you agree, you might be the perfect fit to join our team here in sunny Sarasota, Florida. We are looking for a news reporter with at least five years' experience in government reporting to cover our most high-profile beat: the city of Sarasota and all its happenings.

The Sarasota Observer is looking for an enterprising reporter who will become embedded in the community — someone who can pluck a story from a City Commission agenda just as aptly as they can write a heartwarming tale about a member of the community.

The right candidate will quickly become the go-to person for all news related to the city beat. That includes covering city government, transportation, business and development, which is a hot topic with the pace of the area's growth. In addition to reporting on what's happening, this reporter will need to take the next step in the story to write about what it means for readers and how it will affect their lives — and their pocketbooks. 

Our new city reporter must be able to develop a network of sources that ranges from elected officials to neighborhood residents. With our hyperlocal coverage, we need a reporter who can become a part of the community to discover and report what matters most to our readers. This person should also be handy with a camera to shoot their own photos and tell stories visually. Video skills are a plus.

If you like challenges, high standards and beating the pants off your competition, this is the place for you. Our goal is to grow and improve ourselves while serving up exceptional local content for our readers. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic and has a strong desire to continue to learn and be a part of a young, energetic team. Although our papers publish weekly, we are a digitial-first news operation, and we are focused on posting continously on our website, YourObserver.com.

 

The Observer Media Group is a family-owned and operated multimedia company based in Sarasota, Florida. The company publishes 10 newspapers throughout Florida, two quarterly lifestyle magazines and six websites. Altogether, our newspapers and websites reach more than 350,000 readers each week. And we are GROWING!

The Observer Media Group's newspapers are consistently recognized as some of the best publications in the state and the nation. We are dedicated to being a leader in innovation in our industry and we take our work — but never ourselves — seriously.

Interested? Email a resume, cover letter and 3-5 clips to Managing Editor Eric Garwood at [email protected]. Please put "news reporter" in the subject line. No phone calls please. Salary is $40,000-$50,000, depending on experience. Full benefits are included.


Advertising / Marketing Coordinator

We are looking for a part time go getter, who will be responsible for helping our dynamic, fast-paced advertising team, trafficking advertising across several platofmrs and assisting salespeople while they are in the field.

We offer:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Flexible hours
  • A fun, supportive work environment
  • Guidance to ensure your success
  • Ability to use your creativity
  • Exposure to the ever-changing world of digtal and print media
  • Opportunity to grow into a larger role

The ideal candidate will have strong administrative skills, attention to detail, excellent written and communication skills and an upbeat, positive attitude.

Duties include:

  • Meeting deadlines and managing multiple priorities.
  • Working closely with salespeople to provide daily sales and administrative support.
  • Working closely with the creative department on social, digital and print ad creation.
  • Eagerness to assist customers - both internal and external.
  • Proficiency in excel and word.

If you want to be a part of an innovative, growing company where you can make a difference, please send your resume to Penny Nowicki @ [email protected].

 


Professional Sales Executives

Beth’s comments are typical of our multimedia sales executives. If that sounds appealing to you, we’re looking for more energetic, entrepreneurial achievers who are outgoing and money-motivated.

  • If you can talk with confidence to business owners to identify their goals …
  • If you are willing to prospect and meet new people to learn about their business objectives …
  • If you have high self-esteem and confidence …
  • If your presentation skills separate you from the pack …
  • If you are not easily intimidated by business owners who may be “old school” …
  • If you are articulate and looking for the highest quality in your employer and in yourself …

… This is the place for an exciting and rewarding sales and marketing career!

We offer competitive compensation with the opportunity for six-figure earnings, full benefits and a culture that encourages innovation and entrepreneurism.

With Observer Media Group, you find a company that offers rewarding work that makes a difference in the community. It’s a place where the company’s leaders value all their associates and are committed to helping them grow and succeed — professionally, personally and financially. It’s a place where everyone strives for excellence.

We have immediate openings in Sarasota, Winter Garden-Windermere, Winter Park, Palm Coast, Port Orange and Jacksonville.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Penny Nowicki, Advertising Sales Manager,
1970 Main St., 3rd Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236 
[email protected]


 

Graphic Designer

Our graphic designers not only win Addys for their advertising designs, but they also are award-winning designers of special dog couture.

The #1 trait of our graphic designers is creative flair. But they also understand the principles of effective advertising design — being able to work with our advertising sales team to conceptualize and execute print and digital ads that generate response and create memorable brands for our customers.

Our designers must have a thorough grasp and flair for style and proportion; and how type, fonts and color work with images. In addition to advertising design, our designers also create brochures, media kits, posters, letterhead; business cards; and all varieties of digital ads — animated, videos, interstitial, etc.  

Ideal candidates have a positive attitude; are able to work in a collaborative, team environment; and must be able to meet deadlines and work under deadline pressure. 

We offer a competitive compensation plan, including full benefits, dynamic, fast-paced work environment; and the opportunity to grow professionally.

We currently have openings for a graphic designer in the Sarasota and Winter Garden locations. 

Please send cover letter, resume and five samples of recent work to:
Caleb Stanton, Creative Director
[email protected]

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