Jobs

Community Viewpoints Editor

Reports To: CEO

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Lookout Local seeks a thoughtful, energetic and fair-minded editor for a soon-to-be-launched Community Viewpoints section.

Just over 100 days into our launch, Lookout Santa Cruz has surpassed audience, membership and advertising goals. We’ve built a lively, mobile-first model that is quickly winning wide civic and business-community adoption as a primary news source, one that is successfully competing with hedge-fund-depleted daily journalism. We’ve found a formula that is working: Traditional, in the best sense of the word, in serving high-quality, trustworthy, non-partisan, increasingly connect-the-dots reporting to communities hungry for it.

Founded by news industry veteran analyst Ken Doctor, this model is digital-born, embracing the phone as a primary means of delivery, and just beginning to exploit all the things that a local digital news-plus platform can uniquely do.

We support one of the largest newsrooms per capita in the nation, 11 journalists in a county of 276,000.

As we enter our second wave of growth in Santa Cruz County, and begin planning expansion beyond, we’re fully embracing our role as a community leader. Our new Community Viewpoints section, to be launched by mid-year, both acts on the long-standing role of good local newspapers and makes great use of a multi-media local digital platform in expanding what both community commentary and opinion can do to address the diverse issues of the 2020s. We believe democracy starts at home. Our Community Viewpoints work will break new ground, in what we cover, how we do that and how widely we cast a net for viewpoints, many seldom heard in the traditional press.

We know that an updating of traditional Op-Ed and Opinion functions will be a key part of the Lookout model going forward, in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

The Community Viewpoints Editor brings a passion for local news and community journalism, and Lookout’s revival of it, and understands that democracy starts locally and can be bettered by a steady flow of fresh thinking and solutions-oriented commentary, solicited from leading community members. The role requires deep and wide daily engagement with community leaders, throughout Santa Cruz County, with a particular eye to inclusion of voices, by gender, ethnicity and age, often not heard in local media. Those voices will include student voices, building on the rollout of Lookout’s Student’s Engagement program countywide, The Community Commentary Editor will both actively solicit and edit commentary pieces, and shorter contemporary “letters to the editor.”

In addition, the editor will develop Lookout’s own Opinion function strategy and plan.

Important to this position, as with all Lookout roles, an understanding and embrace of the digital tools of the day in creation (here, audio and video, over time, as well as text) and in distribution are fundamental.

Editorial excellence, diversity, and imagination are the hallmarks of Lookout, and serve as the foundation for this position.

ABOUT LOOKOUT LOCAL

Lookout Local is a new network of intensely local, community-centric, digital-only, mobile-first news sites, built for the way citizens and consumers read, act and interact, in the 2020s. Dedicated equally to local news revival and community betterment, Lookout Santa Cruz’s model builds on the national success of the top digital news brands. We apply these lessons, at appropriate scale, to local communities and markets. Our innovative community-centric reader and branded content local advertising model, based on those lessons, has worked beyond expectation. Lookout Local’s for-profit, public benefit corporation is built to last, providing a foundation for multi-community network growth.

What You’ll Be DoingThe Community Viewpoints Editor:

  • Becomes a community leader, matching up Lookout’s solutions-oriented journalism with incisive community commentary, in numerous evolving forms.
  • Reaches out to community leaders throughout Santa Cruz County, including those traditionally underrepresented, both in one-to-one sessions and convening larger groups for engagement. Leads and co-leads weekly “Lookout Listens!” sessions, small group discussions with community groups and others about topics relevant to Lookout readers.
  • Solicits and edits community commentary. Leads creation of weekly Commentary newsletter.
  • Creates first strategic plan for Lookout commentary, with a focus on imaginative community betterment solutions, and a set of policies to match, evolving into a significant part of Lookout’s playbook.
  • Embraces responsibility to incorporate diversity into the fabric and coverage priorities of Lookout.
  • Writes on community issues, scope tbd.
  • Works collaboratively with the First Amendment Coalition, implementing and advocating Access Democracy open meeting/open records/accountability journalism work.
  • Works actively with the whole Lookout team on incorporating audience-enhancing, audience-interacting digital tools of the day and applies learnings on audience analytics.
  • Communicates Lookout’s story and mission internally, and externally to evolving partners, both local and national.
  • Optimizes the value of content partners (national and local) commentary work.

Your Experience & Skills

  • Rock-solid journalism judgment, intuition and taste, with significant editing experience demonstrating ability to work well both with people and ideas.
  • A strong viewpoint on how local media can and should support community betterment.
  • Superior organizational and collaborative abilities, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated history of fairness.
  • A strong sense of social media’s multiplying power and how it can best be used for a local news and commerce model.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of local, regional and state issues a plus.
  • Bilingual skills a plus

Benefits and Application

Community Viewpoints Editor is a full-time Lookout Local employee. We offer competitive employee benefits with Lookout’s for-profit, public benefit company.

Lookout Local is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Please apply, with cover letter, resume to jobs@lookoutlocal.com

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New Business Sales Representative

Lookout Santa Cruz seeks a self-starting, accomplished, experienced seller to accelerate its local business relationships. Robust partnerships with the business ecosystem are a core part of Lookout’s “content + community + commerce” mission and business model, as we forge a new, sustainable path for digital news and information across Santa Cruz County.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill “advertising.” Our fast-growing Marketing Partnerships give businesses a modern, flexible platform for their brands to shine. This content-rich program, which brings brands’ stories, causes and customers to life through robust Promoted Content, has been roundly applauded by the business and civic communities.

Though we’re only four months old, our Marketing Partners already include UCSC, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz County Bank, Bay Federal Credit Union, Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Schooner Realty, New Leaf Community Markets and K&D Landscaping, with more signing up for the spring.

As we expand Lookout Santa Cruz overall, we’re ready to expand this program to more of the business community and are looking for the right team member to help us do just that. Be a part of a mission-driven, growth-minded organization that is changing what’s possible with local news in the 2020s.

Section I: What You Will Be Doing

In this local business-facing sales role, reporting to the Chief Revenue Officer, you will:

  • Bring new partners into Lookout
  • Build and continually manage an extensive pipeline of qualified Marketing Partner prospects, advancing them from awareness to consideration to purchase
  • Share Lookout’s compelling, community-first story with local and regional business institutions, guiding them through all elements of the Marketing Partners program, and opportunities within it, and ensuring that business prospects are the proper fit for Lookout
  • Work closely with Lookout’s Director of Community Partnerships and Chief Revenue Officer to set and manage client expectations appropriately, including features and benefits, delivery timelines, scheduling and trafficking, reporting and analytics, program optimization, and more
  • Report regularly on pipeline progress to goal: successes, challenges, risks, emerging opportunities, and more

Section II: Compensation

  • The position is part-time to start, with the potential to expand over time
  • Compensation is a blend of base pay + generous sales commission; Specific terms will be finalized with the candidate
  • The initial term is to be finalized with the candidate and may be extended, as mutually agreed upon

About Lookout Local / Lookout Santa Cruz

Lookout Local is a new network of intensely local, community-centric, digital-only, mobile-first news sites, built for the way citizens and consumers read, act, and interact, in the 2020s. Dedicated equally to local news revival and community betterment, Lookout Santa Cruz’s model builds on the national success of the top digital news brands. We apply those lessons, at appropriate scale, to local communities and markets. Our innovative community-centric reader and branded content local advertising model, based on those lessons, has worked beyond expectation. Lookout Local’s for-profit, public benefit corporation is built to last, providing a foundation for multi-community network growth.

Lookout Local is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Please contact Lookout Chief Revenue Officer Jed Williams at jed@lookoutlocal.com to learn more about this position.