After two deeply educational and enjoyable years with Sound Publishing, I’ve made the decision to move on and have taken a job as a web producer with KIRO TV in Seattle. I’ve absolutely loved my time with Sound, but I’m excited to have the opportunity to work in Seattle (where I live) and to work for a broadcast company, which I haven’t done before.
I’ll have a lot more to say, I’m sure, as I move into my new job, but right now, I’d like to say some nice words about Sound Publishing by pitching my current job to you—some web savvy, forward-thinking journalist who’s looking for a gig with a really great company.
[UPDATE: We’ve chosen someone to fill my position, but everything I’ve said here about the job stands—it was awesome.]
For starters, here’s the link to the job post. Read it over so you get the gist of what’s required. Here’s what you can expect out of it:
We’re a company that’s transitioning from a print-first focus to a web-first focus. There’s work still to be done, but we’re miles ahead of where we were when I started two years ago, when the New Media department was just forming. We have a lot of smart, savvy employees who have embraced the web and really improved their sites—that isn’t to say there aren’t some who are still very print-minded. You’ll use a lot of your knowledge of the web to optimize content, but there’s also an aspect of teaching/guiding our editors and reporters. We have an intra-company blog and I’ve used that as a platform to share what I know and pass along interesting things that I see other people doing.
Probably the biggest part of the job is the aforementioned optimization of web content. This encompasses a lot of things: SEO, social media (our Twitter and Facebook accounts), cooperation with other sites/journalists, production of web packages and pretty much anything that will help improve our sites. I emphasize that last part because it is perhaps the best part of the job. You’ll have a lot of freedom to experiment and tinker with things, which any web nerd should absolutely love. If you think something might improve our sites for our readers, go out and try it and bring back some results. We subscribe to the “try early, fail often” credo.
Lastly, you will learn a lot from your coworkers. We have a veritable all-star team in the New Media department, so whatever you’re interested in—advertising, coding, editorial/ethics—there’s someone to learn from. You’ll do plenty of learning-by-osmosis, too, since it’s a small office and we talk and bounce around ideas a lot. Seriously—I learned at least as much in two years here as I did during five years of college.
There are a lot of great perks that come with the job, but I’ll let you figure those out. I highly, highly recommend this position and if you’re interested or if you know someone who is, please to take some time to check it out: http://www.soundpublishing.com/index.php/corporate/job_detail/8660/
I’d be happy to answer any questions that I’m able to answer, so don’t hesitate to drop a comment below or contact me directly:
P.S.- Thanks, once again, to everyone who’s sent along kind words and congratulations on Facebook and Twitter!