Position Summary: The staff writer provides dynamic content for all Catholic Review Media channels, including but not limited to The Catholic Review and CatholicReview.org. The staff writer will develop, report and write news and feature articles as well as in-depth centerspreads for the publications in a variety of formats in English and Spanish.
Job Responsibilities: MAJOR TASKS:
Gather and write news and feature stories as assigned
Develop contacts and story ideas for beat areas, especially the archbishop and vicar bishops’ regions
• Generate ideas and contribute to weekly editorial meeting.
Take photographs and videos
Produce videos, audio reports and slideshows.
Maintain blog that expands upon the stories in the newspaper
Assist with social networking sites.
Upload stories to website
Do interviews and newscasts for “Catholic Baltimore” radio show
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
The staff writer should have at least two years in writing and reporting, in addition to a degree in communications or journalism, or equivalent work experience. Working knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church is necessary. Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish required. Experience with social media, or digital media, WordPress or other Web content management is a plus.
PHYSICAL SKILLS Must possess ability to:
Use Microsoft Word and other word processing programs
Be flexible and flourish on deadline
Have a cursory knowledge of HTML, blogging and production formats
Understand video and sound editing software such as FinalCut, iMovie and Audacity are helpful, but not a normal part of the job responsibilities.
Have access to personal transportation and valid driver’s license.
LANGUAGE/COMMUNICATION SKILLS Must possess ability to:
Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish required.
Work positively and effectively with others.
Respond to multiple demands respectfully.
Take direction and feedback constructively.
Communicate concerns regarding emergency or safety matters.