LAist Is Seeking A Part-Time Blogger-Reporter

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LAist is seeking a part-time writer who can handle a mix of blogging and reporting. Must be willing to work Saturdays and Sundays, plus possible days during the regular work week. The ideal candidate is a talented blogger who has some experience with reporting. What's reporting? What's blogging? What's LAist? Let's discuss.

LAist is an independently-owned website about Los Angeles and "everything that happens in it." It was informally launched under Gothamist LLC in 2004 and has steadily grown since—it is part of a network of local blogs in cities that also include New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and D.C.

Over time, the publication has grown into a unique hybrid of engaging & informative aggregation (blogging) and wholly original stories and essays (reporting). But the two forms are increasingly commingling. Many of our blog posts contain a mix of aggregation and our own reporting to advance the story, while our more substantive reportage is influenced by the LAist "voice" that makes our aggregation trenchant and entertaining.

As we've steadily expanded, we frequently interview candidates who have reporting experience, but are helpless when asked to write an interesting (dare we say fun?) blog post, because they haven't had the experience of synthesizing the news with their own editorial perspective, or they can't adjust to blogging's more casual tone. Conversely, we see bloggers who are too immersed in the drumbeat of aggregation to exploit crucial opportunities to advance a story and provide our readers with precious originality or insight.

We're looking for someone who can do both. All candidates should have at least two years relevant experience.

Details: Must be willing to work Saturdays and Sundays. Salary is competitive. If interested, please email a cover letter and resume in the body of the email (no attachments, please!) to jobs@laist.com, with the subject "LAist blogger-reporter."

Gothamist LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.