Work at the Notebook

The Notebook is currently hiring for the following positions:

News Editor

The Notebook is looking for a part-time news editor to work 25 hours per week, starting in July 2018.

The schedule will be late morning through early evening hours, with full benefits. Some telecommuting is a possibility.

The news editor will manage the daily editorial production of the Notebook, both in print and online. Assign and edit stories. Supervise, motivate, and mentor editorial staff. Ensure timely completion of editorial work. Cultivate education sources. Create a culture of excellence and urgency. Develop enterprise reporting.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Work with the executive director, contributing editor, staff, and editorial board in planning and overseeing development of the editorial content, including special projects. Assign and edit stories by staff and freelance writers.

Coordinate coverage of breaking news, events, and school board meetings. Monitor District developments and community activism.

Responsible for all editorial aspects of newspaper print production — maintaining an up-to-date editorial schedule, page layout, copy editing, proofreading pages, writing headlines, photo captions, corrections, web teasers and table of contents.

  • Work with designer on layout.
  • Coordinate production with printer and approve printer proofs.
  • Propose ideas for issue themes, projects and stories.
  • Responsible for all aspects of digital edition production.
  • Production of daily and weekly email newsletter.
  • Supervise and evaluate editorial interns, photographer, and designer.
  • Other editorial duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong journalism skills; a minimum of three years’ experience as a daily, weekly or online editor.
  • Compatibility with the Notebook’s mission of commitment to quality and equality in public schools, to public engagement in education issues, and to journalistic excellence.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Significant experience in news production – in print and online, including knowledge of InDesign, QuarkXpress, PhotoShop and web content management systems, especially WordPress.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a small but dedicated staff team and make decisions collaboratively.
  • Must be a self-starter and have a reputation for accuracy and fairness.
  • Must be willing and able to build relationships with readers, sources, parents, advocates, educators, policymakers and other community members.

Interested? Submit your resume and cover letter to the Notebook at notebook@thenotebook.org.

Advertising Sales and Development Associate

The Advertising Sales and Development Associate will assist the leadership of our award-winning nonprofit education news organization in generating income from advertisers and donors. Key responsibilities include online and print ad sales, special event sponsorship solicitation, membership recruitment campaigns, and all related billing, collections, and record-keeping. This position will be 25 hours per week with benefits.

Specific responsibilities include:
1. Achieve growth in print and web ad revenue by identifying and cultivating prospects, presenting to potential advertisers, follow-up, billing and collection.
2. Maintain database of advertisers, ad prospects, ad purchases and payments.
3. Oversee placement of ads in print and online and ensure quality control.
4. Work with leadership team to solicit sponsorships, coordinate program book ad sales, and provide logistical support for Notebook’s annual fundraising event in late spring.
5. Assist with member recruitment, including working on mailings, email campaigns and member events.
6. Use donor management system to track donations, ad payments and sponsorship, and to thank our contributors.
7. Perform other office/administrative duties as needed.

Qualifications:
• Prior experience with ad sales or event sponsorship preferred. Demonstrated success at generating revenue through sales or fundraising. Self-confidence, perseverance, and resilience (ie, ability to take rejection in stride).
• Strong business management skills and attention to detail.
• Proficiency with database software and with Excel required.
• Strong communications skills, both written and oral.
• Ability to work both collectively and independently; skilled at managing the work of others.
• Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Drivers’ license and ownership of an automobile desirable.
• Ability to lift 25-pound newspaper bundles.
• Compatibility with the Notebook’s mission. Commitment to quality and equity in public schools, public engagement in education issues, racial and economic justice, and grassroots journalism.

Competitive salary, incentives, generous paid leave. Comprehensive cafeteria benefits plan.

Other positions

Freelance writers

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is looking for regular freelance writers to join its growing publishing team. An independent nonprofit news service, the Notebook provides in-depth coverage of local education issues. Its mission is to promote informed community involvement in Philadelphia public schools while advocating for educational quality and equality. We publish six print editions each year and are looking for writers who can contribute to our publications on a regular basis, possibly developing a beat or area of specialization.

If you have solid journalism experience in writing news stories, are knowledgeable about public education issues, and are interested in helping us fulfill our mission, please email your resume, letter of interest, and three of your best clips to notebook@thenotebook.org.

Knowledge of the Philadelphia public school system is required. Writers are paid by the story. We will only consider those candidates who live in the Philadelphia region. Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

We are also looking for the following internship positions: reporter/writer, editorial assistant, website assistant, multimedia or photography intern.

Internships

The Notebook offers internship opportunities throughout the year for students and other individuals interested in community-oriented, advocacy journalism. Interns are involved in all aspects of production, from writing and editing articles to advertising and events planning.

Staff Writer Internship

Position description: The staff writer will gain experience as a reporter covering issues facing the Philadelphia public school system. The staff writer will develop articles for the print editions and website. Tasks include, but are not limited to: conducting interviews, attending, and covering meetings and events, research, and proofreading.

This is a part-time position. The staff writer must be available 8 or more hours/week. Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours.

Qualifications: This position is open to undergraduate or graduate students. Applicant should possess strong written communications skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism. Journalism experience highly desired.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid. Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook.

How to apply: Applicants for this position are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and set of clippings to notebook@thenotebook.org

Editorial Assistant Internship

Position description: The editorial assistant will gain experience in the fields of independent journalism, multimedia, nonprofit management, and educational activism.

The editorial assistant will support the completion of the pint editions, as well as contribute editorial support to the website in the form of writing and proofreading blog posts. Tasks include, but are not limited to: internet research, writing, editing, and administrative work, which can include assisting with mailings and other small projects.

The editorial assistant must be available for 8 or more hours/week. Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours.

Qualifications: This position is open to undergraduate or graduate students. Applicant should possess strong written communications skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook can work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid. Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook.

How to apply: Applicants for this position are asked to mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing samples (if available) to notebook@thenotebook.org.

Multimedia/Photography Internship

Position description: The multimedia/photography intern will gain experience in the fields of multimedia, photography, video, and photojournalism. The multimedia/photography intern will support the photography needs of the print edition as well as contribute photos and content for our website and blog. The intern will be responsible for developing multimedia packages as well as covering/shooting regular events that we would report on. There will also be an opportunity for the intern to shadow a veteran photographer to help learn the aspects of shooting subjects dealing with educational justice and activism.

Qualifications: Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours. Applicants should possess strong written communication skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism.

For video and other multimedia projects, the Notebook will provide the a flip video camera and the software required to build multimedia packages, but we recommend that applicants have their own equipment with which to shoot still photography. Applicants should be available for approximately 8-16 hours/week. Applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours, but there may be some evening assignments.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid.   Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook. If the intern is ineligible for work study or course credit, travel reimbursement is available.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to notebook@thenotebook.org.