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Posted: September 18 2016
Company Location: Ellenwood, GA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 3 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionGA Followers is searching for a group of entertainment and celebrity news writers who will focus on keeping our readers up to date on their favorite Georgia celebs, artists and tastemakers. Whether they are Georgia-born, Georgia-based or just spotted out and about in the Peach State, we want our readers to know about it! Entertainment and celebrity writers will cover a variety of topics from celebrity rumors to what projects are currently filming in the state and so much more. These writers should find a guilty pleasure in entertainment gossip and major tabloids but also have the journalistic integrity to separate reputable sources from completely outlandish rumors and be able to highlight the difference when disseminating news to our readers.
GA Followers is a rapidly growing digital news source that caters to a college-aged audience. For more than 5 years, GA Followers has utilized multiple platforms to share trending news and inform its readers about all things related to the state of Georgia. With nearly 850,000 followers across all social media platforms, GA Followers offers new, young writers a unique opportunity to have their work showcased to a massive audience while also learning how to further improve their journalism skills and have a better understanding of digital media.
ResponsibilitiesEntertainment/Celebrity News Writers will be responsible for:
- Pitching story ideas to the editor on a weekly basis
- Covering relevant events when necessary
- Repurposing news stories related to their beat but doing additional research that makes the content unique and caters to our demographic
- Meeting tight deadlines to have stories published in a timely manner
- Reporting directly to GA Followers editors and using feedback to refine stories in a timely manner
RequirementsRequirements For This Position:
- A thorough understanding of AP Style Guidelines
- Extremely familiar and efficient with WordPress
- Must be active on at least one social media platform
- A knack for turning information into engaging, insightful content
- A working laptop/computer and a reliable internet connection
- A natural curiosity and an urge to always ask questions
- A passion for writing and the desire to share your voice with an audience
- A great sense of humor (this is a young company with young leadership and we like to have fun)
- A genuine love for the state of Georgia!
*Please note that it is not required to live in Georgia for this position but priority will be given to applicants who currently live in Georgia
*Please be prepared to send at least two relevant writing samples after your application is reviewed. The writing samples do not need to be published but they must be relevant to the news beat you hope to cover.
SkillsRequired - WordPress, Writing, Copy Editing, Digital Journalism, Entertainment Journalism, News, News Writing
Preferred - Social Media, SEO, Investigative Research