ARTS & CULTURE WRITER/EDITOR

The Arts & Culture writer/editor provides thoughtful, in-depth coverage with a focus on helping people make informed decisions about important issues and events across the spectrum. In all of our reporting, we seek to amplify the voices of Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents. Strong digital and social media skills required. 

We take a four-pronged approach to our work: solution journalism; explainers; accountability/investigative reporting, and community outreach. We seek journalists who are comfortable with and skilled in working in these different but related areas. 

The Arts & Culture writer/editor is a strong journalist who understands the unique cowboys-and-culture image of Fort Worth. This writer/editor will have deep working knowledge of the major arts and cultural institutions here, including the Amon Carter, Kimbell and Modern Art Museums; the symphony, ballet and opera companies; the Cliburn piano competition; theater companies, including Circle, Stage West, Jubilee and Amphibian; as well as smaller, more diverse groups. 

We want our Arts & Culture coverage to go beyond the heavy-hitters, however. Just as important is giving voice to the emerging artists and performers, the small productions, and small venues that help make Fort Worth unique.

This position will report to the Managing Editor and the CEO/Publisher in developing and writing strong stories, working with reporters, freelancers and other news staff to produce world-class journalism with the goal of expanding our Arts & Culture relevance, impact and reach.

The Arts & Culture writer/editor is a problem-solver with excellent writing and editing skills and a nose for news and features and the ability to develop relevant contacts in the arts world. This writer/editor loves the mix of local reporting we aspire to do at the Fort Worth Report, as outlined in our reader research.

All Fort Worth Report journalism initiatives investigate the intersections of people and policy. The Fort Worth Report offers deep coverage of civic issues, local government, education, economic development and culture in an all-digital platform. 

This is a full-time position with benefits.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Value, contribute to and sustain Fort Worth Report’s commitment to a culture of belonging that sees our culture’s history of power and privilege and seeks to balance that with the inclusion of many diverse experiences and perspectives.

● Digital storytelling with clear, concise writing that makes complicated issues accessible and informs our audience why a story is important to them. Must be comfortable with photography, videography, data visualization and related tools. We’re an all-digital platform so our focus is on making our content shine online.

● Cultivate expertise in local arts and culture issues and trends to generate ideas for high-impact stories, including meeting with sources, background research, submitting public records requests, and other investigative functions.

● An important function of this job will be developing and cultivating an excellent and strong base of free-lance writers to help cover the arts world.

● Another important function will be developing and executing our 2022 Cliburn International Piano Competition coverage plan. This huge piano competition will be one of the most important events we cover in 2022.

● Work with an attentiveness to detail, consistency, accuracy and deliver high-quality stories under evolving deadlines that conform with accepted journalistic techniques, ethical standards and FWR style while also pushing those standards and style into the future.

● Integrate audience interaction with reporting by working with the editors and other staff members. Specifically, the arts editor will promote stories by posting them on his/her social media and by appearing on KERA, Texas Standard and other outlets that ask about Fort Worth Report’s work. This editor will also respond to and gather ideas from readers’ comments in person, on the phone and online.

● Represent Fort Worth Report in the community, at community events and at our public events. It is critical that our journalists are deeply embedded in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, always working to promote our mission (what we do and why we do it).

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Develop the Arts & Culture beat and report and write stories according to the beat plan.

● Assign some stories to reporters and freelancers, with the guidance of the Managing Editor. And then help them creatively shape story ideas, visuals and packaging

● Edit reporter and freelancer stories, which includes editing the online presentation: writing online/social headlines, embedding photos as appropriate, editing photo cutlines and photo galleries.

● Help reporters brainstorm stories. 

● Create and maintain Arts & Culture budgets. 

● Work with the managing editor to plan for ideal online publishing times, presentations, headlines, and special build-outs.

● Launch a weekly Arts & Culture newsletter.

● Working with other FWR staff, build and develop reader events connected to the Arts & Culture beat.

● Schedule flexibility (some evening, weekend and holiday work). 

● Serve as Fort Worth Report’s primary contact with arts and cultural organizations. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

● Good-natured, ambitious and ready to help build a new journalism initiative.

● 5 years experience, which should include editing and working with free-lancers.

● Varied multimedia experience, including video, audio and web storytelling. Photography is a must.

● Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under deadline pressure. ● Multiplatform experience, including writing and AP Style, shooting video, taking photos, posting to social media and on content management systems. 

● Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work cross-functionally with different departments and work styles. Proficiency in a foreign language is a plus but not required.

● Must be comfortable with fast-moving organizational culture. Looks for solutions and new ways to connect with our audience.

● Handle other duties as may be assigned by senior editors.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

● Good written/verbal communication skills.

● Driver’s license, reliable transportation and current automobile insurance.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

● Apply by email to hello@fortworthreport.org and Managing Editor Thomas Martinez, thomas.martinez@fortworthreport.org. You also may upload your material to our jobs portal at FortWorthReport.org. Please send a resume, cover letter and work samples.


Fort Worth Report Fellowship  

The Fort Worth Report’s paid spring fellowship provides aspiring journalists the opportunity to sharpen their reporting and multimedia skills and to learn with our exceptional news team. 

This position is part time and designed to work around your class schedule.

We are looking for fellows who are ready to dive into daily news and enterprise coverage alongside our seasoned reporting staff. Ideal candidates will have experience in community journalism focused on the local topics of government, health, education, business, arts and culture, and changing demographics. 

We don’t expect you to be an expert on all these topics. Show us your potential and desire to grow with our startup nonprofit news organization. Let us know whether you want to focus on telling stories through words, data or visuals. We have three positions available so we’re seeking a variety of skills.

Apply here for the fellowship.

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Thomas Martinez, thomas.martinez@fortworthreport.org.


Freelance writers and photographers

Opportunity: We’re seeking freelance journalists to pitch us stories and photographs for publication in Fort Worth Report. We’re interested in stories that impact our local audiences and that fall under the general categories of government, business, education, arts & culture, health care, environment and civic engagement. We are not seeking commentary or opinion pieces. We are particularly interested in stories that are revelatory, data-driven, contextual and solutions-driven. All content is subject to editing and fact-checking prior to publication. Freelancers are not considered W2 eligible employees and are not eligible for benefits. Contracts will include a conflicts of interest statement and signing the SPJ Code of Ethics. Apply here.

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