Eater Chicago Reporter - Freelance Chicago

Company: Vox Media

Vox Media employees thrive on innovation and change while ambitiously seeking to master their subject areas, hone their craft, and improve their communities. We help smart, talented, creative professionals make a meaningful impact in media, technology and the world around them. Vox Media’s networks and businesses include SB Nation, Eater, The Verge, Vox, Curbed, Recode & Code Conferences, Polygon, Concert, Chorus, Vox Creative, Vox Entertainment, and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

What you'll do:

  • Help Eater Chicago's lead editor with reporting and writing of breaking news stories and reblogs as assigned
  • Write an average of two news posts per day
  • Assist with copyediting and fact checking articles as assigned
  • Strive to learn and meet Eater's journalistic standards
  • Attend monthly 1:1 meetings with lead editor
  • Track openings and keep in touch with chefs, restaurateurs, and relevant spokespeople for coverage as assigned
  • Make connections with local restaurant PR, chefs, restaurateurs, and other staff to generate news leads and scoops
  • Edit and write restaurant maps and roundups
  • Support team with social media posts, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as assigned
  • Be available for a minimum of four hours a day, preferably in the mornings

What you'll bring:

  • One year experience in journalism, particularly with experience covering a beat, developing sources, and breaking news
  • Comfort with cold calling sources and fast pace of digital publishing
  • Ability to work remotely, and drive to sources/locations as needed
  • A drive to beat the competition
  • Continue Eater's reputation as the number one source for news about the restaurant world
  • Attention for detail, news judgment, story packaging, and careful eye for accuracy
  • Interest in digital headline writing, analytics, and social media publishing
  • A love for restaurants and knowledge of the Chicago scene and greater cultural landscape
  • Experience with photography and Instagram is a plus

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

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