January, 2015 
Job Announcement

Greetings BHC Partners,

New America Media (NAM) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Beat Report at We'Ced Youth Media Merced. The Beat Reporter will work collaboratively with and report to the Youth Media Coordinator staffed in Merced CA. 

Position: Beat Reporter, We'Ced Youth Media

Location: Merced, CA

Specific Duties and Responsibilities include: 

Media/Journalism Production: 
    • File at least three stories a month (print articles or multimedia pieces) for publication on We'Ced.
    • Be available for field assignments from We'Ced Project Coordinator on short notice -- a "rapid responder" to cover breaking news or other time-sensitive content needs, as needed.
    • Be in regular communication with Project Coordinator to develop story ideas, and edit articles, using We'Ced's office space - located within Merced's LGBT Center - as a base of operations.
    • Explore platforms and strategies to promote distribution of media content, including social media. 
    • Content produced by Beat Reporter should focus on issues broadly defined under the scope of "community health" in Merced as indicated by Project Coordinator, NAM and local Building Healthy Community (BHC) campaigns

Youth Training/Development:
    • Support Project Coordinator in implementing a youth media curriculum that emphasizes community reporting and journalism, story research, development of individual voice / opinion, and critical thinking skills. 
    • Support Project Coordinator in sourcing additional stories (print articles or multimedia) from like-minded community contributors not in the core youth cohort. 
    • Support Project Coordinator to ensure youth recieve adequate writing/editorial, technical and mentoring support to complete assignments. 
    • Honor the principles of youth development, including emotional/physical safety, healthy relationship building, leadership development, community involvement and skills building. 
    • Support Project Coordinator to ensure the program provides a safe space for youth reporters and staff. 

Desired Qualifications:

    • Excellent writing and editing skills a must. 
    • Journalism experience highly desired. 
    • Familiarity with Final Cut Pro, and/or other digital editing tools. 
    • Familiarity with social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). 
    • Able to work independently, a self-starter. 
    • Familiarity with and connection to communities in and around Merced and the general Central Valley. 
    • Bilingual English / Spanish or Hmong a plus. 
    • Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent professional experience a plus but not required. 
    • In possession of a valid driver's license and the ability to travel within California and the Central Valley occasionally. 


This is a full-time salary position, with benefits. Compensation dependent on experience. 


To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to New America Media Editor Peter Schurmann at pschurmann@newamericamedia.org.


Deadline: Friday January 30th, 2015   



BHC Merced Hub Staff