Staff Writer

SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Publications Editor, to provide event coverage and write content for The Catholic Echo magazine and media website. To support diocesan writing projects.

Part-time position, 15 hours per week, with weekend and evening responsibilities.

PRIMARY DUTIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the direction of the Publications Editor, write feature stories, profiles, event listings, captions and more for The Catholic Echo print magazine and website
  • Attend and write about events around the six counties of the Diocese, providing basic photographic coverage when necessary
  • Meet deadlines for writing assignments
  • Conduct interviews and research to support assignments
  • Recommend art for assignments and coordinate with the Staff Photographer where necessary
  • Lay out stories in WordPress and publish them online and on social media
  • Work with the Publications Editor and proofreaders to make changes to assignments throughout the editorial process
  • Creates email newsletters for The Catholic Echo brand
  • Attend weekly edit meetings
  • Recommend story ideas 
  • Write blogs, emails, website content and other assignments as necessary for the Communications Department and other departments within the Diocese
  • Other duties as assigned by the Publications Editor

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Practicing Catholic committed to the mission and values of the Diocese of Youngstown and the Catholic Church
  • A bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field 
  • Two years professional writing experience, in either the journalism, communications or marketing fields
  • A portfolio of professional writing samples
  • Knowledge of computer software, including Microsoft products and cloud-based project management tools
  • Familiarity with WordPress a plus
  • Photography skills a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a strong proficiency in grammar
  • Familiarity with AP Style
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to cover stories in all six counties of the Diocese.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to track and manage work hours and track mileage for reimbursement 
  • Willing to work weekends and evenings to cover events
  • Background clearance and Safe Environment training required

 

PRINCIPAL RELATIONSHIPS: Publications Editor regarding writing assignments and editorial direction; Staff Photographer to coordinate event coverage; Production staff regarding story layout; Proofreaders for direction throughout the editorial process; Communications Director on other diocesan writing projects

To Apply: Please send resume, three professional writing samples and cover letter to employment@youngstowndiocese.org. Candidates will be considered until the position is filled.

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