Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times Columnist Posted:
"The @latimes is looking for an arts omnivore to help shape scene coverage. Are you looking to join a pirate ship? Do you know a lot about arts?
The job comes with full benefits, foremost among them is access to the The Times' renowned Pet Slack #petsoflat https://nantmedia.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/LATimesC"
The Los Angeles Times is seeking a reporter to join arts team.
A priority for this role will be to help lead a new project centered on things to do and places to go across Southern California’s cultural landscape. They are looking for an arts omnivore who can hunt down the best in art exhibitions, stage shows, immersive installations, concerts, fairs, pop-up events and more.
This writer will help to overhaul the department’s reader service content, which will expand beyond the usual listings to include more curated recommendations, reported guides and dispatches from SoCal scenes. Reporting often will take the form of social-first content. Dispatches might be filed as written narratives or TikTok videos. Weekly suggestions delivered via newsletter will be another major component of this position. A passion for exploring the region and an engaging, conversational style will be common threads running through all of this journalism.
The ideal candidate will be able to establish an authoritative voice on the largest arts institutions in downtown L.A., the emerging talents on SoCal’s fringes, and everything in between. Fostering meaningful relationships with historically undercovered communities will be an essential skill for the job, as will a deep knowledge of and desire to understand L.A.’s arts communities of color. Immersion in the full spectrum of Southern California people, places and events is crucial.
The workload will include stories conceived by the writer and those assigned by an editor. Contributions to team projects – say, a digital guide to L.A. murals or an introduction to BIPOC theaters – will be part of the mix. The ability to communicate and collaborate with Times critics, reporters and a listings coordinator will be key, as will the ability to partner with other departments developing complementary content. This position works with the arts editor but will require the ability to stay connected with colleagues covering movies, pop music, books, food and other subjects.
- Minimum of three years’ reporting experience in a primarily digital news operation
- Demonstrated ability to frame stories in fresh and fun ways
- A loose, engaging writing voice
- A knack for obtaining compelling art and writing headlines that grab the attention of busy readers
- An adventurous spirit and desire to explore, which translates to some regional travel
- Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule in order to attend night and weekend events
- Core journalism skills such as accuracy, ability to meet deadline and desire to contribute to breaking news coverage
- A demonstrated commitment to high ethical standards
This position is listed as Reporter in the Los Angeles Times Guild and is expected to start in June. Times staffers are currently working remotely, but when we return to the newsroom the position will be based in El Segundo, Calif.
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