Freelance Reporter
Vermont Standard2.3
Woodstock, VT
Job description

The Vermont Standard in beautiful Woodstock, VT is expanding its team of freelance news reporters. We are now accepting applications from locally-based writers who have experience and a passion for telling the stories of local people, organizations and communities.

Assignments may involve covering breaking news, local community events, town meetings or high school sports. Some of these assignments require you to attend events on evenings or weekends. We are looking for talented feature story writers too. Reporting and writing skills, accuracy, attention to detail, dependability and adhering to tight deadlines are all a must. Those who want to embrace multimedia reporting are preferred.

A journalism background is preferred, but it's not mandatory if you've truly got an interest in news that happens in the local communities we serve (a ten-town area). Assignments are made each week and you'll be paid by the assignment weekly.

The Vermont Standard is regarded as one of the best weekly newspapers in New England. This is an opportunity for both veteran reporters as well as talented newcomers to work as much or as little as your schedule allows.

For more information or confidential consideration, please respond to this ad or contact managing editor Tess Hunter.

Work Remotely

  • Yes

Job Type: Contract

Work Location: One location

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Company ratings
  • Overall
    2.3
  • Company & Benefits
    2.3 / 5
  • Culture & Values
    1.7 / 5
  • Career Opportunities
    2.0 / 5
  • Work/Life Balance
    2.3 / 5
  • Senior Management
    1.7 / 5
Company reviews
"Paper well supported by the community"
Former EmployeeAssistant Editor
A typical work week is writing 6-8 stories a week. We have editorial meetings on Thursday mornings and we go out and write them no later than Monday morning. Mondays and Tuesdays are spent editing. The hard part of the job is writing stories on weekends. It gets in the way of me spending time with my kids. The most enjoyable part for me is covering high school sports. The workplace culture has improved in the last 8 months. It's a matter of finding the right fit for the jobs at hand.

"Stressful and Improperly Run"
Former EmployeeAdvertising Coordinator
The management is incapable of staffing properly so the work of many people gets put on just a few. There are many back door deals and there is an immense lack of communication between management and the people who actually do something to get the paper out. If you like the feel of a small town newspaper this may have been an ideal place to work up to a year ago when they welcomed on board an out of state con artist to make the business more profitable to sell. However, not only has he done the opposite he has also made a lot of problems with the advertisers and pushed out two long term (25-30 years) employees. If you like to get something new to do every day on top of the job you are actually being paid to do this is the company for you. 165 years of serving as the local newspaper and you'd think well even if management sucks I'm sure the content is at least decent and to that I say BARELY. They have a monkey behind the computer in the editorial department who has gotten so bad that they need a proofreader FOR THE EDITOR. Seriously, take my advice, apply anywhere else. McDonalds, Dollar General, a super market, busking on the side of the street will be a better option than working at this informal, unfortunate, degenerative rinky dink operation.
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"Enjoy assignments"
Current EmployeeFreelance Photographer
I only work freelance with this company, don't know a whole lot about them, except for being sent on assignments to photograph events for the newspaper!
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