JFP Jobs

Part-Time Copy Editor and Factchecker

The Jackson Free Press is seeking a part-time meticulous copy editor/factchecker who will line-edit stories for print and online. You must be well-versed in AP Style, and if you don't know what a compound modifier is without looking it up, don't apply.

You will also factcheck stories, including calling sources to verify facts, so please do not be phone-shy. Must have great attitude and organized work ethic. Applicants will take copy-editing, factchecking and current-events tests before interview. Send cover letter and resume to Amber Helsel at amber at jacksonfreepress dot com or use the form below. No phone calls please.

Education-Reporting Intern (Paid)

The Jackson Free Press seeks a full-time education-reporting intern based in Jackson, Mississippi. The successful candidate in this one-year, Hechinger Report-funded position will be responsible for covering local and statewide education issues for publication in the Jackson Free Press and The Hechinger Report.

This beat will include covering school districts in the Jackson metropolitan area and education policy during the 2016 legislative session (e.g. regular attendance at education committee meeting, floor debates as well as tracking key bills, legislators and policymakers). You must love reporting—whether by phone and especially in the community—to find human narrative to make the stories come alive.

With a keen eye toward breaking news, in-depth reported features and explanatory reporting, this person will write one to two stories per week for the JFP daily newsletter, daily blog posts and one to two stories for publication in the weekly print edition. This person would also contribute quarterly in-depth cover stories, which range from extended Q&As with education newsmakers to data-driven features.

The intern's stories will also appear in The Hechinger Report, a national news organization devoted to covering inequality and innovation in education. Hechinger editors and reporters will work with the JFP and the intern to develop stories—in particular the feature-length cover pieces—that tie into national trends and debates about how to improve the U.S. education system and that speak to Hechinger’s national audience.

We're looking for a curious, persistent, organized and disciplined reporter with an interest in narrative storytelling with a positive attitude and spirit. The ideal candidate has at least one year of reporting experience or is a recent journalism graduate with strong writing skills and good references. The position will start by Jan. 2, 2016, sooner if possible.

Other requirements include:

  • Interest in reporting on education issues in the Deep South and a desire to improve communities through high-impact journalism
  • Burning desire to learn and improve skills daily
  • A sense of urgency about news, the need for context and high standards
  • Excellent organizational, time-management and communication skills
  • The ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple projects
  • Proactive reporting that enables both draft and final deadlines to be met
  • Comfort representing the Jackson Free Press in the community, including at neighborhood events, and networking with community members
  • Developing story ideas and working independently
  • Access to an automobile, a valid driver's license and insurance
  • Willingness to work in a systems-driven environment with source logging and other shared tools
  • Having fun in a collaborative team environment

The following skills are a plus:

  • Experience working with content management systems
  • Knowledge of SEO and understanding of online analytics
  • Training in data reporting, computer-assisted reporting
  • Skills in video, audio, photography and various multimedia tools

Email a cover letter, resume and your three best samples (links or PDFs) to donna@jacksonfreepress.com.. For more information, email R.L. Nave, news editor, at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com or call him at 601-362-6121 x 12.

Print + Digital Marketing Consultant

We need candidates ready to hit the phones, streets and social media to prospect for new accounts, listen to local businesses' needs and help them build customer awareness through print and digital marketing -- and then follow up every week with personal customer service!

Bring your love of local business and your willingness to improve their bottom line. Motivated JFP marketing consultants can make $3000-5000 a month or more in this commission-driven position which offers a 90-day paid training period. Our best candidate love the JFP mission and have previous customer service (including retail and restaurant) experience. A great attitude and a strong desire to help your customer is the most important quality. So are good communications skills, so let us know what you think makes you a fit in your cover letter.

Ready to make some real money? Fill in the form below and put Print + Digital Marketing Consultant as the Position Applying For.