Kern Sol News looking to hire: staff reporter

August 30, 2021 /

POSITION: Staff Reporter, Kern Sol News

LOCATION: Kern County, California

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The South Kern Sol youth media program was launched in 2011 to train young people living in South Kern County in media production skills and to provide a distribution outlet to share their stories with a wider audience. South Kern Sol has since expanded beyond covering South Kern to covering all of Kern County. South Kern Sol multimedia content producers, who generally range in age from 15-25, are provided an opportunity to report on and discuss the issues closest to them and their communities, while also developing communication and leadership skills. These components are essential to building a base of knowledge that can empower and grow the capacity of youth in Kern County to affect change in their community.

THE POSITION: Local resident in the Kern County area in the role of Creating a covid-19 campaign for the Kern Sol News program. The person who fills this position will report directly to the South Kern Sol Executive Director (ED) and will work collaboratively with the program’s project coordinator and local program partners.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Media/Journalism Production: 

  • A self-starter who generates content for publications on Kern Sol News’ website at a minimum of once a week
  • Posts to social media platforms daily that promotes Kern Sol News coverage and content
  • Creates social media campaigns that promotes staying healthy and following CDC covid guidelines
  • Covers community meetings that impact Kern County residents and are delivered timely
  • Conducts interviews with community members for stories
  • Be ready and available for field assignments directed by the South Kern Sol ED and Project Coordinator, with some assignments on very short notice — and become a “rapid responder” to other time-sensitive content needs, as directed
  • Looks for own story ideas and takes initiative when pitching story and project ideas. 
  • Coordinates special projects as needed
  • Other duties as required

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Excellent writing, editing, and interviewing skills are necessary. 
  • Journalism experience is highly desired. 
  • User knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud applications, and /or other digital editing tools, such as Canva, is highly desired. 
  • Some adeptness at use of social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) is required. 
  • Able to work on assignments independently and deliver quality work on time is required.
  • Familiarity with and connection to communities in and around Kern County.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish, Punjab, and Tagalog and other language fluencies are a plus. 
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive within Kern County and California as needed is required.