Magazine Writer/Assistant Editor
Writes articles and takes photographs for California Farm Bureau Federation consumer publications, websites, social media sites and projects as assigned by Division Manager and Managing Editor.
Prepares content for bimonthly California Bountiful magazine publications and Farm Bureau’s consumer-focused websites and social media by generating and contributing story ideas, writing articles and posts, and taking photographs.
Interviews individuals, collects facts and conducts research, travelling offsite as necessary, to develop articles and take photos for publications.
Generates items for inclusion in website features and social media.
Edits and proofreads pages for publications as needed.
Acts as support and backup for Managing Editor in magazine production activities such as working with writers, photographers and graphic designers.
Monitors relevant publications, online news and social media sources, and local events in order to develop feature stories.
Other duties as directed by Division Manager and Managing Editor.
Originates and contributes story ideas by participating in daily editorial news meetings with editorial staff, and at other times, as appropriate.
Interviews individuals and travels to events, meetings and on location, as needed, to gather information in preparation for writing stories, including verifying facts, clarifying information and taking photographs that effectively illustrate the corresponding story.
Submits final copy of assigned stories on deadline, free of errors, according to publication’s prescribed format.
Contributes to the content of websites and social media by creating posts to generate interaction with online readers.
Proofreads and edits copy for consumer publications, websites and projects, as necessary.
As directed by Managing Editor, follows up with other contributing writers, photographers and graphic designers to monitor progress of projects and assure their timely completion.
Downloads and organizes photos into the publication’s photo database according to the Division’s procedure.
Bachelors Degree in Journalism, English, Communications or a related field.
Minimum of 3-5 years experience as a writer for a print publication, primarily as a feature writer. Experience with food writing is desirable.
Ability to communicate effectively with individuals at various levels in order to develop a network of contacts and solicit relevant information for publications.
Ability to write cohesive, engaging copy, aimed at a consumer audience, adhering to Associated Press writing style and ability to adhere to the established California Bountiful writing style and standards.
Ability to write and adapt copy for website and social media uses.
Demonstrated proficiency with digital photography.
Ability to proofread accurately on a consistent basis.
Ability to multi-task and consistently meet deadlines.
Ability and willingness to travel up to 3-5 times a month, occasionally involving an overnight stay.