Lightning Media Partners is looking for copywriters with a passion for local news to help out with an ongoing project for our client. Our team is currently responsible for curating and formatting 30+ daily newsletters for metro regions across America, 6 days a week (Sunday through Friday). Upon hiring, you may choose to work on as many or as few as your schedule allows. This is a perfect opportunity for people who are looking for evening/weekend work on the side of classes or a full-time/part-time job.
- Each newsletter takes roughly 20-30 minutes to complete. We have assigned a "point value" of 0.33 or 0.5 per newsletter based on the scope, and we can pay a starting rate of $16 to 20 per point (depending on experience).
- Newsletter curation involves selecting/briefly summarizing the top 3 to 5 news stories in a community each day, plus a couple of local events and community posts. We provide a thorough list of resources and guidance to streamline this curation process, and the client's CMS auto-generates a bulk of each newsletter's content.
- Although this is a daily project, you do not have to commit to daily work and there are no minimum expectations for your availability. You can sign up for newsletters as your schedule allows, up to two weeks in advance, by adding your name to a shared spreadsheet. We will send email reminders when a new block of sign-up slots becomes available and use this as the basis for invoicing/payment.
- Daily deadlines are 7 p.m. Eastern time and work can begin as early as 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.
Here are a few examples of real newsletter items we have published:
- On Friday, Dec. 16, the Winter Break Spectacular will open for families and students in Hamilton County. There will be pictures with the Chattanooga Elf, holiday music, balloon animals, and much more. The film "Elf" will be screened at sunset. The event is free, and begins at 2:00 p.m. (Chattanooga Pulse)
- Cincinnati is spending $3 million on hazardous repairs at the former Terrace Plaza Hotel. It is the first installment of taxpayer money into the historic downtown building. A developer plans on revitalizing the building. (WKRC TV Cincinnati)
- An early morning fire broke out Wednesday at a popular west St. Louis hotel. The incident occurred at The Chesire on Clayton Road, where officials say a small kitchen fire caused minor damages. Hotel officials did not indicate that there had been any interruptions to business as a result of the fire. (KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis)
How to Apply:
If you’re interested, please email email@example.com with the following information:
- Subject line: Newsletter curator job
- Your resume and/or LinkedIn profile.
- A brief overview of any previous writing experience you may have (journalism/news reporting experience is preferred but not required).
- Summaries of three (3) news stories that happened in your city/hometown in the last 24-48 hours, similar to the tone and style of the examples provided above.
Any applications not sent to our inbox or that do not include this information will not be considered.We look forward to hearing from you!