JOBS

Currently hiring:
News Enterprise Reporter, Outdoors Columnist, interns (news, sports, visual journalism, business). Read details below.


Cascadia Daily News is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.




News Enterprise Reporter


Want to help us deliver essential local news in a privately-owned newsroom operating in a competitive news market?

Cascadia Daily News, a startup digital daily/print weekly news publication, needs a flexible journalist to serve as a general assignment/enterprise reporter in a desirable Pacific Northwest community. We’re a young, growing publication with the largest newsroom in Northwest Washington state. CDN is 100% chain, hedge fund and advisory board free; our news decisions are made in our newsroom.

Our ideal candidate will be a nimble reporter with some courts and crime reporting experience, able to jump on breaking news and produce smart, contextual, enterprise journalism in a digital-first newsroom. It’s not an entry-level gig; we need a reporter with news judgment and reporting skills to anticipate and produce local takes on subjects with regional and national interest. Participation in several pending CDN enterprise projects is also a feature of this job.

On our team-oriented staff, this reporter must be able to work independently, with the drive and skills to produce cleanly written daily stories derived from original reporting. You’ll have the opportunity to write stories from a few specific beat assignments, but we’re open to pitches off any topic with impact and relevance to our region. We will give preferred review to candidates who speak Spanish.

You would join a team-oriented, enterprising work environment in a growing, thriving university town located on the Salish Sea between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, within easy reach of Mount Baker and North Cascades National Park. Our hometown is known for its stunning natural setting, a regional mountain biking obsession and a robust urban microbrewery culture.

What you will do:
      
  • Report and write quick-turn explainers on breaking news, trending topics, interesting events and activities across Northwest Washington state.
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  • Pair with visual journalists to bring impactful photojournalism to our readers.
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  • Maintain an active presence on social media to promote and distribute your work, and occasionally report live events.
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  • Brainstorm story ideas and work with editors to repurpose some content and enhance our existing daily digital/social storytelling.
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  • Keep an ongoing list of active story ideas with an eye toward ambitious projects.

What it will take to be successful:
      
  • Comfort with producing accurate, high-quality work on deadline, with a background in writing for an audience across several publishing channels.
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  • Strong news judgment, creativity and meticulousness.
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  • Ability to report stories and write quickly while keeping the strictest commitment to fairness, accuracy and clarity.
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  • A focus on inclusion of a diversity of sources and voices in stories.
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  • Ability to maintain contact via Slack and other tools for breaking news assignments when working from home or on location; some flexible scheduling is required.
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  • Ability to collaborate with all newsroom teams and work in a fast-changing news environment.

Required skills:
      
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.
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  • At least two years’ experience in a newsroom or a related work environment.
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  • Home base in Whatcom County, Washington. This position is full-time in our newsroom in a historic building in downtown Bellingham.
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  • Strong news judgment and the ability to distinguish process from news of community impact.
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  • Familiarity with current AP Style rules and libel laws, and adherence to the publication’s ethics guidelines.
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  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Preferred skills and qualifications:
      
  • Ability to speak fluent Spanish and/or other languages.
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  • Basic photography/videography skills and ability to post digital audio and images.
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  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team-oriented, multigenerational newsroom.
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  • Familiarity with MS Office (Excel, SharePoint), Adobe Suite, Slack and other typical office comms tools.
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  • Cohabitating senses of adventure and humor. We are serious about our hard work, but have fun doing it.

What we offer:
      
  • Pay ranging from $50k to $65K DOE.
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  • Competitive benefits include full health, vision and dental insurance, holiday and sick leave pay and generous 401(k) plan.
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  • Employment by a privately owned publication that operates with strict ethical standards; is transparent and consumer-oriented in its approach to news; and is outwardly and unabashedly pro-democracy.
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  • Competitive news environment: We’re one of the few independent publications in the country going head-to-head, successfully, with a hedge-fund newspaper chain.
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  • A local news organization committed to incorporating the perspectives of colleagues and community members from varied experiences and backgrounds. We are committed to diversity in coverage and hiring. We employ a robust Citizens Agenda campaign to engage our readers in election coverage.

To apply: Send a letter of application, resume and work samples to Ron Judd, executive editor, ronjudd@cascadiadaily.com.




Outdoors columnist


Does your love for the outdoors burn alongside a passion for writing? Cascadia Daily News is on the lookout for an additional contributor to write about the outdoors once a month in our print and online editions. We're open to a broad range of activities, but particular needs are for mountain biking/kayaking columns and profiles. Basic photo skills are a bonus. You won't get rich, but maybe semi-famous, and it's a paid gig. Interested? Contact Ron Judd, executive editor at ronjudd@cascadiadaily.com.



News interns (spring quarter)


Paid quarterly news interns get a rare chance to help build a news org from the ground up, filling a news vacuum in Whatcom County by covering a broad range of news on deadline.

Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. Candidates must be able to independently produce clean, clear deadline stories consistent with professional standards and AP Style. Strong curiosity and writing/reporting skills are required. Self-starting ability is a must. The ideal candidate will be able to take their own photos and video if needed.

In return for your successful internship with flexible scheduling of roughly 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend/holiday scheduling likely), we pay a stipend of $2,000.

For news internships, apply with a one-page letter of interest, one-page resume and work samples to Ron Judd, executive editor, at interns@cascadiadaily.com. Applications due March 4.



Sports intern (spring quarter)


CDN's paid quarterly sports intern will assist with live game coverage, compiling stats, writing profiles and other duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will be able to take their own photos and video if needed.

While the sports internship is a great opportunity any time of year, you’ll get the most out of the internship during the academic year when the most live game coverage and high-profile events take place.

Required skills:
      
  • Applicants must have strong sports knowledge, as well as reporting, writing, and multimedia skills.
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  • Applicants must have a personal vehicle.
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  • Applicants must be willing to work nights and weekends.
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  • Applicants must be able to independently produce clean, clear deadline stories consistent with professional standards and AP Style.

Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. In return for your successful internship with flexible scheduling of roughly 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend/holiday scheduling likely), we pay a stipend of $2,000.

For sports internships, apply with a one-page letter of interest, one-page resume and work samples to Ron Judd, executive editor, at interns@cascadiadaily.com. Applications due March 4.



Visual journalism intern (spring quarter)


CDN's paid quarterly visual journalism intern gets a rare chance to work in a vibrant Bellingham, Washington newsroom and help build a news org from the ground up, filling a news vacuum in Whatcom County by producing imagery for a broad range of news coverage, on deadline.

Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. Candidates must be able to independently produce publication-ready, professional quality images with fact-checked captions, and occasionally create and produce video, for publication on cascadiadaily.com and in CDN's weekly print editions.

Candidates should be self-starters who can respond quickly to assignments with little supervision, but also be willing to accept critiques and discuss strategies for improvement with the publication's editors and award-winning staff photographers. Proficiency with expected digital editing tools and common communications platforms is a must. Ownership of your own gear kit is highly beneficial. Experience producing news graphics and other visual elements is a plus.

In return for your successful internship with flexible scheduling of roughly 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend/holiday scheduling likely), we pay a stipend of $2,000.

For visual journalism internships, apply with a one-page letter of interest, one-page resume and work samples to Ron Judd, executive editor, at interns@cascadiadaily.com. Applications due March 4.




Business Office intern (winter, spring and summer quarters)


Our business office interns get a rare chance to help promote and grow a local news organization. Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. This is an on-site internship.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to efficiently and effectively multi-task across multifaceted projects simultaneously, while responding to multiple priorities. Being adaptable is required, as interns must be able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and goals; be a self-starter and self-disciplined, but also able to take direction and to fully start and follow through to completion of tasks. You must enjoy working with a variety of people, from internal staff and managers to current and potential readers and advertisers.

Experience working with Excel and Outlook is helpful but not required.


Interns will:
  • Learn the day-to-day tasks required to manage customer and business relationships.
  • Assist with the planning, organization, and execution of events.
  • Assist the ad sales team with production tasks.
  • Provide friendly and professional customer service.
  • Perform daily administrative tasks required for subscriber maintenance.
  • Create and manage social media posts for promotional purposes as directed by the General Manager.
  • Act as a customer service representative and provide support for subscriber-related calls and emails.
  • Be available for events outside normal business hours.
  • Abide by the Cascadia Daily News ethics guidelines and all other company policies and procedures.

This is a paid internship with flexible scheduling, roughly 15-20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend scheduling likely). A stipend of $2,000 is paid at the end of a successful internship.

To apply, send a brief letter of interest and one-page resume to Cascadia Daily News Business Office at internship@cascadiadaily.com. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.




Business Office Visual Design intern (winter, spring and summer quarters)


Our business office interns get a rare chance to help promote and grow a local news organization. Internships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates. This is an on-site internship.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to efficiently and effectively multi-task across multifaceted projects simultaneously, while responding to multiple priorities. Being adaptable is required, as interns must be able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and goals; be a self-starter and self-disciplined, but also able to take direction and to fully start and follow through to completion of tasks. You must enjoy working with a variety of people, from internal staff and managers to current and potential readers and advertisers.

Experience working with Excel and Outlook is helpful but not required.


Interns will:
  • Assist in the creation and development of design concepts for both print and digital content: advertising, infographics, promotional materials, social media, website and email newsletters.
  • Oversee pre-press preparation and coordinating with editors to ensure high-quality print production. 
  • Collaborate with sales and clients to produce compelling visuals that amplify our advertiser’s message.
  • Participate in the entire design process, from conceptualization to final production. 
  • Troubleshoot any issues that arise during the design and production process. 

This is a paid internship with flexible scheduling, roughly 15-20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (weekend scheduling likely). A stipend of $2,000 is paid at the end of a successful internship.

To apply, send a brief letter of interest and one-page resume to Cascadia Daily News Business Office at internship@cascadiadaily.com. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.




Stringers


Cascadia Daily News seeks freelance reporters to write about business, health, sports and general news, as well as regular contributors to cover news topics in Skagit County and the San Juan Islands. Send resume, work examples and a letter of interest to newstips@cascadiadaily.com with subject line, “Contributor.”



Letters and guest columnists


Visit our submissions page for more information.