New Times, the 50-year-old alternative weekly in the Valley with a strong online presence, is currently seeking a cannabis freelancer who would submit two articles each week on a range of related topics.
The catches: Journalism experience is required, you must be based in Arizona (preferably metro Phoenix), and you shouldn't have any financial connections to the cannabis industry. Budtenders and cultivation workers with some journalism backgrounds would be considered, (pen names ok in that case.)
We need someone who would find and report accurate information in a complex beat, then write concise, interesting articles that appeal to everyone from hardcore morning dabbers to pot company CEOs and casual news readers who've never tried pot.
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As a freelancer, you would write about everything under the sun when it comes to cannabis: notable and interesting people in the biz, style trends, new products, law, business, health, science, etc. The ideal candidate could write about a business contract gone south or an upcoming election, then in the same week produce a style story on cannabis-themed summer pool parties. Freelancers must be prepared to pitch their own short-form story ideas (and take photos) and be open to assignments from editors.
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You don't need a medical marijuana card to do the job, but it would help: We'd like the candidate to know what local dispensaries look like on the inside, and what the shops are selling. Depending on your journalism experience, you'll still be considered regardless of personal participation in the product.
One of your articles would appear in print each week; both would appear online. Payment will be discussed with qualified candidates.
Interested? Please e-mail a short cover letter, a resume, links to published articles, a few story ideas, and areas of interest to email@example.com.