Readers, it’s time for me to say farewell. Well, sort of. The October issue is my last as managing editor of the Hyattsville Life & Times, but I’m not quite saying goodbye. Though I’ll no longer be employed by the paper, I’m not leaving the city or leaving this community. I’m happy to call Hyattsville my home for the foreseeable future! And, as I transition into new work, you’ll continue to see me writing pieces as time allows.
This was not an easy choice. One of the best parts of working for the paper has been getting to know my community. There are so few hours in each day, and with a 9 to 5 job it’s difficult to justify attending events multiple times per week. But, because it was my job to attend and report on events, I found myself attending festivals, art shows, and listening to each city council meeting — and loving every minute of it.
Though I’ve lived here in Hyattsville for several years and my family lived here for decades, I really had no idea of the number of incredible people living in a couple square miles. My generation finds it easy to be hyperconnected online and less so to be connected to our neighbors. Reporting in-person, I discovered that we are chock-full of artists and innovators, dedicated civil servants, and people who care deeply about their neighbors and neighborhoods.
This job has been an incredible opportunity on many levels, and I’m excited to announce that the position of managing editor is now open. The part-time work, though exacting, is flexible and exciting. Covering breaking news is an adrenaline rush, and getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood is what really makes this job worth the time.
A journalism background is preferred, but what’s most important is an interest in and dedication to this community. We’re looking for someone who can write at least two stories per month, take photographs as needed, help with monthly paper distribution, and attend various city meetings and events as needed.
Are you a writer? Have you ever dabbled in community journalism? Apply! Our writers and editors are a phenomenal, passionate crew. Each and every one cares deeply about this city, its citizens, and the issues we face.
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter, two writing samples and two professional references to our Editor and Web Manager Rebecca Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that you’ll consider joining the team.