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Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation Wellington, FL, USA
Sep 22, 2018
The Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation is an exciting news and journalism organization on a mission to democratizing news.  To help support our mission and programs we are looking for a RUBY engineer who would embrace the opportunity to take a leadership role with our fast growing organization. The position requires a professional who is adept at coming up with solutions when problems arise, bootstrapping solutions, is a fantastic communicator, is team-oriented, and understands how to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. This is a long-term role with full time potential. Contract to start. Responsibilities: Design, develop, modify, and implement scale-able, robust applications Advise on any technical issues and drive resolutions/solutions Coordinate/lead code reviews while implementing high standards Manage changes to project scope, proactively identify issues, and develop alternative solutions Evaluate, research, recommend, and implement new technologies to ensure applications remain current Requirements: Significant experience in software development 3+ years of experience as a Full Stack Ruby Developer Strong experience in an Agile development environment Contributor to at least one Ruby Open Source project Hands on experience in JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, HTML5, CSS, AngularJS, Bootstrap Experience writing clean, efficient and well-engineered front-end code Knowledge in Mean Stack - Express.js, AngularJS (or Angular), and Node.js Experience in creating reusable, scalable code Experience in building web applications using modern frameworks like React or Angular Experience in integrating front-end code with back-end technologies and 3rd party  APIs Hands on experience in developing dynamic web applications based on REST APIs Good to have exposure to React Native (For M Mobile Apps), D3.js (Charts/Reports) Hands on experience in Responsive Web Development Experience working in cross-functional, highly collaborative Agile teams. News and journalism experience is a plus, but not required   NO AGENCIES!

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Do you have aspirations of becoming the next Ernest Hemingway? Do you like being "in the know," on a first-name basis with government leaders, high-profile developers, or personalities?                      Do you like being sought by folks who want to tell their story, run for political office, or publicize their business? Or do you want to earn a steady income doing what you love, writing? Consider becoming a news reporter. Local news outlets are a great place to build your portfolio quickly. You can also make it a stepping stone to magazines, free-lance writing, wire services, syndicates, public relations/advertising, publishing or authorship. The lifestyle of a news reporter is fun, yet demanding, often requiring long hours at government meetings, in courtrooms, or in front of the computer, conducting research, making telephone calls and writing news stories. Dedication requires the reporter to represent his employer if he/she happens to be on the scene when news happens, no matter what the time. A dedicated reporter also is expected to offer help during major news events like hurricanes or floods, even if they fall on his/her off days. A dedicated reporter can be caught reading their own, or a competing news outlet or magazine, even on their off time. They'll frequently listen to many television broadcasts. They're also likely to be avid readers, devouring books as a hobby. While news reporters have the reputation of being a bit pushy, sometimes obnoxiously pushy, many reporters would describe themselves as a bit shy. The mild-mannered reporter who folks have come to know and trust is likely to be first person getting a hot news tip. Because even reporters can specialize, these shy types eventually can settle into a feature writing job about gardening, or write about local sports, without having to be very aggressive. It is the muckraker, an investigative reporter writing about government-related or business scandals, who likely will fall behind for lack of aggression. These scandals attract reporters from various media, making the job much more competitive. So how do you actually get one of these coveted reporting jobs? We'll take a look at several important steps. Step One — Keep up with current events by reading your local news outlets and listening to broadcast news. Consider subscribing to a well respected news outlets like The New York Times or The Miami Herald. Read them faithfully, paying attention to how articles are crafted. Step Two  — While a degree in journalism or mass communications is nice to have it is by no means a requirement. Get training/references in news writing and reporting from sites like Poynter's Poynter's News University, which offers more than 400 courses to help future journalists . Be sure to take advantage of opportunities to write and edit your school newspaper. Train to work for online news outlets to broaden your base of opportunities. Learn how to use a common professional news content management systems. Step Three  — Be an intern. Seek opportunities to intern at a local news operation during the summer or school year. Take advantage of this time to learn as much as you can, make valuable contacts, build your portfolio, and get professional references. Step Four  — Consider becoming a news stringer as a part-time job while you're in school. The small part-time assignment could bloom into a full-time job when you graduate. Step Five — Go for your dream. Apply to the news outlets, wire services, or major metro news organizations. Don't wait for them to run an ad. The ad will bring piles of competition. Be willing to take an intern job, if necessary. Consider starting as a copy editor, but be sure to let them know you want to be a reporter so they can plan to give you the job when it becomes available. Step Six  — If you fail to get hired at your dream organization, or if you're not sure where you want to work, check news job resources like and other online job boards and upload your resume. send letters of application, along with your resume, to a big batch of eligible employers. Offer samples of your work and references. Step Seven — Be sure to follow up, providing all requested information. Step Eight — When an editor requests an interview, dress professionally. Yes, even consider buying a suit, depending on the size and reputation of the news organization. (A suit probably is not necessary for small news outlets.) Even at larger news outlets, reporters typically wear casual, comfortable clothing, although suits and dressier clothing are required for some jobs. An interview is definitely time to pull out the suit at these newspapers. In any event, look professional and resist the temptation to wear your tattered jeans. They may not be allowed because you represent your employer where-ever you go on assignment. Step Nine  — Prepare for your interview by learning about the company beforehand. Plan to answer basic questions like why you would be an asset to their news staff and why you would like to work there. Be prepared to talk a little bit about yourself, but have questions to ask about the company and an editor's expectations. Check into the area's cost of living beforehand. Editors can and do negotiate on occasion, so you should know your salary requirements and politely let them know your needs. The salary on your first job may not be negotiable, however, so avoid appearing greedy. Step Ten  — Repeat the application and interview process as necessary until you land the big dream job! Once on the job, you may find yourself writing death or engagement notices, or covering police news. If you are assigned to cover suburban news, you may monitor local government, schools, police and courthouse events, take your own photographs and write features. It's a great place to learn the ropes and find out what assignments you like best. Consider joining the local press club or journalism organization like the Fourth Estate or the Society of Professional Journalists to make more contacts and establish yourself.    
Getting a job offer can feel like the light at the end of the tunnel when you've been engaged in an intensive job search. However, don't let your relief at receiving an offer cloud your judgment. Here are some basic tips to help you negotiate the best deal you can get. Know What You're Worth Your value as an employee goes beyond what your current salary is. Your experience, the unique skills you bring to the table and, most importantly, what the company would be willing to pay someone like you are all factors to keep in mind when you begin to negotiate. Research as much as you can about what type of compensation others in your position are getting, and make that your goal. Keep Non-Monetary Benefits in Mind Salary is not the only consideration. Benefits, opportunities for advancement, and scheduling flexibility are all perks that work for your benefit. Where a company may fall short in salary, they can make up for in generous time off, a good relationship with management, and other factors that are difficult to quantify. Before negotiating, clarify in your own mind what is important to you in a job and how much those benefits are worth in lieu of cash and freedom. Show Enthusiasm and Self-Assurance Smiling, strong eye contact, and carrying yourself with confidence are all ways to make your position stronger during negotiations. Show them through your body language and attitude how much they stand to benefit from hiring you. Be Prepared to Decline Ideally, it won't come to this, but be ready to say no if they are not willing to give you what you are worth. Even if you feel like your position is desperate, do not let it show. If the other party is aware that you are willing to walk away from the negotiations, it makes them more willing to accommodate your requests. Lock in the Deal When the negotiations are wrapping up and you've gotten the deal you want, make sure to lock it in before ending the conversation. Salary, benefits, and anything else that has been agreed on needs to be put in writing as soon as possible. This protects you by clarifying what terms were set and leaves no room for the company to waffle about it later. Remember that negotiations are an expected part of accepting a job offer, and approach the discussion with confidence in your value as an employee. Potential employers will take note, putting you in a stronger position for bargaining and increasing your chances of reaching an agreement that is ideal.
Technology is changing the way news employers conduct job interviews. Many interviews now are done by video, rather than in the office. The impression you make can significantly influence your chances of landing the job. These tips will help you to prepare for a video job interview and ensure everything goes smoothly. Set up the correct app First, you want to install and set up the correct app for your interview. Although Zoom and Skype are top-rated video apps, never assume that's what your potential employer is using. If you're not sure which app you'll need, ask beforehand. Get familiar with the app If you're unfamiliar with the video app you'll be using for your job interview, search YouTube for tutorials to get comfortable with it first. Follow along with the tutorial, playing around with the app until you know what you're doing. Also, go through the settings in the app for your camera and microphone to make sure they're working correctly. Make a trial call Don't wait until the day of your interview to test your video app. Always do a test run first. Once you get things set up on your end, make a trial video call to be sure things work on the other end too. Get a friend's comments on the camera angle and light balance, and whether there is any lag or stuttering in your video or audio, to see if any adjustments are necessary. Focus on presentation Just because a video job interview takes place from home doesn't mean you can be overly casual. Presentation matters for any job interview, so dress as you would if you were meeting at an office. Even though it might seem unnecessary to dress up (since the interviewer can't see your whole body), anything can happen at home. If you have to get up for some reason, you don't want to be "caught with your pants down", wearing boxers or pajama bottoms. Remove any distractions A few minutes before your job interview starts, take a look around your space and remove any distractions. Put pets in another room, mute your cell phone, turn off the TV or radio in the background, and make sure friends and family know not to interrupt you during this time. Another source of potential distraction that you might not have considered is the mess or clutter behind you. Clean it up. It might not seem relevant to you, but it certainly can be to your interviewer. Now, take it easy and breathe. With some advance prep work, you'll ace that video interview, and be on your way to an exciting new job.
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