Canada's Felice News
wants to hire a reporter supervisor
"We’ve already received 69 applications for this job before posting it on LinkedIn, so MAKE YOURSELF STAND OUT!
," its job listing reads. One potential drawback: "this is an unpaid position (as all Felice News positions will be until later this year)."
The whole listing, which makes great use of bold type, is kind of a masterpiece, but its first sentences manage to stand out:
Are you a resourceful, fun and determined people person?
If you are all of the above AND experienced in a news/journalism environment, I will high five you. If you possess all of these traits and no news/journalism experience, but have an interest in the craft and a demonstrated history of recruiting in varied fields, I’d like to hear from you (and you may still get a high five further in the process!).
In an email to Poynter, Felice News Founder + Optimist Max Jones writes, "We've had a great response" about the ads' tone. He notes that an NPR job listing
was "the big inspiration" for the ad.
"It is an interesting tribute – especially since it’s a near copy of my original version, but I appreciate them attributing the inspiration," Lars Schmidt, NPR's senior director of talent acquisition, writes in an email, adding that, "I think they could have done a better job providing more details around when they will get paid, whether you’re expected to work 40 hours/week in the meantime, benefits, etc. The tone of the spec is diminished when you’re asking people to work for free."