Job alert: Supervise reporters, earn high fives (but no salary)


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."

"Since Felice is all about positivity & inspiration, we really wanted to compile a job posting that exuded our mentality," Jones writes.

Like any other news organisation, we don't have a problem with getting applicants in today's rough economy, but we still have trouble finding people that stand out. In the short time that we've been using this position compilation, it has interested people from all corners of the media industry & the world.

On its site, Felice News says it "is the world's largest & most popular all-positive news outlet, all run by reporters aged 12 to 25. We're your global source for happy news, with reporters in all corners of the globe." In his bio, Jones says he's "had the amazing opportunity of meeting, and speaking with Barack Obama, Stephen Harper, the Dalai Lama" and is "living my dream... at the age of 15."

The job was posted Feb. 24 and has not yet been filled. Felice has several other positions available.

(Via Steve Ladurantaye)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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