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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
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    I worked at Seattle Times full-time


    Great newspaper and getting better despite industry downturn. Interested in reporters' ideas, a lot of talented editors, kind and smart and funny coworkers.


    More of the Seattle chill than some workplaces, and not all the editors are brilliant -- but most are, and most are kind. The biggest negative, of course, is what's happening to the newspaper industry.

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    Weed out the people who aren't excellent. You're good enough to attract the best and can't afford to hold onto the rest.

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Seattle Times Interviews

Updated Sep 9, 2014
Updated Sep 9, 2014

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Seattle Times.

    Interview Details

    Very, very long and windy process laden with technical glitches. Sent resume, cover letter, and several work samples through the online system, Smart Recruiters. Didn't hear back for a while (must have been at least a month), and get an email from a direct person asking for re-submission because the online system messed up on the applications. I re-submit my application and around the same time, another person(s) sends the same email about their online system issues, etc. So, it was apparent that something was off in terms of company communication and wisely using technology for the job app process.

    A bit later, I was surprised to get an email from an Editor at The Seattle Times. She wanted to schedule a talk with me, so we quickly schedule for a phone interview. We talk for at least an hour on a pretty wide range of questions, but overall straightforward and natural. We talked about my background and my body of reporting and writing work, and my favorite stories, etc. It was a pleasant, detailed conversation, in which she apparently took notes on. I was notified that I was out of the dozen people that they were talking to out of over 250 apps. I was also notified that the process would take "a while," so I keep that in mind during my job hunt and anticipation.

    About a month later, I still haven't heard anything and so I email her. Turns out she had gotten bronchitis, so that delayed the process even more, and she is way behind on initial interviews with other candidates. She again asks me to contact her if I have any questions, etc. She is polite, like she was during the long phone-call.

    Communication goes on and off over the few months, and then there is an automated email that she is away from the office (it was for around at least a week or two). When she gets back, I get a notification that she has checked out my LinkedIn page. Shortly after, within a few days from that, I get a very generic, automated email from basically her co-editor via Smart Recruiters and a HR woman, that was sent to all 250+ applicants saying the process took them "months" to "carefully consider" and then notifying of rejection. Not only was that email sent once, it was sent over 20 times, so my inbox was filled with again another major technical glitch from the company.

    Felt really lead on during the long process, and would have really appreciated if I even got a simple, straightforward email of my rejection at the end, considering how far in the process I went. I did also send a final email, thanking and also politely notifying them of the glitch, to no response.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were pretty straightforward to me. It's important to review your own body of work, especially the work samples you submit so that you can go more into detail about them during the interview. Also, probably especially if you're younger, think about why you want to be a journalist and reporter.   Answer Question
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Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1971
Type Company - Private
Industry Media
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Competitors Gannett, Village Voice

This company keeps the citizens of Washington informed, through good times and bad. The Seattle Times Company publishes the state's leading newspaper, The Seattle Times, boasting a circulation of more than 260,000. The company also publishes community papers serving such communities as Issaquah, Yakima, and Walla Walla. In addition to traditional print editions, Seattle Times Company operates online news and advertising websites, and it owns printing company Rotary Offset Press. The Seattle Times was founded in 1896 by Alden Blethen. The Blethen family continues to own... More

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