• For an alternative press, they compensate their freelancers well. • Your salary does increase depending on the quality of your articles and how long you stay there. This is rarer than you'd think. • You get free admittance into events you couldn't afford or wouldn't have heard of before. • You get to speak with some amazing and talented people. I had no idea how much Anchorage could offer until I freelanced with the Press. • Though it's pretty small, it's technically the second largest paper in Alaska, and a lot of people in Anchorage read it. This means major bragging rights.
Like many smaller papers, the quality of the issue varies greatly with the editor. The editor is also clearly overworked and I have no idea how Victoria Barber (probably the best editor I worked with) did it, but major kudos to her. When I left they started to have two editors, and I think this will reduce the unpredictability in the future.
Advice to Management
Not sure if this has already happened, but a stronger sense of community with freelancers. This would make them feel more invested in the paper and improve collaboration. A community paper like this is only as good as its ears, and I think
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Anchorage Press (Anchorage, AK) in April 2012.
Sent in resume, cover letter and writing sample for email. Did not hear back for several weeks. Then got a call for a same day interview because they were on a tight schedule. I came in for the interview which was the existing entertainment editor and the main editor. We discussed my history with writing and editing and was given a copyediting test.
It took about a month before I was offered the position and almost another month before I started the job. The background check was the hardest I have ever been through because it is conducted through their corporate offices in Arizona. There was no opportunity for pay negotiation.
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