Here's one from Jocelyn Dong, managing editor at the Palo Alto Weekly (www.PaloAltoOnline.com):
I understand you've got a blog for out-of-work Chron staffers. If it's any help, we're looking for an education reporter. It's a good, honest reporting job in a town where people care passionately about the schooling of their children. We'd be happy to talk with any of your former colleagues.
Link and job posting below.
Embarcadero Publishing Company Employment Opportunities
The CNPA-award-winning, independent Palo Alto Weekly is seeking a versatile reporter to cover education, youth & family issues and community reporting.
Applicants must be self-starters with an easy flow of story ideas, with good analytical skills and an ability to develop a solid understanding of the complex local and statewide education system.
The Weekly, as a pioneer in online posting of news stories as early as 1994, is actively exploring the fast-changing interface between print and online journalism, and applicants should have an interest in and excitement for the many possibilities in this area.
The job requires several stories a week, daily news briefs posted to the Weekly's Web site and an in-depth piece every four to six weeks relating to children, schools or families or other assignments in the community.
Candidates should have at least two years beat-coverage experience, preferably in education, with strong writing and grammatical skills and be versatile in terms of coverage of different types of education and city-related stories. Dependability and a desire to maintain collegial relationships with editors are musts.
It is strongly preferred that applicants live in or near Palo Alto or be familiar with housing costs in the region. Out-of-state applicants with no roots in the area are strongly discouraged.
Send resume and three writing clips, with contact information, to Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong, Palo Alto Weekly, 703 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94302, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.