Local News coverage in Coastal Maine from 4 Office Locations

Camden

6 Virginia Ave.
Camden, ME 04843
(207) 594-4401

Belfast

156 High St.
Belfast, ME 04915
(207) 338-3333

Ellsworth

1 Printing House Sq.
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-2576

Bar Harbor

310 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 801-4121

Careers at MaineStay Media

Republican Journal newspaper

Editor

Waldo County Maine’s weekly newspaper, The Republican Journal, based in Belfast, is looking for a new editor.

Duties include managing a small news team, assigning stories, writing news stories and photography, and working with designers to lay out the paper each week. The Republican Journal editor also manages the Waldo Village Soup news site (waldo.villagesoup.com).

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A four-year degree in journalism or related field, experience working in the news industry, and excellent understanding of AP Style are needed. The job also includes working with members of the public and public organizations, representing the company and making judgment calls on what goes into the paper each week.

This job requires nights, weekends, holidays. Valid driver’s license and reliable/insured vehicle a must.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position.

Email résumé, cover letter and clips to Daniel Dunkle, Executive Editor, ddunkle@villagesoup.com. No calls or walk-ins please.

Republican Journal newspaper

Staff Reporter

The Republican Journal is hiring a Staff Reporter. This is an excellent job for someone with a passion for writing and photography. Applicants should have strong writing/communication skills, an interest in Waldo County, Maine, and a desire to serve the community. Job requires nights, weekends. Access to a digital camera, valid driver’s license and reliable/insured vehicle a must.

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This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field preferred, but we will consider applications from high school graduates with strong writing and communication skills.

Email résumé, cover letter and clips to Daniel Dunkle, Executive Editor, ddunkle@villagesoup.com. No calls or walk-ins please.

The Ellsworth American newspaper
Mount Desert Islander newspaper

Production Manager

The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander newspapers are seeking an experienced production manager knowledgeable in all aspects of pre-press and pressroom operations who can work miracles on our vintage Goss Community Press. In addition to our locally owned weeklies, the press is busy every weekday with commercial printing jobs, including six community newspapers, chamber newsletters and other advertising and marketing materials.

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The successful applicant will have strong printing and mechanical skills, maintain production standards to meet critical deadlines and produce high quality work to meet customer expectations.

Essential job functions:

  • Supervise and manage all production staff, including pressroom and mailroom personnel
  • Ensure proper maintenance of equipment and a safe, clean work environment
  • Oversee trucking and deliveries for the company’s publications and customers
  • Manage and maintain accurate inventory of production-related goods (paper, ink, plates, rollers, etc.)
  • Manage customer print services, including scheduling, pre-press production and billing

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to work well independently or as part of a team, and to juggle multiple simultaneous projects with varying lead times
  • Be proactive, self-directed and able to prioritize and multitask effectively
  • Be a problem-solver
  • Work with customers to identify and exceed their needs
  • Have a passion for the print newspaper industry

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time-management skills

The Mount Ellsworth American and Desert Islander newspapers offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package for employees including health insurance, retirement, paid time off, dental, life insurance and other supplemental benefits.

Required Education: Associate or bachelor’s degree preferred
Job Status: Full-time

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to:
Kathy Cook kcook@ellsworthamerican.com
Chris Crockett ccrockett@ellsworthamerican.com

Mount Desert Islander newspaper

News Reporter

The Mount Desert Islander, an award-winning weekly publication based in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine, is looking for an ambitious news reporter to join our team.

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Candidates should have strong critical thinking skills and be comfortable navigating public records and complex issues.

The successful candidate will be curious and comfortable digging for truth and asking tough questions of authority figures. He or she will be expected to develop and maintain contacts and sources in the community, juggle multiple assignments and strive to get it right even on a tight deadline.

The top candidate would have at least two years’ experience as a journalist; however, we would also welcome recent journalism graduates who are ready to hit the ground running. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Turn around tight, clean copy on deadline.
  • Be familiar with AP Style.
  • Have strong news judgement.
  • Be able to work well independently or as part of a team, and to juggle multiple simultaneous projects with varying lead times.
  • Be proactive, self-directed and able to prioritize and multitask effectively.
  • Be ready to report and write stories about everything local: Municipal meetings, schools, police and courts.
  • Have a passion for community journalism.

The Mount Desert Islander offers a competitive salary and a flexible schedule plus a comprehensive benefits package for employees including health insurance, retirement, paid time off, dental, life insurance and other supplemental benefits.

Date Posted: March 18, 2022
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: $33,000-$35,000
Website: https://www.mdislander.com/

Interested persons should send a resume, letter of introduction and three news clips to:

Faith DeAmbrose, Managing Editor

fdeambrose@mdislander.com

The Ellsworth American newspaper
Mount Desert Islander newspaper

Sports Reporter

The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander newspapers are seeking a detail-oriented and enthusiastic reporter/photographer to cover sports in Hancock County, Maine. This reporter will cover high school sports, as well as adult athletics and youth achievements. In addition to game, match and meet coverage, the sports reporter will identify feature story ideas and profiles of interest to our readership.

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The right candidate will have:

  • Excellent reporting and writing skills
  • Experience with digital photography
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Comfort with a digital-first environment
  • The ability to multitask and meet deadline
  • Reliable transportation
  • Applicants must also be willing to work nights and weekends.

We offer:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Short/long term disability and life insurance
  • 401k with company match

 Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Managing Editor Cyndi Wood, cwood@ellsworthamerican.com.

The Ellsworth American newspaper
Mount Desert Islander newspaper

Advertising Account Executive

The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander newspapers are seeking an experienced, motivated, result-driven account executive to for a hybrid sales position to service clients in downtown Ellsworth. The 20-hour per week position is comprised of 25% in-house sales and 75% outside sales.

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The successful applicant will have strong people skills, excellent organizational skills to meet critical deadlines, and a commitment to meet and exceed customer expectations while contributing to the overall growth of the publications.

Essential job functions:

  • Superior client care that meets and exceeds customer expectations
  • Maintain an existing book of client accounts
  • Nurturing existing customers
  • Continually grow the book of client accounts
  • Cold calling prospects in person, by phone, and email
  • Possess or develop proficiency in our account management platform
  • Coordination with clients and the composing team to provide assets and verbiage for ads by the submission deadline
  • Review, proof, and approve ad copy for and with the client as appropriate

The ideal candidate will:

  • Strive to grow revenue of his / her client base by >10% / year
  • Be able to work well independently or as part of a team, and to juggle multiple simultaneous projects with varying lead times
  • Be proactive, self-directed and able to prioritize and multitask effectively
  • Be a problem-solver
  • Be able to offer creative insights to help clients develop successful individual ads and advertising / marketing campaigns
  • Contribute to in-house team brainstorming to establish new advertising promotions and opportunities for clients
  • Have a passion for the print newspaper industry

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Motivation to drive revenue through advertising sales
  • A strong commitment to client care
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time-management skills

Required Education: Associates degree or better or equivalent professional / sales experience.
Job Status: Part Time 20 hours
Website: https://www.ellsworthamerican.com

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to:

Tracy Scheckel
tscheckel@ellsworthamerican.com

The Ellsworth American newspaper

Graphic Designer

The Ellsworth American is seeking an entry-level Graphic Designer to join our award-winning staff. This is a full-time position designing and building ads for The Ellsworth American, Mount Desert Islander and other publications.

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The ideal candidate will be a motivated team player who possesses skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, recognizing the necessity of adhering to deadlines, and has an eye for design. Being able to work effectively with fellow designers, editors and the sales staff is imperative.

The Ellsworth American is a weekly newspaper company. We offer a complete benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, profit sharing, 401(k) plan and paid holidays. Salary will be commensurate with background and abilities.

If you feel you have the qualifications to join the most talented creative design department in Downeast Maine, please send your resume to:

The Ellsworth American
Attn: Ashley Carter, Creative Service Manager
1 Printing House Square, Ellsworth, ME 04605
or e-mail to: acarter@ellsworthamerican.com

The Ellsworth American newspaper

Press Operator

The Ellsworth American has an opening for a press operator. The press operator will learn all aspects of running and maintaining our printing presses in Ellsworth.

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​Essential Job Functions:

Learn and maintain all areas of the Pressroom and Platemaking operations including:

  • Prepping rolls of paper
  • Setting rollers in the press
  • Standard maintenance of press equipment
  • All functions to work on the press, folders and press controls

The Ideal Candidate will possess:

  • Mechanical aptitude and understanding
  • Previous experience working with machinery
  • Reliability and commitment to hands-on training, Willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail
  • Works safely and follows safety procedures

You must be 16 years or older to apply. Please download and fill out an application and return to 1 Printing House Square, Ellsworth.

The Ellsworth American newspaper

Mailroom Clerk – Part-time position(s) available

Part-time, year round. No evenings or weekends. Operating high-speed inserting machinery, assembling and strapping newspapers and loading newspaper bundles into carts in our downtown Ellsworth production plant.

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This position requires moderate lifting (30-40 lbs). Must be reliable. You must be 16 years or older to apply. Please download and fill out an application and return to 1 Printing House Square, Ellsworth.