Employment

Riverbender.com is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening the Riverbend community. With our unmatched news, sports, and other local community content, Riverbender.com touches nearly 270,000 readers each month. Our sister site, EdGlenToday.com, furthers our reach to the Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, and surrounding communities. Our digital marketing services division provides websites and online targeted advertising solutions to over 400 local businesses, non-profits, schools, and municipalities. As we continue to grow and expand, there's never been a better time to join our talented team.

Available Positions:

HOW TO APPLY

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your response to a resume; include a cover letter that outlines why you feel you are a good fit for the position, include any applicable work samples, and your salary history for all prior employment. Email your response to employment@riverbender.com

Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

Responsibilities/Requirement for each Available Position listed below:

Advertising Sales and Marketing Consultant

Riverbender.com is looking for Advertising Sales and Marketing Consultants to maintain and grow our existing base of advertising and website clients. This exciting and rewarding opportunity will give you a chance to set your own salary without limitations.  Four key factors make this sales position unique; large variety of products and services, wide open sales territory, large existing client base, and a very well-established and trusted reputation in the community.  We will provide you amazing online CRM tools and product training. You bring the sales experience, determination, and people skills necessary to succeed.

Be proud, work hard, and be a part of the winning team at Riverbender.com!

Responsibilities:

  • Handle daily tasks that could include email and phone communications, lead generation, cold calling, outside sales, research, and CRM documentation
  • Quickly and accurately identify valuable prospects and their needs
  • Communicate efficiently and professionally with prospects, clients and support team members
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions

Requirements:

  • Well-organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented and flexible
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required
  • Technical Internet and social media skills
  • Sales experience is a must. Outside, telephone, or ad sales is preferred

News Reporters, Columnists, or Stringers

Riverbender.com is looking for part-time or full-time News Reporters, Columnists, or Stringers to grow and improve our content offering. These exciting and rewarding opportunities put you and your work in front of a large and growing audience and gives you the opportunity to serve your community in many ways. We’re seeking writers and photographers who want professional-level experience and have the initiative, skills and judgment to excel at it.

Be proud, work hard, and be a part of the winning team at Riverbender.com!

Responsibilities:

  • Handle daily assignments that could include breaking news reporting, writing, copy editing, social media, research, investigative work, photography, audio and video editing, and visual journalism
  • Gather information from sources at any locations and through any means commonly available for news stories
  • Interviews subjects in person, over the telephone, and in writing
  • Travel quickly to wherever the news occurs or is being disseminated
  • Quickly and accurately reports information, either verbally or electronically, for publication
  • Helps in the production of photographs and video that would be helpful in supporting stories
  • Participates in brainstorming sessions

Requirements:

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and flexible
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required
  • Solid fact checking and reporting skills
  • Technical Internet and social media skills
  • Strong command of AP writing, spelling, grammar, and style
  • Prefer degree-seeking student currently enrolled or recently graduated from a journalism program at a college or university or prior journalism experience

Customer Service & Web Support

Riverbender.com is looking to fill part-time or full-time positions in Customer Service & Web Support to maintain our existing base of advertising and website clients. This exciting and rewarding opportunity will give you a chance to grow your Internet and communication skills, enjoy the satisfaction of taking care of your customers, and serve your community in many ways. We’re seeking representatives who will help grow our business by providing top-notch customer service and support in a professional and fun atmosphere. 

Be proud, work hard, and be a part of the winning team at Riverbender.com!

Responsibilities:

  • Handles daily assignments that could include data entry, website updates, email and phone communications, writing, copy editing, social media, research, Adobe PhotoShop
  • Quickly and accurately handles support requests via ticketing system
  • Communicates efficiently and professionally with clients and other team members
  • Participates in brainstorming sessions

Requirements:

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and flexible
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required
  • Technical Internet and social media skills
  • Website design (WordPress), graphic design, or social media experience preferred but not required

Video Production Specialist

Riverbender.com is looking for part-time or full-time Video Production Specialists to grow and improve our content offering. This exciting and rewarding opportunity puts you and your work in front of a large and growing audience and gives you the opportunity to serve your community in many ways. We’re seeking video or sports enthusiasts who enjoy telling a story through audio, video, interviews, graphics, and other multimedia abilities.  As a part of the video production team, you will also have the opportunity to become proficient with Live Broadcasts work using advanced NewTek production equipment.  This position will put you where the action is, in a variety of community and sporting events! 

Be proud, work hard, and be a part of the winning team at Riverbender.com!

Responsibilities:

  • Handle daily assignments that could include breaking news reporting, sports coverage, entertainment video, photography, and Live Broadcast
  • Go on-location using company or personal vehicle to gather video content
  • Produce commercials for sponsors
  • Conduct video interviews
  • Work independently or as part of a team on larger live broadcast projects
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions

Requirements:

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and flexible
  • Ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere or similar editing tool
  • Availability on nights and weekends
  • Reliable transportation to remote shoots
  • Good driving record
  • Technical Internet and social media skills
  • No degree required, but video and editing experience a must

Engagement Coordinator

Riverbender.com is looking for a full-time Engagement Coordinator to help measure and grow our audience. This exciting and rewarding opportunity will give you a chance to engage with the people of our community.

Responsibilities:

  • Use analytics and surveys to tell us more about who our audience is, and how and why they use our content. Mine this data to help us understand and expand our readership and help our journalism and other products have a greater impact.
  • Help manage social media accounts and ensure that we have a lively and engaging daily feed of content.
  • Enhance engagement and community-rich content with back-links, graphics, embeddable content and in-house media to simultaneously capitalize on existing assets and reduce bounce rate metrics.
  • Work with staff to maximize search engine optimization; help workshop SEO-optimized headlines.
  • Work with ad and other revenue-based departments to grow our customer base.
  • Work with the newsroom on audience engagement strategies or moderation.
  • Attract and acquire new audiences, including social, search, email, and third-party. Establish best practices in the newsroom or audience cultivation and engagement.
  • In partnership with the newsroom and developers, work on new products such as announcement/engagement newsletters to build new audiences and subscribers.
  • Strategize about how to distribute our work on off-site platforms like Apple News, Google News, Flipboard, etc.
  • Cultivate a loyal community of Alton experts and ambassadors to expand our coverage.

Requirements:

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and flexible
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required
  • Solid fact checking and reporting skills
  • Technical Internet and social media skills
  • Strong command of AP writing, spelling, grammar, and style
  • Prefer degree-seeking student currently enrolled or recently graduated from a journalism program at a college or university or prior journalism experience

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