Music Reporter

  • Los Angeles Times
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Jan 12, 2020
Full time Journalism

Job Description

The Los Angeles Times is looking for an ambitious and experienced Los Angeles-based music journalist to help lead the reinvention of the paper’s popular music coverage.

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about all strains of contemporary popular music, including but not limited to pop, hip-hop, rock, Latin and country. We’re looking for a journalist with sophisticated story sense, boundless curiosity and the proven ability to generate and execute story ideas that find and captivate audiences. 


Candidates must have at least five years’ experience writing for major publications. You must be able to write quickly and accurately on deadline, and be comfortable producing a wide range of story types, from breaking news to comprehensive and illuminating profiles, from deeply reported features to critical essays, from enterprise investigations to album and concert reviews. Candidates must also be:

  • Calm under pressure, with experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Full of inventive ideas about how to cover popular music
  • Extremely familiar with the music industry and its key contacts 
  • Competitive—highly motivated to land the story before competitors
  • Comfortable adapting to the shifting priorities that modern journalism necessitates
  • Excited about collaborating with our music team and others around the newsroom

Ideal candidates will be passionate about broader business, technological, social and cultural trends that impact music making and music consumption, both on a national and a local level. They will also possess a keen understanding of how readers and music fans consume culture digitally.

The position is classified as a Reporter and is included in the Los Angeles Times Guild. 

The LA Times is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and links to three things you have written that you are proud of to Deputy Managing Editor, Julia Turner via the apply link. Please note, the opportunity to attach additional documents appears on the third screen and is labelled “Upload.”

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