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About Us

ABOUT HEY SOCAL

HeySoCal is here to change the way you engage with local news. HeySoCal is an evolution. Built on 25 years of experience in community coverage, the publication carries its years well, informing game-changing editorial efforts with the trained eye of a newsroom that’s been here the whole time. We are passionate, we are loud, and we are more than ready to bring excellent and accessible hyper-local news to the Southland.

Our company started with one newspaper in 1996 and has since grown to 28 local newspapers serving over 200 communities. We deliver complete local news coverage and fresh feature perspectives from Santa Monica to the San Gabriel Valley and Long Beach to the San Fernando Valley.

MISSION

To cause change in local communities and encourage understanding for a global audience through transparent, objective news reporting. 

0 M+ News for 20 million+ Southland residents
0 Over 25 years in business
0 1 great team

ADVERTISING

Our advertising team creates content for local businesses that more effectively targets local communities with resources and methods traditionally exclusive to national and international enterprises. We accomplish this with cutting edge AI content curation, video production facilities and advanced digital marketing.

VISION

To be the premier provider of news, information and entertainment reporting for Southern California. 

Career Opportunities

News Director
Hey Media, a local Southern California news organization is looking for a highlymotivated and experienced News Director to lead our multi-platform content production.The position will oversee editorial direction and provide leadership, motivation, support,and encouragement to the team in generating story ideas and production of a compelling news product.... Read more

News Director

Hey Media, a local Southern California news organization is looking for a highly motivated and experienced News Director to lead our multi-platform content production. The position will oversee editorial direction and provide leadership, motivation, support, and encouragement to the team in generating story ideas and production of a compelling news product.

The candidate should be familiar and on top of trends for existing and emerging platforms. The right candidate will be someone who is willing to take creative risks and understands the value of highly impactful breaking and investigative journalism. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passionate fearless leadership approach and is willing to mentor and develop our talented group of journalists into strong storytellers. He/she should be able to effectively plan a news strategy for continuous coverage and
growth of our news team and the organization.

Responsibilities

Accountabilities:

  • Create & implement strategic plans for audience growth and newsroom operations.
  • Must be a digital powerhouse, leveraging all available platforms to make sure our audiences receive and share the stories generated by our
    newsroom.
  • You must be ready to adapt to change and think out of the box.
  • Review and approve all newsroom personnel decisions and ongoing performance, including annual reviews.
  • Develop and manage an annual budget.
  • Adapt and utilize current resources to take advantage of emerging technologies.
  • Provide coaching, support and guidance to all members of the team.

Expected Outcomes

  • Create and produce news series, regional news specials and investigative stories with the news team. Create content that is in alignment with Hey Media’s journalistic philosophies and news brand.
  • Build the capacity inside the organization to think and act digitally,
    generating engaging, compelling and timely content that will result in an increase of our digital footprint and ultimately grow our audience and market share.

Skills & Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a news organization, working as a news director, assistant news director, executive producer, news producer.
  • Solid news judgment. Ensure flawless execution and innovative storytelling.
  • Proven and effective leadership skills fostering open dialogue, empowering others, and addressing conflict quickly and directly.
  • Must have experience managing operating budgets.
  • Degree in Journalism, Multimedia, Communications or Marketing or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in Premiere, Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Proficiency in managing and posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other Social Media Platforms.
  • Candidate must be flexible and willing to work varied schedules, including weekends and holidays.

Preferred Skills

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment while juggling competing priorities.
  • Highly adept at user acquisition and audience growth.
  • High energy, strong work ethic, self-motivated and independent professional.
  • Has a highly developed knowledge of digital industry trends.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Vaccine Requirements

  • This position will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Digital Advertising Sales Consultant
Hey Media is seeking an experienced representative to sell Digital Advertising Sales. Do you want to come on board a 25-year old digital media startup with a voice and reach unlike any other Los Angeles media outlet? ... Read more

Digital Advertising Sales Consultant

HeySoCal.com

Hey Media is seeking an experienced representative to sell Digital Advertising Sales. Do you want to come on board a 25-year old digital media startup with a voice and reach unlike any other Los Angeles media outlet? 

Then Hey Media has the perfect opportunity for you. 

The ideal candidate is a team player with exceptional interpersonal skills honed for seamless communication with staff, vendors, clients, and agencies. They will have prior experience in the role’s responsibilities, a solid reputation in the region’s sales and advertising industry, and a developed professional network. 

Responsibilities:

  • Building and sustaining long-lasting relationships with new and existing clients.
  • Conducting research on products, services, geographic locations, and target customers for existing and potential clients
  • Arranging meetings to present proposals and address concerns of existing and potential clients
  • Preparing sample advertisements and proposals for clients
  • Attending weekly Sales meetings, team meetings and training sessions as required
  • Selling company advertising products and services (both print and digital) to clients by communicating the benefits
  • Working with our team to further develop successful campaigns and find ways to increase revenue

Requirements (preferred):

  • Outgoing, personable, hungry to learn
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent communication skills / written and verbal
  • Strong negotiation sales skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Knowledge of marketing principles
  • Organizational and analytical skills

About Hey Media:

For more than 25 years, Beacon Media (parent company of Hey Media) has provided multiple Southern California cities with community news and information. In doing so, Beacon has provided a highly-effective advertising medium for its business partners to expand and grow through diverse platforms, including print and digital. 

Please send us your resume to be considered for this position.

Meet the team

Von Founder / CEO
Here since 1996.
I create opportunities for AWESOME positive mischief! News Junkie! Positive world impact. Foodie and Fumbling chef. Master of Backgammon. Movie quote extraordinaire...
Von Founder / CEO
Here since 1996.
I create opportunities for AWESOME positive mischief! News Junkie! Positive world impact. Foodie and Fumbling chef. Master of Backgammon. Movie quote extraordinaire...
Alex Web Developer
Here since 2020.
I play with the programming code. I like Basketball and Poker (be careful. I’m a Shark!).
Alex Web Developer
Here since 2020.
I play with the programming code. I like Basketball and Poker (be careful. I’m a Shark!).
Andrea COO
Here since 2008.
Mama Hen. Chief Organizing & Fix It Officer and everything in between.
I love craft Ciders & doing nothing.
Andrea COO
Here since 2008.
Mama Hen. Chief Organizing & Fix It Officer and everything in between.
I love craft Ciders & doing nothing.
Fabi Editor
Here since 2018.
Try to keep up with SoCal news and events. Doomscroll on Twitter. I like to make flower arrangements.
Fabi Editor
Here since 2018.
Try to keep up with SoCal news and events. Doomscroll on Twitter. I like to make flower arrangements.
Jordan Contributor
Here since 2021.
Reporter who has written way too much over the last five years in college.
Watching sports, talking about sports, writing about sports.
Jordan Contributor
Here since 2021.
Reporter who has written way too much over the last five years in college.
Watching sports, talking about sports, writing about sports.
Julie Digital Advertising Sales Manager
Here since 2021.
I help empower the limitless growth potential within all companies.I am a foodie, always looking for the latest fad in foods and trying to duplicate them in my kitchen without burning down the house. I also enjoy sporting events and concerts (preferably live, at least before the stampedes, masks and mayhem)
Julie Digital Advertising Sales Manager
Here since 2021.
I help empower the limitless growth potential within all companies.I am a foodie, always looking for the latest fad in foods and trying to duplicate them in my kitchen without burning down the house. I also enjoy sporting events and concerts (preferably live, at least before the stampedes, masks and mayhem)
Hana Social Media Specialist
Here since 2021.
As the youngest in the office, I surely enact on positive mischief. But I also do marketing. I love a good playlist while painting to get me in the zone.
Hana Social Media Specialist
Here since 2021.
As the youngest in the office, I surely enact on positive mischief. But I also do marketing. I love a good playlist while painting to get me in the zone.
Jose Luis Senior Advertising Consultant
Here since 2015.
I sling ads. Love to hike, and going to the beach, and checking out the newest restaurants and looking for great dive bars.
Jose Luis Senior Advertising Consultant
Here since 2015.
I sling ads. Love to hike, and going to the beach, and checking out the newest restaurants and looking for great dive bars.
Kathrin Digital Advertising Consultant
Been here since 2022.
I'm about providing solutions, not just making a sale. I'm also a proud mother of 2 boys and a soccer mom, minus the mini van.
Kathrin Digital Advertising Consultant
Been here since 2022.
I'm about providing solutions, not just making a sale. I'm also a proud mother of 2 boys and a soccer mom, minus the mini van.
Louis Contributor
Here since 2022.
I tried to write a book in elementary school but gave up because I was 8 years old. Always rewatching the same three movies and rooting for the Pelicans to win the NBA title.
Louis Contributor
Here since 2022.
I tried to write a book in elementary school but gave up because I was 8 years old. Always rewatching the same three movies and rooting for the Pelicans to win the NBA title.
Luis Digital Advertising Consultant
Here since 2021.
I talk and breathe sales
I love watching all sports, even hockey.
Luis Digital Advertising Consultant
Here since 2021.
I talk and breathe sales
I love watching all sports, even hockey.
Mike Multi-Media Journalist
Here since 2021.
Journalist by profession, Gay Geek by choice. I competed with the US Men's Wrestling Team at Gay Games Paris 2018, where I won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling. I'm a member of the gay Bruning Man camp The Glamcocks, and my comic book Stonewall Prep is currently being adapted into an animated short film
Mike Multi-Media Journalist
Here since 2021.
Journalist by profession, Gay Geek by choice. I competed with the US Men's Wrestling Team at Gay Games Paris 2018, where I won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling. I'm a member of the gay Bruning Man camp The Glamcocks, and my comic book Stonewall Prep is currently being adapted into an animated short film
Renia Graphic Designer
Here since 2021.
I use magic to make graphics look beautiful by enhancing colors, shapes and forms. In the process of creating graphic art, I use my third-eye & artistic mind to see beyond the surface.
I am the “Makeup Artist” and I love having a glass of red wine and painting in my little home studio.
Renia Graphic Designer
Here since 2021.
I use magic to make graphics look beautiful by enhancing colors, shapes and forms. In the process of creating graphic art, I use my third-eye & artistic mind to see beyond the surface.
I am the “Makeup Artist” and I love having a glass of red wine and painting in my little home studio.
Sam Sales and Marketing Director
Here since 2021.
I make business bigger. I can find a way to sell ANYTHING. Jocky nerd that knows a little bit about a lot of things. Also loves camping, electronics and cars.
Sam Sales and Marketing Director
Here since 2021.
I make business bigger. I can find a way to sell ANYTHING. Jocky nerd that knows a little bit about a lot of things. Also loves camping, electronics and cars.
Terry News Editor & Photographer
Here since 1999 - That's a LONG time.
Newsman and Lensman: In other words...an old world newspaperman who loves the business. And since the Beatles already had a drummer, I decided to join other bands and play rock and roll/jazz all over England and Santa Barbara until I ran out of drum sticks!
Terry News Editor & Photographer
Here since 1999 - That's a LONG time.
Newsman and Lensman: In other words...an old world newspaperman who loves the business. And since the Beatles already had a drummer, I decided to join other bands and play rock and roll/jazz all over England and Santa Barbara until I ran out of drum sticks!
Vera Accounting
Here since 1999.
I count Beans! I also like Cooking (even beans, sometimes!).
Vera Accounting
Here since 1999.
I count Beans! I also like Cooking (even beans, sometimes!).
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