Luis Gomez joins Report for America this week as Social Media Manager, a role that will use his talents growing online communities, identifying and promoting great stories through @report4america, building a successful newsletter, and more.
Gomez (@rungomez) has been a journalist for more than a decade, working in print and broadcast newsrooms as well as digital startups. That has included jobs as engagement editor/podcast producer at San Diego Union-Tribune, and also as the founder, publisher and editor of the CA//MEDIA//JOBS newsletter. It’s one of the biggest and most popular newsletters of its kind, a resource for journalists looking for work.
“I can’t think of a better person for this role than Luis,” said Kim Kleman, National Director of Report for America, to whom Gomez will report. “He’s a wonderfully inclusive guy—you want to be part of his network. And he’s terrifically savvy about the best ways to promote stories for maximum impact.”
One of Gomez’s biggest jobs in his new role will be to actively read the feeds and promote the best stories of some 60 Report for America corps members who are reporting on under-served communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico. (That job will explode next year, when the organization supports some 250 journalists.) Overall, he’ll be networking within the organization and with other media organizations to give our audience a must-read take on the state of local news. He’ll also coordinate with ongoing social media efforts of The GroundTruth Project, of which Report for America is an initiative.
“I feel incredibly lucky and excited to get to work with a great organization like Report for America, whose mission aligns with my values as a journalist,” Gomez said. “My hope is to continue highlighting the work of corps members as well as continuing to make RFA an indisposable resource to journalists across the U.S.”