I'm headed to The Seattle Times

20110518-064454.jpgBig news today in the life of Lauren Rabaino: I am taking a job at The Seattle Times as a resident producer. For those of you who don't know, I left Publish2 at the end of December. Since then, I've been blogging, doing freelance design and lounging on the beach — all while searching for the right job. I have finally found it.

The Seattle Times is the second-largest newspaper on the West Coast and has a newsroom of about 200. The team I'll be working with, led by Eric Ulken, is awesome and loaded with good ideas — and exciting changes on the way.

Day-to-day, I'll be doing your typical producer work (mostly on the homepage) and behind the scenes I'll be working on editorial projects. Because this is a residency, I expect it to be a great learning experience for me from an editorial perspective, where my actual newsroom experience is sparse. Because I'm a teacher as well as a learner, I plan to give back to the newsroom with my unique knowledge of design, multimedia and all the other random skills and tidbits of knowledge I've picked up along the way. I start the first week of June.

A newspaper is the perfect place for me right now after working with a few startups (P2, CoPress, Spot.us). I've experienced the entrepreneurial end of the journalistic spectrum and I'm now ready to fully embed myself in the more traditional side: newspapers. The Seattle Times is the perfect fit for me — a forward-thinking and bright organization with the right team, the right newsroom size, the right location, the right vision. I couldn't be at a better place.

Along with the announcement of this job, I've launched an official "journalist page" on Facebook for myself (mostly as an experiment) which you can choose to "like" if you want to follow what I'm up to and what I'm reading. Please note that this page is unaffiliated with The Times. It is my independent page and will be my new professional home on Facebook.

For those of you in Seattle, I'll be at the Hacks/Hackers brainstorm event tomorrow night while I'm in town looking for a place (actually in the air en route to SeaTac as I write this). Hope to see some of you there. I'm absolutely thrilled about moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me get here (you know who you are).

Next on the to-do list: Buy rainboots, a Patagonia jacket and new windshield wipers.