The goal is to find a newspaper in Southern California. So the location and size of the paper matter as much, if not more than the position. Is it stepping over the line to mention in the cover letter that I wish to relocate to the West Coast, hence the r´esumé?
And how do I handle applying for two different positions at the same paper?
A: It is wise to say that you are interested in being in the area that you are applying to. I met with the editor of a small newspaper last week and he would be greatly encouraged if applicants would state their reasons for applying. He often feels they are just applying to a list of places. So, a specific interest can help.
Be a little more careful in applying for two different jobs at the same paper. You might come across as not-too-choosy and that can be misconstrued as not-too-interested or not-too-focused.
Write a cover letter that embraces both positions without getting specific. Make the editor come up with the idea of considering you for two positions.