On Jan. 5, Kayla Young (pictured) will begin a dream job: reporter for Cayman Islands daily newspaper the Compass. She comes to the publication from Greeley, Co. and has also worked internationally in Chile.
The Compass is part of an impressive family-owned media empire. All told, around 100 employees work for the newspaper, a commercial print shop and a half-dozen magazines. The Compass employs 15 and is currently on a hiring spree that will see the addition of several more photographer-reporters as well as a sports editor and copy editor.
One of the great financial benefits of working in the Cayman Islands is that there is no income tax. The cost of living is a bit high, but all told, it’s hard to think of too many better ways for a journalist from Colorado to kick things off in a month of January.
“We don’t generally share our circulation numbers, and we aren’t covered by any audit bureau or organization,” executive editor Patrick Brendel explains to FishbowlNY. “However, for perspective, the Cayman Islands is home to just over 60,000 people, the Compass is the only daily newspaper here and caymancompass.com is the most-visited local news site in Cayman.”
Brendel will be interviewing a group of short-listed candidates for the above mentioned positions in mid-January. The tricky part can be getting these people a work permit. It’s a month-and-a-half process, with the newspaper always careful to follow the letter of the law. (The Compass had an interesting piece in 2015 about a British couple that ran afoul of those laws after competing on U.K. TV show Wanted in Paradise.)
The salary range for Compass reporter positions, contingent on experience, is $48,000 to $72,000. The paper also offers health and pension benefits. Brendel first joined the paper in 2011 as a reporter, following stints in the Lone Star State with the American Independent, Community Impact Newspaper, online newsletter Texas Weekly and several other outlets.
Americans working overseas who earn below $100,000 annually generally do not pay U.S. income tax. These individuals still need to file a return though. For Young in 2018, that will no doubt be a most pleasurable task.