Fellowship, Mother Jones magazine

Mother Jones Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program

Accepting applications for December 2016

 Mother Jones is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program, with openings in San Francisco and New York City. This is a full- time opportunity, starting in December and lasting six months, with the possibility of an additional six-month extension.

Investigating a private prison from the inside. Tailing candidates on the campaign trail. Sifting through public records and scrutinizing massive data sets. Tracking gun violence. Mother Jones is breaking news and creating first-rate investigative journalism for 9 million readers a month. Behind that award-winning reporting—and sometimes in front of it—are the journalists-in-training, deep in the trenches and making sure everything we publish is honest, accurate, and bulletproof.

Mother Jones fellows dig deep into our hard-hitting investigations as fact-checkers, soak up research chops and digital skills, and learn how a nonprofit news business hums. They comb archives and spreadsheets while immersed full time in collaborative projects. Mother Jones is better for it, and at the end of their time in our newsroom MoJo fellows are armed with all the tools of the journalism trade—tools they’ve been paid to learn.

Fellows work closely with top-notch editors, penning pieces about a transgender inmate risking everything to protest mistreatment in jail; digging into Black Lives Matter’s influence on political candidates; illuminating sexual harassment allegations at the EPA; and exposing the failures of abstinence-only education. Many recent alumni of the program have been hired as MoJo staff, while others have gone on to work at outlets like the New York Times, Foreign Policy, BuzzFeed, Politico, and Wired.

Applications for our December 2016 fellowship are due October 1. Mother Jones believes that a diverse team makes our work better. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. To learn more about the fellowship position, eligibility, and how to apply, visit http://www.motherjones.com/about/ben-bagdikian-fellowship-program

Research project director, Columbia Journalism School

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School is seeking an Associate Research Scholar to act as the project director for a high profile, multi-year project examining the relationship between news platforms and publishers. The full job description is attached.

Interested applicants can apply here; application deadline is September 25.

Please reach out to towcenter@columbia.edu if you have any questions!

Internship, Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff

The Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff is looking for students interested in doing important work and attending the closed-door caucuses of the Democratic members of the Iowa Senate.

Our office is composed of state employees who work for Senator Mike Gronstal, the Democratic Leader of the Iowa Senate and the other Democratic Senators.  We are located in the Iowa Statehouse, just down the hall from the Governor’s office.

Our interns are involved in press releases, news conferences, photography, social media, and the production of audio and video clips.

Additional information is available at:


FT graphic design internship, Greater Des Moines Partnership

POSTED DATE: Sept. 8, 2016

DEADLINE DATE: Sept. 22, 2016

JOB INDUSTRY: Not for Profit – Charitable



The Graphic Designer position with the Greater Des Moines Partnership is a full time position budgeted for a minimum of 40 hours a week.  The position is funded through the Communications/Marketing group and serves the organization’s creative and design needs.  This person will work closely with the Communications/Marketing team to achieve success for all organization marketing and communications materials.  The position requires excellent graphic design and organizational skills.


Those fundamental job duties that an individual who holds the position must be able to perform with or without assistance of a reasonable accommodation.  This is not an exhaustive list.  Other duties, in addition to essential job functions, will be assigned as necessary.  Listed in order of importance.


  1. Assist with creative direction for marketing campaign concepts.
  2. Assist with creation/edits of promotional materials such as brochures, flyers, advertisements, newsletters, signage & banners, etc., while adhering to brand identity.
  3. Assist with event photography and photo editing.
  4. Prepare PowerPoint presentations.
  5. Provide support to social media efforts.


Bachelors degree OR working toward degree in Art, Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, or related field.

Education or training that includes project creation, organization, development and production of communications and/or marketing materials.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:                    

Excellent creative, composition and computer design skills required.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications Proficiency with graphic print production and desktop publishing software required:

  • MAC and PC platforms
  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat)
  • Working knowledge of the print production process (request for proposals, design, layout, and prepress) including thorough understanding of graphic file formats.
  • Photography skills needed, included photo editing and enhancing, as well as experience in photo library organization. Web and video knowledge a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, can express and present ideas, listen well, and work in a team environment.
  • Solid time management skills, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of MAC and PC Operating Systems. Day-to-day work will be performed on MAC


The majority of work is conducted in the office at a desk.  There is a significant amount of computer work.

There is some prolonged standing while overseeing or providing staff support for various organizational activities and events.

There is also some lifting required during special events or projects and in maintaining supplies of communications materials and/or products.

The Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Partnership’s policy to assure employment and promotional opportunities are available to qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristic.


700 Locust St., Ste. 100
Des Moines, IA 50309


Jenna Brownlee (jbrownlee@desmoinesmetro.com)

For more information and to apply:





PR internship at Access Systems (Waukee, IA)

Access Systems in Waukee is hiring either a junior or senior PR or marketing student for a paid internship of $10/hour for 15-20 hours/week.

The PR Intern will be responsible for assisting the organization in the development and implementation of its marketing, recruiting, and public relations plans. This will be accomplished through developing, maintaining and expanding marketing channels/methodologies to the professional community, social media, technology industry and the public at large.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, but are not limited to:

  • Plan and direct public relations programs designed to create and maintain a favorable public image for Access
  • Utilize Internet marketing, and Internet marketing techniques to increase traffic, increase brand
    awareness and share industry updates on multiple media platforms
  • Leverage social networks to strengthen relationships with existing and prospective clients, along with recruitment efforts
  • Utilize blogging, SEO, social networking, web page presence and placement on web searches
  • Create company literature and other forms of communication
  • Create marketing and promotional materials, both print and electronic
  • Research media coverage and industry trends
  • Media contact list creation and management
  • Create and deliver press releases, media relations content, case studies, white papers, executive bios, corporate newsletter content, social media content and speaking proposals
  • Copyedit, proofread and revise communications
  • Assist with designing and launch of email marketing campaigns
  • Collaborate on new ideas, directions and tools for marketing and communications
  • Assist with developing content for a blog and the content that appears on Access’ website
  • Plan and deliver education courses and materials
  • Promote products and services through public relations initiatives
  • Identify, develop and execute communications strategy for key media contacts and customer references
  • Develop fresh story ideas
  • Conduct extensive media outreach
  • Other marketing activities as assigned by direct supervisor and President


  • Understanding of the basic principles of public relations and marketing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and experience of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & YouTube and other social media platforms
  • Completed or working toward a college degree (junior level and up), preferably in a related field (e.g. Marketing/Communications, Advertising or Public Relations)
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or public relations a plus
  • Knowledge of website content management and graphic design software (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)

Please contact Charlie Kiesling at ckiesling@accesssystems.com or at 515-216-2404 for more information and to apply. Please send a resume and cover letter.

Volunteers needed to help with downtown art installation, Sept. 22-25

Des Moines Performing Arts is excited to announce a volunteer opportunity. In just a few weeks, DMPA will host the Architects of Air as they install an inflatable walk-in sculpture half the size of a football field, producing a phenomenon of light, color and sound.  The event will be held from Sept. 22-25 at Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines and requires more than 150 volunteer shifts. Over the four day event, volunteers will help guide guests, educate small groups and help with ticket sales. Everyone 18 and older is invited to volunteer.

More information can be found at luminarium_volunteers_2016. Those who are interested can sign up at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org/spotlight.  If there are any questions, please contact Janelle Ketcher at janellek@desmoinesperformingarts.org.

Agency Ambassador and Office Manager, ZLRIgnition

We have a wonderful opportunity for a recent college grad with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising or public relations to learn the advertising agency business from the ground up. You’ll learn the inner workings of an ad agency by touching almost every area of the business, which will prepare you for the next step in your career. Several other Agency Ambassadors have gone on to highly successful ad careers.  Job responsibilities include:

Greeting callers and visitors
Supporting the media department
Supporting the CFO
Keeping the agency stocked with supplies
Arranging luncheons and meetings
Making sure the office is presentable
Learning new skills


Pleasant personality
Proficient with numbers
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel § Organized and detail oriented
Willingness to pitch in
Good written and verbal communications

Send your resume and cover letter to: JBoucher@ZLRIgnition.com
Jason Boucher
Vice President, Client Service, ZLRIgnition, 303 Watson Powell Jr. Way, Suite 100 Des Moines IA 50309