Managing Editor/Entrepreneurial Journalist at Clay & Milk (Des Moines, IA)

Clay & Milk, a new digital source for news on Midwest startups, technology and innovation, is seeking a managing editor to be based in Des Moines, Iowa.

We’re looking for someone who can tell the story of the entrepreneurial community in Iowa and the broader Midwest with accuracy and insight. He or she should be able to write about and for the Midwest’s entrepreneurs, artists, investors and broader innovation community, but in a way that grows outside readership and interest.

The managing editor will also be responsible for Clay & Milk’s editorial vision and serve as the site’s main reporter and editor. The role will entail growing Clay & Milk’s content, handling social media, manage freelance writers and working to involve community voices in the form of guest commentary.

This position is designed for a true “entrepreneurial journalist”, someone whose interests include building and leading a nascent publication as well as covering stories from across the innovation community.

Qualifications

  • 0 to 5 years of reporting experience, internships or college journalism work included. Work or applicable experience with startups or related fields will be considered.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset and willingness to adapt to a startup work environment.
  • A passion for technology and startups is preferred, but not required.
  • A technical efficiency and ability to sign up for new products and quickly understand how they work.
  • Great listening skills. Telling stories requires you to hear them.
  • Great written and editorial skills.
  • Ability to organize and communicate amongst a group of freelance writers.
  • An ambition to grow the midwest.

Experience reporting on these areas or business is beneficial, but not required. We’re as interested in your vision for Clay & Milk and innovation coverage as we are your experience.

How to apply

Please send a brief cover letter, a resume and links to up to five examples of your past reporting or writing work to Geoff Wood at geoff@clayandmilk.com. Applications should be sent as one file, either as a Word document or .pdf, if possible.

Reporter at The Denison Bulletin & Review (Denison, IA)

The Denison Bulletin & Review is looking for a full-time reporter for our twice-weekly newspaper. We also publish several special projects each month, as well as our monthly agriculture publication, Iowa Farm & Ranch.

Responsibilities

The reporter will also examine significant news items to develop ideas for features, as well as evaluating leads and tips in developing story ideas. Our newspaper encourages reporters to come up with compelling and interesting ideas to cover the communities in our county.  This reporter will be assigned and pull stories from:

  • County Board of Supervisors meetings each week
  • Public boards and town councils
  • Courthouse and law enforcement developments
  • Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
  • Agriculture news

Writing timely, well-sourced, stories for our twice-a-week newspapers will be needed, as well as feature stories for our special projects and Iowa Farm & Ranch.

Photography skills are a bonus, as reporters take their own photographs. A camera is provided by the company.

This reporter will also be responsible for uploading agriculture and other stories to our websites as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

This reporter will be asked to write well on quick deadlines. Other qualifications include:

  • Excellent spelling, grammar, and proofreading skills
  • Creative, self-starter
  • Knowledge of government and agriculture
  • Word processing experience necessary
  • Knowledge of InDesign and websites is helpful
  • Deadline oriented
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or equivalent experience
  • Some journalism experience is helpful
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is a bonus

About Denison and our company

Denison is a rural community of a little more than 8,000 people in western Iowa. We are a diverse community where one can find Mexican, South American, Asian, and African restaurants and businesses mixed in throughout the town. Minority students comprise around half of all students in Denison. Some notable residents have included Donna Reed, the Academy Award-winning actress who starred in “It’s A Wonderful Life” and most recently Brandon Scherff who plays pro football for the Washington Redskins.

The Denison Bulletin & Review has existed individually and as a group for 150 years. In our current state, we have a small news department of four people, with approximately 20 people working in our building. We publish two newspapers and two shoppers each week, as well as other projects. We are owned by the BH Media Group, Inc. family of publications, the fourth largest newspaper network in the United States, and offers opportunities for advancement across the nation.

For more information on our newspapers’ histories, go to http://www.dbrnews.com/site/about.html

Hours and Benefits

This full-time hourly position has both set and extended hours depending on coverage of events and meetings, as well as publication deadlines. Hourly wage will depend upon experience. Our company offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability and care insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Employee assistance program and tuition reimbursement
  • Employee advertising and subscription discounts
  • Berkshire Hathaway employee discounts
  • Paid time off includes six holidays, a floating holiday, vacation days and sick days
  • Opportunities for continuing education through workshops, seminars, and conferences may exist

Application/Deadline

Submit a cover letter, resume and three non-returnable writing samples to:

Gordon Wolf, Editor
Denison Bulletin & Review
PO Box 550
Denison, Iowa 51442

Or, by email: editor@bulletinreview.com

Applicants will be reviewed as they are submitted. Those interested in the position are encouraged to submit your information as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Communications Intern, Waukee School District, Fall and Spring

Waukee Community School District is taking applications for a Communications Intern for the 2017-18 School Year (August 2017-May 2018)

Hours:  15-20 hours/week

Compensation: $10 per hour

Description:
Waukee Community School District (WCSD) seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist communication efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of public relations while working for one of the largest school districts in Iowa.

Responsibilities:
Assist in planning and writing content for the district website and newsletters.
Assist in maintaining district websites and providing blog support to staff.
Assist in writing content for the district’s social media sites.

Qualifications:
Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space (e.g.,  YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, WordPress and Pinterest)
Working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., Journalism, Mass Communications or Public Relations)
Proficient computer skills to include: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe
Experience with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop highly desired
Experience with content management systems desired
Effective communication skills, written and oral
Self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented
Ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
Enthusiasm for the mission of  WCSD and the community we serve

Application, Cover Letter, and Resume required.  Apply online here:

https://www.applitrack.com/wcsd/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?internaltransferform.Url=&category=Secretarial%2FClerical

Nicole Lawrence
Communications Coordinator
Waukee Community School District
Office: (515) 987-5161 x4545
Cell: (515) 681-0031
nlawrence@waukeeschools.org
Twitter @NLawrencePR

Camera Operators Needed for Meredith Corp. Conference

The weekend of May 19, 20, and 21, WOOD magazine will be hosting the 5th annual Weekend With WOOD, an educational conference for woodworkers. Video camera operators are needed to run video cameras in 10 classrooms running simultaneously. The operator will use a camera to project close-ups onto a big-screen monitor in the classroom. No audio capture or recording is required.

Time commitment is 20.5 hours total; $210 for the weekend; lunch provided Friday and Saturday.

More details about times and responsibilities are attached here WeekendwithWood 2017

Learn more about the conference at weekendwithwood.com.

Questions? Call Craig Ruegsegger at 515-284-2347

To apply send a cover letter and resume to

Craig Ruegsegger
Deputy Editor, WOOD magazine
craig.ruegsegger@meredith.com

Sport and Event Public Relations Intern for National PBR Tour, Des Moines, April 22

IMG, a global leader in sports and events marketing, is looking for a student to work with its Marketing, PR and Social Media departments to help generate exposure for the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event coming to Des Moines on April 22.

If you are interested in events and/or sports marketing this is a tremendous opportunity for a valuable real-world experience with one of America’s ten most popular sports in a fast-paced professional environment. This position is a short-term, paid position with most work to be conducted Thursday, April 20-Saturday, April 22. The following outline provides an idea of responsibilities and opportunities.

PRE-EVENT – In the week or two leading up to the PBR event, student will interact with PBR executives in marketing, public relations and social media to develop story lines and content hooks to advance the event.  PBR will provide guidance for coverage hooks and access to its executives and athletes for interviews.

The student will also assist the team in the pre-event PR tour conducted in market.

AT EVENTThe student will be credentialed (just like professional media) to cover the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event.

Work with PBR social media team to develop and curate content (photos and video) for PBR’s social media channels throughout the event weekend.

POST EVENT – Report on the event results with a story for local media – summarize the competition, highlight winner, with post-event interview.

Interested students should submit their materials to Carlyn Crowe, carlyn.crowe@drake.edu or Meredith 120 by Wednesday, March 29. She will review and submit your materials to IMG upon their request. Address your cover letter to Kacie Albert at IMG.

IMG is requesting that students submit a cover letter, their resume, two writing samples and a short, condensed PR plan for their ideal structure for media opportunities for the week leading up to the event (a plan that you would implement if hired).

Pay is $10/hour.

Please direct your questions to Carlyn Crowe.