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Content writer, WriteBrain (Des Moines)

Job Summary: The content writer will develop and create content for print, digital media, or internal use.

Well-researched and accurate content will be produced on tight deadlines.

Writer will communicate with leadership, clients, and potential interview sources. Must follow company editorial style guide. Excellent writing, spelling, and understanding of grammar are essential to the role.

Supports:  Business Publications Corp. WriteBrain division as well as assisting Advertising departments in the Business Record and dsm Magazine Divisions.

Reports to: WriteBrain Publisher

This position will support the efforts of the WriteBrain Division with the following responsibilities:

  • Creating concise, eye-catching, and innovative headlines and body copy
  • Researching and organizing facts and sources
  • Interviewing sources
  • Consistently brainstorming and collaborating with team for new ideas and strategies
  • Building a following for brands on multiple media platforms with creative work
  • Researching markets and industries to compare and create content that is innovative and original
  • Collaborating with publisher, account managers, creative team, and designers
  • Writing a wide variety of topics for multiple platforms (website, blogs, articles, social updates, banners, case studies, guides, white papers, etc.)

 Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent grasp of English language
  • Creative and innovative thinker and planner
  • Confident in producing work across multiple platforms
  • Able to align multiple brand strategies and ideas
  • Assists team members when needed to accomplish team goals
  • Able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Bachelor’s degree in creative writing, journalism, English, or related field
  • Ability to work independently or as an active member of a team
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel) and Google Docs
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication with all levels of management
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strict adherence to company policies and style
  • Ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and be a problem-solver
  • Familiarity with keyword placement and SEO
  • Extensive knowledge of the company, brand, and product preferred

Business Publications Corp. is a locally-owned company in the heart of Downtown Des Moines which offers an innovative, fast-paced culture. Flexible hours and generous PTO. Benefits include healthcare, dental, life insurance and 401(K).

Send your letter of interest, 3-5 writing samples, resume and references to Ashley Holter, ashleyholter@bpcdm.com, BPC, 100 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

 

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Fellowship at Mother Jones magazine

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

Tracking the connections between Russia and the Trump administration. Sifting through public records and massive datasets. Reporting on private prisons from the inside. Mother Jones is breaking news and creating first-rate investigative journalism for over 14 million readers a month. Behind that award-winning journalism—and sometimes in front of it—are the journalists-in training who are deep in the trenches, making our reporting honest, meticulous, and bulletproof.

Mother Jones fellows dig deep into our 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 our collaborative projects. Mother Jones is better for it, and at the end of a six-month or yearlong intensive stint, MoJo fellows are armed with all the tools of the journalism trade—tools they’ve gotten 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 candidates for elected office; illuminating sexual harassment allegations at the EPA; and chronicling the aftermath of Trump’s move to end DACA.

Applications for our December 2017 start-date are due October 1. Mother Jones believes that a diverse newsroom strengthens the quality of our workplace and reporting. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. To learn more about the fellowship position, pay, and how to apply, visit our fellowship page at MotherJones.com.

Investigative reporting workshop

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is hosting a workshop in Des Moines on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. Sessions cover such topics as computer-assisted reporting, social media and using public records. For more information and to register, see https://ire.org/events-and-training/event/3444/.

Content writer for Business Publications Inc. (Des Moines)

Job Summary: The content writer will develop and create content for print, digital media, or internal use. Well-researched and accurate content will be produced on tight deadlines. Writer will communicate with leadership, clients, and potential interview sources. Must follow company editorial style guide. Excellent writing, spelling, and understanding of grammar are essential to the role.

Supports: Business Publications Corp. WriteBrain division as well as assisting Advertising departments in the Business Record and dsm Magazine Divisions.

Reports to: WriteBrain Publisher
This position will support the efforts of the WriteBrain Division with the following responsibilities:

  • Creating concise, eye-catching, and innovative headlines and body copy
  • Researching and organizing facts and sources
  • Interviewing sources
  • Consistently brainstorming and collaborating with team for new ideas and strategies
  • Building a following for brands on multiple media platforms with creative work
  • Researching markets and industries to compare and create content that is innovative and original
  • Collaborating with publisher, account managers, creative team, and designers
  • Writing a wide variety of topics for multiple platforms (website, blogs, articles, social updates, banners, case studies, guides, white papers, etc.)

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent grasp of English language
  • Creative and innovative thinker and planner
  • Confident in producing work across multiple platforms
  • Able to align multiple brand strategies and ideas
  • Assists team members when needed to accomplish team goals
  • Able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Bachelor’s degree in creative writing, journalism, English, or related field
  • Ability to work independently or as an active member of a team
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel) and Google Docs
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication with all levels of management
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strict adherence to company policies and style
  • Ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and be a problem-solver
  • Familiarity with keyword placement and SEO
  • Extensive knowledge of the company, brand, and product preferred

Business Publications Corp. is a locally-owned company in the heart of Downtown Des Moines which offers an innovative, fast-paced culture. Flexible hours and generous PTO. Benefits include healthcare, dental, life insurance and 401(K).

Send your letter of interest, 3-5 writing samples, resume and references to Ashley Holter, ashleyholter@bpcdm.com, BPC, 100 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Undergraduate assistant for Drake Office of Community Engaged Learning

Drake University’s Office of Community Engaged Learning is hiring an Undergraduate Assistant (UGA) for the 2017-2018 academic year to help measure the impact of community engagement partnerships.

The UGA will work under the supervision of the Director of Community Engaged Learning to enhance tools and processes for tracking community engagement and specific community partnerships across the institution. The UGA will help develop methods to collect and store community partner data, and then analyze the data and provide recommendations for ways to best utilize the data. The efforts of the UGA will enable Drake to map the depth and breadth of our many community partnerships so we can enhance communication and collaboration across colleges and begin to measure our collective impact. The person in this position will gain or enhance knowledge in community engagement, service-learning, community relations, and skills in research, assessment, and data analytics.

The student in this position will work 5-7 hours per week. Pay is $9.00/hr.

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter of 500 words or less stating your interest in the position and resume to Amanda Martin, Amanda.martin@drake.edu by midnight Sept 24, 2017.

Each applicant must list on their resume one reference, either a faculty, staff, or community partner who can speak to your organization/management, teamwork and professional skills.

Interviews will take place the week of Sept. 25.

Qualifications

Necessary

  • Knowledge of data analytics
  • Self-motivated
  • Sophomore, junior or senior (preference will be given to juniors and seniors)

Job Responsibilities

UGA Data Analytics Specific

  • Using criteria from the Continuous Improvement Plan’s Community Engagement Score, develop a matrix of institutional community partners and identify the criteria each partner meets
  • Utilize Microsoft Excel 3D Mapping tool and/or other geographic information systems (GIS) to develop geographical maps that demonstrate the network of community engagement efforts at Drake
  • Develop a report on the breadth and depth (i.e. issue areas served, number of Drake connections, types of service performed) of community partnerships, identify areas of duplication and opportunities for collaboration
  • Develop a process for annually collecting department, course-level and student organization community partnership information
    • Communicate with various colleges and faculty to identify faculty/community partnerships
    • Communicate with various student organizations to identify community partnerships
    • Reach out to community partners to collect data on number of Drake students who served at their organization, and types of projects and work completed

 

 

 

 

 

PR intern, university communications

The Drake university communications office is hiring a PR intern for the fall semester.

Public Relations Intern
Drake University Office of University Communications

The Office of University Communications is seeking a public relations intern to assist the Assistant Director of Public Relations – News Media during the fall semester of 2017. The time commitment is expected to be around 6 hours a week so can fit into any busy student’s schedule, even if you have another internship.

Tasks will include:

  • Assist in production and distribution of press releases on an as-needed basis
  • Assist with media calls, and other media relations tasks
  • Compile DU in the News reports – responsible for collecting daily media hits
  • Assist in writing profiles for the Expert Guide

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing samples to aaron.jaco@drake.edu by Monday, Sept. 11. This is a paid position.