Category Archives: Editing

Designer needed for historical society book (request for proposal)

Proposal for Services Needed

Project is for:
Southern District of Iowa Branch, The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

Project contact: Margaret Callahan, callahan_mcc@outlook.com

Project Overview

The project is to take text and photographs and combine them into a nonfiction book to be published through the online publisher CreateSpace. The Society desires to have print copies of the book available at the time of a professional conference being held in early August 2018. The Society desires to make the book available also as an e-book and is aware generally that that requires different formatting. The e-book formatting may or may not be considered part of the immediate project, as appropriate.

The book is on local court history and will be designated as a “second edition” of a book put out about 25 years ago.

Project Specifics (as currently known)

We will provide the text in Word format (in standard page size, unless that is an issue). No editing of text is involved in the project. Tasks needed would include —

  • formatting the text for our chosen page size
  • choosing an appropriate type style and size
  • developing an appropriate style for chapter headings, including type size and style
  • working with photos so they print well, and sizing and helping decide where they should be inserted
  • inserting headers and page numbers
  • working with the table of contents
  • setting up the title page and other initial pages to include appropriate information
  • designing (or at least laying out) and formatting, the cover from photos we provide
  • meeting CreateSpace formatting requirements
  • identifying additional issues to make the book conform to a reasonably professional standard

The book size is to be 6 inches by 9 inches. As a rough estimate, the book will have about 600 pages (if it reaches 700 pages, we will cut the text some, because that seems to affect CreateSpace margin requirements).

We would like the book to have chapter-specific page headers on the right-hand pages (book title headers on the left). The book will be divided into around 60 sections which might need separate headers.

The book will include around 30 lists of names and dates that may (or may not) need special formatting to appear correctly in the final version.

We want the book to have justified type. Also, the text will include some features such as indented block quotes, italic titles of case and book names, and section symbols in citations to legal documents. The book will not have footnotes as such but will have collections of “reference notes” at the end of some of the sections.

The book will include around 37 portrait-style photos and around 9 additional photos. Only about half of these are currently in electronic format. Some of the photos may be available only from the print, pdf or Word version of the original book; we might or might not find prints of these photos in old files.

Timing

The main focus is the desired completion date stated in the project overview.

A tentative timetable would be:

  • Friday, July 6 – submission of book and cover files to CreateSpace
  • Friday, July 6 to Thursday, July 26 – receipt and proofreading of proof copy by Society members and Society project participants; addressing of any technical issues by designer/formatter
  • Friday, July 27 – submission of final, approved book and cover files to CreateSpace

It seems that the adequacy of this timetable might depend on the amount of work needed after original submission. We would be open to suggestion whether more — or less – time might be needed in this regard.

We would seek to provide all text by approximately June 20. This is somewhat negotiable; we would try to meet an earlier date if this leaves inadequate time for design/formatting. (We could potentially provide material some material earlier, if receipt in installments would be a help rather than a hindrance.)

 

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Summer marketing internship at architectural firm

Shive-Hattery, a Des Moines architectural and engineering firm, is offering a paid summer marketing internship.

Recognized in 2018 as the Best Workplace for Young Professionals by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Shive-Hattery is seeking a creative marketing intern — one who is eager to sharpen his or her graphic design, writing and communication skills while expanding his or her network and building personal relationships with respected people in the architectural and engineering industry.

Marketing Interns will work in multiple areas assisting marketing coordinators and business development in areas such as the following.

  • Creating compelling proposals
  • Presentation and interview preparation
  • Persuasive writing
  • Event planning
  • Marketing operations

This is what you can expect from your internship at Shive-Hattery:

  • Meaningful work: you will work on real-life projects that impact our business – not busywork.
  • Personal growth: working in a professional environment will allow you to put into practice the theories and concepts you’ve learned in school while learning from leaders in the marketing realm.
  • Expanded network: you will be working in Shive-Hattery’s largest office with 100+ design and engineering professionals.

Job requirements:

  • Undergraduates: must be a full-time student
  • Be able to complete a 10- to 12-week program beginning in June 2018
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Great communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Motivated self-starter
  • Ability to work in a variety of team environments

For more information or to apply:

Glenda Durst, Business Development Manager
Shive-Hattery, Inc. | gdurst@shive-hattery.com
4125 Westown Parkway | Suite 100 | West Des Moines, IA 50266
515.223.8104 ext. 4397 | 515.333.4901 | 800.798.8104

Agriculture director, Minnesota radio stations

Alpha Media – Redwood Falls, MN is seeking an Agricultural Director for our two radio stations. The ideal candidate is a news/communications professional with a strong background in agriculture and enthusiasm for informing both agricultural and non-agricultural audiences about what is going on in the industry that brings us our food, fiber, and fuel. This job opportunity is well-suited for someone with a diverse range of skills, or a desire to gain such skills through the daily experience of working as an on-air radio talent, a news writer, an interviewer, and a digital content producer.

Responsibilities of this position may include the following:

  • Conduct interviews with agribusiness news sources and convert information obtained into stories, reports, or long-form interviews for use on-air and on the website.
  • Provide up-to-the minute market reports throughout the day.
  • Convert information obtained through news releases and other sources into stories and reports for use on-air and/or on the website.
  • Edit and refine audio for use on-air and/or on the website.
  • Download audio feeds from outside sources.
  • Load audio into audio folders for use by others, including for on-air purposes.
  • Post material to the website and social media.
  • Produce photos, videos, graphic images, and other materials for use on the website and for other purposes such as station promotion.
  • Perform regular air shift as assigned, including two half-hour farm programs; fill in as necessary.
  • Various productions tasks as needed or requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Requirements for this position include the following:

  • Able to develop on-going relationships with local, state, and national officials.
  • Ability to relate to listeners from a wide range of demographics.
  • Knowledge of all applicable FCC rules and regulations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be a team player and work well with all levels of management.
  • Knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Knowledge of agriculture and related issues.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle constantly evolving deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Preference may be given to candidates who have the above experience plus the following:

  • Previous experience in broadcast media.
  • Previous agricultural reporting and/or writing experience.

If you feel you are a qualified candidate and want to join a fast moving, growing entity submit your cover letter and resume ASAP by clicking the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page at http://www.alphamediausa.com/job/agricultural-director-announcer/.

Candidates who need assistance due to a disability, please leave a message with 877-459-5750 and your call will be returned.

Alpha Media is an equal opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify.

D.M. church seeks web, social media help

Unity of Des Moines, a progressive, non-denominational church, is looking for a student communications volunteer. The unpaid position involves helping with the church’s social media outreach and providing content for the church website and keeping it updated. 

The church is located at 414 31st St. in Des Moines, but the web work can be done from anywhere. For more information, call or text board member Julie Russell at 240-0113, or email juliejmr99@gmail.com.

Producer, Des Moines Register Media

Des Moines Register Media, a Gannett Company, has an opening for a Producer to manage the delivery of content to digital and print platforms.

The producer will work with content strategists, the audience analyst, planning editors, content coaches, reporters and photographers to best display content on all platforms, using a high level of judgment and creativity.

In this role, you will:

  • Manage social media accounts for the Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen.
  • Manage the homepage, story pages and high-traffic landing pages;
  • Direct the flow of content, sending breaking news emails and push alerts, adding meta-data information, hyperlinks, images, info boxes, and additional digital content;
  • Copy edit content before publishing; and write digital headlines and summaries, taking into account SEO and keyword elements.
  • Work in concert with designers to produce high-quality print editions.


Here’s what you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field
  • Strong understanding of SEO techniques and social media, and a deep understanding of competition
  • Proven planning skills and the ability to interpret audience data is essential
  • Strong copy editing and organizational skills are a must
  • Proven ability to work quickly, independently and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work evening hours and weekends

For more information and how to apply see: https://usr53.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/gannett/Posting/View/3050

Grant-writing team openings, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

TALENTED COMMUNICATORS WANTED!

  • Are you energized by wordsmithing text and editing copy?
  • Do you have a knack for helping others polish and present their stories?
  • Would you thrive enabling work that improves the human condition?

If the answer is yes, the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of Nebraska‐Lincoln (UNL) invites you to apply for a position within its Office of Proposal Development (OPD) at one of two levels: 1) Proposal Development Specialist (entry‐level) or 2) Proposal Development Coordinator (mid‐level). Multiple hires are possible, and successful candidates will join an experienced team of dedicated, client‐focused professionals providing proposal development support to UNL faculty, administrators, and staff.

Responsibilities

Proposal Development Specialists and Coordinators contribute valuable communication and editing expertise to the UNL research enterprise. Team members in these positions edit the narrative components of grant proposals to ensure compliance with sponsor guidelines and to improve content, clarity, organization, and visual appeal. Staff in these positions work with single investigator and small group grant proposals and provide editorial support for team members managing large complex projects.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a relevant scientific discipline. Candidates with an anticipated graduation date in May, 2018, will be considered. In addition, competitive candidates will be:

  • effective communicators who can identify the best approach to reach different audiences and produce communications based on that understanding;
  • capable of building strong relationships and delivering client‐focused solutions;
  • nimble in approach and demeanor and able to satisfy the fluid demands of project or proposal development as well as the work styles of diverse individuals and teams;
  • selfless team‐players who are energized by work in a fast‐paced, collaborative setting; and
  • creative, dedicated, accountable, and invested in the land‐grant university mission.

Salaries in OPD are competitive. Specialists earn $40,000 to $55,000 per year, and Coordinators earn $55,000 to $75,000 annually. Compensation and level of position will be determined at time of hire based on candidate qualifications and experience. OPD team members benefit from a tiered staffing structure that provides a clear, established pathway for professional growth and advancement.

This is an excellent opportunity for new graduates to embark on a career in grant writing. Relocation assistance is available, and the benefits package includes a staff/dependent scholarship program. For more details and to apply, view requisition S_180208 at https://employment.unl.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2018. The search will remain active until the positions have been filled. For questions or accommodations related to this position, contact Ember Welsch at 402‐472‐4563.

Summer internships at Iowa Secretary of State

1. Summer Social Media/Multimedia Projects Internship

 This internship at the Iowa Secretary of State’s office would consist of managing the social media and online presence, content production and marketing for multiple projects.

 The internship is for the Summer Semester of 2018, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

  • Monitoring and Management of multiple social media pages 
  • Regular content production including but not limited to images, copy and video
  • Planning out long term strategy and content calendars for social media
  • Keeping track of and responding to constituent interactions

 Experience in videography and graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere preferred.

Background in Marketing, Political Science, Communications, Graphic Design, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist
kristina.aleksander@sos.iowa.gov

Internship Application Available Here: https://sos.iowa.gov/ConstituentServices/ApplyForInternship.aspx

2. Summer 2018 Business Services Communications Internship

With the Secretary of State’s Office being the small business portal of Iowa, we must celebrate the importance of entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Business Services Intern is responsible for contacting small businesses to create entrepreneurship related content for the Iowa Secretary of State’s social media pages. Additional responsibilities include assisting office manager with business services work and organizational tasks.

Creating social media content promoting entrepreneurship and Iowa small business

  • Interviewing small businesses
  • Organization of our social media content calendars
  • Creating content and managing the Secretary of State’s LinkedIn page
  • Entering new business services accounts

The internship is for the Summer Semester of 2018, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

Background in Business, Marketing, Communications, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist
kristina.aleksander@sos.iowa.gov

Internship Application Available Here: https://sos.iowa.gov/ConstituentServices/ApplyForInternship.aspx