Category Archives: Journalism

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:


Grant-writing team openings, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


  • 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.


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.


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 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.

Newspaper reporters, Mitchell, S.D.

The Daily Republic newspaper in Mitchell, S.D., is looking for reporters interested in getting experience in community journalism. The Daily Republic is a six-day-a-week paper owned by Forum Communications Co.

The organization offers great opportunities for fresh journalists looking to get on their feet in a newsroom. The newspaper covers a lot of community journalism while still digging into investigative/enterprising pieces, which has helped it win a significant amount of awards each year at the annual state newspaper convention. 

Recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates are invited to contact the newspaper to inquire. The newspaper’s website shows the variety of news it covers: 

For questions:

Luke Hagen
Managing editor
The Daily Republic


Internships available at Vote Smart

Vote Smart, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization near campus, is accepting and interviewing applicants for its Spring Internship Program. Opportunities are available in both the Research and Communications departments. Internships are unpaid, but there are opportunities for interns to learn the day-to-day duties that each staff member performs, as well as credit opportunities through Drake. You’ll get to work closely with staff and other interns on a range of projects. To apply go to Contact Professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst ( for information on doing the internship for credit.


Ida B. Wells Fellowship in investigative journalism

The Investigative Fund is pleased to announce that it has been able to increase the Ida B. Wells Fellowship stipend from $10,000 to $12,000!

In honor of Ida B. Wells – the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter who, during the Jim Crow era, led the nation’s first campaign against lynching – the fellowship was launched in 2016 to promote diversity and create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests to their work. 

The one-year fellowship helps reporters complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting, by providing the $12,000 award and editorial advice from a dedicated Investigative Fund editor. Fellows will also receive funds to cover travel and other reporting costs, and the costs associated with attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. They will enjoy access to research resources, legal assistance, professional mentors and assistance with story placement and publicity. 

The deadline for the 2018 application is Feb. 15. Journalists can start their application here.


Radio news reporter, Burlington, IA

Pritchard Broadcasting has an immediate opening for an afternoon news radio reporter for its six-station cluster in Burlington, Iowa. This is a full-time position with benefits.

The reporter will gather, compile and write news stories for both broadcast and the web/social media and record news breaks for all six of the company’s stations. The position includes journalistic field work, weekly meetings, severe weather coverage, weekend work and more.

Qualified candidates are self starters who want to learn and grow in the field of radio, and have solid news delivery skills. They can interview high-profile political and social leaders. Experience with Adobe Audition and Audio Vault a plus. Familiarity with issues in the state of Iowa and Illinois is also a plus.

Candidates should have at least two years of news radio or other journalistic experience, but recent college graduates will be considered and are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a demo, resume and sample of written stories to:

Joe Bates
Operations manager
Pritchard Broadcasting
610 N. 4th St., Suite 300
Burlington, IA 52601

Or email

No calls, please. Pritchard Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.


Paid blogger, New York Times

The New York Times is looking for young people to contribute to its weekly newsletter targeted at college students. For more information about this paid writing position and how to apply, see