Category Archives: Journalism

Event and membership coordinator, Iowa Newspaper Association

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation has a position open for a Program (Event) and Membership Coordinator.  The job posting is below and enclosed.  Interested candidates are encouraged to send a resume to Jana Shepherd at jshepherd@inanews.com.  

 JOB STATEMENT

Coordinates all INF programming and event functions, including the INA Convention & Trade Show, INF seminars and webinars.  Works under the general supervision and direction of the INF Program Director. Exercises initiative and independent judgment in the performance of assigned tasks.  Performs all duties within the objectives, standards and policies of the Association and related entities

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serves as facilitator for webinars and coordinator for seminars.
  • Performs updates to the iMIS membership database and Outlook email address books.3.  Works with outside vendors to secure meeting space/arrangements.
  • Maintains registration database for all INF events and programs and processes follow up reports for each.
  • Communicates with seminar, webinar and convention registrants via e-mail, phone and mail.
  • Confirms receipt of registrations and distributes event details and directions to participants.
  • Works with the Communications Director to create signs and support materials for INF programs.
  • Coordinates all arrangements for board meetings.
  • Works with contest team to coordinate and process the INF Better Newspaper Contests.
  • Works with INF Program Director to coordinate speaker presentations and verify audio/visual needs and travel plans.
  • Assists with the Annual Convention and Trade Show to include event logistics, nametags, signs, processing registrations and onsite coordination.
  • Facilitates the INA Press Release Service, working with The Link to distribute press releases according to customer requests.

 ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • This person is also encouraged to be on the lookout for qualified people who would make good additions to the INA staff and to forward these names to the INA Management Team, even if no openings exist.  If a candidate for an opening, who has been referred by one of our staff member, is hired, that staff member will receive a $500 recruitment bonus after the new employee has been on staff for 6 months.
  • Should make every effort to answer everyone’s questions, including member questions the same day they are asked.
  • Assist with development and updates to INF promotional materials using InDesign. 
  • Performs proofreading of printed materials as needed.
  • Serves on the phone rotation.
  • May be asked to help with mailings.
  • Performs any other duties as deemed necessary.

 QUALIFICATIONS

  • One to two years of college
  • Between 1 to 2 years’ of experience with event planning or program coordination
  • Previous meeting planning and member services skills preferred
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must have good writing, spelling and language skills
  • Experience in layout/design of promotional information helpful
  • Must have MS Office experience (Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook) and general computer skills
  • Must be willing to learn additional software skills (including but not limited to iMIS and event registration sites)
  • Must have accurate data-entry skills
  • Must have good organizational skills; ability to handle multiple projects in a timely manner
  • Must have ability to work well in a team-based environment

ENVIRONMENT

  • Normal office environment with moderate physical requirements
  • Limited travel within Iowa

 

 

 

Sports news assistants, D.M. Register

The Des Moines Register is seeking news assistants for its sports department. These news assistants perform a combination of three tasks: compiling sports agate results, basic video editing, and possibly some basic reporting and writing. The job is 12-16 hours/week and pays $11/hour. Typical hours are 7-11 p.m. Ability to work Friday night during football season is a must.

If you are interested, contact Register planning editor James Kramer at 515-988-3404 or jkramer@registermedia.com.

Part-time magazine content coordinator (D.M.)

Best Version Media is launching local magazines in two Des Moines suburbs this summer and is looking for a part-time Content Coordinator for the publications.

The Content Coordinator is responsible for obtaining, coordinating, writing, sending and proofing content for each assigned magazine on a monthly basis. This entails writing resident features and gathering relevant neighborhood and community news for each magazine, sending files in the proper format by deadline, and proofing magazines during the design process to ensure a polished final product.

Responsibilities of the Content Coordinator include:

  • coordinating a new resident feature for each magazine each month
  • compiling an area calendar of events and local community corner
  •  submitting compiled monthly magazine content by deadline
  • proofing magazine content within 24 business hours of receiving a magazine proof from the design team
  • obtaining referrals from past features as leads for future neighborhood features
  • editing all content submissions including anchor sponsor/expert contributor articles
  • on occasion, writing/editing local filler articles
  • writing up to two business profiles each month
  • receiving classified ad submissions

The Content Coordinator is NOT responsible for:

  • checking ads
  • coordinating paid advertising
  • making magazine design decisions

The compensation is $350/magazine. To apply, submit a resume and two feature-style writing samples in Word or pdf format to:

Jason Button, publisher
jasonbutton@gmail.com

Digital media fellowship, Mother Jones (NYC)

Mother Jones is looking for an all-star digital-media fellow to keep us current on social platforms, and enhance our multimedia coverage of breaking news—especially with snappy, smart video. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones‘ digital news team in our New York City office. You’ll learn about every aspect of modern online publishing, collaborating with seasoned editors and reporters. You’ll also attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

 Desired Skills:

  • Video editing experience, including familiarity with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, (especially Premiere)
  • Evidence of hands-on production, including writing for video and shooting in the field
  • Stellar writing ability, as demonstrated by published work
  • Comfort with content management systems
  • A zeal for online news and media
  • A working knowledge of HTML and experience with Photoshop
  • Endless enthusiasm for digital storytelling languages like memes, GIFS, and Vines.
  • Deep familiarity with social media
  • Previous reporting experience a strong plus

 Ideal candidates will have experience working in a fast-paced digital newsroom. We’ll want you to bring some skills to the table: Maybe you’ve got experience as a quick-hit blogger, you’ve worked in social media, or you’ve more-than-dipped your toes in video-editing software. This fellow will work in the New York City office.

Please submit:

  • A cover letter and résumé, including the names and numbers of two references
  • Two videos you have worked on, describing what role you played in their production (i.e. editor, shooter, producer etc.)
  • Two writing samples (links to online versions preferred)

 Please send these materials by end of business, Friday, June 2, 2017, to fellowships@motherjones.com.

LGBTQ Journalists offer academic, convention scholarships

CONNECT: Student Journalism Projects

NLGJA’s, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists’, CONNECT: Student Journalism Project provides real-world experience and professional connections at NLGJA’s National Convention for 12 students across the country who are considering a career in journalism.

 This year’s National Convention is at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Sept. 7-10, 2017.

NLGJA covers student expenses including airfare, food and accommodations.

Applicants do not need to be a member of NLGJA or a member of the LGBTQ community to apply. NLGJA accepts applicants from all disciplines, departments and majors.

Aarons and Longcope Scholarships 

NLGJA offers annual scholarships to students hoping to pursue a journalism career.

The Kay Longcope Scholarship Award

For 2017-2018 academic year will provide up to $3,000 tuition assistance to an LGBTQ student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.

The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

For the 2017-2018 academic year will provide up to $5,000 in tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.

Applications for CONNECT and Scholarships are due May 31, 2017. 

Apply at www.nlgja.org.

 For more information on NLGJA and our student opportunities please visit www.nlgja.org. Please contact Sachelle Brooks (sachelle@nlgja.org) with any questions or concerns.

Fulbright fellowship in Berlin

The Berlin Capital Program (Nov. 12 – 19, 2017), organized by the Fulbright Commission Berlin, invites young American journalists and students of journalism to Germany to participate in a seminar which informs participants about current developments in German media and politics. The program will be conducted in English and is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission

 For the purpose of a better understanding of transatlantic issues and for promoting professional and academic networks between Germany and the U.S., this intensive program offers American journalists the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany/Europe with a special focus on the German media landscape and the role of media in politics and society.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be . . .

  • a U.S. young professional journalist, currently employed by U.S. media in the U.S., with fewer than 5 years of work experience in the field
  • or a Master’s student in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university
  • or a graduating senior in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university
  • demonstrate relevant background and professional interest
  • U.S. citizenship is mandatory. Dual citizenship holders with German citizenship are not eligible
  • permanently reside in the U.S. and have a valid U.S.-American passport

 The award benefits include program costs including round-trip transportation from the U.S. to Germany and back, hotel accommodation (single rooms, incl. breakfast), several meals, local transportation and health insurance coverage during the seminar.

The full program description and the application documents can be accessed on our Fulbright website

 Applications are welcome until July 3, 2017.