Category Archives: Newspaper

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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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.

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.