Category Archives: Social media

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:


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

Internship Application Available Here:

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

Internship Application Available Here:


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.


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


Student assistant for public relations, University Communications

Hours: 6 hours per week, with flexible scheduling during normal campus hours of operation
Salary: $9 per hour
Supervisor: Aaron Jaco, Assistant Director – Public Relations

Essential Functions:

  • Research, write, edit and coordinate a wide variety of content for the Public Relations team, including press releases and feature articles for the Drake Newsroom.
  • Compile weekly reports of University-related media coverage.
  • Assist in generation and development of story ideas for PR and Alumni Relations.
  • Assist with internal communications tasks such as writing, compiling, and editing OnCampus newsletter as needed.
  • Additional tasks as assigned.
  • The student assistant will ideally start the week of Monday, Jan. 29, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will end by Friday, May 11.

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