12 News, AZ Republic Hiring!

Gannett’s hiring in Phoenix! Here’s the email we received with info on the open positions and who to appy to. Good luck!

From Randy Lovely: The structure of our integrated news organization has taken shape, but we have a number of gaps to fill with new hires. Below are job postings for positions that are available. If you are interested in a particular assignment, please reach out to the supervising manager by Tuesday, June 5.

12 News/Republic Media:

Assistant News Director/Senior Content Manager/12 News, Republic Media:  With Jerome Parra’s promotion, we are recruiting to fill this position. The Assistant News Director/Senior Content Manager works with the 12 News Senior Executive Producer to guide the daily news and sports broadcasts with an emphasis on creative storytelling that delivers both factual clarity and emotional connections with viewers; anchors and reporters who are more than news readers; advocacy for our community in the form of reporting, commentary and developing solutions; and smart usage of social media to advance our reporting. This individual will also direct daily breaking-news coverage for Republic Media and work with peer platform managers to ensure that daily news and breaking-news coverage are exceptional. With your fellow managers, you will be drawing on the talents of more than 350 journalists in five News and Information Centers throughout the Phoenix Metro and Northern Arizona who are specialists in print, mobile, tablet and digital storytelling, and production. To be successful, you must have exceptional core journalism skills; a strong understanding and demonstrated proficiency in TV newscast production; a deep understanding of how to connect content to audiences; the ability to lead teams through the creative process of brainstorming, developing, launching and sustaining quality programs; and the ability to collaborate with a driven peer group of news managers. Republic Media managers are also responsible for administrative duties, including budgeting, strategic planning, project management and performance appraisals. Apply to VP News/News Director Mark Casey.

Staff Photojournalist, Satellite Truck Operator, ENG Control Operator: We are seeking a Staff Photojournalist who can also act as a Satellite Truck and ENG Control Operator. The Staff Photojournalist will work daily general assignment in a two-person reporting crew or solo, operate live microwave and satellite trucks, and work inside the Information Center in a technical operations center (TOC) trafficking shots from the field. Qualified applicants will be great video storytellers who excel in a fast-paced environment using state-of-the-art professional video and still camera gear; have strong technical skills in use of ENG/SAT trucks for daily news coverage and large-event production; and handle multiple tasks under deadline.  Bilingual (Spanish) language skills are a plus. We put a premium on personal integrity, teamwork, problem solving, a strong work ethic, accountability and a passion for competition. Apply to VP News/News Director Mark Casey.

12 News Producer: Producers at 12 News work within an integrated, multiplatform news organization to create innovative approaches to news coverage and presentation. We’re not looking for the tried-and-true. We’re looking for an experienced producer with an ability to break away from the expected and create memorable programming for television and an ever-expanding digital environment. Qualified applicants should view news-show production as a combination of great journalism and great television that emotionally connects to the audience. 12 News puts a premium on winning breaking-news coverage within shows that emphasize powerful video and clarity in storytelling and the strengths of veteran anchors with great chemistry. To be successful, you must have a strong understanding and demonstrated proficiency in TV newscast production; a deep understanding of how to connect content to audiences; the ability to work unselfishly with teams in the creative process of brainstorming, developing, launching and sustaining quality programs; and a love and appreciation of all genres of television – news, dramas, comedies, reality and entertainment.  This is not show-stacking, formula-focused, consultant-driven news producing. We want a producer committed to creating exceptional morning television. Apply to VP News/News Director Mark Casey.

Storytelling Center:

Storytelling reporter: We are seeking  a reporter to tell powerful stories – some that are developed over time, some in the immediacy of the news. This reporter must have an eye for the telling detail that encapsulates the story and a sense for human drama that will surprise, sadden or inspire. The job is not to write a column or to showcase a particular kind of voice. The job is to find the heart of a story and collaborate with an editor to tell it in a sophisticated way. This reporter will become a presence on all platforms, so an eye for multimedia possibilities will be essential. He or she will have the chance to write breaking news for the newspaper and azcentral.com, and to craft some of the memorable stories that come afterward. The job also may involve collaboration and mentoring. The right candidate will join our storytelling team with good story ideas and a ready ability to talk about what makes a good story and share that with others. Apply to Storytelling Director Josh Susong.

Community Leadership Center:

Editor – Community (Southeast Valley):  This editor oversees the institutional voice of the Southeast Valley Community Editorial and Opinions pages. Strong management and writing skills a must. Also required: Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines; ability to analyze public-policy issues; ability to conceive and write thoughtful editorials; ability to see problems and prescribe solutions; a keen eye for recognizing and publishing interesting opinion from outside sources; a watchdog mentality to scrutinize and challenge public officials; confidence engaging the general public and community leaders; a demonstrated command of new-media/social-media tools; and an ability to work in a team environment. Apply to Community Leadership Director Phil Boas.

Editor – Community (Phoenix/Scottsdale):  This editor oversees the institutional voice of the Phoenix and Scottsdale Community Editorial and Opinions pages. Strong management and writing skills a must. Also required: Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines; ability to analyze public policy issues; ability to see problems and prescribe solutions; ability to conceive and write thoughtful editorials; a keen eye for recognizing and publishing interesting opinion from outside sources; a watchdog mentality to scrutinize and challenge public officials; confidence engaging the general public and community leaders; a demonstrated command of new-media/social-media tools; and an ability to work in a team environment. Apply to Community Leadership Director Phil Boas.

Community Watchdog Center

Community news watchdog reporter: This reporter must be adept in using public records, documents, sources and interviews to hold institutions and their leadership accountable. The position requires a top journalist who has a passion for watchdog coverage in a state that draws national attention. The watchdog reporter is required to have experience in parsing public records to detect and execute stories about the spending of public money, the performances of elected and appointed public officials, and the effect of public institutions on the quality of life of residents and community. He/she should have demonstrated an ability to analyze data, including budgets and other documents. The reporter must display critical thinking and the strong analytical skills needed to evaluate ideas and execute government accountability stories with impact, including those that spotlight a trend, issue or problem in need of a solution.  The reporter needs to have proven talent to build sources inside and outside of institutions on a local, state and national scale. She/he also must demonstrate command of social media to research work, build sources and engage audiences. Stories should be well organized, written with authority and told through various means of storytelling. The reporter will provide accountability reporting for digital, print and broadcast, and must be aware of the deadline requirements for each so that work is prioritized accordingly. The reporter understands that fairness, accuracy and balance, combined with context and impact, are basic requirements for reporting and writing. Specific beat to be determined in the community watchdog center. Apply to Community Watchdog Director Venita James.

Phoenix editor: This editor directs coverage of Phoenix, the sixth largest city in the nation, for all platforms and must be able to compete with local and national media outlets in this key municipality. The Phoenix editor has an entrepreneurial bent and appreciates working independently as a top leader in a regional newsroom while still forging connections and partnerships with editors, reporters and others in other IC centers. This leader has a proven ability and passion to develop people of different levels of experience and needs, as a team and as individuals. The editor must initiate and support innovation as content needs and platforms – from social media to print to broadcast – evolve in a rapidly changing news landscape. The primary goal is to conduct high-level watchdog enterprise centering on how public money is spent,  understand and use public records to facilitate coverage, display a talent for storytelling and quickly handle breaking news. The editor also must be comfortable reaching out to leaders and residents in the Phoenix community. Apply to Community Watchdog Director Venita James.

Business Center

Business watchdog reporter: This reporter will use securities filings, public records and other documents, and personal sources to identify and write about the most compelling issues in Arizona’s business community. The reporter will dig deep into Arizona-based companies and the marketplaces in which they compete. The reporter also will look closely at the multinational businesses and trends that influence Arizona’s consumers every day. Much of this reporter’s work will target key industries, potentially including manufacturing, defense or real estate, as well as publicly traded and high-profile private companies. Whether it’s a merger deal or a labor battle or a stiff regulatory sanction, this reporter will follow issues that deserve a deeper examination. Subjects could range from a hard-hitting look at a particular company to a deep dive into an industry and the key forces driving it to the impact of public money or regulatory oversight on how a business operates. This reporter will be responsible for writing quality enterprise and must be able to juggle multiple assignments. The reporter must be able to work within a Business team that requires initiative, strong communication and adherence to the highest legal, ethical and quality standards.  Apply to Business Director Kathy Tulumello.

Arizona Economy columnist: The Arizona economy columnist will provide a voice on key issues facing the Arizona economy as it tries to rebuild, rejuvenate and diversify after a brutal recession. The columnist will be a force across all platforms – print, digital, TV and social media. Arizona’s economy is a broad terrain rich with opportunity. The columnist should offer analysis on local business news and economic trends; introduce entrepreneurs and tap into the ideas of business leaders; monitor Arizona’s progress on key economic indicators; keep tabs on government impact on business; and present concepts in a clear and approachable way for readers. The columnist will be expected to blog often and make television appearances. The columnist also will be expected to appear in other forums, such as radio, and make public appearances. The columnist must produce work aimed at Republic Media’s broad audience, not simply the area’s movers and shakers. The body of work should be accessible and solutions-oriented. The columnist also should be prepared to work collaboratively with reporters covering the topics on which the columnist writes and work within a Business team that requires initiative, strong communication and adherence to the highest legal, ethical and quality standards.  Apply to Business Director Kathy Tulumello.

Action Team

Producer-Reporter/Action Team: This online producer must thrive in a fast-paced environment of  breaking news. This producer will be one of two online producers for the action team. As an online producer, he/she will publish original and aggregated content; select and prepare photographs and videos for online and broadcast; rewrite/edit breaking news stories from reporters in the field; write creative, accurate and compelling headlines; and edit all copy as needed. He/she must be committed to quality, accuracy, balance and context. She/he will distribute text alerts, e-mail newsletters, push notifications and social-media posts. When news breaks, the reporter-producer will assist with logistical coordination for all platforms and assist broadcast and online teams with information gathering. Work includes pulling together multiple elements, such as stories, photos, graphics, illustrations, information boxes, multimedia, etc. into a cohesive, compelling package. The reporter/producer will maintain a close working relationship with originating editors and teams in all areas of the Information Center.  Apply to VP News/News Director Mark Casey.

Lifestyle/Entertainment Center

Features/Business Publishing Center Manager: This manager will lead a group of publishing editors responsible for editing and publishing a wide variety of content for multiple platforms in the Features and Business Centers, including print, desktop, mobile and tablet. This manager will lead a group of publishing editors charged with managing/editing daily content, advancing the digital experience and innovating new ways of delivering information. These multifaceted editors proofread content for big-picture concerns, such as story structure and legal issues, as well as more-detailed concerns, such as grammar, punctuation, spelling and style. They craft headlines, captions and other prominent display copy that is accurate, clear and compelling, and they use SEO optimization techniques for digital publishing. Publishing and programming editors may work directly with originating editors to ensure that content is relevant to audiences; is accurate, fair, tasteful, compelling and error-free; and adheres to legal, ethical and company standards. They also will select, refine and publish stories, photos, videos, link sets, SMS alerts, push notifications, e-mail newsletters and other content for multiple platforms using an array of publishing software. They manage the online experience as well as analyze usage and audience behaviors. Apply to Features Director Stacy Sullivan.

Explore Arizona/Natural-resources Reporter: Shaun McKinnon will bring his talent to the new Storytelling Center, so we are looking for a natural-resources reporter. Arizonans want to protect our state’s natural beauty and resources. The state’s environmental issues are a top priority for our readers, users and viewers. This reporter will cover the natural-resources beat with a focus on watchdog and explanatory work, with an eye toward community leadership. Arizona continues to struggle with water-rights issues, land management, wildfires, air quality and protection of endangered species. This reporter covers these important topics as part of a cross-departmental “Explore Arizona” team. Other team members focus on enjoying the outdoors. This reporter focuses on how our open spaces and natural resources are managed and used. This reporter will be comfortable reporting for all platforms: print, digital, TV and social media.  Apply to Features Director Stacy Sullivan.

Fine Arts reporter:  This writer must be experienced in the spectrum of fine arts, as comfortable talking to ballet dancers and the symphony conductor as with the artist of a new, dynamic gallery show. The person who gets this job will be expected to bring an expert voice and depth of coverage to the print, online, mobile/tablet, social media and broadcast platforms of Republic Media. This reporter will develop and write features, previews and reviews on the symphony, opera, ballet, visual arts and smaller companies and artists; cover breaking news and discover trends in the arts and the business of arts; and build a strong and extensive network of contacts locally and nationally. Areas of coverage include the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Ballet and smaller dance companies, Arizona Opera and other operatic endeavors, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum and other visual arts venues. Apply to Features Director Stacy Sullivan.

News Publishing and Programming Center

Tablet Enterprise Editor, open position: This editor will work directly with reporters and editors to optimize the digital experience by developing multimedia story packages, working with photo and design, developing layering devices, and writing headlines and display copy. As a content editor, he or she will also ensure clarity, proper context, appropriate organization and structure, and quality – including helping to hone the crafts of writing and editing specifically for the digital audience. As the tablet curator, this editor will make choices that are specific to each medium by filtering, synthesizing and framing content that is original and entertaining.  This editor will work with senior IC management and across the company to develop our enterprise tablet approach. Apply to News Publishing/Programming Director Keira Nothaft.

Digital optimizer/editor: Digital news reporting and storytelling must be approached differently from its inception. This editor will work directly with reporters and editors to optimize the digital experience. He or she will write and/or edit multimedia-centric story packages, including headlines, display copy, slideshows, videos and other multimedia components designed specifically for the tablet audience. This editor will coordinate, coach and help develop processes throughout the IC for platform-specific content development and production. Apply to News Publishing/Programming Director Keira Nothaft.

News Watchdog Center

Senior Arizona Issues and Watchdog Editor, Open: This editor will work with a team of reporters on watchdog coverage of topics important to Arizona, including immigration, the border, growth, the judiciary and education. This team will create short- and long-term enterprise for all platforms.  We’re looking for someone who has demonstrated excellence in watchdog/government accountability reporting; familiarity and comfort working with data and analysis; a strong performance and beat-management background; and the ability to be a great teacher and motivator for investigative reporters. Apply to Watchdog News Director Cherrill Crosby.

Senior Investigative Computer-assisted Reporter: This reporter will serve the entire Information Center by identifying records, documents and data that beat reporters may not be aware of, or are not familiar with, and will recommend how to acquire data and then analyze it.  We want a watchdog reporter who makes his or her own data requests and then gets out in the thick of reporting, interviewing and writing. Top priority topics include federal-, state- and county-government accountability, elections and politics, real estate, the border and immigration. Apply to Watchdog News Director Cherrill Crosby.

Content Innovation Center

IC Digital Project Manager: We are looking for a creative and motivated person who can juggle multiple projects to ensure on-time delivery of Information Center digital innovations. This person will execute the Republic Media project-management process for all digital projects coming out of the new Innovation Center. We are looking for: A superior planner who eats, sleeps and breathes process but is able to plot a new course at a moment’s notice. A great leader who can empower people to go above and beyond. Responsibilities include: Generate and initiate new ideas, never waiting for somebody to tell you what to do next. Collaborate with editors, reporters, developers and designers to create each project scope, goals and deliverables that support the audience goals for the Information Center. Champion best practices in project management. Maintain awareness in technology developments that affect either our audience’s ability to use our products or may extend new-product potential. Apply to GM Innovation/Sports Mark Hiland.

IC Mobile Architect (content focus): The role of this IC-focused developer will be to think big, execute quickly and bring great ideas to life through the development of cutting-edge content apps for iOS and Android devices. This person will be the expert in integrating our content assets, including live and pre-packaged video, photos, social media and the use of geo-location services and other native functions into a mobile or tablet device. The mobile architect must thrive in a fast-paced environment where learning new things, working with new technologies and facing new challenges will occur every day. Required Skills: Mobile app development experience. High competency in iOS programming (Objective-C) (C++). High competency in Android programming (Java). Deep knowledge of JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, Ajax. Deep knowledge of mobile-platform architectures, navigation best practices and UX design. We expect this person to develop big ideas and execute flawlessly in a collaborative environment. Apply to GM Innovation/Sports Mark Hiland.

Mobile/Tablet Producers (3 positions): Traffic to azcentral mobile products has doubled in the last year.  Page views to our mobile and tablet applications comprise 20 percent of our total digital audience.  How, what and when our mobile readers consume our content is significantly different from the traditional desktop browser.  There is a need to customize when and what content is featured on these devices. We are looking for mobile-platform producers to meet the needs of our growing mobile audience and manage the experiences on our iPhone, iPad and Android applications. Responsibilities include: Create customized experiences around breaking news, social media and special events. Collaborate with editors and reporters to select, tailor and package content for the device and program it for a specific time of day and day of the week. Analyze traffic data and mobile trends to determine reader behavior and respond with the most engaging experiences specific to mobile or tablet devices. Recommend new publishing processes to efficiently manage the content for each device. Apply to GM Innovation/Sports Mark Hiland.

These positions will reside in their content centers with strategic direction from the Content Innovation Center.

Engagement Producers (Two openings  Sports, 12 News) : We are looking for engagement producers to create unique content experiences using social media and other interactive platforms to cover scheduled events and breaking news. These producers will lead the development of online applications and campaigns that offer users a heightened level of engagement and social participation. The goal of each experience is to sustain the news cycle and encourage audience growth through time spent on the site and number of visits. The engagement producers also maximize our visibility on search engines through SEO and champion the distribution of our news and information via SMS and e-mail. Responsibilities include: Post/monitor/engage with readers via Twitter according to the frequency plan. Post breaking news to Twitter, maintaining Information Center journalistic standards. Post/monitor/engage with readers via Facebook. Respond to comments when appropriate. Create content that increases viral referrals, impressions and comments. Develop live chat opportunities for reporters/editors. Schedule, curate and provide content for live blogging/mobile coverage opportunities through public engagement/co-opting. Execute the Information Center strategies by recommending new staff blogs, evaluating blog posts, analyzing audience engagement and growth. Apply to GM Innovation/Sports Mark Hiland.

Publishing editors are embedded in News, Community, Sports and Features departments.

Publishing Editor: Publishing editors are part of a team responsible for editing and publishing a wide variety of content for multiple platforms, including print, online, mobile and tablet. These multifaceted editors proofread content for big-picture concerns, such as story structure and legal issues, as well as more-detailed concerns, such as grammar, punctuation, spelling and style. They craft headlines, captions and other prominent display copy that is accurate, clear and compelling, and they use SEO optimization techniques for digital publishing. There are Publishing Centers dedicated to News, Features, Sports and Community. Publishing and programming editors may work directly with originating editors to ensure that content is relevant to audiences; is accurate, fair, tasteful, compelling and error-free; and adheres to legal, ethical and company standards. They also will select, refine and publish stories, photos, videos, link sets, SMS alerts, push notifications, e-mail newsletters and other content for multiple platforms using an array of publishing software. They manage the online experience as well as analyze usage and audience behaviors. Apply to News Publishing/Programming Director Keira Nothaft.