Arizona Republic Hiring Glendale City Watchdog Reporter

Do you have the grit of an old school journalist and the talents of a 21st Century storyteller? Are you hungry for a beat ripe with watchdog stories? Then let’s talk about The Arizona Republic’s opening for Glendale, Ariz. city hall watchdog reporter. The Phoenix suburb (pop: 227,000) distinguished itself during the economic boom as home to NFL football, NHL hockey and MLB spring training. Glendale will host its second Super Bowl in 2015.

But creating a sports and entertainment mecca came with risks.

Glendale is a city in upheaval; coming to grips with a vision for itself pummeled by the recession.

Financial problems? Check. Outraged citizens? Check. Search for a new city manager? Check. Elections to replace the mayor and City Council? Check. Ongoing Phoenix Coyotes ownership woes? Check, check.

Tack on fascinating stories such as the city’s battle with an American Indian tribe to stop a proposed casino and you have incredible opportunities to serve readers.

The position at the state’s largest newspaper demands shoe-leather reporting with expertise in public records and database reporting and a passion for social media and innovation.

Republic Media reporters tell stories on multiple platforms, including The Arizona Republic, The Glendale Republic, azcentral.com and in partnership with 12 News, the local NBC affiliate. The beat lends itself to frequent page one and metro stories, as well as radio and TV opportunities.

Candidates should have demonstrated beat management skills and proven initiative in watchdog journalism. They should perform well on deadline and work well in a team environment.

Send a resume, an explanation of how you would approach the beat and links to six recent clips to West Valley Editor Carrie Watters at carrie.watters@arizonarepublic.com.

Magazine seeks assistant editor

One of the Valley’s leading lifestyle publications is looking for a talented new member to join its team in the position of Assistant Managing Editor.

The person in this role will be required to wear a number of different hats and should be able to work independently in an organized and timely fashion. They will hold a large amount of responsibility in a hands-off work environment, so they should feel confident in their abilities to meet deadlines and communicate effectively with colleagues. It’s an exciting opportunity for someone interested in the publishing process.

The ideal candidate:

  • Degree in Journalism, English, or related
  • Relevant experience (important, but not required)
  • Must be detail-oriented, extremely organized, and able to establish priorities and multi-task
  • Must be resourceful, proactive and self-motivated
  • Social media and WordPress experience a plus
  • Knowledge of local culture extremely helpful

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing a large team of contributors
  • Writing and researching a number of articles of varying topics (i.e.- Entertainment, Gift Guides, Event Calendars)
  • Creating, revising, and updating the dummy of print magazine throughout the pre-issue publication process
  • Communicating with copy editor and designer on a regular basis
  • Some light editing
  • Invoicing

Office located in North Phoenix. Must have own transportation. Looking to fill position ASAP, 30-40 hours per week. Send resume, writing samples, and contact information. Reply to: w7tpt-3173479819@job.craigslist.org.

Digital marketing company seeks content strategist

iAcquire is a fast-growing enterprise digital marketing company quickly gaining recognition for its innovation and leadership in digital brand strategy and marketing services engagement for SEO, reputation management, content marketing, digital public relations, and social media marketing. The company current is seeking a Content Strategist, responsible for the creation and management of project subject matter such as websites, articles, and applications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Gather, audit, and analyze existing content relevant to project requirements

• Work with project managers to examine and analyze the content relevant to the internal and external factors that impact the content

• Develop content strategy based on client business objectives and brand/product strategy

• Develop innovative solutions for content presentation, including content management, workflow and maintenance

• Ensure content conforms to Search Engine Optimization best practices

• Develop, oversee and edit development of all branded content including interactive marketing, email and web product copy, and social media

• Enforce brand tone and voice guidelines

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in related field, such as English, journalism, advertising, or communications

• 2-plus years’ experience writing advertising content for Web or other digital media that sells.

• Working knowledge of usability principles and SEO best practice experience in web writing, SEO, content management, messaging and branding a plus!

Contact Melissa Pogan, Recruiting and Human Resources manager, at mpogan@iacquire.com.

JOB ALERT: Reporter and Social Media Coordinator

The largest woman owned law firm in Arizona seeks a highly motivated, creative, and experienced Reporter and Social Media Coordinator. This person is primarily responsible for developing original written articles plus a consolidation of news stories would be of interest to the Firm’s clients. This person will also be managing and tasked with growing a 5,000 readership twice weekly newsletter publication. Other responsibilities are developing, executing and managing a social media program. Previous reporting experience required. Excellent writing skills, passion for the news, Investigative background preferred, and social media experience required.

The ideal person must be energetic, creative, an excellent writer and internet-savvy. Those with daily use of twitter, blogs, message boards and social networks are preferred. This person should have a solid knowledge of the Real Estate market, Arizona politics, renewable energy, family law and current events relevant to Arizona.

  • Engaging, friendly personality
  • Accountable, analytical, responsive
  • Social Media Master
  • Creative, able to devise engaging programs to increase participation of new and existing users on social media properties
  • Strong strategic sense about social media efforts and a keen interest in business development and growth strategies
  • Must be able to update all social media sources several times daily, 7 days a week
  • Observe, analyze, and track news sources impacting the markets
  • Ability to work individually on a project or in a team environment
  • Ability to communicate results to management clearly and in a fast paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent Writer
  • Demonstrated experience and a great affinity for learning new technologies, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, social media monitoring tools, blogger relations, Constant Contact, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing readership numbers for marketing across all aspects of the firms relevant practices
  • Provide real-time coverage and produce multiple daily market updates
  • Identify, recommend, and develop stories on all subjects relevant to Rose Law Group Reporters editorial mandate
  • Implement digital journalistic strategies to enhance reports and engage audience interests
  • Solid news judgment and a strong interest in current events
  • Demonstrated ability to research and produce creative, engaging stories

Experience Required

  • Solid verbal and written communication expertise
  • Creative and analytical skills
  • Prior Real Estate related work experience a plus
  • Bachelors degree in marketing, communication, journalism; or equivalent work experience.
  • A strategic vision of the social media landscape and its role in branding and marketing to infuse social media strategies, trends and best practices
  • Proficient understanding of the following tools/sites including, but not limited to: WordPress, Wildfire, Facebook apps, Facebook advertising, LinkedIn, Foursquare, HootSuite among others

To submit resume forward to hchadwick@roselawgroup.com.

AZ Republic hiring reporters, editors and content producers

The Arizona Republic has several new openings for reporters, editors and content producers. More information is available below and if you want to contact the respective editor, all emails are firtsname.lastname@arizonarepublic.com.

Political reporter
We are looking to add an aggressive, watchdog reporter to the National Politics Team in the First Amendment Center. This reporter would help cover the state’s 10 (and soon to be 11) member congressional delegation, with particular emphasis on the 2012 election season. The campaign already is attracting huge levels of interest with two, and possibly three, open House seats, as well as redistricting, which could throw some lawmakers into competitive races for the first time in years.
We are looking for a reporter who could cover at least three of the competitive races in-depth, providing deep analysis and breaking news on all those races, while helping to monitor some of the other, less competitive races. He or she would be expected to contribute regularly to page A1, AZ Fact Check, azcentral.com and our politics blogs. The job would require some night and weekend assignments, as well as travel around the state.
Responsibilities would include:
— Significant daily and Sunday enterprise stories.
— Profiles and deep backgrounding of all the major candidates.
— Watchdog stories on the candidates, their backgrounds, their claims, etc.
— Fact Checks on claims by the candidates or parties.
— Coverage of quarterly campaign finance filings.
The successful candidate would be a self-starter who has a proven record of watchdog journalism, performs well on deadline, is a gifted writer and — perhaps most important — works well in a team environment. If you’re interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job to national editor Kristen DelGuzzi by Friday, Nov. 11. If you have any questions, please email or call her at x4855.

State Politics/Governor’s Office reporter
We are looking for a State politics/Governor’s Office reporter to join our four-person state Capitol team, focusing on the Governor’s Office, several state agencies (such as parks and veterans affairs) and some legislative/budget issues. Ginger Rough, who currently has this beat, has asked for a change of assignment for family reasons.
Her replacement will serve as a watchdog over the Governor’s Office, analyzing policy decisions and budget proposals, among other duties. He or she will be an integral part of a high-profile team that produces frequent A1 stories, breaks political news and regularly contributes to AZ Fact Check, our politics blog and the Sunday Politics page.
Responsibilities include:
— Daily and Sunday enterprise stories.
— Watchdog stories on the Governor’s Office and administration.
— Fact Checks on claims, statements, news releases, etc. by the governor and her office.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellent beat management, proven initiative and a strong record of watchdog journalism, performing well on deadline, and working well in a team environment. If interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job and links to no more than six of your best stories in the last two years to state government and politics editor Christina Leonard by Friday, Nov. 11.

Arizona Politics Digital Editor
With the 2012 election season gearing up, azcentral is overhauling its politics page to create a dynamic, robust and interactive page that will be the go-to page for all political news in Arizona. The site would be filled with all the rich political content already being produced every day by Republic and 12 News staffers, as well as new content we plan to create, including interactive tools and features. The page, which will launch in time to showcase Arizona’s GOP presidential debate on Dec. 1, will also be updated throughout the day with fresh local, state and national content.
The politics digital editor is an integrated member of the politics team. He or she will own this new page and ensure that it is the destination site for political news in Arizona throughout the 2012 campaign season and beyond. This editor will help conceive and define the new site and be responsible for:
— Updating the page regularly throughout the day with local and wire stories.
— Collaborating with politics editors from The Republic and 12 News to identify important stories and recommend the best ways to package and present them online.
— Monitoring major politics sites such as Politico and the Huffington Post for stories to summarize and link to.
— Maintaining a new humor blog about the presidential campaign that would aggregate the best snippets from the late-night talk shows and other blogs.
— Working with USAT and ContentOne to coordinate online political coverage across Gannett.
The editor also would work closely with the social media team to develop a strategy that ensures our political coverage reaches and engages with as many people as possible using Twitter, Facebook and other tools. He or she would collaborate with story editors, reporters and photographers to identify the best way to present and tell a story online. The editor also would be responsible for optimizing headlines and other story elements for SEO, moderating story chats and performing a daily traffic analysis.
The successful candidate must be a political junkie who is comfortable with writing, performs well on deadline, is a champion of experimentation and innovation and a terrific team player. Online experience is a plus, but not essential. Some development skills (or interest in developing them) would be ideal, too, because we will be creating new features for the site as the election season progresses.
If you are interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job to Nicole Carroll by Friday, Nov. 11.

Neighborhood Content Editor/Producer
We are looking to launch a hyperlocal neighborhood content/blog network in early 2012. We aim to pilot the idea in the East Valley/Scottsdale and eventually grow the concept to other parts of the Valley. We are seeking an experienced, community-minded person to oversee all aspects of content creation and editing for this project. The neighborhood content editor/producer will recruit, train and manage dozens of contributors who will publish information on digital platforms. This will be a coaching, teaching and mentoring job. The neighborhood content editor/producer also is responsible for some day-to-day writing and editing of hyperlocal content. The successful candidate will be an aggressive community organizer, an excellent writer, and have knowledge of social media networks, video and still photography.
Responsibilities include:
— Organizing and managing content for neighborhood websites.
— Developing a network of strong sources and voices within the assigned neighborhoods.
— Training and organizing community contributors across a variety of topics to post content to neighborhood sites.
— Editing, selecting and publishing news and other stories daily with accuracy and consistency.
— Organizing, coordinating and attending community meetings and events.
— Keeping in contact with other news staffers to make them aware of any larger news emerging from the contributors or neighborhoods.
— Capturing, editing and posting still images and video to the site.
— Using social media tools to engage with neighborhood residents.
— Creating engaging ways for users and contributors to interact with the site including contests, polls and other interactive elements.
If you are interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job to Nicole Carroll by Friday, Nov. 11.

Target Market Media to hire writer/associate editor

Target Market Media is seeking to fill a full-time local position of WRITER/ASSOCIATE EDITOR for our national network of local editions of Attorney at Law Magazine, Certified Public Accountant Magazine and soon to launch Financial Consultant Magazine.
Target Market Media is a publishing company specializing in business-to-business industry specific professional trade magazines maintaining a specialization in the publishing of monthly and bi-monthly, short run, regionally focused, controlled circulation, professional, business to business, industry trade publications and local association newsletters and magazines. Target Market Media’s focus has always been about niche media and marketing. The company goal has always been to provide very effective solutions for customers that are trying to reach very specific and highly targeted professional clients.

Job Overview
• Interview feature story subjects and write short feature stories in all three magazine title editions throughout the country
• Manage a full schedule of magazine deadlines for feature stories
• Manage all Proofreading and copy editing for the entire content for all magazine titles
• Edit and re-write submissions of professional articles and editorial from attorneys, accountants and financial planners
• Develop a variety of editorial content for all magazine titles
• Selecting and developing editorial topics
• Manage all pre-press responsibilities for magazine editorial content

Qualifications
• Experienced in professional interviews and developing feature stories
• BA/BS in English, journalism or related field
• Minimum 3 years experience with a publishing company
• Excellent written & verbal communication skills
• Well organized and proven ability to manage multiple projects
• Ability to manage 20+ interviews and custom features/profiles per month

Send resume, cover letter, and compensation history to 4647 N. 32nd Street Suite B-280, Phoenix, AZ, 85018.

INI seeks editor for Scottsdale/TPV publications

Independent Newspapers is looking for an editor to oversee its print and digital products in the Town of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Responsibilities include reporting and gathering hyper-local news in each of the communities; daily oversight of our digital products; editing and production of our two weekly newspapers and one monthly.
INI is looking for someone who is highly motivated to create products that are second to none in their communities when it comes to providing local news. We want to be the best and we’re only looking for those who want to excel at their chosen profession! Must have strong journalism skills, strive for quality at all times and be very professional in manner and appearance. The company offers competitive pay and benefits.
If interested, e-mail Bret McKeand, publisher, at scibret@aol.com. Check them out at http://www.newszap.com.

Scottsdale Company Hiring Investigative Writer/Editor

A Scottsdale-based company is looking for a writer/editor with some investigative reporting background. Job requirements include, but are not limited to newspaper articles, newsletters, interviews, HTML formatted documents, and research trending home improvement topics.

Summary of skills sought include excellent written and verbal communication (including but not limited to reporting, interviewing, newspaper writing, fact-checking and web writing); capacity to shift focus quickly from one project to another; capable of managing several projects, tasks and assignments simultaneously; organize yourself and workload to meet or beat every deadline; ease with online posting (templates, not much HTML); and a working mastery of the Microsoft Suite Software including PhotoShop.

Submit resume and investigative sample piece to info@rosieonthehouse.com. They will be interviewing to hire immediately!

Weekly Newspaper Seeks Reporter to Cover Pinal County

The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News is a weekly newspaper with the largest circulation in Pinal County (22,000 per week) and is seeking a writer/reporter to cover local news and events. The individual who formerly held this position is leaving to pursue an opportunity with a larger valley publication.

The opening is part-time to full-time (20-40 hours) with some evening and Saturday work necessary to cover important community meetings, editing and layout. The job does not necessarily require a degree in journalism, but does require the applicant to a have a writing ability, be a self-starter with organizational skills, have an outgoing personality, intelligence and be a quick learner.

Great working environment with a friendly, supportive and cooperative staff. Prefer an area resident who knows the community. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please respond via email to ajnews@ajnews.com with your resume and cover letter. Feel free to include any published clips. Currently scheduling interviews for employment in early September.