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.

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.

Metro Source News Seeks Editor/Writer

Metro Source News is seeking an Editor/Writer for its Entertainment Unit in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Metro Source is a national radio news wire service that provides content to various radio formats around the country.  Duties for the advertised position include writing, editing, audio gathering, audio editing, news coverage. Candidates should possess strong broadcast writing skills, and an affinity for news and pop culture. Audio editing experience a plus. Metro Source is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Send resume to suzanne_wilson@metronetworks.com.

Please note this position is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Metro Source does not accommodate relocation expenses.

Gannett Layoffs Include 30 to 40 Employees at The Arizona Republic

Gannett gave pink slips to approximately 700 employees yesterday, including an approximately 30-40 employees in its Phoenix newsrooms. In a confidential memo to Gannett’s US Community Publishing employees, President Bob Dickey cited lackluster ad sales as a reason for the layoffs.

According to the Phoenix New Times, Gannett plans to shut its Phoenix Offset plant in Chandler and shutter “Yes” Magazine.

Sources:
Bulletin: Gannett announces 700 newspaper layoffs [Gannett Blog]
AZ Republic Lays off 30 to 40 [Phoenix New Times]

JOB ALERT: Hopi Tribe Seeks Editor for Tribal Newspaper

The Hopi Tribe is looking for a managing edito to direct, coordinate and supervise activities associated with the publication of the tribally-owned newspaper. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field and four years experience managing a newspaper. Preference given to applicants who can speak/understand the Hopi language to conduct interviews with tribal members who prefer to converise in the Hopi language.

For a full job description, visit http://www.hopi-nsn.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=dh%2baMJckpKg%3d&tabid=183.

Application instructions can be found on the Hopi Tribe’s Human Resources page.

JOB ALERT: KJZZ Seeks Digital Media Editor

KJZZ Phoenix, home of  Fronteras: the Changing America Desk seeks an experienced Digital Media Editor. This person will be responsible for the editorial oversight of KJZZ.org and will work with editors to help manage fronterasdesk.org, the multi media presence for the Changing America Desk. This person will be a journalist and an editor, not a person who is just good Web skills.

Here is the official posting, and the link to apply is at the bottom. To be considered,  be sure to follow the application instructions to the letter. Actually read every line.

Digital Media Editor
Supervises the research, writing, and production of news programming across multi-media platforms, including on-line and broadcast. Ensures the rendering of timely and accurate information across multiple media platforms. Collaborates with reporters, producers and editors to develop and guide the best practices in digital content management. Responsible for working on a full spectrum of digital strategies, projects and activities for the KJZZ news department to include serving as a special assignment reporter.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Broadcasting or related field
  • Two (2) or more years of editing and reporting experience, including digital media
  • Experience coordinating and scheduling programming
  • Experience with utilizing Internet search engines and fluency in electronic news gathering techniques, including quickly navigating the Internet
  • Experience in an online editing environment, including writing for the Web
  • Experience in a professional broadcast environment
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience working in an environment with tight deadlines

To apply, visit http://www.maricopa.edu/employees/divisions/hr/jobs/current. Click “Current Openings” and then look for “Digital Media Editor.”

JOB ALERT: Associate Editor for AAA Arizona

AAA Arizona is seeking an Associate Editor to provide administrative and editing support for Highroads magazine and the Creative Services department. They assist in all stages of the editorial cycle: editorial calendar development, topic identification, research, writing, editing and proofing, in-house and outside ad management, production, distribution and framing for online.

Key qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in magazine productions,
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat.
  • Familiarity with Macintosh hardware/software preferred.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills.
  • Knowledge of magazine production procedures.

For more information, see the posting at http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?job_did=J3I18369Q7Y2X9F788X.

Journalism Job: KNXV Seeks Planning Editor

KNXV-TV, a Scripps owned ABC affiliate is adding a planning editor its newscast team in Arizona. The planning editor will coordinate coverage at least one day ahead for key stories and scheduled special event coverage utilizing strong editorial, journalistic, organizational and communication skills.

Key activities:

  • Plan, research and set-up enterprise stories
  • Create a daily coverage plan list of compelling visual stories.
  • Track and document newsworthy stories
  • Establish strong contacts with news sources in the coverage area
  • Produce stories for special event programming
  • Research, write and produce content for multiple platforms
  • Perform other duties as needed and directed by news management

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AP Phoenix Seeks Editorial Assistant

AP is looking for an editorial assistant that wants to grow and develop multimedia and interactive skills.

LSH1008-831 — Editorial Assistant, West Regional Desk

The Associated Press seeks a full-time Editorial Assistant at its regional editing desk in Phoenix. This is a temporary position expected to last up to two years.

The regional desk editorial assistant joins a team that leads general news coverage and provides support to state bureaus in one of the AP’s four domestic regions. An EA is typically a journalist interested in gaining newsroom experience and working toward a position as an AP newsperson. He or she will handle a variety of clerical tasks, both for the state bureaus in the territory and the regional desk. They include: Continue reading