Gwen Ifill Speaks on News Diversity at Cronkite School

Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most recognized and respected television journalists, will give a free public lecture April 1 on diversity in the news at Arizona State University.

Ifill is managing editor and moderator of the PBS news show “Washington Week,” the longest-running prime time news and public affairs program on television, and is senior correspondent for another long-running news program, the “PBS NewsHour.” She also has been a frequent guest on other news programs such as “Meet the Press.”

The best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” Ifill will discuss “Diversity and Inclusion in the News.”

Ifill’s talk will take place April 1 at 7 p.m. in the First Amendment Forum of the Cronkite School on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. For more information, visit

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. Continue reading

Blumberg joins KJZZ with ‘open mic’ policy

The Valley’s public radio station, KJZZ 91.5, is giving listeners an opportunity to drive the editorial content of the news they hear by sharing stories and sources with Public Insight Journalist Nick Blumberg, the newest addition to KJZZ’s Fronteras: Changing America Desk.

Blumberg’s primary responsibility is to collect tips, resources, expert analysis and personal stories, and share them with KJZZ news teams and American Public Media’s Public Insight Network. American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio created the Public Insight Network to provide a comprehensive database exchange where public radio reporters, producers and editors across the country can find and share resources.
The network already has 100,000 sources: people who are having a significant impact on the editorial content of national shows like Marketplace, American RadioWorks and now KJZZ’s Fronteras: Changing America Desk. Visit for more information.

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

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

ABC15 Names Anita Helt Vice President and GM

Anita Helt, an accomplished television executive and community leader, has been
named vice president and general manager of KNXV, the Scripps-owned ABC
affiliate in Phoenix.

“Anita Helt is a long-time champion of the institutions of Phoenix, where she
spent 15 years working in local television and forging strong relationships
communitywide through her involvement in civic and professional organizations,”
said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.
“With her keen market insights and industry leadership, Anita will develop local
news and programming that will continue to engage a growing numbers of viewers
and advertisers alike.”

Helt, 49, begins her new assignment on June 20. She replaces Janice Todd, who
retired earlier this year after leading the station since 2005.

Most recently, Helt, served as president and general manager of KXTV-TV, the ABC
station in Sacramento.

From 1995 to 2010, Helt worked for KPNX-TV, Phoenix’s NBC affiliate. She started
at the station as special projects manager, ultimately becoming vice president
of marketing and programming. In that capacity, she also led strategic planning,
community relations and digital efforts.

During Helt’s prior tenure in Phoenix, she served as president and as a board
member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism. Helt also
served on the board of the Phoenix Susan G. Komen for the Cure; on the advisory
boards of Helping Hands for Single Moms and YWCA; and as president of a Phoenix
area chapter of National Charity League.

Helt’s early career highlights include serving as an anchor and reporter in
Kansas and Washington. Her work earned multiple reporting awards.  She earned a
bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Washington.

She and her husband, Kip, reside in Phoenix. The couple has a daughter, Lauren,
who attends Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass

First Press Events Benefit Radio

Join the Friends of Public Radio AZ in celebration of the First Press Grand Tasting and First Press Wine Auction Oct. 29-30, held each fall to celebrate all things vino!

The Grand Tasting will be held on Friday at The Musical Instrument Museum from 6 to 10 p.m. With over 30 vintners in attendance, there is sure to be something for all to sample and enjoy. Don’t pass up watching the fourth-annual Food Fight chef competition as well. General admission tickets are $65, and VIP tickets are $125.
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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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Journalism Job Opportunities in Phoenix

Looking for a journalism job? We’ve heard of a few openings…

Metro Source seeks experienced writers
Westwood One’s Metro Source wire service in Scottsdale is looking for seasoned writers. Applicants must have extensive news writing experience and be able to meet multiple deadlines. These full-time positions are for shift work, so you should not have a problem working overnights/weekends/holidays. Please send your resume to

ABC15 hiring for several positions
KNXV-TV Phoenix (ABC 15) is looking for a full-time news investigator and also a videographer/editor (temporary, through the end of Nov.). For more information, visit:

Friends of Public Radio Arizona appoints new board members

The Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) announces the addition of three new members to serve on its nonprofit board in 2010.

“We chose Mark Feldman, Erik E. Hellum and Todd Sanders because of their strong ties to our community, leadership abilities, expert knowledge and passion for public radio,” said Jim Paluzzi, the general manager for Public Radio stations KJZZ 91.5 FM and KBAQ 89.5 FM. “They are perfect additions to the board, given that its priority is to increase awareness and funds for KJZZ and KBAQ.”
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