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The House of Broadcasting (HOBI) invites members of the media to join them at Changing Hands-Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Road, as they host a book signing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, for “Images of America: Phoenix Television” ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing), written by John Craft and Lisa Honebrink.

Craft is a member of the faculty at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Honebrink has been a radio producer and spent time as a public information officer for the city of Phoenix, including a stint in the mayor’s office. She continues to work in Public Relations.

Craft and Honebrink said they wanted to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at past and present on-air personalities, programs and other significant moments that have shaped society and, specifically, the lifestyles of Phoenicians since TV burst onto the scene here in the late 1940s.

To view a short segment Craft and Honebrink had on KAZ-TV with Pat McMahon to talk about the book, click the link below:

https://www.aztv.com/posts/history-phoenix-television

Then on Tuesday, May 21, come back to Changing Hands in Phoenix for the much-anticipated launch of Jana Bommersbach’s latest true-crime book, “A Stolen Life: The Debra Milke Story” ($20, paperback). Her presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Arizona said Debra Milke was a baby killer. Phoenix Homicide Detective Armando Saldate testified she “confessed” to having her 4-year-old son killed when he though he was going to see Santa. On his word alone, she was convicted in 1990 and became the only woman on Arizona’s death row. So how did she go free in 2015—only the second woman in American history to walk off death row? How did both a federal court and Arizona’s Court of Appeals lambast Arizona for imprisoning her in the first place—the state court saying it was “ashamed” of what happened to her, seeing it as “a severe stain on the Arizona justice system.”

This non-fiction, investigative book probes deep inside this fascinating criminal case … inside the prison, inside the evidence, inside the breakdown of justice, inside the legal tenacity, inside the heart and mind of Debra Milke. To pre-order your book, click here.

Jana Bommersbach is one of Arizona’s most acclaimed journalists, authors and public speakers. This is her seventh book.

Ruling favors gun safety ad

PHOENIX, May 20, 2014—A controversial gun-safety ad campaign is about to return to Phoenix, after the city lost its attempt to censor the project sponsored by a gun-safety training group, TrainMeAZ, LLC (www.trainmeaz.com).

TMA Bus 1The Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, which represented Alan Korwin and TrainMeAZ, LLC, was granted summary judgment for its client earlier this month by the Arizona Court of Appeals, preventing Phoenix from blocking the ads. Phoenix had forced them down a mere nine days after they were posted under contract more than three years ago.

The ads, which were placed inside city bus shelters, feature a large red heart with the words “Guns Save Lives” and the line “Educate Your Kids,” with contact information for TrainMeAZ.com.

City officials at the time told Alan Korwin, owner of TrainMeAZ, that the message was too controversial and had garnered a complaint, and so had to be removed or changed. In court, the case revolved around the city’s changing standards and the ad’s accompanying small text, designed to motivate bus riders to go to the website and sign up for real firearms-safety training.

Details of the case, including a timeline of events leading up to the censorship, all the court papers, the text of the ad, and photos of the ads on city streets, are available at www.trainmeaz.com under the “newsroom” button.

“We are enormously gratified that the Arizona Court of Appeals protected the First Amendment rights of all Arizonans by striking down the City of Phoenix’s arbitrary decision to forbid ‘Guns Save Lives’ advertisements at City bus stops,” said Clink Bolick, lead attorney for The Goldwater Institute.

“The city’s rules require ads to ‘adequately display’ a commercial advertisement.  The rules are enforced in haphazard fashion, so that people cannot know which ads will be allowed or censored,” Bolick pointed out. “The court ruled unanimously that the city failed to follow its own rules, given that the ads were designed to encourage viewers to visit a commercial website for firearms training.”

“Gun-rights advocates nationwide are fond of saying the Second Amendment protects the First Amendment, which is totally true,” Korwin said. “In this case, however, it’s the other way around—free speech and the First Amendment have protected our right to keep and bear arms, and in particular, our right to train our selves and our precious families in real gun safety.”

Read the narrow, unanimous, 17-page decision here:
http://azcourts.gov/Portals/0/OpinionFiles/Div1/2014/CV%2012-0878.pdf

Trade magazine co. seeks staff writer/assoc. editor

Target Market Media Publications, Inc. is a Phoenix-based publication company. They focus on producing industry-focused, business-to-business trade magazines. Over the years they have printed several publications. Currently, they produce Attorney at Law Magazine, C-Level Magazine, Business Professional Magazine, Public Accountant Magazine, Real Estate Magazine and Financial Consultant Magazine.

With a tight focus on a particular industry, Target Market Media Publications, Inc. creates editorial that is similarly focused on the development of that industry. In addition to various editorial pieces, the magazine creates feature stories and profiles on professionals and businesses across the country.

THE OPPORTUNITY
Target Market Media Publications, Inc. is currently hiring a full-time Staff Writer/Associate Editor for their Phoenix office (7th St. and Thomas). This individual will interview and write feature stories for our various publications and editions. Additionally, the individual will assist the editor with reviewing and editing submitted articles as well as soliciting editorial from respected sources.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Interviewing feature story subjects;
• Writing feature stories & profiles;
• Completing revisions;
• Meeting demanding deadlines;
• Reviewing & editing submitted articles;
• And, minor proofreading.

DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
• 1-3 years of writing experience;
• B.A. in English or Journalism;
• And, knowledge of AP Style Standards;
• Interview experience is a plus.

To apply, send an e-mail to tpx36-4411664069@job.craigslist.org (Staff Writer/Associate Editor in the subject line), with your resume and 2-3 writing samples. List your desired compensation. While it is not required, preference will be given to feature story or profile writing samples.

Journo job openings in the Valley

Univision seeks bilingual news anchor

Univision Arizona is seeking a full-time news anchor to join its seasoned staff for the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Ideal candidate must be a strong newsroom leader, have effective reporting background and be a clear, concise and accurate Spanish writer and speaker.

In addition, news anchors are responsible for gathering, researching and writing articles which can be posted “online” and/or for use on a web-based medium either on the company’s website, social media or any other Univision subsidiaries. Position requires generating enterprise field reports and active participation in the community on behalf of the station.

Responsibilities include: Anchoring newscasts/special projects as assigned; producing newscasts when needed; reporting in the field; writing for newscasts, including teases, promos, intros, tags and generating graphics; maintaining a high degree of knowledge of current and community events; and developing and maintaining good relationships with news sources.

Broadcast Journalism degree preferred. Minimum 5 years experience as an anchor/reporter on Spanish language television.

Email a resume and links to your most powerful stories to: jvilla@univision.net.

North Valley weekly seeks editor/reporter

The Foothills Focus, a weekly newspaper serving the communities of Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix, and North Scottsdale, is looking for an editor/reporter.

Needed is a self-starter capable of building sources who has strong time management skills. Responsibilities include reporting, editing and photography skills, writing up briefs and determining placement of stories. Reporter is responsible for utilizing the newspaper’s Facebook page to supplement weekly coverage as well as post breaking news.

Send resumes and three to five writing samples to foothillsfocus@qwestoffice.net. For information, call 623-465-5808. This is a salaried position. Pay depends on experience.

Jewish News of Greater Phx under new ownership

Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, the 65-year-old media company and the only newspaper covering the Valley Jewish community, was purchased by Phoenix residents Jaime and Jeff Stern from Florence and Paul Eckstein on March 31. Jaime Stern succeeds Florence Eckstein as publisher.

The families of both the buyer and seller have lived in Phoenix for five generations and are both active in the local community.

“We are delighted to be handing the reins of our weekly newspaper, website and community directory to the next generation,” said Florence Eckstein, whose family has owned and operated Jewish News for 52 years. Eckstein has been publisher since 1981; her parents, Cecil and Pearl Newmark, were publisher and editor respectively, from 1961-1981.

Jaime Stern has 12 years of leadership in the senior housing industry and ran a large life care community in the west valley. Stern and her family are active in the Jewish community and she has served on many boards of Jewish community organizations.

“We are excited to build on the solid foundation established by the Newmarks and Ecksteins and continue the ethical honorable and important work they have done with sophistication and grace,” Stern said. “We intend to strengthen Jewish News’ relationship with readers and advertisers and to engage a larger demographic of our growing community in print, and through our website and social media.”

Stern will retain the Jewish News’ award-winning staff.

M.B. Goldman Jr. founded Jewish News in 1948, the year Israel became a state.

Over the decades, Jewish News has grown from a 4-page monthly print newspaper to a full- service media company publishing a weekly print subscription newspaper; annual magazine- style community directory; and website, jewishaz.com.

Jewish News’ former co-owner Paul Eckstein is a member of the law firm of Perkins Coie. New co-owner Jeff Stern is a physician and partner at Academic Urology, a west valley medical practice group.

On April 12, Jewish News published a special issue celebrating the 65th anniversaries of both Israel and Jewish News. For information, contact Jaime Stern at 602-870-9470, or email jstern@jewishaz.com.

Online print media editor sought

National B2B multi-media company based in Phoenix seeks online editor. Platforms include Websites, e-newsletters and print and digital magazines. Position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, knowledge of AP style, good organizational skills, the ability to generate original copy as well as work with contributors, and the ability to manage multiple deadlines. Experience with WordPress or other CMS is essential, along with familiarity with Constant Contact or other email platforms. Business journalism experience preferred. Project management experience preferred. Must provide three recent links that showcase the depth and breadth of your online writing, website management and email marketing experience. Excellent opportunity for growth for a smart, energetic candidate. Email cover letter and resume to wxv4b-3387679961@job.craigslist.org.

Arizona Republic Hiring Northeast Phoenix Reporter

The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest media organization, is looking for a Northeast Phoenix reporter to join our Phoenix team and cover this high-profile geographic area with a focus on government accountability, economic development and community living. The reporter also would cover the Paradise Valley school district and serve as a watchdog over several city departments, including parks and recreation, police and fire and aviation. He or she will be an integral part of a team that regularly produces Page one, metro cover and Phoenix community Republics, breaks news online, contributes to the PhxBeat blog and other social media and partners with 12 News.

Responsibilities include:

  • Daily and Sunday enterprise stories for both metro and the Community papers and web sites.
  • Watchdog stories on city government and school administration.
  • Analysis and trend stories specific to the beat.

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. He or she must have the ability to report and tell stories well. If interested, please send a note with a resume, explanation of how you would approach the job and links to no more than six of your best stories in the last two years to Phoenix Editor Christina Leonard at Christina.leonard@arizonarepublic.com.

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

Arizona Republic Hiring Reporters

The Arizona Republic has posted three job openings: Community News Online Platform Manager, Peoria City Hall reporter and Queen Creek reporter. Learn more about each position below…

Community News Online Platform Manager
We are looking for a dynamic individual to oversee several online community sections. The individual will be directly responsible for planning and maintaining the microsites, with timely and useful content, packaged and presented in a way that best serves our online audience. The person will lead and manage the coverage of breaking news, as well as creation of unique online content. In addition, the individual will manage special projects and refine the workflows and systems needed to keep the microsites current and relevant. The role involves working with a multitude of elements, from stories and photos to videos, graphics, databases and other visual/technical features. It also involves working with producers and other platform and content editors to ensure accurate and complete coverage. The individual must be able to draw together multiple elements and effectively, accurately and quickly post information to the microsites. Strong editing skills are required, as are the abilities to prioritize, communicate, organize and work under the pressure of multiple deadlines and assignments. Interested candidates should contact Abe Kwok by March 5.
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