‘Let your creativity stretch its legs and run’ at the Hutch News

My pal Ron Sylvesterthe brand-new managing editor of the Hutchinson News of Hutchinson, Kan. — is looking to hire a page designer.

Here’s the ad he asked me to post:

Here’s an opening for an entry level page designer offering rare benefits for a modern journalist:

  • The chance to work for a stable company with no debt and growing opportunities. Because of this, we offer a profit sharing program, so you’re not just working those long hours for the CEO to be the only one who gets a raise.
  • We haven’t had layoffs since 2009. How many newsrooms can say that?
  • Doing work that actually gets feedback at the local coffee shop every morning, because you interact with readers daily, not designing pages in some faraway hub. Because it serves a smaller community with powerful local news coverage, people actually read our paper and web site.
  • We’re a town of 42,000 people, but we have a vibrant group of young professionals. Even our mayor is under the age of 40.
  • We pay salaries competitive with larger papers, but because of our cost of living, you’ll feel like you’re getting a raise.

The Hutchinson News has an average daily circulation of 27,000 (30,000 Sundays), serving a town of 42,000 people and communities across western Kansas.

But just because we’re a small town, it doesn’t mean we don’t do big-time journalism. We were the first newspaper in Kansas to win a Pulitzer and ever since we’ve continued to strive to produce the best quality. For the second year in a row, we’ve won the state’s overall sweepstakes award in the largest circulation daily division. That means we not only hold our own, but at times surpass, bigger newsrooms.

Simply put: Hutch News kicks butt.

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We’re looking for someone to help us display those award-winning stories and photos in interesting and innovative ways. Here’s a place in the wide open Great Plains, where you’ll have room to let your creativity stretch its legs and run.  Because this is a place people like to live and work, you’ll be surrounded by veteran professionals who will help you grow.

If this sounds like a team you’d like to join, send a cover letter, resume with references and examples of your work to:

Ron Sylvester, managing editor
rsylvester [at] hutchnews.com

I worked closely with Ron and his team during my time at the Orange County Register. He’s top-notch.

Hutchinson is about an hour northwest of Wichita and a little more than three hours west of Kansas City.

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The main industries in Hutchinson are farming, the salt mine and some manufacturing. Among the latter:

  • The Lowen Sign Co., which is the country’s largest maker of real estate signs.
  • Collins Bus Corp., the country’s largest school bus manufacturer.
  • A wind turbine nacelle factory operated by Siemens.

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Hutchinson is also the site of the annual National Junior College Athletic Association basketball tournament.

I’ve always wanted to visit Hutchinson. There is a world-class space museum there, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

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Among the exhibits there: Both the Apollo 13 spacecraft and Gus Grissom’s old Mercury capsule, which spent decades on the floor of the Atlantic.

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The city is also the home of Strataca, an active salt mine that’s so stable in temperature and humidity that the operators also use the place to store fragile old movie film and other artifacts.

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Among the original reels reportedly stored there: Gone With the Wind, the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars.

Famous people from Hutchinson include NFL quarterback Pat Ryan, Dodger pitcher Jack Banta, actor Aneta Corsaut, Playboy models Racquel Darrian and Julie Woodson, photographer Hal Prewitt and journalist James B. Steele (of the famed Philadelphia Inquirer investigative duo Bartlett and Steele).

Find the city’s official web site here and its tourism bureau here.

Find the Hutchinson News‘ web site here.

Find Ron Sylvester’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Richmond Times-Dispatch seeks an ‘inquisitive’ designer

Brandon Dingess of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch writes to share a page design job opportunity…

PAGE DESIGNER

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is seeking a creative, versatile and energetic page designer who can create elegant and effective print presentations for news and feature sections. We’re looking for a designer with impeccable news judgment who will be actively involved in brainstorming ways to improve reader experience through judicious use of eye-catching, informative visuals – page design isn’t about decoration.

Under the stable ownership of Berkshire Hathaway, the Times-Dispatch is optimistic about our future and committed to community journalism. Richmond, Virginia’s capital and heart of a vibrant, historically rich region central with easy access to beaches, mountains, and the nation’s capital, boasts a thriving cultural scene and appears on numerous lists of top destinations/places to live.

JOB DUTIES

  • Design compelling pages for the Times-Dispatch’s news and feature sections including Metro and Business.
  • Organize pages to reflect the news of the day
  • Consistently meet page-close deadlines, including keeping a steady flow of pages during the production cycle.
  • Collaborate with editors, photographers or artists on graphic needs for the paper.
  • Suggests and/or creates ideas for images, graphics, sidebars, breakout boxes, headlines and other visual items that engage the reader.
  • Provide clear and timely communication with copy editors, line editors, other colleagues and supervisors while under the pressure of deadline.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communications, English or related discipline.
  • Two years of newspaper experience required, less experience strongly considered if applicant has strong design skills; 3-5 years experience preferred
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop (know how to do image cutouts).
  • Must be detail-oriented.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
(Must successfully pass)

  • Criminal Background Investigation
  • Drug Screen

If you are an inquisitive editor, know how to use visuals as a window to content rather than window-dressing and are a team player, then we want to hear from you.

You guys are aware I spent a decade in Virginia Beach. I went to Richmond many, many times.

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Richmond is a major business, government and financial center. It’s the home of a Federal Reserve Bank and a number of Fortune 500 companies, including CarMax.

Virginia Commonwealth University is downtown. The place is famous for its restaurants, art museums and night scene.

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If you like history, Richmond’s your place. Much of the Civil War was fought in and around this part of Virginia. 150 years and two weeks ago, the place nearly burned to the ground. One of my own ancestors died at the Battle of the Crater in nearby Petersburg. Much of the movie Lincoln was filmed there.

Richmond is about two-and-a-half to three hours from Washington D.C. and maybe a little less to beautiful Virginia Beach.

Here are a few samples of the paper’s front page:

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Brandon says to email him clips, a cover letter and resume if you’re interested. He can be reached at

bdingess [at] timesdispatch.com

Newport News, Va., paper: ‘Don’t get stuck in a hub. Come work with us and be a journalist.’

Deputy night editor Shana Gray and her colleagues at the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., are looking for a designer+editor.She recently retooled her want ad. I offered her a test-drive here in the blog…

This news production job is different:

  • Your value won’t be measured in how many pages you can churn out in a night.
  • Your agenda won’t be shaped by editors in far-flung cities.
  • You’ll live in and understand the communities you serve.

These days, that sounds pretty crazy, right?

Not to us.

The Daily Press Media Group production team works with the best journalists in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in a brand new, digital-first newsroom. We have a laser focus on investigative journalism – digging up the stories that many public officials would rather we didn’t — and have award-winning local sports, features and opinion coverage.

To make it happen, we need news junkies with production chops — people who can design with flair, write smart headlines and move effortlessly between print and digital.

Don’t get stuck in a hub. Come work with us and be a journalist.

The Daily Press is a darned good paper. They have you-know-who in their backyard — just across the Chesapeake Bay — so they know they have to be at the top of their game visually.

And they are. Just a few samples from my collection:

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In addition, the Daily Press redesigned last year. Read all about it here.

In an ad Shana posted last year, she elaborated:

The Daily Press Media Group is located in Newport News, Va., on the Virginia peninsula. We are surrounded by the York River, the James River and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Among the communities we cover: Hampton, Gloucester, Mathews, Williamsburg and Smithfield. We are the home to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. If you’re a history buff, you’ll never be at a loss for places to see.

If you like great seafood, beaches and still want to watch the leaves change in the fall, this is the place for you. In addition, we are the home to many colleges and universities including Hampton University, Christopher Newport University and the College of William and Mary. We offer a great place to live as well as a great place to work.

Shana mentioned the brand-new, state-of-the-art newsroom the Daily Press moved into this past winter in downtown Newport News. A few excerpts from a gallery the paper posted at the time:

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Find the Daily Press web site here and the city’s official web site here.

Shana closes her new ad:

Please email your resume, design clips and digital experience to Shana Gray at:

sgray [at] dailypress.com

Small Mississippi daily seeks an art director with ‘a restless creativity’

Peter Imes, general manager of the Commercial Dispatch of Columbus, Miss., writes:

We are on the verge of making some big steps in terms of visual content in our paper and on our website… We’re a small paper and are aware of the down-scaling other papers are doing, but we firmly believe in the power good design and visuals have on our product and are ready to invest in improving our efforts there.

Any help you can offer in broadcasting this opening would be much appreciated.

Naturally, I’m happy to help play matchmaker. Here’s the official want ad:

The Commercial Dispatch, a family-owned, 14,000 circulation, six-day-a-week newspaper in northeast Mississippi, is seeking an art director to join our newsroom. This is a new position at The Dispatch.

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Our community is thriving. There are two universities, a growing retail corridor, substantial industrial development and a thriving arts scene. Our newspaper, too, is riding this wave of prosperity.

We are committed to providing well-written stories relevant to our readers and need someone, who can provide and direct the creation of compelling visual content to complement the work of our reporting staff. This includes graphics, photography and design of section fronts.

The ideal candidate will possess a restless creativity, a passion for daily excellence. He or she will be a team player, a master of Adobe Creative Suite and have well-developed photographic sensibilities. By that we mean a hunger and appreciation for the unconventional image.

Peter’s not kidding. This paper has done some pretty impressive design from time to time. For example, three years ago, the Virginian-Pilot hired away a designer from the Commercial Dispatch. Here were samples from that designer’s portfolio:

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Not bad at all. And keep in mind: This is a 14,000-circulation daily.

The ad continues:

This person will manage a three-person design team and staff photographers. Initial tasks include coordinating and implementing redesigns of the print and online product.

You need to understand our brand, our mission and help make our presentation fit. Your creativity should shine, not suffer, beneath deadlines. Copy editing and headline writing skills are a must.

The salary is in the low to mid 40s. We offer health insurance, paid vacations and assistance with moving expenses.

To apply, please email your resume, portfolio and professional references to:

work [at]cdispatch.com

No phone calls, please.

As the ad says, Columbus is in East Mississippi, near the Alabama state line. It’s about an hour west of Tuscaloosa and three hours southeast of Memphis.

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The Mississippi University for Women is located in Columbus itself, but in nearby Starkville — less than a half-hour to the west — you’ll find a major college: Mississippi State University. In fact, the Commercial Dispatch is still selling a magazine edition commemorating the success the Bulldogs’ baseball team had a couple of years ago.

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The Union army attacked Columbus during the Civil War, but Confederate troops managed to hold firm (which wasn’t the case in places like Atlanta, Ga., and Columbia, S.C.). As a result, the city is full of gorgeous and historic old antebellum homes.

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There’s an Air Force Base there — one of only four flight training centers for the USAF. There’s also a steel plant and a number of high-tech aircraft and high-tech military contractors in the area.

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Playwright Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, as was boxer Henry Armstrong and Brooklyn Dodgers/N.Y. Yankees baseball broadcaster Red Barber.

Find the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau web site here.

Find the Commercial Dispatch web site here and its Twitter feed here.

Find Peter Imes’ columns here and his Twitter feed here.

Fargo Forum seeks a ‘versatile, energetic’ page designer

Last week, I taught a week of visual journalism classes at the Forum of Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.

My host for the week — presentation editor Jason Miller — contacts me now to tell us he’s looking to hire a “versatile, energetic” page designer.

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Here’s the official want ad, as posted at JournalismJobs:

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead is seeking a versatile and energetic person to join its team of page designers.

The ideal candidate would be able to design bold, striking pages with dynamic art and eye-catching headlines. The Forum isn’t afraid to take risks with its design, especially on Page One. Our covers are consistently in the Newseum Top 10 and featured on Charles Apple’s design blog.

We’re looking for a designer who can not only build six-column centerpieces daily, but can also dissect a story and get to its heart to create an illustration or can find additional information for a breakout that will add more to a story.

This designer must also possess sound news judgment, work efficiently, be able to turn a page on its head in the event of breaking news, and be able to upload content to our website. Design will primarily be on A1 and Metro+State sections.

Experience building charts, graphics and illustrations is preferred, but not required.

A few samples of the Forum from my collection:

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Back to the ad…

The position involves evening and weekend work, and salary will be based on experience. We offer four-day workweeks with three consecutive days off.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper on the Northern Plains reaches more than 45,000 highly-engaged daily readers and boasts the region’s most popular news website, averaging more than 10 million page views a month. We are family owned, financially stable and in a growing and dynamic market with strong K-12 schools, large and small universities and many cultural, recreational and entertainment options.

Many of our journalists move on from here to major-market dailies. Those who stay have great opportunities for advancement with us or within our parent company’s regional footprint spanning four Upper Midwest states. And while we value experience, newer journalists with strong work ethics and great clips will also be considered for the position, which offers competitive pay and benefits.

Qualified applicants should apply by March 16 to Presentation Editor Jason Miller at…

jmiller [at] forumcomm.com

…or:

101 5th St. N.
Box 2020
Fargo, ND  58107.

In case you’re wondering, Fargo is located in the bottom right corner of the state along the Red River, which forms the border with Minnesota.It’s about three-and-a-half hours northwest of Minneapolis and about two-and-a-half hours east of Bismarck, the state capital.

The river is prone to springtime flooding; however, after several high-profile floods in the 1990s, they’ve done some work with prevention efforts. The water rose quite high in 2010 and no major damage resulted.

These two pictures of the city are from Wikimedia Commons…

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…and this one of the Forum building, I took last week.

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Yes, it gets cold in Fargo. Yes, it snows (an average of more than four feet a year of the white stuff, although this year it was quite a bit less).

The local economy is based primarily around agriculture: Food processing and so on. There’s also quite a bit of insurance and health care industry in town. The city’s second-largest employer is North Dakota State University.

With NDSU and two other colleges in the area, the city has plenty of arts and culture: A jazz group, opera, symphony orchestra, several local theatre groups and so on. There’s a sizable air museum and an annual Winter Carnival.

And speaking of North Dakota State: The school has won four consecutive national football championships in the FCS (formerly known as division I-AA).

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If you’re like me, most of what you probably know about Fargo is from the big movie in 1996. Only one or two shots were actually filmed in Fargo. Most of that movie was made in Brainerd, Minn., and Minneapolis.

In addition, the movie claims that the movie is based on actual events. That’s total bullshit — but you probably guessed that if you’ve ever seen the movie.

Famous people from Fargo include 1960s musical icon Bobby Vee, Peter Schickele (better known as PDQ Bach), sports greats Andy Heck, Paul Gaustad, Gary Larsen and Roger Maris and NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro.

The paper itself is a 45,298-circulation family-owned daily.

Find the Forum‘s web site here.

Find the web site here for the city of Fargo itself. Find the tourism section of the web site here.

Go here to read the write-up of my trip there last week.

Florida’s Treasure Coast papers seek a multiplatform editor

The upsides of working for a smaller community news organization is that they’re typically more stable than larger, corporate-owned outfits. That usually translates into fewer layoffs and furloughs.

The downside: Your personnel is constantly being hired way by those bigger outfits. Meaning you’re constantly in recruitment mode.

Such is the case for my pal Tim Thorsen, a senior editor for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla. Tim writes:

Any chance you know of any talented folks looking for work? I’ve got an open position I’m hoping you can help me fill.

The best thing I can do for you is put it here in the blog and hope someone sees it.

Here’s the ad:

Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida has an immediate opening for a multiplatform editor who will help to improve the quality of our design and editing in transition to a digital-first multiplatform editing desk. The ideal candidate will possess sound news judgment, high standards and the ability to excel at print and digital tasks. In print and online, we are looking for someone with superior skill in the following areas and on all platforms:

  • Design (digital focus would be on arranging content on TCPalm.com; print focus would include, but not be limited to, Page 1A)
  • Copy editing and headline writing, with the ability to tailor the work to the platform
  • Critical thinking and news judgment

Our ideal candidate works well under deadline pressure with speed, creativity and confidence. We demand outstanding communication skills and an unwavering attention to detail.

Our production desk produces four newspapers each evening, and this designer will be involved with projects that are shared with our other newspapers across the country.

This position is based in Stuart, Fla., just north of West Palm Beach, and offers competitive salary and excellent benefits.To apply for this position go [here] and search for requisition 10021.

The papers you’d be working on are the…

  • Indian River Press Journal of Vero Beach (circulation 83,969)
  • Stuart News (circulation 38,956)
  • St. Lucie News Tribune of Ft. Pierce (circulation 29,261)

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And, in South Carolina…

  • Anderson Independent-Mail (circulation 22,625)

…which, unfortunately, doesn’t post its front page in the Newseum. That happens to be the town in which I was born, however. We’d drive through there every time we visited Atlanta. Last time I saw the paper, it was a tall tabloid and it looked pretty decent. Here’s the best I could find via Google:

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Stuart, Fla., is located along the Southeastern edge of the state, roughly halfway between Orlando and Miami and south of Cape Canaveral.

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Fueling the economy of that part of Florida is — Surprise! — retirement homes and tourism. Stuart, in fact, bills itself as the “Sailfish Capital of the World.”

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If you’re wanting to live in Florida, though, you might want to consider this. The cost of living in Stuart is below the national average, believe it or not. Wikipedia reports (awkwardly, which is one good reason to never, ever quote them):

Stuart is publicly seen as a new coming old city, starting a new boom in its local economy with construction of a new bridge, rise of new buildings and roadways being restored.

The largest city in the area is Port St. Lucie, famous for its golf courses at the PGA Village and for hosting the Mets’ spring training camp.

The Mets used to be a pro baseball team. You old-timers out there might remember them.

Famous people from Stuart include actor Judge Reinhold, pro tennis player Kathy Rinaldi, pro golfers Derek Fathauer and Lee Rinker, pro bowler Nelson Burton Jr., Adventures of Smilin’ Jack cartoonist Zack Mosley and Daily Show correspondent Dan Bakkedahl.

Find Stuart’s municipal web site here. Find a Treasure Coast tourism web site here.

Chicago’s RedEye seeks print/web/tablet designer

Aly Morris, design director of RedEye in Chicago, writes:

I wasn’t sure if you were still posting about job opportunities on your site but I thought I would share with you that we have an open position on our design staff.

A brief summary is that we’re looking for a designer to work on our weekly tablet, daily print edition and our newly responsive website.

I would love your help in spreading the word.

Hope the Texas weather is enjoyable!

I hope it is, too. So far: Not quite so much.

But back to the job opening in Chicago. Here’s the official want ad:

RedEye, Chicago’s go-to news source for 20- and 30-somethings, is hiring a Designer for its weekly tablet edition, daily print edition and website. As a Designer for RedEye, you will conceptualize, coordinate, package, design, and when necessary, produce premium/bonus content (such as stories, photo galleries and video).

The ideal candidate has a portfolio that demonstrates great potential to grasp RedEye‘s dedication to creative, multimedia design that contributes to our unique storytelling. We are also looking for someone who is enthusiastic about joining a dynamic, innovative environment where deadlines are constant and the news cycle can be a few hours, a day, or several weeks. Duties will include designing for all three platforms.

RedEye is a dynamic newsroom quickly evolving into a leader in digital storytelling for the millennial generation. We are small but scrappy, a proven competitor that still remembers our roots as a media start-up. Yet we were created by, and follow the same journalistic standards as, the Chicago Tribune.

All staffers are expected to participate in social media, to generate story ideas and work collaboratively across newsroom departments. You must keep abreast of trends, current events and newsmakers in news, sports and pop culture. This position will require working nights and weekends.

Please make sure a link to your portfolio is on your resume for review.

Perks of this full time role:

  • Working at historic Tribune Tower, full benefits (medical, dental, vision), 401K (plus a company match!), paid vacation, and discounts to area retailers, entertainment. Plus, enjoy working with a group of people who really love what they do.  For a more detailed overview of benefits visit our career page.

Responsibilities:

  • Editing articles and graphics for grammar, punctuation, clarity and accuracy; proof reading others’ work; and writing headlines, captions and refers appearing across all platforms.
  • Working with reporters and editors to present all information in easy-to-read, visually appealing, dynamic, informative and energetic design that contributes to our unique storytelling.
  • Conceptualizing stories and producing multi-platform illustrations, graphics and covers for the paper and iPad edition using software such as InDesign, Photoshop, Intellitune, Illustrator, AfterEffects and MagPlus.
  • Editing photos: pulling photos from wires and other sources; cropping and toning photos across platforms.
  • Pitching stories, long-term initiatives and multi-platform projects that align with RedEye’s mission.
  • Meeting production deadlines and maintaining ideal page flow under minimal to moderate supervision.
  • Employing creativity and independent news judgment to text editing, designing, photo editing, and otherwise preparing work for publication.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; a minimum of 3 years editing, design and multimedia producing experience at a news publication or Web site. Tablet experience is a plus.
  • Professional-level grasp of proper grammar, spelling, punctuation. Ability to write accurately, with clarity, without bias. Knowledge of libel laws and adherence to the Tribune’s and Editorial’s codes of ethics.
  • HTML5, CSS3, javascript and motion graphic knowledge/familiarity.
  • Maintaining up-to-date skills on various digital platforms and keeping abreast of current events and newsmakers in news, sports and pop culture.

About us:

RedEye is part of Tribune Publishing Company which is a diversified media and marketing solutions company that delivers innovative experiences for audiences and advertisers across all platforms. The company’s diverse portfolio of iconic news and information brands includes 10 award-winning daily titles, more than 60 digital properties and more than 150 verticals in markets, including Los Angeles; Chicago; South Florida; Orlando; Baltimore; Carroll County and Annapolis, Md.; Hartford, Conn.; Allentown, Pa., and Newport News, Va.

Tribune Publishing also offers an array of customized marketing solutions, and operates a number of niche products, including Hoy and El Sentinel, the country’s largest Spanish-language publisher.

Tribune Publishing is headquartered in Chicago. Learn more about us at www.tribpub.com!

Questions for our Recruitment team? Contact them on Twitter @CTMGjobs or Facebook.com/ctmgjobs

To apply for the job, click here and then on the button that says “apply for this job online.” Don’t forget to include link to your online portfolio.

Normally, in a post like this, I’ll take a few moments to tell you more about the paper and the city. That hardly seems necessary here. Most of what you need to know about RedEye as a publication — the quality of its presentation and the tone it sets for its readers — you can see right here:

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Those are just from my collection. Aly adds, helpfully:

Interested designers can check out our Tumblr to see some of our recent work.

Likewise, surely I don’t have to tell you much about Michigan Avenue and downtown Chicago. If you’ve never seen it, the Tribune Tower is one of the most picturesque newspaper buildings in the world.

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I worked in that building for two-and-a-half years in the late 1990s. It was a thrill just walking in the front door every day.

I don’t know if it’s still there, but when I worked at the Tribune, tere was a freakin’ moon rock set into a little bulletproof glass window embedded in the wall of the first floor. A freakin’ moon rock!

Plus, there’s now a huge 120-tab beer bar in the former pressroom.

Philadelphia Inquirer seeks a sports designer

John V. Smith, sports design editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes over the weekend:

I’d appreciate a post on your site about the opening at the Inquirer.

Here’s the ad he sends along:

Love sports, cheesesteaks and the arts? Then come work in one of the greatest sports towns in America.

Bring your passion and enthusiasm for design and try to match it to the same level of sports fandom in Philly. Be inspired by the largest collection of public art in the nation in addition to its numerous museums. Come work alongside John V. Smith to reshape the visual voice and tone of one of the top newspapers in the country (20 Pulitzers and counting.)

Now for the specifics:

Page designer – Sports (INQ)  Create engaging feature sports section fronts, produce infographics and illustrations, and contribute to special sections and projects for print and online.  Fast-paced, deadline-intensive. Requires strong knowledge of sports and agility under pressure.

Minimum requirements:

  • Possess strong news judgment, command of typographic and design principles, and a deep understanding of emerging technologies that best display our work online.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite applications (primarily InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and Hermes or similar newspaper publishing program.
  • Experience in web design and interactive tools a plus.

Here are a few samples of John’s own work that he’s posted via his Twitter feed.

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Here’s the rest of the ad:

Candidates will work closely with reporters, assigning editors, graphics, photo and Philly.com. This position also will be responsible for timely updates for online and mobile devices, and proficiency in social media. The candidate will be joining a vibrant, multimedia newsroom at a news organization that is the major source of news for Philadelphia, South Jersey and the Pennsylvania suburbs. Room for growth.

Surely I don’t have to tell you what a great news and sports town Philadelphia is.

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Really, the only things Philadelphia lacks are pro football and pro baseball. Instead, it has the Eagles and the Phillies.

Interested? Contact the Inky‘s sports editor, John Quinn, at:

jquinn [at] phillynews.com

Newport News, Va., Daily Press seeks ‘a strong visual journalist and wordsmith’

My friend Shana Gray — deputy night editor of the Daily Press of Newport News — writes to say:

The Daily Press has some copy desk openings.  was hoping you could do a blog post about it.

For you, Shana? Absolutely.

Here’s the job listing:

The Daily Press is looking for a strong visual journalist and wordsmith who can act as page designer, digital producer and copy editor for its combined print and digital night operation.

  • Can you design eye-catching print pages with an emphasis on strong, storytelling headlines?
  • Can you make content sing on desktops, tablets and mobile devices using digital content management systems?
  • Can you get content noticed using SEO tactics and strategies?
  • Are you a social media whiz who understands the different platforms, their audiences and how to speak to them?
  • Do you have strong skills in Photoshop and/or Illustrator and the creative know-how to produce striking illustrations?
  • Do you enjoy the challenge each day of working with a blank page and creating something different?

If so, we’re eager to speak with you.

The Daily Press is a darned good paper. They have you-know-who in their backyard — just across the Chesapeake Bay — so they know they have to be at the top of their game visually.

And they are. Just a few samples from my collection:

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In addition, the Daily Press redesigned four months ago. Read all about it here.

Back to Shana’s ad:

The Daily Press Media Group is located in Newport News, Va., on the Virginia peninsula. We are surrounded by the York River, the James River and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Among the communities we cover: Hampton, Gloucester, Mathews, Williamsburg and Smithfield. We are the home to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. If you’re a history buff, you’ll never be at a loss for places to see.

If you like great seafood, beaches and still want to watch the leaves change in the fall, this is the place for you. In addition, we are the home to many colleges and universities including Hampton University, Christopher Newport University and the College of William and Mary. We offer a great place to live as well as a great place to work.

Shana might also add that the Daily Press moved into a brand-new location this very week in downtown Newport News. A few excerpts from a gallery the paper posted Monday:

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Find the Daily Press web site here and the city’s official web site here.

Shana writes:

Please email your resume, design clips and digital experience to Shana Gray at

sgray [at] dailypress.com

Small paper in Montrose, Colo., seeks copy editor/paginator

Justin Joiner, managing editor of the Daily Press of Montrose, Colo, writes:

We are looking for a paginator/copy editor to make our pages shine. We are a small, six-day newspaper in beautiful Montrose, Colorado.

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What we lack in size, we make up for in flexibility. We don’t put our designers in a box or ask them to fill in page templates. They have the freedom to take chances, make mistakes and produce award-winning pages. As a paginator for small paper, our designer will design the front page and section fronts every day.

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We will be going through a needed redesign in the coming months and are looking for someone who wants to be involved in that process.

Montrose is located on the Western Slope of Colorado about an hour south of Grand Junction.

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Nearly surrounded by mountains, Montrose is an outdoor-lovers paradise. In less than an hour, you can fish gold medal waters, kayak one of several rivers, hike a 14-er or hunt trophy elk.

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It doesn’t really snow much in Montrose. The place has an arid climate: It gets 245 days of sunshine and only nine inches of precipitation per year. The rainly season is June through August.

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Among the movies filmed in or near Montrose were How the West Was Won (the movie, not the TV show), Dog the Bounty Hunter and True Grit (the original 1969 version). The video game Homefront is set in Montrose.

Find the Montrose municipal web site here and its tourism web site here. Find the paper’s web site here.

Justin says interested parties…

…can send in a resume and clips of their work to:

editor [at] montrosepress.com

Small chain of Nebraska weeklies seeks hub design director

Monday, I wrote about Lyndsey Nielsen, who left the Gannett Design Studio in September and will return in January in an expanded role.

The job she held for just three months sounds like a super opportunity for someone out there. Lyndsey tells us:

They need someone just as awesome — if not more awesome — to fill my shoes.

The job is for Design Director at a yet-to-be-established design studio with Enterprise Publishing in Blair, Neb. The person hired would be a part of the creation process of a studio with the end goal of designing 12 weeklies in the northeastern Nebraska/western Iowa region. Right now, the Washington County Pilot-Tribune, Washington County Enterprise and Arlington Citizen are all put together at the newsroom in Blair.

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The process and timeline of rolling in the other newspapers is largely up to the person hired, so it’s kind of what you make it.

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As for Enterprise Publishing, I have had nothing but good experiences with the people here and the things I’ve been able to do. I have designed special sections, doubletrucks and posters, as well as given their existing newspapers a more bold and cohesive look.

Enterprise prides itself on being a fun environment with a friendly atmosphere. This is a family-owned company in its sixth generation of ownership. It is located in Blair, a small town just north of Omaha. It’s ideal for anyone wanting to live a small-town life. But there is also the option of living in the big city and driving the short commute to Blair for work.

I would have stayed to do this all myself, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity back in Des Moines.

Here is the full  job post:

Do you love getting laid off? How about hearing those “newspapers are dead” comments? Ever dreamt of being a faceless number in a big design studio?

Didn’t think so! Bring your talent, experience and passion for design to our company.

Enterprise Publishing Co. in Blair, Neb., is in search of a game changer. We are bucking industry trends and investing in people. We want a creative, positive leader to help build our page design studio. Our plan is to grow the team to take on more of our company’s publication layout as we focus on having staff do what they do best, with designers designing and reporters reporting. This studio is separate from our art department.

At Enterprise Publishing, you’ll know your bosses. We have been a family-owned company for six generations. We own 12 community papers in Nebraska and Iowa in addition to our Specialized Marketing Division.

We offer competitive pay, paid vacation and benefits.

Blair is located in Washington County, the third-wealthiest county in Nebraska. Our population is growing, and our economy is strong. We are just 25 minutes from shopping, restaurants, nightlife and other entertainment in Omaha, but we don’t have the traffic, crime and noise of the big city.

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Tell us why you should work for us. Previous design experience required for applicants to be considered. Leadership experience also a plus. Contact Managing Editor Katie Rohman with your resume, a link to your portfolio and three professional references at:

editor [at] enterprisepub.com

No calls, please. EOE.

Colorado Springs Gazette seeks a lead sports designer

Stephanie Swearngin, lead designer of the Gazette of Colorado Springs, writes:

I know you’re in the middle of your move to Texas, but would you mind posting this job opening on your blog when you have a chance? It would be greatly appreciated.

The Gazette in Colorado Springs is in the middle of interviewing for a new lead sports designer. But before we pick our final candidate, we want to give everyone a final chance to possibly work and live in Colorado.

Over the past year, our sports sections have been through a massive transformation. We hope to find someone who will continue making our sports pages “pop” while always thinking outside of the box. You’ll be responsible for designing sports coverage for Broncos, Air Force Academy, Olympics, Avalanche, Nuggets, Rockies, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, USA Pro Challenge cycling race and much more. You’ll also work with a great team of photographers, and have direct input into how sports are presented in The Gazette and at gazette.com.

We need a leader who is deadline-driven. We need someone who will work hard, will share ideas, will speak up about photo and story play and coverage ideas, who is collaborative and who enjoys the spotlight. Also, someone who loves newspaper design and is interested in branching out into digital platforms.

A few samples of the work done at the Gazette, from my collection:

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The Gazette redesigned in 2013. Read more about that here.

And the Gazette has a history of bringing along excellent designers. Among the folks who have gone through the Gazette:

  1. Ryan Ford, the extraordinary sports designer for the Detroit Free Press.
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  2. Jay St. Pierre, another wonderful sports designer for the Omaha World-Herald who moved to the Chicago Tribune‘s RedEye in 2013.
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  3. Alyson Morris, a designer for RedEye’s daily iPad edition, interned at the Gazette when she was a student at Ohio University.
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  4. Luis Rendon, who had a great ride at the Victoria (Texas) Advocate and who moved to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2013.
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  5. Chris Hickerson, a web designer and developer who moved to the Gazette in January, did some extraordinary work there but then left last year to move back to Kansas City.
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  6. And Stephanie Swearingin herself. She joined the Gazette two years ago from the Tampa Bay Times. Several of the pages  just showed you were hers.
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Colorado Springs is a gorgeous city, located in the shadow of Pike’s Peak.

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There’s a lot of high-tech business there, including quite a bit from the defense industry. The Air Force Academy is located there, as is the Cheyenne Mountain facility of NORAD. Which you might recognize if you’re a fan of the old sci-fi TV show Stargate.

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There’s lots of skiing there in the winter, of course. And the U.S. Olympic Training Center is in Colorado Springs.

Famous people from Colorado Springs include actors Lon Chaney and Chase Masterson, writer Robert Heinlein, painter Maxfield Parrish, blogger Michelle Malkin, race car driver Bobby Unser, baseball greats Dave Dravecky and Goose Gossage, NBA legend Rick Barry, ESPN commentator Chris Fowler and NFL Films founder Steve Sabol.

Find the Colorado Springs city web site here and the city’s tourism web site here.

Stephanie tells us:

Those interested please send resume and link to portfolio to:

Dena Rosenberry
Presentation Director
dena.rosenberry [at] gazette.com

Tampa Bay Times seeks a ‘top-notch creative, confident and collaborative page designer’

The amazing Suzette Moyer, art director of bay magazine at the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., writes to say:

Not sure you’re still posting jobs on your blog…

Yes, I sure am. I don’t get quite as many requests these days, however. If there are editors out there looking to fill positions, please send ’em to me.

Oops, sorry. I cut Suzette off in mid-sentence. She was saying:

…but, if so, the Times has an opening for a designer. Here’s the listing:

The Tampa Bay Times, the largest-circulation paper in the Southeast, is looking for a top-notch creative, confident and collaborative page designer. We are looking for someone who can “do it all,” from 1A to Sports to Features to the web.

We’re a collaborative group of award-winning designers, photographers and editors, and the best candidates will be, too. Recent college graduates or designers with two or three years of experience are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity to think outside the box, pitch ideas and see them through in print and on the web. Expertise in InDesign and Photoshop necessary.​

Please send resumes and work samples (or links to them) to:

Paul Alexander, presentation editor
palexander [at] tampabay.com

I’ve been to St. Pete several times. It’s a gorgeous town, with, yes, lots of retired people. But it also has a great arts scene and world-class beaches close by.

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Do you like baseball? The Tampa Bay Rays play in St. Pete’s domed Tropicana Field. There’s a Indy Car league Grand Prix race every spring in downtown St. Pete. There is professional soccer and arena football there in St. Pete and NHL hockey and NFL football across the bay in Tampa.

And the Salvador Dali Museum is not to be missed. You wouldn’t believe how large some of his paintings were.

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I probably don’t have to tell you the paper is historically one of the better ones around.

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That was the wraparound cover to the paper’s acclaimed Last Voyage of the Bounty series last year. Read more about that here.

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That was the front of the Times‘ series last summer on the country’s worst charities.

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And that was from 2012, when the Times teamed up with Politico for the Republican National Convention.

Go here to find plenty more samples of work from the Times.

Richmond Times-Dispatch seeks a content-driven designer

Brandon Dingess of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch writes to share a page design job opportunity…

COPY EDITOR/PAGE DESIGNER

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is seeking a creative, versatile and energetic page designer who can create elegant and effective print presentations for news and feature sections. We’re looking for a designer with impeccable news judgment who will be actively involved in brainstorming ways to improve reader experience through judicious use of eye-catching, informative visuals – page design isn’t about decoration.

Under the stable ownership of Berkshire Hathaway, the Times-Dispatch is optimistic about our future and committed to community journalism. Richmond, Virginia’s capital and heart of a vibrant, historically rich region central with easy access to beaches, mountains, and the nation’s capital, boasts a thriving cultural scene and appears on numerous lists of top destinations/places to live.

JOB DUTIES

  • Design compelling pages for the Times-Dispatch’s news and feature sections including Metro and Business.
  • Organize pages to reflect the news of the day
  • Consistently meet page-close deadlines, including keeping a steady flow of pages during the production cycle.
  • Collaborate with editors, photographers or artists on graphic needs for the paper.
  • Suggests and/or creates ideas for images, graphics, sidebars, breakout boxes, headlines and other visual items that engage the reader.
  • Provide clear and timely communication with copy editors, line editors, other colleagues and supervisors while under the pressure of deadline.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communications, English or related discipline.
  • Two years of newspaper experience required, less experience strongly considered if applicant has strong design skills; 3-5 years experience preferred
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop (know how to do image cutouts).
  • Must be detail-oriented.

If you are an inquisitive editor, know how to use visuals as a window to content rather than window-dressing and are a team player, then we want to hear from you.

You guys know I spent a decade in Virginia Beach. I went to Richmond many, many times.

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Richmond is a major business, government and financial center. It’s the home of a Federal Reserve Bank and a number of Fortune 500 companies, including CarMax. Virginia Commonwealth University is downtown. The place is famous for its restaurants, art museums and night scene.

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If you like history, Richmond’s your place. Much of the Civil War was fought in and around this part of Virginia. One of my own ancestors died at the Battle of the Crater in nearby Petersburg. Much of the movie Lincoln was filmed there.

Richmond is about two-and-a-half to three hours from Washington D.C. and maybe a little less to beautiful Virginia Beach.

Here are a few samples of the paper’s front page:

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Go here to apply.

Gaston (N.C.) Gazette seeks a visual journalist with ‘a foot in both the print and digital world’

My friend Hunter Bretzius — editor of the Gaston Gazette of Gastonia, N.C., just west of Charlotte — recently lost her longtime visuals chief.

She says she really wants to…

…find someone good who will help advance us. I’m looking for someone who can have a foot in both the print and digital world – and can contribute to both here.

I’m hoping you may know of someone to send my way or perhaps help spread the word.

Here’s the ad she posted recently:

Are you a visual journalist for the future? The Gazette, a Halifax Media Group newspaper, seeks a talented, enterprising journalist to join our news team and translate content into compelling visual stories on our printed pages as well as website.

The successful candidate will plan, initiate and produce engaging daily and long-term visual journalism on both print and digital platforms. We are looking for someone who, when presented with content, simultaneously sees how it will be presented on the printed page and displayed on our website – and has the skills to do both for a richer reader experience.

In addition to solid editing and research skills, the ideal candidate will have proficiency in Adobe CS, a collaborative attitude, the ability to multitask and work independently – and have something to show for it at the end of the day.

Send your resume and five examples, including at least one interactive sample of your work, to Editor Hunter Bretzius at:

hbretzius [at] gastongazette.com

The Gazette is a fine little paper. The circulation there is 24,354. It’s made appearances, from time to time, here in the blog.

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In addition, the same printing facility — and some of the same staffers — put out the 14,164-circulation Shelby Star.

I never lived in Gastonia, but I did go to college in Rock Hill, S.C., maybe 40 minutes away across the state line. And then I returned to work there from 1988 to 1993. I even taught a workshop once, in the offices of the Gazette, back in 2008.

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The area has the Apple family seal of approval.

The folks in Gastonia probably won’t like me phrasing it this way, but the place is essentially a suburb of Charlotte.

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A very friendly, small Southern town. There is a sizable mall and plenty of shopping in Gastonia, but if you can’t find what you want, Charlotte is just a hop and a skip away on I-85.

There are a couple of colleges there, including Belmont Abbey College.

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There’s a museum, a planetarium and a botanical garden. There’s a whitewater rafting facility and, just across the state line, an historic Revolutionary War battlefield at King’s Mountain.

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I always liked that one because it’s easy to visualize how the battle went down. And because the Colonials squashed the Redcoats pretty handily.

Famous people from the Gastonia area include economist Thomas Sowell, sci-fi and fantasy illustrator Clyde Caldwell, basketball players James Worthy, Darrell Armstrong and Hassan Whiteside, Lamar Holmes of the Atlanta Falcons, former Minnesota Viking Koren Robinson, baseball great Buddy Lewis, gold-medal-winning swimmer Melvin Stewart, baseball star Kevin Millwood (that’s him on one of those pages, above) and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit.

Find the city’s official web site here. Find the paper’s web site here.

Daytona Beach News-Journal seeks a copy editor + designer

Scott Turick, night copy desk manager of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, writes:

Can you please post this want ad? We have a slot open at the News-Journal and would appreciate you helping to get the word out.

Here’s the ad:

The Daytona Beach News-Journal is seeking an organized, detail-oriented, multitasking copy editor and designer for its universal desk.

The successful candidate can effectively edit copy, update the website, design clean and error-free pages, and make deadline. Candidates should be familiar with InDesign. This position requires night and weekend work.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal is owned by Halifax Media Group, which consists of more than 30 newspapers and affiliated websites. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Daytona is maybe an hour-and-a-half south of Jacksonville, and hour-and-a-half east of Orlando and an hour north of Cape Canaveral.

When I was a kid, we’d drive to Daytona Beach nearly every summer. We had a hotel right on the beach we stayed at every year.

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Years later, I met a girl in college whose grandmother lived in Daytona Beach. She invited us down for spring break one year. The next year, we went back — but that time, it was for our honeymoon.

So I can’t say enough great stuff about Daytona Beach.

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Those are a couple of bridges over the Halifax River that separates beachside from the mainland. If that picture doesn’t sell you on the area, then nothing will.

The paper redesigned last summer.

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Back to the ad…

Applicants from Florida and the Southeast are encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter, resume and sample pages to:

Attn: Human Resources
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
P.O. Box 2831, Daytona Beach, FL, 32120-2831

Or email:

hr [at] news-jrnl.com

Stratfor Global Intelligence of Austin seeks graphic artist

Stratfor Global Intelligence of Austin, Texas, is looking for a talented graphic artist and what they really want is a visual journalist. They’ve advertised on the usual visual journalism sites but frankly, the results of those ads have been a little disappointing.

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So my pal Robert Zavala, who moved from the Victoria Advocate to Stratfor three months ago, has asked for a little blog bump. Which, naturally, I’m only too happy to give him.

Here’s Robert’s pitch:

Love the news? Love information and informational graphics? Love newspapers and news sites but are a little bit afraid of the viability of the current business model?

Maybe you would be a good fit at Stratfor Global Intelligence. Stratfor analysts, writers, editors and artists go beyond the news, to deliver cutting-edge written and visual analysis to its paying subscribers since 1996.

Here at Stratfor, we are looking for a junior designer who would collaborate with some of the smartest minds in the global intelligence community to visualize data and design compelling online, video and print content.

As a member of our five-person Creative Team, you will be outfitted with a Macbook Pro, the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite, a company iPhone and a monthly transportation stipend. Our offices are located in the thriving downtown Austin area on 6th Street.

On a more personal note, Robert adds:

The analysts, writers and editors here are from all over the world and they are some of the brightest minds I have ever encountered. They are also exceptionally professional and very nice to work with.

I’ve been here a couple of months and and have found the work similar enough to the world of newspapers to be comfortable, and just different enough to be challenging.

Robert sent along a few samples of the work he’s done since his arrival there.

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Robert adds:

We are also on the verge of doing daily interactive graphics using Adobe Edge Animate.

Typically, I’ll spend a few paragraphs here telling you a little about the city the job is in. However, I doubt I have to say much this time. Austin — one of the coolest cities in the country — pretty much sells itself, I think.

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Find the Austin municipal web site here and its tourism site here.

More information about the company…

Stratfor is a geopolitical intelligence firm that provides strategic analysis and forecasting to individuals and organizations around the world. By placing global events in a geopolitical framework, they help customers anticipate opportunities and better understand international developments. Their customers are a mix of multi-national corporations and interested individuals. Some people in the media have referred to Stratfor as a CIA for hire.

To apply:

Please send a brief cover letter of no more than 400 words, your resume, and a link to your online portfolio to:

applications [at] stratfor.com

Richmond Times-Dispatch seeks page design editor

Brandon Dingess — who, last month, was named design editor of the Times-Dispatch of Richmond, Va. — asks for a little recruiting help.

Brandon tells us:

We’re hiring for the vacancy created when I was promoted and I’d like to maximize the eyes I can get [on the want ad].

I’m absolutely happy to help — especially if it’ll put a talented visual journalist into a terrific job.

The position is presentation editor. Here’s the pitch:

The Times-Dispatch is growing and part of the stable ownership of Berkshire Hathaway. Based in Richmond, Virginia’s capital and heart of a vibrant region central to beaches, mountains, and the nation’s capital, we are expanding our staff and content as part of our commitment to community journalism and a sign of optimism about our future.

We are seeking a creative and versatile Page Designer to join our team, who can create smartly designed news and feature pages.

Duties:

  • Design pages for the Times-Dispatch news and feature sections, including A, B, Business, and Flair sections.
  • Produce compelling pages with a variety of looks and organize comprehensive sections that reflect the news of the day.
  • Consistently meet page-close deadlines, including keeping a steady flow of pages during the production cycle.
  • Communicate clearly and timely with copy editors, line editors, other colleagues and supervisors while under the pressure of deadline.
  • Collaborate with editors, photographers or artists on graphic needs for the paper.
  • Suggests and/or creates ideas for images, graphics, sidebars, breakout boxes and other visual items that engage the reader.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communications, English or related discipline.
  • Two years of newspaper experience required, less experience strongly considered if applicant has strong design skills; 3-5 years experience preferred.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.
  • Experience with In Design and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
  • Detailed-oriented is a must.

If you are you a team player, sharp and an inquisitive editor, and this description sounds like the job for you, then we want to hear from you!

I never lived in Richmond, but I lived less than two hours from there. I visited the city several times over my nine years in Virginia and I admired the paper greatly.

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While maybe not quite as flashy as the papers in Hampton Roads, the Times-Dispatch is a solid paper that knows how to play a story well. With the right person in place in this position, I’m sure the paper can take its visuals up a notch or two.

But as you can see, they do quite well already.

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Richmond itself is about 90 minutes west of Hampton Roads, 60 minutes east of Charlottesville and maybe two hours south of D.C., depending on traffic.

There’s lots of sports action there: College basketball at Virginia Commonwealth…

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…college football at the University of Richmond, AA baseball in the form of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (that’s really their name; you can’t make this stuff up) and a major NASCAR race track.

The main thing l loved about Richmond, though, was the history. Richmond is where Patrick Henry famously said “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” in 1775. Thomas Jefferson was governor of the state, long before he became, y’know, Thomas Jefferson.

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The swath of land between D.C. and Richmond was were much of the Civil War took place, 150 years ago. One of my own ancestors died in July 1864 at the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, which was part of the outer perimeter defenses of Richmond.

Famous people from Richmond include actor/director Warren Beatty and his sister, Shirley MacLean, singer Elliott Yamin, TV writer/producer Vince Gilligan, writers Tom Wolfe and Edgar Allan Poe, journalist Max Robinson and tennis star Arthur Ashe.

Oh, and you know Mike Henry, the guy who plays Cleveland Brown, from the fictional Richmond suburb of Stoolbend, Va.? He really is from Richmond.

Apply for the position here.

Chicago Tribune’s RedEye seeks a design director and a copy editor

Those of you looking to a) recover from or avoid a layoff or b) make a move to a very interesting operation, here’s a huge heads up: RedEye is hiring.

They’re looking for an design director and a copy editor.

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As you probably know, RedEye is the free, six-days-a-week commuter+youth tabloid published by the Chicago Tribune. It’s one of the oldest and — I think it’s fair to say — more successful such tabs in the country. There was a time, 10 or 12 years ago, when nearly every newspaper company in the country was trying to copy their success. Hardly anyone succeeded.

Average daily distribution for RedEye is a quarter-million copies.

Ace designer Jay St. Pierrewho joined RedEye last June — asked very kindly:

I was wondering if you would be able to put something out on your site about our design director and copy editor positions. I know it says the deadline to apply is April 11, but we’re going to extend that if we get good candidates who want to apply.

That’s code for: You have a little bit more time. But if you’re interested, get off your ass and contact them now.

Here are the official want ads:

DESIGN DIRECTOR

RedEye, Chicago’s go-to news source for 20- and 30-somethings is looking to hire a Design Director for its daily paper and our weekly tablet edition.

In this role, you’ll be responsible to determine the visual direction of RedEye across all platforms and to supervise and manage this on a daily basis.  In addition, you’ll be directly supervising the design team.

Our new design director must possess superior design skills, vision, initiative, self-direction, creativity, superior news judgment, design-software skills, teamwork skills, an attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy, the ability to multitask and meet deadlines, the ability to lead a staff, the ability to manage own time and the time of others, superb organizational and planning skills, the ability to perform well under high-pressure deadlines, technical troubleshooting skills, and editing skills that conform to accepted journalistic techniques, ethical standards and the style of the publication.

The ideal candidate is in tune with and enthusiastic about delivering on RedEye’s unique news philosophy and on our mission of informing, engaging and entertaining  our target audience of 20 to 30- year-old Chicagoans.

All interested applicants must apply by 3 PM on Friday, April 11, 2014

Any issues or questions? Please contact our Recruitment on Twitter @CTMGjobs or Facebook.com/ctmgjobs.

Primary Duties:

  • Guiding the design philosophy for RedEye on iPad, print and the Web, and enforcing consistency.
  • Spearheading redesigns and design changes.
  • Designing pages for all platforms.
  • Supervising design staff, with performance-review responsibilities.
  • Developing less-experienced designers and leading design meetings.
  • Working closely with all designers to improve their design skills.
  • Recruiting new design talent.
  • Assigning future design projects to designers; ensuring development and engagement.
  • Being an active liaison to Tribune’s design and graphics departments.
  • Working with the section editors and platform managers, helping edit high-profile photo shoots, encouraging reporter-designer and photo editor-designer communications.
  • Guiding staff use of typography and ensuring typographical continuity.
  • Carrying out RedEye’s mission through unique and ground-breaking design.
  • Keeping abreast of current events and newsmakers in news, sports and pop culture.
  • Keeping open lines of communication with supervisor, direct reports and colleagues.
  • Maintaining and updating RedEye’s design templates.
  • Dealing with personnel problems, navigating ethical issues, crisis management.

Basic Foundation Skills:

  • Participation in daily news meeting; leading regular designers meeting.
  • Developing the design for new product initiatives.
  • Carrying out all job duties following RedEye’s/Tribune’s ethics code, editing the paper free of bias, and recusing his or herself from conflicts of interest,
  • Representing RedEye at conferences, seminars, professional meetings and other events where company presence is deemed desirable.
  • Fixing errors of grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, fact, and libel.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum of 3 years experience as a news designer
  • Previous design and management experience at a daily publication or website
  • Knowledge of and dedication to RedEye’s unique mission
  • Excellent command of verbal and written English

Go here to apply for this position.

I gotta tell you folks: That’s a mighty juicy opportunity. I’d be tempted to apply for that myself. If it weren’t for the restraining order.

Here’s the info on the other job:

COPY EDITOR

RedEye, Chicago’s go-to news source for 20- and 30-somethings is looking to hire a Copy Editor for its daily paper and our weekly tablet edition.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for editing, rewriting, and proofreading all copy for RedEye’s print and iPad editions. RedEye staffers also contribute to all aspects of the paper, as well as our Web site and iPad edition, and this person might also be called on to write and create content for the Web site or paper as well.

The ideal candidate is in tune with and enthusiastic about delivering on RedEye’s unique news philosophy and on our mission of informing, engaging and entertaining our target audience of 20 to 30- year-old Chicagoans.

Deadline to apply: April 11, 2014

Responsibilities:

  •  Editing articles and graphics for grammar, punctuation, clarity and accuracy; proof reading others’ work; and writing headlines, captions and refers appearing in RedEye. Working with reporters and editors to clarify information to be published.
  • To work one-on-one with reporters, free-lance writers and other contributors to clarify points, obtain missing information, and generally produce copy ready for publication. The nature of the changes at this point may range from minor touch-ups to substantial rewrites to improve wording and organization.
  • Meeting production deadlines and maintaining ideal page flow under minimal to moderate supervision.
  • Employing creativity and independent news judgment to text editing, designing, photo editing, and otherwise preparing work for publication.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; a minimum of 3 years editing experience at a daily news publication or Web site.
  • Professional-level grasp of proper grammar, spelling, punctuation. Ability to write accurately, with clarity, without bias. Knowledge of libel laws and adherence to the Tribune’s and Editorial’s codes of ethics.
  • Familiarity with InDesign and basic design skills.
  • Copy-editing, headline-writing and proofreading experience is required.
  • Social media and Web production experience required
  • Maintaining up-to-date skills on various digital platforms and keeping abreast of current events and newsmakers in news, sports and pop culture.

Go here to apply for this position.

Normally, in a post like this, I’ll take a few moments to tell you more about the paper and the city. That hardly seems necessary here. Most of what you need to know about RedEye as a publication — the quality of its presentation and the tone it sets for its readers — you can see right here:

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I think the message is clear: If your A game isn’t at the very top level in the field, don’t embarrass yourself by applying.

If, on the other hand, you’re an experienced manager and you know how to kick the ass of all those pesky little pixels, then bring it. Now.

Likewise, surely I don’t have to tell you much about Michigan Avenue and downtown Chicago. If you’ve never seen it, the Tribune Tower is one of the most picturesque newspaper buildings in the world.

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There’s a freakin’ moon rock set into a little bulletproof glass window embedded in the wall of the first floor.

A freakin’ moon rock!

I worked in that building for two-and-a-half years in the late 1990s. It was a thrill just walking in the front door every day.

Plus, there’s now a huge 120-tab beer bar in the former pressroom.

 

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight looking to hire data visualization specialists

Don’t look now, but Nate Silver and company over at FiveThirtyEight are looking to hire a visual journalists to work in their New York newsroom.

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Actually, they’re looking for what they call visual journalists and computational journalists. Different positions, actually.

The former is someone who’ll work in graphics, interactive and whatnot. They need someone who can work with the usual web presentation tools.

The latter…

…will create interactive features, models, and systems that collect, process and present real-time data and predictions about sports, politics, economics, science and lifestyle topics.

We’re looking for candidates with extensive practice building web applications. Candidates should be full-stack programmers, with experience using:

  • modern programming languages including Python, Ruby and Javascript
  • web frameworks such as Rails, Django or node.js
  • relational and document-based data stores like MySQL, Postgres or MongoDB

Hell, I don’t even know what most of that means.

A lot of you do, however. So follow the link, read the want-ad and get your applications in soon.