Selma Times-Journal has immediate opening for reporter

General Assignment/Sports Reporter

The Selma Times-Journal has an immediate opening for a general assignment reporter to help cover historic Selma, Alabama and the region known as the Black Belt of Alabama.

The position will focus on sports but will also include general assignment reporting and well as photography and design responsibilities of our six-day morning daily newspaper.

Successful candidates should possess strong organizational and editing skills and be familiar with newspaper design programs, including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and be fluent in AP style.

The Times Journal is just one of the products produced by Selma Newspapers, Inc. SNI is also focused on developing specialty niche products, such as our community lifestyle magazine, Selma The Magazine, and continued development of our digital products.

Our company offers more than competitive salary and benefit packages, as we are an affiliate of Boone Newspapers, Inc., a community focused multi-media company headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Ala. who prides itself on producing quality products and quality people. Those who apply themselves, are productive and are willing to learn and pay their dues will be offered increased opportunities.

Those interested should send a non-returnable resume, with clips of stories and other work examples to Selma Times-Journal editor Justin Averette at justin.averette@selmatimesjournal.com.

Journal Record in Marion County seeks staff writer

The Journal Record of Hamilton, Ala., is seeking a staff writer to work from its Hamilton office. The person will cover areas and beats across Marion County in northwest Alabama. The position is available immediately.

The paper is seeking a writer who can work some nights and weekends, and without immediate supervision. Transportation and insurance is required. Photography skills are not required but preferred.

To apply, go to the paper’s offices on Alabama 17 in south Hamilton, or send a resume and clips to Ed Howell, assistant news editor.

Pulitzer-prize-winning Mississippi daily has reporter opening for recent graduate

General Reporter job opening

Cannons, casinos and the Corps make for an amazing news town. All it needs is a community-minded, self-motivated person to join its team as a reporter of its award-winning community newspaper. The Vicksburg (Miss.) Post is looking to expand its excellent news team.

Vicksburg is home to great Civil War history and modern science as well with three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research facilities in the area. Vicksburg is a great place to live, located approximately 45 miles west of the state capital in Jackson.

This Pulitzer Prize winning, 10,000-circulation daily publishes Monday through Friday afternoons and weekend mornings. Recent local market research showed 7 out of 10 local residents turn to The Post for their news.

Candidates must be proficient in reporting and writing. This position requires an individual who loves to get out of the office and discover the news of our community, strong writing skills and the ability to work independently. Other duties may include in time updating website and social media.

Applicants should have a college degree in journalism or a related field or equivalent experience. Previous experience with InDesign and Photoshop a definite plus.

The full-time position offers competitive salary and benefits, and opportunities to advance within the company.

Compensation plan includes health and dental insurance, 401(k), paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan, and paid holidays and sick leave.

Send your resume, work samples, references and salary history to Jan Griffey, editor, The Vicksburg Post, jan.griffey@vicksburgpost.com.

Columbus, Miss. daily seeks reporter for Starkville bureau

 

The (Columbus, Miss.) Commercial Dispatch is seeking a bright, self-motivated reporter to cover a wide range of local and university news at our Starkville bureau. Home to Mississippi State University, Starkville isn’t just a college town. It has a family friendly atmosphere while offering a multitude of local restaurants, bars and shopping options. It’s also conveniently located two hours from Jackson, Memphis and Birmingham.

The ideal candidate has a passion for local newsgathering and is comfortable immersing him/herself in this community. Though you will have daily contact with editorial staff in our Columbus office (25 minutes away), you will be largely responsible for managing and curating your own stories. Time management, high productivity, good news judgment and unflagging persistence are essential attributes. We are looking for someone with at least two years’ of newspaper experience. Photography skills are a plus.

The Dispatch, a 14,000-circulation afternoon daily, won the 2015 Daniel E. Phillips Freedom of Information Award for our investigative journalism work. We like tackling important stories and are building on our successes. If this sounds like a good fit for you, e-mail cover letter, resume and writing samples to Peter Imes at pimes@cdispatch.com.

Mississippi newspaper has reporter position open, with advancement opportunities

The Natchez Democrat, an 8,000-circulation daily in historic Southwest Mississippi, is looking for a news reporter. The Democrat has a long history of being one of the best community daily newspapers in Mississippi. The Democrat coverage area spans approximately four Mississippi counties and Concordia Parish in Louisiana.

Qualified candidates will have one to three years of general assignment reporting experience. Recent graduates with pertinent experience will be considered. Send resume, clippings and three professional references to Ben Hillyer, news editor by e-mail to ben.hillyer@natchezdemocrat.com.

This position would also include page design responsibilities, depending on experience. The job also offers a great opportunity for advancement.

Applications for Spring 2017 Tuscaloosa News Internships Extended to Friday, November 4

Several spots are still available for Spring 2017 interns. Great opportunity to get published in profession media, develop skills and make contacts in the industry.

JN 382 Internship
Tuscaloosa News Internship Checklist

Below is a checklist of items students must submit in order to apply for a Journalism & Creative Media Department coordinated internship at The Tuscaloosa News. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average overall, have completed JN 311 News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course.

TO APPLY, submit the following items to Dan Meissner, Internship Coordinator, through the Journalism & Creative Media Department Office, 490 Reese Phifer Hall.

___ A letter of application addressed to Mr. Michael James, Executive Editor, The Tuscaloosa News, 315 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. The letter should outline:

  • your reasons for wanting the internship
  • the number of hours per week you can work
  • the area(s) in which you desire to work (more areas improve chances but be willing to accept any for which you apply)
  • your experience and qualifications

Your letter should be formatted as a professional business letter.
Do not send the letter to the News; submit it and your other material to the Journalism & Creative Media Department.

___ Your current resume

___ Several (3-5) examples of your journalistic work. If you have professional or student publication clips, submit these. If you do not have published work, submit outstanding examples from class assignments.

All the above items should be submitted to the department no later than by the publicized date – preferably sooner. We will check the applications and forward those that are eligible to The Tuscaloosa News for review. You may be called for an interview with The Tuscaloosa News.

IF ACCEPTED, you will be expected to meet with your supervisor to discuss your schedule and job assignments. You will then submit the following items to the Journalism & Creative Media Department.

  • Completed Student Information Form
  • Completed Supervisor Information Form

After these items are received, you will be given an override to register for the internship class, JN382. When registering, be careful to select the proper number of hours from the credit hour box. Contact Dan Meissner, Internship Coordinator, for more information: dmeissner@ua.edu.

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2017 Internship Opportunities at The Tuscaloosa News
for U of A Journalism & Creative Media Students

Purpose and conditions:
The Tuscaloosa News offers opportunities for University of Alabama students to work in the newsroom on supervised projects that will better prepare them for jobs in journalism upon their graduation. These projects will also benefit the operations of The Tuscaloosa News.

Student interns must be enrolled in the internship course to participate in an internship at The Tuscaloosa News. UA Journalism & Creative Media students must have completed JN311-News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade, have maintained a 2.5 grade point average and have successfully completed at least 45 credit hours. The Tuscaloosa News will not assume workplace liability for students or provide any employer benefits. Students who are working outside the newspaper office must provide their own transportation and provide a photocopy of a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance. Interns must sign a standard intern contract that sets out the expectations conditions of the internship. Students successfully completing the internship will receive a stipend of $250 paid through their university account to assist in internship expenses such as gas, etc. Credit hours to be received should be determined in consultation with the internship coordinator in the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Students are responsible for tuition costs for credit received.

The Tuscaloosa News agrees to provide a focused experience for students who will work with a supervisor on staff. The supervisor will evaluate the student’s work on a continuing basis through the semester, and provide written assessments at the midpoint of the term and at the end.

Students must submit their internship application, a letter of application indicating internship areas of interest, copies of past journalistic work and any other required materials through the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media Department. The department will screen applications to verify academic eligibility and forward them to The Tuscaloosa News for review. Applicants may be asked to interview with representatives from the newspaper.

Important Note: Students generally work an average of 10 to 20 hours per week when interning during spring and fall semesters and 15 to 30 hours (or more) during the 10-week summer term. Working fewer hours may not provide for enough supervisor contact and work time to provide the continuity necessary for a beneficial learning experience for the student and for The Tuscaloosa News. Students will work a schedule at The Tuscaloosa News that will be flexible and developed around the student’s class schedule.

University of Alabama Journalism & Creative Media students should submit their applications to Dan Meissner, in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Application information is available in the department office (Phifer Room 490), at www.jnews.ua.edu, or from Prof. Dan Meissner, dmeissner@ua.edu. Course forms for registration in JN382 will be provided to accepted applicants.

Internship Opportunities Include:

General Assignment Reporting
The student(s) will write a general assignment stories, feature stories and cover events throughout the community. Interns will also have an opportunity to suggest story ideas.

Sports Reporting
The student(s) may cover a variety of sports-related high school events, local university and community college events, write sports features and take calls for game reports.

Multi-media Copy Editing / Digital Content (News or Sports departments)
The student(s) will edit print stories, rewrite stories, compile and post multimedia news and feature content and upload material to the design production system. Students who come with knowledge of design techniques also may also assist in online design.

Social Media
The student(s) will promote online awareness through a variety of social media applications. Updating information channels throughout the day and creating community awareness of information in a coordinated manner will be paramount, as will developing web and other visual content, as appropriate.

Photographer/videographer
The student(s) will work with staff photographers learning the day to day aspects of community visual journalism. Students will be able to shoot photographs of community events, prep sports and standalone feature photos for use in print and on the website. Students may produce video for use on websites and may also be asked to assist on larger scale shoots such as fashion and architectural shoots for Tuscaloosa Magazine.

Entertainment Reporter
The student(s) will write stories and reviews for entertainment events, interview and profile performance artists and cover other components of the Tuscaloosa area’s lively entertainment scene.

Tuscaloosa Magazine
The student will assist in the planning and organizing the production of the periodic full-color magazine. Duties may include a variety of functions depending on the intern’s skills and the production cycle of the magazine at the time of the internship.

Database and Agate Reporter
The student(s) will collect information from public sources, mostly government offices, for lists that run in print and databases that can be referenced online. These include restaurant ratings, building permits, business licenses, marriage licenses, and court records. For students with appropriate skills, there is opportunity for innovative Web development of online tools.

Biographical and Photographic Archivist
The student(s) may collect biographical files on prominent members of the community using the newspaper’s archives and other sources, organize historical material and scan and organize photographs from the newspaper’s archives so they can be easily referenced in digital format.

 

UA Women and Gender Resource Center seeks intern

Title: Communications, Design and Social Media Intern

Department: Women and Gender Resource Center, Division of Student Affairs

Internship Description: The Communications, Design and Social Media intern implements and evaluates the WGRC’s communications, marketing and social media programs. The intern will be responsible for developing educational outreach materials, as well as developing advertising and marketing materials to promote the WGRC’s many programming efforts.

Primary responsibilities include designing of marketing materials for events and programs, most notably fliers and social media graphics; developing news releases and effective ad copy for distribution to both the university and at-large media outlets; maintaining and updating the WGRC’s website; and generating sustainable and engaging connections with the campus and community via the WGRC’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.).

Qualifications: Intern must be junior level or higher majoring in advertising, public relations, marketing or related field. Experience in the areas of event planning, design or marketing is ideal. Applicant must be fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), must have knowledge of PR writing and AP style and must have working knowledge of Hootsuite or other social media scheduling programs. Knowledge of email marketing (MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.) and internet content management systems is preferred.

Interested applicants should send a resume with cover letter to Jackie Northrup, WGRC Assistant Director, at jmnorthrup@sa.ua.edu.

 

Gridiron Now is now accepting applications for its contributor program

Gridiron Now is now accepting applications for its contributor program for the 2016 fall college football season. The paid position is looking to be filled ASAP.

The successful applicant will cover University of Alabama football by attending practices, press conferences and games (pending approved credential requests) and write news, feature and analysis stories about the team. A precise coverage plan can be laid out based on the applicant’s schedule.

Preferable candidates will have a strong work ethic and excellent writing abilities. Ability to easily identify newsworthy stories is a plus.

Gridiron Now (GridironNow.com) is a college football site that specializes in covering SEC football.

To apply, please send a resume and writing samples to Gridiron Now assistant editor Kevin Connell at kevin@gridironnow.com. Questions also can be sent to the aforementioned email address.

Photojournalism Scholarships offered by James Alan Cox Foundation

The JAMES ALAN COX FOUNDATION is inviting students to apply for our annual photojournalism awards given to students in honor of Mr. James Alan Cox.

We have five (5) undergraduate photojournalism awards, payable to the student’s university, in the amount of $2,500 each: 

  •         4 for video
  •         1 for still photography 

In addition, we have one (1) photojournalism award for a graduate student, payable to the graduate student’s university in the amount of $2,500 for video work.

We also have five (5) high-end digital cameras that will be awarded to high school students for still photographs.

The deadline is November 15, 2016.  Everything can be done online.  Please see this link for the application and for more information.

http://www.jamesalancoxfoundation.org/application.php

Jim Cox, a photojournalist for KTVK-3TV in Arizona, was killed in the media helicopter collision over Phoenix 9 years ago.  This is our way of honoring him – a very talented man and beloved son, brother, and friend.

The Decatur Daily seeks crime & police reporter

The Decatur Daily, a family owned, multimedia company covering Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties in north Alabama, is seeking a reporter to cover crime and police. Our audiences want good storytellers who also are tenacious in their reporting. We have a strong online presence, so expertise in digital is a plus. Applicants should be curious, skeptical of sources and willing to engage the community. The Daily values in-depth, enterprise reporting.

Send a cover letter, resume and published writing samples to Metro Editor Eric Fleischauer, eric@decaturdaily.com, and copy Executive Editor Don Hudson, dhudson@decaturdaily.com.