Shelby County (Ala.) newspaper/magazine group has two reporter openings

Shelby County Newspapers, Inc., a media company that publishes award-winning newspapers, magazines and websites in Alabama’s most prosperous and fastest-growing county, is seeking two general assignment reporters.

This position includes general assignment reporting, feature writing and some photography. Quality of life here is as good as it gets and opportunity for advancement—with our company and others— is nearly limitless.

This full-time opportunity offers competitive salary and benefits. Compensation plan includes base weekly salary, health/dental insurance, 401(k), paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays and paid sick leave.

Our products include:

  • The Shelby County Reporter, a weekly newspaper with a daily online focus. The Reporter has won the Alabama Press Association’s top editorial award in its category for the last 10 years.
  • The Alabaster Reporter, Pelham Reporter, Helena Reporter and 280 Reporter, weekly newspapers with a daily online focus.
  • Shelby Living and Hoover’s Magazine, award-winning, monthly lifestyle magazines.

Qualifications:

  • Solid writing, researching and interviewing skills
  • Fluency in AP style and strict adherence to grammar rules
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance, and a vehicle
  • Impeccable time management and organization
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field preferred
  • Competency in photography and social media preferred

To apply: Email résumé and writing samples to Managing Editor Neal Wagner at Neal.wagner@shelbycountyreporter.com.

Immediate Opening: 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 knows 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 or work examples to Times-Journal editor Justin Averette at justin.averette@selmatimesjournal.com. No phone calls please.

Internship Opportunities at Alabama Public Radio in Tuscaloosa

Alabama Public Radio welcomes interns to the newsroom on a continuing basis, including fall and spring terms. Internship application deadlines are: August 1 (for fall), December 1 (for spring), and April 15 (for summer). Applications are available at the apr.org website.

Each intern is trained by the director to write his or her own story every day. Students research the story, track down interview subjects, do the interview, and write copy to be edited (all under supervision of the professional staff.)

Student writers’ material is used on APR newscasts, and interns often get to do spots for air. All from this work is done in the Digital Media Center inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Director Pat Duggins turns students into crackerjack writers, which means jobs.

Assistant News Director Stan Ingold (singold@apr.org) is the point of contact for student interns at APR.

Applications now open for SUMMER & FALL 2017 Tuscaloosa News Internships

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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 (JCM303) News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course. A student should be a major or minor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Continue reading Applications now open for SUMMER & FALL 2017 Tuscaloosa News Internships

Birmingham Business Journal interviews Thursday, February 9 for PAID summer internship

The Birmingham Business Journal is looking for a talented aspiring journalist for its paid summer internship program. Summer interns gain valuable experience both in print and online writing for an award-winning publication. Previous internship experience is a plus, but not a necessity. Business reporting experience is not necessary.

The BBJ publishes a weekly print edition and two daily email editions, providing an excellent opportunity for candidates to write a substantial number of stories in a variety of forms (breaking news, profiles, features, etc.). The BBJ is part of American City Business Journals, which has papers in 40 major markets around the nation.

Several UA students have interned at BBJ in recent years and have gained tremendous experience and portfolio material.

BBJ Editor in Chief Ty West will be on campus February 9 to interview interested candidates and answer questions about the internship program.

Contact Ty West at twest@bizjournals.com to schedule an interview time on February 9.

Writers Wanted — UA Real Estate Center seeks spring interns

The Alabama Center for Real Estate is seeking student interns for multiple content writing positions for the Spring of 2017.

This position offers an opportunity for writers to have real-world journalistic experience while helping to grow the center’s multimedia platform. ACRE currently produces roughly 50 articles per month, including our monthly market reports and other articles related to commercial and residential real estate. ACRE recently launched its own real estate news platform, Real Estate Alabama (REAL) at www.acre.culverhouse.ua.edu/real

ACRE also puts out a weekly newsletter, The WiRE (Week in Real Estate) that reaches nearly 30,000 professionals throughout the state.

Real estate is one of the hottest and most exciting industries going into 2017 and the right candidate will not only get writing and editorial experience but will also get face time with some of the industry’s heaviest hitters.

Contact Bryan Davis, Research/Media Coordinator at ACRE by phone (205-348-5416) or by email bkdavis@culverhouse.ua.edu. Application deadline is January 5, 2017

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.