Jobs Postings for June 2018

In light of recent layoffs at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Belleville News-Democrat, here is the listing of recent job postings in the bi-state area – and it turns out there were too many to list here, so please follow the links to other job banks if none of these catch your interest. If you know of additional local jobs available in journalism, please email us at stlouisspj@gmail.com and we will add them. Good luck to all.

• The Troy Times-Tribune is accepting applications for a part-time community reporter. Some experience is helpful. Please send a letter of interest and resume to: Editor, Times-Tribune, P.O. Box 68, Troy, IL 62294, or by email to: editor.times.tribune@gmail.com. The position includes vacation time, sick days, and flexible hours, and is for 10-20 hours per week. Applications for freelance and stringer positions also accepted. The Times-Tribune is also looking for a part-time salesperson. Some sales experience is helpful. Please send a letter of interest and resume to: Paul Ping, Times-Tribune, P.O. Box 68k, Troy, IL 62294, or by email to troynews@aol.com.

• KDNL is looking for a part-time graphic designer/ animator/ producer. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects. Knowledge of Cinema 4D or other 3D software is a plus. Full listing.

• The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat is looking for an aggressive, lightning-fast reporter who can jump on breaking news that is essential to our communities and tell the stories through words, photos and video as well as on social media. From late-night mayhem to natural disasters and everything in between, this reporter will identify the breaking stories that our communities need or want to know about, tell them in an engaging way, update them as often as necessary and help them reach a large audience by adding an irresistible headline, impeccable SEO and great visuals. You must understand the need for speed as well as context, and you must be committed to increasing the sense of urgency across the newsroom. Your goal is to help us grow our audience reach and earn loyal readers by making sure we are a credible, timely and compelling source of breaking news in Southern Illinois. Night and weekend shifts are part of the job. Required: Strong writing and reporting skills and excellent news judgment; the ability to shoot passable photos and videos; solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics; understanding of open records laws and the ability to file, manage and oversee FOIA requests pertinent to the beat; ability to engage with readers and develop sources on social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; understanding of SEO and other optimization opportunities and a demonstrated ability to learn new skills in social and digital; ability to correctly identify audiences for selected stories; a strong entrepreneurial spirit, deep curiosity and high energy; a collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout our newsroom and company. This is a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, shaped constantly by feedback and experimentation and always evolving. Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Contact is Jeffry Couch at jcouch@bnd.com; full listing is with JobVite.

• The biweekly Missourian is seeking a reporter to cover municipal, school and county beats. This position requires substantial reporting responsibilities and fluency in digital and social media. Experience in community journalism is preferred, but will consider recent graduates. Solid reporting background and photography skills required. Full listing.

• St. Louis Public Radio is part of the Harvest Public Media Cooperative, and they need a food and agriculture reporter stationed in Rolla, Mo. Full listing.

• St. Louis Magazine is looking for an experienced, versatile, and sharp senior editor. The ideal candidate will have a strong passion for magazine journalism, the ability to multi-task and collaborate, as well as impressive chops in digital journalism. Benefits include dental and medical insurance. Required: A bachelor’s degree in journalism or English; a minimum of three years of experience reporting, writing and editing in a magazine or newspaper environment; among other requirements. Full listing.

• The Catholic Health Association is looking for a managing editor for its trade publication, Health Progress. More than five years’ experience and bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Full listing.

• The Missouri Institute of Science and Technology is seeking a graphic designer to develop creative designs for a variety of collateral – print publications, special-event materials, alumni magazine, advertising and other visual items – that communicate Missouri S&T’s image and message to on- and off-campus constituencies. Bachelor’s degree and layout/design experience essential. Full listing.

• The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune is looking for a reporter and news editor. Bachelor’s degree is required; experience preferred. The Daily Tribune is a Gatehouse publication and offers full benefits. Full listing for news editor and reporter.

• The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune has an immediate opening for a news reporter. You’ll be responsible for covering all kinds of news, from courtroom trials, to local government, to community events. Position offers health, dental and vision benefits, 401(k), paid vacation, holidays and more. To apply, send your materials to Jason Hunsicker at jhunsicker@kirksvilledailyexpress.com.

• The Headliner News, a county seat weekly newspaper in Ozark, Mo. is seeking a sports editor. The paper is weekly in print, but daily online and covers seven school districts in Christian County. Successful candidate will have a journalism degree or equivalent experience, knowledge of AP style, exceptional photography & video skills, a very flexible schedule that leaves room for evening and weekend coverage and other requirements. Position offers health insurance, 401k and PTO. Send resume, cover letter and samples to triciac@ccheadliner.com. Full listing.

Lee Enterprises is hiring a copy editor for print and digital operations in central Illinois based in Decatur, Ill. They’re looking for a highly organized editor with sharp news judgment who can make stories shine under deadline pressure. Your job will be to line-edit news, sports and features copy; coordinate page design with our colleagues at the Regional Design Center; and fine-tune content for digital audiences. Experience with SEO headline techniques and social media is required. This position includes night and some weekend shifts. Apply online at www.herald-review.com/workhere. Full listing.

• Community-minded journalist sought to write, edit and paginate The Breese Journal, a family-owned newspaper that covers Clinton County and the surrounding area. We seek an experienced, existing writer/editor; however, we will consider recent graduates who are able to prove their abilities. A journalism degree is desired but will consider others with appropriate work experience. Proven experience with Mac, InDesign, Photoshop is required. Excellence in photography and graphic design is also a plus. We offer competitive salary, vacation, 401k and health insurance benefits and opportunities for advancement. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and samples of your work to dave@breesepub.com. Full listing.

• The Journal-Courier in Jacksonville is seeking applicants for planned or potential openings in news copy editing/design and advertising design for several Hearst Newspapers publications. InDesign experience important for any positions. For copy editing/design positions, previous experience and a working knowledge of Associated Press style required. Basic to intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites programs necessary. Basic knowledge of HTML and rich text formats and social media platforms beneficial. For advertising design, previous experience with Ad Manager Pro or PNP or similar programs needed. Basic to intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites programs necessary. Send resumes and samples if available to: jjceditor@myjournalcourier.com, mail them to Publisher David C.L. Bauer, 235 W. State St., Jacksonville, IL 62650, or fax them to 217-245-1226. No phone calls, please. Full listing.

• The Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register seeks: breaking news/education reporter and business/economic reporter. At least one year’s professional experience strongly preferred; recent graduates with strong skills considered. Knowledge of AP Style, basic spelling and grammar are musts. Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred; must demonstrate sound professional use of social media. Online skills such as video, audio editing or data highly desirable. Business reporter must be a self-starter and comfortable with using various platforms — video, podcasting, alternative story forms — to tell stories. Business coverage is a high-profile priority for the State Journal-Register, and the reporter also will play a role in discovering/selecting wire content that is relevant to our audience and not just a space-filler. To apply, send resume, cover letter and six samples of work to Executive Editor Angie Muhs at angie.muhs@sj-r.com. Full listing.

• The Rockford Register Star seeks journalist for hybrid reporter-editor position including some reporting, copy editing and occasional management of social media accounts. Weekends and some nights required. Candidates should have at least two years’ experience, proven reporting skills, ability to adapt to different content management systems, HTML knowledge is a plus. Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary history and up to five work samples to newsjobs@rrstar.com. Full listing.

•  The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin seeks a Springfield-based reporter/staff writer whose primary assignments will be to cover the legislature and the Illinois Supreme Court; must be able to work independently and know AP style. Apply by sending clips/links, a letter that notes salary expectations and resume ASAP to hr@lawbulletingmedia.com. Full listing.

GateHouse Media seeks editors who love local news, think small and mid-sized towns are great places to call home and want to run a newsroom. With 494 community publications and more than 250 related Web sites from Chicago to New York and California, GateHouse-owned media reach 10 million people each week; must be innovative, digitally savvy, be great storytellers who will delight and inform readers and want to lead newsrooms into the future. Work samples and resume to Jean Hodges at jhodges@gatehousemedia.com.

• The weekly Vandalia (Ill.) Leader-Union seeks a community reporter/sports editor with at least two years’ experience who can paginate and proof, is a strong writer, is a good photographer, is familiar with a broad range of stories, can write hard news and features, is well organized, meets deadlines and is a stickler for accuracy. Apply online

• Openings at the Indianapolis Star: Breaking news reporterwho can work weeknights, can emphasize public safety reporting, can do nighttime general assignment and shows urgency/versatility/resourcefulness/independence; Reporter who can react to developing or trending news, has a sense of urgency to get the news out but at the same time helps readers strive for what’s broken; Arts and culture columnist who can cover the beat in an entertaining/relatable/entrepreneurial way that increases awareness of and participation in the local arts scene; position is part of a two-year partnership with a nonprofit funder. Apply online.

WSIU-FM of Carbondale, Ill. seeks a digital media news specialist with at least four years’ experience responsible for researching, interviewing, editing, and writing stories with a focus on health and environment on a variety of platforms and throughout the Regional Journalism Collaborative, requiring some travel that can include nights and weekends; must have demonstrated successful supervisory experience with professionals, students, or volunteers. Work samples, resume and contact information for at least three references to the Screening Committee, Digital Media News Specialist, Broadcasting Service, Communications Building Suite 1003, Mail Code 6602, SIU-C, 1100 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901.   Full listing. 

 

LINKS

Missouri Press Association Job Bank

Illinois Press Association Job Bank

Chicago Headline Club JobFile

Poynter Journalism Jobs Listings

MediaBistro Job Bank

SPJ Freelancer Directory

 

STORY CALL: Belt Publishing is looking for nonfiction and poetry relating to ST. Louis for an anthology to be published next year. It will explore local stories that became national headlines, including refugee resettlement, the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, etc. as well as St. Louis’ unique culture. They are actively seeking stories from the African American, Bosnian/Kosovar, Latinx, LGBTQ and other communities. No fiction. Contributors receive an honorarium. Deadline is July 1. Click here for details.

 

If you’re looking for work, check out the SPJ Career Center! In addition to the SPJ listings, you’ll find links to 39 other job banks, as well as training programs, resume help, webinars on job hunting, networking, salary negotiation, interviewing and more. Some resources may only be available to paid members.

A previous version of this listing incorrectly listed a senior editor job at St. Louis Public Radio. SPJ regrets the error.
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Ten years after surviving Kirkwood shooting, reporter pens novel about his experience

Todd Allen Smith is a former reporter for the Suburban Journals, among other midwestern outlets, and a former board member for the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists. He has been shot twice, 10 years apart, and with each bullet that entered his body he faced the struggle to reclaim his life. As he told the Webster Journal, he still has to scan a room for an escape route every time he goes out, and it has had a lasting physical and emotional impact.

Now retired from journalism and settled in Edwardsville, Ill., Smith has written a roman a clef about the two shootings, his life in between them, and living as a gay man in the midwest at the turn of the century. Here’s some thoughts from Todd about the book and the aftermath of the shooting.

In my book Murder, Romance and Two Shootings, I share the difficulties of covering the news after seeing someone murdered right before your eyes.

When I was a St. Louis Suburban Journals reporter, I was shot while covering a Kirkwood City Council meeting. Cookie Thornton shot six people at the council meeting on February 7, 2008. Within a few months, I was the only survivor. In the book I relate being a journalist and suddenly being part of the story, and the long recovery afterwards since I was shot in the hand.

This was not the first time I was shot. At age 26, I was shot in a robbery attempt while I was looking for my first reporter position. Between these two tragic incidents, my close friend was killed in a gay bashing while I was working at a gay newspaper, and the murderers have still not been found.

My fictionalized memoir Murder, Romance, and Two Shootings will be released Monday, June 18. The book provides an eyewitness account of a reporter and what it is to be on the front lines of tragedy.

My first reading/signing will be on Wednesday, June 20th, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Schlafly Library at 225 N Euclid Ave. in St. Louis. I will also be at Tower Grove Pride and will have a booth and do signings on Saturday, June 23, from 12 pm to 8 pm at Tower Grove Park at Arsenal and South Grand.

Read some local press stories about Todd and his new book here! 

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SPJ Happy Hour Tuesday!

While you’re waiting for that source to call you back, why not join your fellow scribblers for a happy hour at iTap? Relax in the comfy chairs and complain about work (or not!) among those who also receive angry reader calls before the first cup of coffee.

We’ll be there 6:30 til 8;30, at which point trivia night begins at iTap in Soulard – and we’re invited to stay if we want! Remember that iTap sells no food, just a bewildering array of alcohol. But you can buy pizza and other yummies at the place next door, or bring in something from home!

Please RSVP on our Facebook event or by emailing stlouisspj@gmail.com so we can give a quasi-accurate headcount to iTap. Happy spring!

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‘Then I Knew,’ News-Democrat documentary screening/community forum on April 25

A documentary project produced by the Belleville News-Democrat, ‘Then I Knew’ examines race and identity by asking African-Americans about the first time they realized that the color of their skin could affect the way they are treated.

Reporter Cara Anthony interviewed people from different walks of life over the course of a year, including the great-granddaughter of Dred Scott. The project is a prime example of the changing nature of so-called “legacy media” in its growing development of new technologies and methods to explore issues in the news.

A panel discussion and screening will take place at 7 p.m. April 25 at Belleville East High School, 2555 West Blvd., Belleville, to discuss the project and issues of race and identity in the metro-east and St. Louis.

St. Louis SPJ is a proud community partner in this event with the Belleville News-Democrat, Racial Harmony, Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, and other area organizations. We are seeking volunteers to help out at the event – if interested, please contact SPJ President Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or Cara Anthony at canthony@bnd.com. Please spread the word regarding this event and join us on April 25!

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