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Region 7 Career Connections, 11.10.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

Check back next week for a new list of journalism jobs from around the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7!

Region 7 Career Connection, 10.13.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

Check back next week for a new list of journalism jobs from around the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7!

Region 7 Career Connection, 10.06.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

Check back next week for a new list of journalism jobs from around Region 7!

Region 7 Career Connection, 09.23.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

Check back next week for a new list of journalism jobs from around Region 7!

Does your newsroom have a job you would like listed on the Region 7 Career Connection? Email Region 7 Director Rob McLean with the information.

Region 7 Career Connection, Vol. 1

Today we’re launching the Region 7 Career Connection! Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

We’re kicking off the regular feature with a news director job in Omaha, the search for a Kansas City wedding editor, and more.

Check back next week for a new list of journalism jobs from around Region 7!

Does your newsroom have a job you would like listed on the Region 7 Career Connection? Email Region 7 Director Rob McLean with the information.

Riverfront Times seeks news blogger

Riverfront Times logoWho says bloggers can’t be journalists?

At the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, a blogger helped keep the 36-year-old weekly newspaper on the public’s mind with his witty and sometimes irreverent Web writing about such topics as Confederate flag T-shirts, email-happy state senators, and the tribulations of a well-endowed bikini wearer at one Missouri water park.

Recently, said blogger, Sam Levin, bolted westward to the Golden State, leaving the 75,000-circulation RFT in desperate need of a reporter/writer at least as witty and prolific (six posts daily, about 30 weekly). No less than the RFT’s editor acknowledges this in his own blog post on the subject.

Chad Garrison, RFT editor

Chad Garrison, RFT editor

“The ideal candidate will be a strong writer whose work doesn’t require advance copy editing and someone with a Mark Zuckerberg-like understanding of social media as both a news gathering and promotional tool,” wrote Chad Garrison.

But above that in the same post, Garrison stressed, “We are looking for a candidate who is first and foremost a reporter ― someone who loves breaking news and picking up the phone to interview the folks involved. (In other words, someone who does more than just aggregate other people’s work.)”

So, if you think Garrison has you pegged, then send him a résumé and samples of your work to his email with the phrase “news blogger” in the subject line. Of course, it would be wise to first look over examples of Levin’s work to see the kind of writing style Garrison wants.

And, yes, a competitive salary, health insurance and 401k are included in the deal.

Now is your time to shine in Kansas City

Kansas City Star logoHere’s the optimum opportunity to prove you know Kauffman from Kemper.

The Kansas City Star seeks a new assistant managing editor for its award-winning Features department.

The AME/Features leads a staff of 25 in producing 10 newspaper sections plus assorted digital products. Coverage topics include Arts, Entertainment, Faith, Food, Health, House & Home, and Lifestyle.

Candidates need at least seven years’ experience in newspaper journalism and an extensive background in features coverage. Exceptional people skills and a knack for knowing what works better in digital than in print are premium traits.

Interested? Contact Mike Fannin, editor and vice president, at mfannin@kcstar.com.

Former Missouri politician starts news website, looks to hire a reporter

When the Missouri General Assembly gavels open its session next month, a new media company based in Jefferson City plans to go live right along with it.

Rod Jetton

Rod Jetton

Leading the company is a man who drew attention to himself inside and outside the General Assembly.

The Missouri Times, a free online publication still taking shape, intends to “get real answers on the serious issues of the day” and do it devoid of partisan slant, said Rod Jetton, former Missouri House speaker and president of the Times, in a news release.

Jetton served in the House from 2001 to 2009, the last four as speaker. But blowback from a 2009 assault charge scuttled his legislative career and the campaign consultancy he ran concurrent to his speakership. He says he’s no longer involved in either politics or consulting.

Jetton believes the souring economics of major media, resulting in staff cuts and diminished resources, make it harder for traditional news operations to achieve journalistic objectivity, and that a project such as the Times can accomplish what other media can’t.

“I feel my campaign experience as well as my legislative background has prepared me to know what questions to ask and who to ask them to,” he said.

And he insists the result won’t be tinted red or blue, or lean left or right.

“This publication will be nonpartisan and solely focused on providing objective reporting on the politics and the public policy process,” Jetton said. “Our overriding goal will be to report on all sides of each issue so that our readers have a clear and honest picture of what happened, who made it happen, why it happened and how it will affect them.”

Scott Faughn

Scott Faughn

Joining Jetton to shape the Times’ editorial content is Scott Faughn, a former mayor of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and publisher of the SEMO Times, an alternative weekly in that town. For the record, Faughn also has crossed paths with the law; he was convicted and fined $1,500 in 2007 for forging checks related to a highway construction project in southeastern Missouri.

“I believe there are readers who want more in-depth coverage of state issues,” Faughn said in the same news release. “Our staff of professional journalists will be in the state capitol every day to serve those readers.”

According to marketing material about the Times, the publication will contain advertising, and subscriptions will be offered at $325 annually for a companion print version that’s scheduled for weekly distribution.

Ideally, the Times will launch Jan. 9, the same day as the new legislative session, and have two reporters on staff. Faughn, the publisher, said the Times hopes to fill one of those staff positions before then.

Faughn said in an email that the reporters are expected to have experience with social media as a news-gathering tool, an understanding of video blogging, and knowledge of the content management system WordPress. He asks interested candidates to email him their resumes and at least two examples of their work to publisher@themissouritimes.com. Hard copy submissions should go to Post Office Box 416, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.

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