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Notes from Indianapolis

SPJ Board Meeting 2010, Indianapolis. Yours truly, George Daniels & Sally Lehrman

This time last weekend I was in a conference room with my esteemed colleagues of the Society of Professional Journalists Board of Directors, the great SPJ headquarters staff, and a few members of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board.

Here are a few highlights that will certainly affect members in our region and nationwide:

Regional Director:  I will not be running for regional director again. Kelsey Volkmann, president of the St. Louis Pro Chapter and a web editor at the St. Louis Business Journal, has thrown her hat into the ring.  Go Kelsey!  Elections are in October at the regional meeting at the national convention in Las Vegas, speaking of which…

Oct. 3-5, 2010: Is the national SPJ Convention. Several changes on tap…

  • You’ll notice that instead of starting on a Friday and going through Sunday, we’ll be kicking things off Sunday and running through Tuesday.  Those who want to attend the Sigma Delta Chi awards banquet should note it is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 2 – before the official start of the conference.
  • Sept. 8 is the deadline for early bird registration. $185 for professionals, $135 for students. Hotel rate for Planet Hollywood (formerly the Aladdin) is $129 a night.
  • Cool new feature:  Leadership sessions for both professional and student chapters on Sunday, from 1-3 p.

SPJ & RTDNA in New Orleans! Sept. 25-38, The Sheraton New Orleans (around the corner from the French Corner). RTDNA is the leading organization for electronic journalists (radio, TV, online, digital, etc). They’ve been holding their national convention with the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas for a number of years.  You can win BIG by helping to find a name for the convention.  Here’s how.  Deadline is June 1.

Star Ranking Rewards.  SPJ used to provide four-star chapters with 20% discounts on SPJ merchandise. We can no longer do so, since SPJ now uses a third party company which takes orders directly.

Annual Report Deadline. For student chapters it remains April 26.  For pro chapters it will no longer be a hard and fast deadline, due June 1. Instead, the deadline will float a bit (not to far from June 1), to be no closer to the national convention than 90 days.

Transitional/Hardship Dues Waiver.  We will continue this program to help journalists remain part of SPJ as they deal with evolving employment situations.  The waiver allows you to avoid paying for 6 months of dues once you receive a renewal notice.

Diversity Leadership Program is Back! I was one of the first class of fellows to benefit from this.  Basically, as a fellow you work on projects that will increase diversity in the organization media.  Fellows get free travel, registration, and accommodation for the upcoming convention.  Deadline to apply is June 13.

The SPJ website. Big makeover coming soon!  The site will be easier to navigate and interact with. And, look for some great new training videos available to members.  Videos feature great instructors and easier to follow tutorials on a wide variety of multimedia basics.  The SPJ online Career Center is getting a major upgrade, too, with more resources in one place than ever before.  Look for all of this in early May.

That’s all for now, folks. Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas:

More jobs in Region 7

Calling your attention to these positions! You can find more info at — searching by state.


Outside Sales Professional – Newspaper

Reporter – Newspaper (3)

Online Media Editor

Meteorologist – Television


Public Relations


Reporter – Newspaper

Reporter – Magazine

Editor – Newspaper

Copy Editor/Page Designer – Newspaper


Social Media Editor – Newspaper

Reporter – Newspaper (2)

Design Director – Newspaper

Sports Editor – Newspaper

Save the Date: Region 7 Spring Conference

I am starting to get excited about the Region 7 Spring Conference!

When: April 9-10, 2010

Where: Omaha, NE at the Doubletree Hotel downtown

Keep in mind, we are in the early stages of getting this together, so our plans are subject to change.  Still, I wanted to give you an idea of how things are shaping up!

We’ll kick things off Friday night with SPJ’s very own “Ethics Hold ‘Em,” a version of the game where everyone wins (ethically speaking)! See this link from a South Florida Pro chapter event for more

Folks in the region, Heather Porter at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis, and I have come up with the following subjects/topics for our sessions:

Multimedia –  Ron Sylvester of the Wichita Eagle who will showcase some great ideas for taking traditional journalism forms to the next level.

FOI/SunshineCharles Davis and Randy Brown of the The National Freedom of Information Coalition and the FOI Advocate have a great presentation that will open your eyes to open records.

Diversity from the ground up: Hiring and beyond — I am assembling a panel that includes SPJ Diversity Committee Chair Pueng Vongs.  Looking for at least one more panelist!

Federal Shield Law — Working on a great keynote speaker who can enlighten us, whether we have a law by April or not.

First Jobs — Early career journalists talk about the strategies that worked for them when they embarked on their post college job hunt.

Entrepeneurship for Journalists — Carla Kimbrough-Robinson (you may have read her regular Quill column on career development) will share her strategies.

Of course the Mark of Excellence lunch where we honor student journalists from the region will be a highlight on Saturday!  We’ll wrap up the conference Saturday afternoon with a business session.  I hope we can rope in some Nebraska journalists to start a professional chapter!  If you know you are interested in getting in on the ground floor, it’s not too early to let me know.

You’ll notice that we are not building the conference around traditional media “tracks.” No broadcast-only or print-only sessions.  I expect multimedia and media convergence themes to be part of every session in one way or another.  Many of us are already working across two or more platforms.  As Ron Sylvester says, one day soon it’s likely we will ALL be multimedia journalists.

With all of the above in mind, any ideas for a tag line or conference “theme?” I await your ideas!  Watch this space for information about registration, hotel room rates and more.

More Job News: St. Louis, Chicago, Nebraska

Crain Communications (Chicago)

Section Editor/Deputy Managing Editor

Crain’s Chicago Business is looking for an experienced editor to oversee the upfront news section of our local business weekly. Reporting to the editor, this position manages a team of reporters covering a full range of industry beats. The editor hired for the position will work with other news and graphics editors to produce a weekly upfront news section filled with high-impact stories on the people and events that shape Chicago business, told in the distinctive voice of Crain’s Chicago Business. Each upfront section must provide the market-leading coverage that makes Crain’s the definitive source of Chicago business news, with a mix of scoops, personality features and sophisticated, forward-looking analysis for our audience of business, political and civic leaders.

The position requires:

  • Top-flight news judgment and feature-writing skills, along with the ability to shape and polish stories quickly under deadline pressure.
  • Fertile mind for story ideas that will grab our readers’ attention and set the agenda for business news in Chicago.
  • A flair for provocative headlines and eye-catching story presentation is critical.
  • A thorough knowledge of business and financial concepts.
  • Experience managing reporters and beat coverage in a competitive news environment.
  • Other important aspects of the job are: developing video and other online elements for upfront stories, some Web editing, and close interaction with the graphics and copy desks.
  • Minimum five years of solid newsroom experience.
  • Bachelors degree

Crain Communications offers a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, profit sharing, and a friendly work environment.

To apply for this position please visit our website at and search under the Careers section.  Please include salary requirements along with cover letter and resume for consideration.

We thank you for your interest in Crain Communications and invite you to visit our website as positions are updated regularly.  Crain Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Investigative Reporter (3-5 years experience)

We are looking for an experienced investigative reporter with the skills and drive to expose fraud, corruption and injustice. We’re looking for someone who can develop sources throughout the region, pull the thread on the most promising leads and pursue stories that will make a difference in our readers’ lives.

Graphic Artist

We’re looking for a graphic artist to specialize in data visualization. This new hybrid role will work with the multimedia, graphics and computer assisted reporting teams to produce data visualizations and other interactive experiences — both on deadline and for larger cross-platform projects.

Nebraska Life Magazine

Photo Editor/Staff Photographer

We seek candidates with photography experience for our busy statewide magazine and publishing company.
The winning candidate will work with editors, designers, writers, fellow photographers and the great people of Nebraska to document the people, places, events, lifestyles, nature and culture of our great state through high quality photographs, videos and stories. This photographer will also do some writing and should be comfortable writing and with some skill.


To search for a job or post a job opening, check out the SPJ job bank!

Look who’s hiring in Kansas City


KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, is looking for an Executive Producer to oversee our morning news. We’re looking for a highly motivated and aggressive professional


The ideal candidate will have solid  news judgment and creative ideas to help make the newscast and website standout. We’re looking for someone with 4-5 years experience who can lead the largest morning news staff in the market. Strong writing and producing skills a must.  Must have a proven track record with an aggressive approach to winning the big story, breaking news coverage and weather.  The EP works closely with the management team and participates in content and strategic planning.

To apply:  Interested candidates should send a resume and references to:  Sherrie Brown, News Director, KMBC, 6455 Winchester Ave, Kansas City, MO 64133. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. EOE



Job Title: Content Coordinator Requisition Number: 1252

The content coordinator manages, edits and tracks incoming and outgoing content for multiple platforms. The primary processes you conduct in your role:

* Monitor, communicate and traffic all incoming content

* Collaborate with newsroom staff to achieve editorial objectives

* Maintenance storage and capacity of SAN

* Edit content for use on multiple platforms

* Responsible for operating various news gathering equipment, including but not limited to video editing equipment

* Working knowledge of the multitude of paths by which content is imported and exported

* Distribution of content to other Scripps units

* Perform other duties as assigned


* BS/BA in related discipline.

* Generally 5-8 years of experience in related field. Certification is required in some areas.

More information: KSHB Content Coordinator

Assignment Editor — Requisition Number: 1253

Job Description:

The Assignment Editor is responsible for managing newsroom assignments, coordinating logistics, monitoring news wires and scanners.

* Plan news coverage as directed by news management

* Assign crews to stories and breaking news, using appropriate logistical and journalistic judgment

* Make calls to news sources as needed, gaining appropriate and actionable information

* Assist in finding stories, doing research and tracking story ideas in assignment desk computer with emphasis on key brand points

* Write and post content to the web as required

* Perform other duties as needed and as directed by news management

* Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office

* Ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast paced environment


* BS/BA in related discipline.

* Generally 2-5 years of experience in related field; certification is required in some areas.

For more information: KSHB Assignment Editor

Also:  KSHB Overnight Photographer AND KSHB Reporter/Multimedia Journalist

Look who’s hiring in St. Louis

COMPANY: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TITLE: Data Specialist

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Post-Dispatch is looking for a data specialist who will join forces with reporters and editors to produce sophisticated stories and projects in print and online. This journalist must be able to balance short and long-term news projects, breaking news and sustained data projects. Knowledge of Freedom of Information laws and the proven ability to negotiate for data are essential. 


COMPANY: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TITLE: Business of Health Care Reporter

JOB DESCRIPTION: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch looking for a thoughtful, hard-working business journalist to lead our business health care coverage. This reporter will be expected to break exclusive news both online and in print, cultivate compelling enterprise, help develop multi-media content and work within a collaborative, team environment with other health and business writers and editors. A diverse group of hospitals has established St. Louis as a major medical hub in the Midwest, and the health care industry employs more than 168,000 people in the metro area. The business health care reporter will cover a wide array of topics beyond just hospitals, including private insurers, Medicare, Medicaid, nursing homes and the uninsured. The reporter also will keep tabs on major health-related companies, such as Express Scripts, a Fortune 500 company, and drug giant Pfizer, which has a major research campus here. Further, St. Louis has two renowned medical schools, Washington University and St. Louis University, which makes St. Louis a center for cutting-edge medical research. The business of health care reporter will follow the commercial development of new drugs, medical devices and the emergence of new medical companies. 



KMOV-TV:  Morning News Producer

Date Available: Immediately

Send Resume to: Kara Kelly, Executive Producer
One Memorial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63102

E-mail: Fax: Fax 314/444-6393

Job Description: KMOV-TV has an immediate opening for a morning news producer.

The ideal candidate is a proven news producer with an aggressive and creative style. Must be innovative and you must be able and willing to make changes on the fly. This is a position where the ideal producer will be looking forward at today’s news instead of backward at what everyone else did the night before.

The ideal candidate will also have a strong news judgment and be able to handle breaking news situations. This is not a newscast for show stackers. This is a newscast for aggressive thinkers.

You must have at least 2 years of producing experience and knowledge of newsroom operations.

KMOV-TV:  Broadcast Assistant

Date Available: Open continuously

Send Resume to: Bryce Moore, Website Manager
One Memorial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63102


Job Description: KMOV-TV has a continuing opening for the position of Broadcast Assistant. Some Knowledge of Broadcast news is preferred. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting producers and production assistants in the various aspects of newscast preparation and operating the teleprompter for those newscasts.

The Broadcast Assistant position is a temporary 26-week position and is offered on a rotating basis. Applicants must be flexible as hours can include early mornings, afternoons and/or weekends.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to enter the broadcast field to see first-hand the operation of a top-notch news organization. College students with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism are encouraged to apply.


KSDK is looking for a Multimedia Producer to take our highly rated 10 p.m. newscast to a new level. Our ideal candidate has boundless energy, intelligence, news sense and leadership to produce top rated newscasts. This person will help take us to the next level for all the networks of KSDK, including and other websites. We are looking for a responsible newsroom citizen who embraces growing technologies and has the skills necessary for a multiplatform environment. This position demands maturity, solid decision making skills and the ability to lead a group of well-seasoned and dedicated professionals. The ideal candidate will need to demonstrate solid news judgment with a knack for knowing the stories people care about.


Candidate will be part coach, part cheerleader and part visionary. Computer literacy and four year college degree required. Three to five years of solid producing experience is preferred.

Send your resume along with salary history and cover letter to:

Ava Ehrlich

Executive Producer/Special Projects


1000 Market St.

St. Louis, MO. 63101  OR

KSDK is looking for a Multimedia Producer to take our highly rated weekend editions of “Today in St. Louis” to a new level. Our ideal candidate has boundless energy, intelligence, news sense and leadership to produce top rated newscasts. This person will help take us to the next level for all the networks of KSDK, including and other websites. We are looking for a responsible newsroom citizen who embraces growing technologies and has the skills necessary for a multiplatform environment. This position demands maturity, solid decision making skills and the ability to lead a group of dedicated professionals. Not only must this candidate have ideas, but must also capture the spirit of the morning news—serious information, stories to start your weekend days and a touch of whimsy.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value the benefits of diversity in our workplace.

Send your resume along with salary history and cover letter to:

Ava Ehrlich

Executive Producer/Special Projects


1000 Market St.

St. Louis, MO. 63101 OR

KSDK NewsChannel 5 and, the leaders in multimedia news gathering in St. Louis, are looking for a multimedia journalist – a reporter, editor, photographer, and presenter – to help us build the next generation of newsgathering. The successful candidate will produce content for all our platforms, on-air and online. The next Multimedia Journalist will have a demonstrated ability to deliver compelling storytelling on deadline, have strong presentation skills and possess the time management skills to produce two different packages daily.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value the benefits of diversity in our workplace.

Send your resume along with salary history and cover letter to:

Ava Ehrlich

Executive Producer/Special Projects


1000 Market St.

St. Louis, MO. 63101 OR


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