Please send me openings that come your way. (The honor roll of contributors is at the end of this post.)
The good news: Journalism jobs are available around the world! Also, I’ve posted additional resources – including an AAJA webinar on dealing with layoffs/buyouts.
BOLDFACE POSTINGS ARE ALPHABETICAL BY COMPANY.
Original posts started appearing June 22.
New as of June 23: Bay Area News Group Interactive, Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette, Imagination Publishing, McClatchy, Plain Dealer in Cleveland, WKMG.
New as of June 24: Special thanks to NAHJ’s VP-Print Russ Contreras for many of the new leads in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina, and throughout New York (all areas in NAHJ’s Regions 2 and 4).
New as of June 25: BlackRock’s iSharesblog.com.
New as of June 26: KJZZ.org, Yahoo Front Page.
New as of June 28: Bloomberg openings in Washington, Marketplace, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, MPR Morning Edition, Motley Fool, Solar Energy Industries Association.
New as of July 2: Because this list is turning into a resource for folks throughout the industry, I’m going to start including jobs that go beyond “print” backgrounds. If you’re interested in something that you think is outside your current skillset, don’t be daunted – consider it a challenge to up your game. Just added –> AP in China, ESPN, Helios Global, KMSB/Fox, KRNV/NBC, KUT News in Austin, KYMA/NBC, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Star-Ledger in Newark, WWMT/CBS.
New as of July 16: I’m starting a weekly-ish roundup that will be a fresh post with date stamps on the openings. And I need your help!
New as of July 24: More openings, including one as a recruiting manager for NPR News, plus tips on what to do if you’re between jobs.
New as of Aug. 29: A round-up of openings that came my way in August.
New as of Oct. 4: A Storify round-up of recent postings.
New as of Oct. 14: Openings at Bankrate.com, Jhpiego and the Star Tribune.
New as of Oct. 18: Journalism jobs and internships, courtesy of NABJ’s Benet Wilson.
American Public Radio has openings in the Twin Cities and throughout California (and you don’t necessarily need a broadcast background – quality journalistic chops are a bigger qualification).
The Associated Press is looking for reporters with at least two years’ experience (“newsperson” on AP’s jobs board) in the New York City and Washington bureaus. E-mail email@example.com. AP is also looking for an experienced hand to lead China coverage, a New York-based markets reporter and a Washington-based political reporter.
Helios Global, a defense contractor, is seeking an experienced magazine assistant editor to begin on July 18 in Tampa. “The successful candidate will have strong journalism, editing, proofreading and copyediting skills. Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese and understanding of Latin America is strongly desired. Familiarity with the US military, defense and security issues is a plus. Candidate must be able to attain secret level clearance by the US Department of Defense. Candidate must be able to work in a small team with many shared responsibilities in a deadline-driven environment. Continued employment is based on renewal of government contract.” Send a resume, cover letter and three writing samples to Diálogo Magazine Senior Editor Abraham Mahshie.
Huffington Post Black Voices is looking for an associate Lifestyle editor. “Post Black Voices will spotlight the best and brightest contemporary black thinkers, game-changers and journalists. As Associate Editor you will report into the Black Voices Managing Editor and be responsible for updating the site with breaking news, analysis, blog posts, video and more, optimizing web traffic, promoting content on social media and growing our community.ResponsibilitiesWrite, publish and promote engaging, high-impact Black Voices storiesCurate and manage the Black Voices homepage and/or subsectionsGrow traffic through creative use of social mediaEdit stories as needed, improving clarity and styleImplement SEO best practices on all article pages and content packagesQualificationsVery strong writing skills and previous online publishing experience, including editing, SEO concepts, social media growth and promotionAbility to analyze traffic data and track metrics, and respond to themBasic understanding of HTML, Photoshop and blog publishing platformsBe comfortable in a fast-paced, creatively demanding work environment that requires meticulous attention to detailExtensive knowledge of social media sites and ideas about how to engage HuffPost’s reader community in the issues of the dayEndless energy and ideas for high-quality reliable content, and exceptional drive to maximize its visibility and impact.” Please submit resumes and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huffington Post Latino is looking for an associate editor. “HuffPost Latino will spotlight the authentic voices and perspectives of the best & brightest contemporary Hispanic thinkers, community leaders, and game-changers against a backdrop of a shared cultural legacy which is rapidly evolving as it meshes with the American mainstream. As Associate Editor you will report into the AOL Latino Senior Editor of News and be responsible for updating the site with breaking news, analysis, blog posts, video and more, optimizing web traffic, promoting content on social media and growing our community. Responsibilities• Write, publish and promote engaging, high-impact HuffPost Latino stories• Curate and manage the HuffPost Latino homepage and/or subsections• Grow traffic through creative use of social media• Edit stories as needed, improving clarity and style• Implement SEO best practices on all article pages and content packages• Be an active and supportive member of the AOL Latino / HuffPost Latino editorial team. Qualifications• Very strong writing skills and previous online publishing experience, including editing, SEO concepts, social media growth and promotion• Ability to analyze traffic data and track metrics, and respond to them• Basic understanding of HTML, Photoshop and blog publishing platforms• Be comfortable in a fast-paced, creatively demanding work environment that requires meticulous attention to detail• Extensive knowledge of social media sites and ideas about how to engage HuffPost’s reader community in the issues of the day• Endless energy and ideas for high-quality reliable content, and exceptional drive to maximize its visibility and impact• English fluency a must, Spanish fluency preferred• Avid participant in Hispanic culture and student of evolving trends in this community.” Please submit resumes and writing samples to email@example.com.
Imagination Publishing in Chicago is in the market for an editor, who “will serve as the lead for one of our financial service publications, and will provide digital project management support for several other clients.” Apply online.
iSharesblog.com, part of BlackRock’s iShares ETF division, is looking for a contractor to manage its blog from July to January. The role, located in San Francisco, could lead to other roles within iShares’ digital content division or at iShares in general. Five to seven years of writing experience necessary and Series 7 a plus. If you are interested, please e-mail your resume to Jennifer.Cronin@BlackRock.com.
· Create, curate and edit content for company blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.
· Coordinate and manage the various social media editorial calendars
· Work with blog authors to guide new posts through the editing and compliance process
· Mine Google Reader and listening tools daily to derive relevant content for all social mediums
· Produce and analyze Google Analytics reports on a regular basis to help measure impact of blog content and guide future post strategy
· Work closely with Digital Promotions team to elevate chosen content through promotional channels
· Strong writing and editing skills with an eye for detail
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Tech savvy with thorough knowledge of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; familiarity with social media engagement/listening tools such as Spredfast, Hootsuite, and Visible a plus
· Ability to meet deadlines while juggling multiple tasks
Other requirements and considerations:
Ideally 5-7 years experience. Series 7 a Plus.
The New York Times has several openings for copy editors. Possible assignments include Business Day, Foreign-National, Sports and Metro. Ideal candidates for copy-editing jobs should have 5 to 7 years’ experience editing news for daily newspapers and Web news sites. To apply, please send a current resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Multimedia positions are also available (but I don’t have information about those openings).
The New York Times International Weekly in Gainesville, Fla.: Designer.
Newyorker.com needs a producer. Responsibilities include updating the front page several times a day and updating other pages in accordance with the weekly magazine cycle; drafting display copy; image research; Web analytics. Candidates should have experience using a CMS (or at least blogging software), experience in a fast-paced news environment, and a copy editor’s attention to detail. Other useful skills include PhotoShop, multimedia, and awareness of SEO and social media. It’s a hourly position, five days a week, no benefits. Hours may include early mornings, nights, and weekends. Send a resume to email@example.com with the subject line “producer candidate.”
NYLON and NYLON Guys in New York City is looking for a senior editor. “The editor would work on both magazines (NYLON is monthly and NYLON Guys in bi-monthly) but would have more responsibilities at Nylon Guys. The job would be split pretty evenly between writing and editing, and the person should have a really strong knowledge of fashion, pop culture, and music and a minimum of five years’ experience working at magazines/newspapers/online. This job is a lot of work, but it’s incredibly rewarding.” If you think you’re right for the job, send your résumé and cover letter to Luke Crisell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Public Broadcasting seeks a radio producer to work on the Think Out Loud daily news/discussion program. For more information, go
New U: News Entrepreneurs Working Through UNITY is a competitive program for journalists of color who want to become entrepreneurs. Funded by The Ford Foundation, the New U Fellowship supports and helps grow the creative ideas of participants through a national “startup camp” which will be held October 17-19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to offering a unique formula based in training and one-on-one mentoring, the program includes a competition for four (4) fellows to win $10,000 each in start-up funding to help realize their entrepreneurial ideas.
I’m disappointed that the NABJ is pulling out of Unity, a partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA – full disclosure: I’m the president of the Denver chapter of AAJA).
It’ll diminish the power of next year’s Unity convention, which is slated for Las Vegas. The four Unity orgs have gotten together every four years for a combined confab since 1994. My introduction to both AAJA and Unity was an inspiring convention in 2004 in Washington DC, when both then-President Bush and presidential hopeful John Kerry spoke to the gathered attendees. Kerry got a noticeably more robust welcome, which was noted in the mainstream media.
I also attended the 2008 Unity convention in Chicago, where candidate Barack Obama spoke.
I attend the AAJA conventions in between the Unity years, and they’re great and inspirational too. But there’s something amazing about seeing 8,000 or so journalists of color – all colors – in one place.
I understand the NABJ’s gripes. They wanted a bigger cut of the split from the Unity conventions because they bring more than half the attendees to every Unity. They also figured out they’d make more money if they just planned their own confab next year somewhere else.
But it diminishes both the appeal and the effectiveness (in networking to pick just one obvious example) of a Unity convention if the biggest contributor decides not to attend the party. It might beg the question of why a separate Unity structure, with its own staff and executive director and budget, needs to be funded by the remaining organizations.
Then we’re left in our separate silos, even if the NABJ says they’ll continue to work towards the unified goal that all of these orgs share. And when we’re divided, we may not have the same clout in the industry.
Like veteran newspaper journalist and AAJA member Emil Guillermo’s headline says, “Journalists of color run out of unity.”
Yesterday, June 19, was the 31st anniversary of Vincent Chin’s attack, which led to his death on June 23, 1982. His two aggressors were White men working in the Detroit auto industry who had been recently laid off from their jobs. At a time of heightened anti-Japanese sentiment, they violently took out their frustration on Vincent Chin, a Chinese American.
Some say this unfortunate moment in time was a catalyst for strengthening the Asian American civil rights movement. Thirty one years later, Vincent Chin’s legacy still reminds us all of the importance of solidarity and raising our voices in support of our communities of choice. From the microaggressions we may face in our daily lives to the barriers that hold us back from achieving our dreams, we must never forget that our voices matter.
New York Post, the apology for this horrendous cover image is weak sauce:
“We recognized early on that an image intended to amuse and play off the Yankee nickname ‘Bronx Bombers’ might be considered offensive by some people, even though that was not our intention. Therefore, it was removed after a very small number of papers had been printed.”
And props to the Asian American Journalists Association for not taking that for an answer:
We take you at your word that it was not the paper’s intent to offend. However, when something that egregious is published, we believe it warrants a more direct apology….We’re sure you understand how hurtful and damaging stereotypes are. Seeing Tanaka, a Japanese national, depicted in such a way conjured up hateful imagery.
Confused about the UNITY/NABJ split? How it happened, what went down, and where we go in the future?
I pulled together a quick round-up of good links from a variety of voices (please note, I’m sure this list is far from complete):
My #1 source for info in following the story of NABJ leading up to the weekend has been Richard Prince’s Journal-isms column. He posted this story Sunday.
AAJA national president Doris Truong pulled together this list of links to the separate statements issued by each of the alliance partners, following the split.
The split was put into context by the New York Times in light of the news from ASNE that while journalism jobs grew slightly in the last year, the ranks of journalists of color declined.
Poynter’s Mallary Tenore got some helpful details and explained the backstory, talking to both UNITY ED Onica Makwakwa and leadership from NABJ and the three remaining alliance partners.
Longtime friend and advocate of all four UNITY groups Joe Grimm wrote about the importance of the UNITY alliance and explained UNITY’s role beyond a convention every four years.
Things got a little confusing when Prince reported that UNITY had granted each alliance president a “veto power.” He later printed a correction, stating this had only been discussed, but not actually voted on.
Wednesday, AAJA president Doris Truong, vice presidents Janet Cho and George Kiriyama and ED Kathy Chow hosted a Town Hall conference call for our members. I live tweeted the call and pulled the tweets (mine and others) together using Storify.
Today, UNITY past-president Rafael Olmeda writes suggesting that UNITY work to offer member-rate convention registration to NABJ members next summer for 2012.
Asian American Journalists Association Guidelines on Jeremy Lin Media Coverage
1. Jeremy Lin is Asian American, not Asian (more specifically, Taiwanese American). It’s an important distinction and one that should be considered before any references to former NBA players such as Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi, who were Chinese. Lin’s experiences were fundamentally different than people who immigrated to play in the NBA. Lin progressed through the ranks of American basketball from high school to college to the NBA, and to characterize him as a foreigner is both inaccurate and insulting.
2. Lin’s path to Madison Square Garden: More than 300 division schools passed on him. Harvard University has had only three other graduates go on to the NBA, the most recent one being in the 1950s. No NBA team wanted Lin in the draft after he graduated from Harvard.
3. Journalists don’t assume that African American players identify with NBA players who emigrated from Africa. The same principle applies with Asian Americans. It’s fair to ask Lin whether he looked up to or took pride in the accomplishments of Asian players. He may have. It’s unfair and poor journalism to assume he did.
4. Lin is not the first Asian American to play in the National Basketball Association. Raymond Townsend, who’s of Filipino descent, was a first-round choice of the Golden State Warriors in the 1970s. Rex Walters, who is of Japanese descent, was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets out of the University of Kansas in 1993 and played seven seasons in the NBA; Walters is now the coach at University of San Francisco. Wat Misaka is believed to have been the first Asian American to play professional basketball in the United States. Misaka, who’s of Japanese descent, appeared in three games for the New York Knicks in the 1947-48 season when the Knicks were part of the Basketball Association of America, which merged with the NBA after the 1948-49 season.
“CHINK”: Pejorative; do not use in a context involving an Asian person on someone who is Asian American. Extreme care is needed if using the well-trod phrase “chink in the armor”; be mindful that the context does not involve Asia, Asians or Asian Americans. (The appearance of this phrase with regard to Lin led AAJA MediaWatch to issue statement to ESPN, which subsequently disciplined its employees.)
DRIVING: This is part of the sport of basketball, but resist the temptation to refer to an “Asian who knows how to drive.”
EYE SHAPE: This is irrelevant. Do not make such references if discussing Lin’s vision.
FOOD: Is there a compelling reason to draw a connection between Lin and fortune cookies, takeout boxes or similar imagery? In the majority of news coverage, the answer will be no.
MARTIAL ARTS: You’re writing about a basketball player. Don’t conflate his skills with judo, karate, tae kwon do, etc. Do not refer to Lin as “Grasshopper” or similar names associated with martial-arts stereotypes.
“ME LOVE YOU LIN TIME”: Avoid. This is a lazy pun on the athlete’s name and alludes to the broken English of a Hollywood caricature from the 1980s.
“YELLOW MAMBA”: This nickname that some have used for Lin plays off the “Black Mamba” nickname used by NBA star Kobe Bryant. It should be avoided. Asian immigrants in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries were subjected to discriminatory treatment resulting from a fear of a “Yellow Peril” that was touted in the media, which led to legislation such as the Chinese Exclusion Act.
You might not have thought about this – especially if layoffs are looming – but your best investment is in yourself. Several journalism conventions are on the horizon. They can help you rethink, recharge and refocus. Not only will the conventions provide training in the best journalism tools, they will expand your network (you never know who will help you land your next job!).
This weekend is the New Now Next (N3) conference put on by AAJA Asia, a chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. (Above, L to R: AP Tokyo Bureau Chief Ken Moritsugu, New York Times Chinese Edition Editor-in-Chief Ching Ching Ni, Institutional Investor’s Asia Bureau Chief Allen Cheng and Reuters’ Seoul Bureau Chief Tony Munroe, talking about what diversity means among Asians.)
I’ve been involved with AAJA since I joined as a 10th grader in Texas. AAJA is an organization formed to help journalists in their careers, but it has actually made a big difference in my life. It’s through AAJA that I met my best friend, and he later introduced me to my husband. Thanks, AAJA.
Anyway. So this afternoon I joined VOA’s Southeast Asia Bureau Chief Steve Herman and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa (seen tweeting behind me there) to talk about how we think about social media strategy. It was awesome to learn from these folks and hear what they had to say. I hope there’s video from the session, since there were lots of cameras that appeared to be recording. But in the meantime I shared my slides, though sadly the animated gifs don’t work in the shared version.
Unfortunately I missed a lot of panels I really wanted to see; one on state-controlled media that’s so noticeable in this neck of the world, another on women leadership and the late afternoon panel on K-pop!
Happy new year and help me inspire the next generation!
Thank you for making my 2012 special. I wish for you a new year of infinite possibilities in 2013.
“It’s never too late to be who you might have been” - George Eliott
As I look back at all those who have inspired me to be a better person and journalist over the past decade, it is evident that AAJA has played a tremendous role in my growth. My career wouldn’t be where it is now had I not taken an AAJA training program. I am just one of the many journalists of color who have benefited from AAJA.
As I step up to be AAJA’s next national president, I’m asking for your help to inspire the next generations of journalists.
For $1 or 2 a week ($50 to $100 a year), you could help inspire a young person of color to fulfill the dream of becoming a journalist.
For that same $1 or $2 a week, you could also help to ensure fair and accurate news coverage of minorities in America.
Since 1981, AAJA has awarded over $2 million to aspiring young journalists in national and local scholarships and internships, and AAJA has laid the foundation for many who are working in the news industry. AAJA also provides media training for non-profit groups on how to deal with unfair news coverage and to learn how to get their message to the media.
In addition to our community outreach and education programs, we also address issues of unfair and inaccurate media coverage about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For example, the coverage of Jeremy Lin would have been very different had it not been for AAJA offering our “Handbook to Covering Asian America.”
These are some of the highlights of what AAJA does. Today, you can help to secure a better future for journalism.
Support AAJA and me by making an individual contribution. Your contribution is tax-deductible.
You can make your direct tax-deductible donation here. Select General AAJA support / power of one and list me as your referral.
Send me an email so that I can thank you across AAJA’s social nets.
Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley: Web producer [Aug. 29]
Heart & Soul magazine: “We’re to switch it from a Black women publication to one for all women of color…Looking for Hispanic and Asian women health writers and possibly a Latina managing editor who could be promoted to editor-in-chief.” If interested, contact George E. Curry, President & CEO, George Curry Media LLC, 2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #304, Washington, D.C. 20006 [Aug. 3]
The Record in Bergen County, N.J.: Editorial writer (contact: Alfred Dublin) and features reporter (contact: Doug Clancy). For both openings, include a cover letter, CV and your five best clips [Aug. 29]
Star Tribune in Minneapolis: News presentation director. “A minimum of 10 years in news information design and/or presentation is required. Must be a collaborative leader who can work well with other newsroom leaders, coach other presentation editors and uphold the newsroom’s standards across all platforms. Must be proficient in newsroom publishing systems and be fluent in design and publishing software, including Photoshop and InDesign.” Contact Duchesne Drew, managing editor for operations. [Aug. 19]