Saturday, June 30, 2007

Job opp: Desk supervisor at AP in SF

Brought to our attention by Kathleen Rhodes:

Position: Day Supervisor
Company: The Associated Press
Location: California
Job Status: Full-time
Ad Expires: August 3, 2007
Job ID: 796648

The San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press is looking for a day desk supervisor.

A pivotal player in one of the AP’s most dynamic news bureaus, the day supervisor plans and organizes the daily Northern California news report with input from bureau managers. This includes spotting and assigning breaking news coverage, editing copy, monitoring member content and assembling digests of top stories.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: We need a proven leader who has outstanding word editing skills and excellent news judgment, capable of reacting quickly and thoughtfully to important breaking stories. A courteous and helpful manner with AP customers and fellow staffers is essential. So is the ability to work well with other managers in Sacramento, Los Angeles, New York and around the world. A minimum of five years of newsroom experience is required, with at least two years of editing. The position carries with it opportunities for advancement within the world’s largest news organization.

To find out more about this job, go to:

AP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply for this position, please copy and paste the following link into your browser address bar:
or submit your resume and salary requirements through our homepage at

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Job opp: Reporter at West Marin weekly

Chron travel editor Jeanne Cooper forwards to us this e-mail she received:

Subject: [Fwd: Community journalists wanted]

Hello all. One more job posting, from a friend of mine who's starting a new weekly paper in West Marin. Thought it could be of interest to reporters who are leaving the Chronicle, so feel free to pass along.

Online job board geared for us

Here's an online job board that Lucas Mast at set up for The Chronicle (although folks at the Merc and elsewhere can obviously make use of it). Thanks, Lucas.


Jessica Guynn suggested that I pass the information below along to you, in the hopes that it can be of some help on your blog.

The most useful thing, in my humble opinion, is the job board I set up at:

Thanks in advance and certainly let me know if there is anything we can do to help!


Job opp: Exec director of IRE

From Chronicle researcher Kathleen Rhodes:

To: IRE members and friends
From: James Grimaldi

I’m writing to give you an update and ask for your help as we search for a new executive director to replace Brant Houston. Now is the time to suggest people who would be great for this position as IRE makes the transition to new leadership.

As you’ll recall, in March we announced Brant's intent to leave IRE to be the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois. Brant is set to begin at Illinois in the fall. We are grateful that Brant will continue with IRE as a consultant until Dec. 31 to continue to oversee IRE's operations while we complete the search.

For those of you who missed the IRE annual conference in Phoenix, the Board wanted to let you know that the staff and Board honored Brant’s remarkable 13 years of service to IRE by creating an endowment fund in his name to support global investigative reporting. (We’ve raised more than $10,000 so far. You can donate on the IRE web site at and earmarking your contribution to the “Brant Houston fund.”)

If you were with us in Arizona, you saw that we posted a job description. It also is on the IRE Web site and we are circulating it among journalism organizations. Ads also are set to run in major journalism publications.

Brant’s talents will be hard to match. Yet, the Board believes this is a great job and is optimistic about finding a dynamic leader to oversee our 12-member staff and $1.4 million budget. The job includes a parttime teaching assignment on the faculty of the Missouri Journalism School.

I have asked David Boardman, executive editor of the Seattle Times, to chair a Transition and Search Committee. As past president of IRE and a seasoned newsroom manger, Dave is ideal to lead this carefully selected committee of IRE members in our nationwide search. With Brant’s strategic help, the committee has met three times, discussed IRE’s future needs and developed the job description.

We are looking for a respected journalist with managerial experience, an entrepreneurial and enterprising spirit, creativity to help the organization grow internationally and on the Web, and flexibility to work with a rapidly changing media industry. Nonprofit experience and fundraising ability are significant pluses.

If you know someone who fits this description, please encourage them to apply. We are recruiting, too, and feel free to pass along any leads to Dave,, or me,, any member of the IRE Board or any member of the committee:

Jan Colbert , who has served as IRE executive director and is an associate professor and chair of magazine journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, where IRE is based.; Renee Ferguson , an IRE board member and broadcast reporter who has been on leave from WMAQ-Chicago to be a Nieman fellow this year at Harvard. ,;Chuck Lewis, an IRE member for 25 years and a former CBS 60 Minutes producer who has founded three nonprofit corporations, including the Center for Public Integrity.; Shawn McIntosh, a past president of IRE who is director of culture and change at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , focusing on training and implementation of new standards.; Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of Education Broadcasting Corp., owner of Channel Thirteen/WNET, and former president of NBC News.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Job opp: more in Massachusetts

This comes to us from former Chronicle reporter Erin Hallissy, who is now the editorial director at the Office of College Communications at Saint Mary’s College:

Associate Editor, Wellesley magazine

Wellesley, winner of a 2007 bronze Circle of Excellence Award from CASE, is seeking a new associate editor.

Assists editor in planning and producing four issues annually of Wellesley, the magazine published by the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and mailed to alumnae, parents, and friends of the College. Writes feature stories and short articles as required; assists editor in editing pieces for structure and content; copyedits and fact checks; writes headlines and cutlines; proofreads. Edits Class Notes section; functions as liaison to 70 volunteer class secretaries; responsible for developing and editing alumnae profiles and mini-profiles in Class Notes section and the memorial tributes in the In Memoriam section. Attends major campus meetings and events; represents magazine at alumnae events; works closely with other College offices, particularly Public Affairs, Resources, and the President's Office.

Position requires a B.A. degree and significant journalism or editorial experience; proven editing, writing, and proofreading skills; desktop-publishing experience preferred; strong organizational and interpersonal skills; sensitivity to issues of single-sex education in general and Wellesley specifically; flexible and capable of multitasking on tight deadlines. Associate editor must be available to work on campus full time (telecommuting is not an option).

To apply:
Apply online at
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Wellesley College is an AA/EEO employer.

Job opps: editors, reporter in Boston

Here's another contribution from former Chronicle reporter Todd Wallack:

If anyone feels like moving to Beantown, a bunch of jobs have opened up.

The Boston Business Journal is looking for both a special sections editor and a reporter (probably to cover higher education and legal affairs, though I think the editor might be flexible). Editor George Donnelly, (617) 316-3221,

Meanwhile, I heard the Boston Globe is desperately trying to find good editors in multiple sections of the paper. The recruiter at the paper is Paula Bouknight,

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Seeking help from a career counseling

Here's a second post from former Chron editor and writer John Hubbell. You can find his first post on federal funds for retraining here. In this offering, he talks about a career counselor who helped in his Chronicle afterlife (Ed note: If you know of career counselors or career resouces geared for former journalists, please send them my way):

A few years ago, deciding to move beyond the newsroom was the easy part for me. The big question was: Move where?

It was confusing because I'd loved newspapers all of my life, and changing directions was bracing and downright frightening.

But one of the first steps I took was to see a career counselor. It was easy enough: The person I went to was one of my best friend's mothers, Gina Snyder.

The experience was thoroughly helpful. Over a couple of sessions, I took tests, talked out thoughts and ideas, and walked away with both general and concrete ideas what to do.

I've passed her name onto other journalist friends looking for a change in their lives. They've reported back that they loved working with her as much as I did.

Gina is personable and down to earth. She may have embarrassing childhood photos of me that she can show you, too -- perhaps injecting a little mirth in this otherwise unsettling time.

Gina's phone number is 707-643-8937. Her email is That's Vallejo, ye olde homeland.

Some of you sent notes from my last post asking what I've been up to since obtaining (and that's the right verb) my master's degree last month from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The short version is that I'm consulting on a variety of media projects, and splitting my time between Chapel Hill and Memphis, Tenn. You can check out my company web site, and drop me a line if you'd like, at

Good luck all,
John Hubbell

Job opp: Part-time copy editor at Stanford

Another one from former Chron tech reporter and Pinoy Pod podcaster (say that 3x quickly) Ben Pimentel:

Stanford Biz School is looking for a part-time copy editor/proofreader. Pay is about $30/hr. Contact person is Cathy Castillo, director of publications. Her e-mail is

Job opps: Biz managing editor, information activist, communications manager

A smattering of opportunities ...

Managing Editor, Business News (petaluma)

A growing North Bay financial news publisher is seeking a superior managing editor to lead our coverage of alternative finance and investment markets full time for our website and print newsletters. We are looking for a corporate finance journalist, experienced in reporting on public equity and debt finance, with a strong analytical side.

Information activist

Full-time Position (1 FTE), Oakland-based. Salary: $46,107 plus 3 weeks of vacation, medical, dental & vision (inc. domestic partners) and professional development opportunities. Men of color strongly encouraged to apply.

The DataCenter supports grassroots communities to build their research infrastructure and develop research and strategizing capacity from within to build their political power for change. We aim to reframe research as a tool for social change and self-determination in order to reclaim communities as the experts.

The DataCenter seeks an experienced information activist to collaborate primarily with youth and criminal justice groups across the country, especially those with bases among no- and low-income communities and communities of color, using research as a tool to build more successful campaigns, strengthen strategies, and increase capacity to utilize information and knowledge effectively for grassroots-led social change efforts. We use a wide range of research methods such as strategic, targeted research, census support, literature reviews and community based documentation projects.

Applicants should demonstrate a solid understanding of issues with regard to youth and criminal justice as well as an awareness of and openness to working across issue areas. Organizations we work with include: All of Us or None, Education not Incarceration, Critical Resistance, Highlander, Project South, Native Youth Movement, Providence Youth and Student Movement - PrYSM, Common Roots, Ella Baker Center and Southwest Worker's Union youth program.

The DataCenter is committed to reflecting our social justice values in all of our organizational practices. We engage in Shared Leadership and staff members are expected to play an active role in developing the organization. To learn more about Shared Leadership visit our website at In addition, all staff engage in anti-oppression organizational culture work.

· Creative, inquisitive spirit with a commitment to social justice.
· Solid research experience (e.g. campaign or union research, community or grassroots research, oral history documentation, journalism, or academic research on social issues): designing research projects, conducting research, publishing or presenting research findings. And understanding of how research plays a powerful role in advancing grassroots-led social justice agenda.
· Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects and to develop organizational relationships.
· Competent at working within diverse cultural communities.
· Familiarity with grassroots organizing and experience with campaign strategy.
· Experience with or understanding of organizational development issues.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills.
· Computer and Internet skills.
· Interested in working in a collaborative environment defined by the values and principles of Shared Leadership.
· Ability to make a three-year commitment.
· Program development and planning experience.
· Strong quantitative experience (e.g. statistical analysis, spreadsheet manipulation, working with large data sets).
· Training experience, rooted in popular education methods.
· Familiarity with Lexis/Nexis.
· Familiarity and connection with issues in the U.S. South.

TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to: Hiring Committee, DataCenter, 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 900, Oakland, CA 94612-2912 USA. Please no phone calls or faxes. For more information about the DataCenter, visit Application deadline extended to Friday July 6th, 2007.

Communications/outreach manager, senior data analyst

EdSource is expanding and we need additional staff to help make that happen. Our small agency needs to substantially strengthen its research, data analysis, writing, outreach, and project management capabilities. We are creating several new positions, including a Communications/Outreach Manager and a Senior Data Analyst - both full time. We are also hiring additional research staff, but the exact mix of positions, job titles, and responsibilities will depend upon the qualifications of the people who apply.

EdSource is a team-oriented agency with exceptionally high standards for productivity, quality, and meeting deadlines. We are looking for self-motivated, highly skilled individuals who share our commitment to the importance of a strong public education system and our intellectual curiosity regarding what that requires. We hope to fill these positions this summer.

If you or someone you know is interested, please go to our website to learn more. Details about these positions and the application process are at

Monday, June 25, 2007

Job opps: Biz reporters at Bloomberg

Chron tech writer Tom Abate brings this to our attention:

Bloomberg To Add 10 Percent More Reporters On Strong Terminal Sales

And here's a link to Bloomberg's job page (it's not clear to me whether those 60 jobs are all represented on the site):

Job opp: Education reporter at Palo Alto Weekly

Here's one from Jocelyn Dong, managing editor at the Palo Alto Weekly (

I understand you've got a blog for out-of-work Chron staffers. If it's any help, we're looking for an education reporter. It's a good, honest reporting job in a town where people care passionately about the schooling of their children. We'd be happy to talk with any of your former colleagues.

Link and job posting below.


Embarcadero Publishing Company Employment Opportunities

Staff Writer

The CNPA-award-winning, independent Palo Alto Weekly is seeking a versatile reporter to cover education, youth & family issues and community reporting.

Applicants must be self-starters with an easy flow of story ideas, with good analytical skills and an ability to develop a solid understanding of the complex local and statewide education system.

The Weekly, as a pioneer in online posting of news stories as early as 1994, is actively exploring the fast-changing interface between print and online journalism, and applicants should have an interest in and excitement for the many possibilities in this area.

The job requires several stories a week, daily news briefs posted to the Weekly's Web site and an in-depth piece every four to six weeks relating to children, schools or families or other assignments in the community.

Candidates should have at least two years beat-coverage experience, preferably in education, with strong writing and grammatical skills and be versatile in terms of coverage of different types of education and city-related stories. Dependability and a desire to maintain collegial relationships with editors are musts.

It is strongly preferred that applicants live in or near Palo Alto or be familiar with housing costs in the region. Out-of-state applicants with no roots in the area are strongly discouraged.

Send resume and three writing clips, with contact information, to Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong, Palo Alto Weekly, 703 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94302, or e-mail No phone calls please.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Job opp: Science writer at Stanford

This from Dawn Levy, who is leaving her job as science writer at the Stanford News Service:

... If you know any science writers who might be interested in my Stanford job (great people! great work!), now's the time to spread the word. The job will get posted at when it's announced. My last day at Stanford will be July 6.

Stanford Report:

Friday, June 22, 2007

Job opp: Designer at Bakersfield Californian

From James Bennett, AME of design and production at The Californian:

DRIVERS WANTED! We need a driver for the racecar we've built. You may have heard of the Californian's controversial redesign. It's loud, flashy and can be tough to handle.

That¹s where you come in!

Our only rules are drawing readers in and respecting their time. Help us re-write the rest of the rules and save American newspapers. We'd be satisfied with a strong, entry-level someone, but a seasoned ace would thrive in our no-holds-barred environment. Our designers also frequently do their own graphics, so graphics knowledge is a BIG plus.

The Californian is a great place to work. The paper is family owned, progressive and very tech-savvy (all Mac newsroom)! We're also a recognized leader in both multi-media reporting and citizen journalism, and we have one of the best photo staffs in the country.

Here's more

Bakersfield is nicer than you think! We have tons of outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, huge bike trail), kooky local events (from lavish fairs, to dirt track racing). We're surrounded by beautiful mountains and national parks, but we're only a short drive from Los Angeles, San Francisco and world-class beaches.

Please send your clips NOW for this IMMEDIATE opening. Feel free to write or call with questions.

James Bennett
AME Design and Production
1707 Eye Street
Bakersfield CA, 93302

Sad news from the Mercury News

In case you missed this about veteran reporter and editor Rich Ramirez: Suicide suspected in Mercury News veteran's death

From the Mercury News story:

The exact reasons why he would have taken his own life were unclear. He had been worried about the newspaper's plans to eliminate about 40 newsroom jobs, said his wife, Janet Dalke.

We debated whether to include this news in the blog, given how much we still don't know about this story. But we felt it was important to recognize the potential role of the job cuts and how they can affect people in different ways.

It goes without saying that if you or anyone you know is having a hard time with what's going on (in every newsroom), please reach out. If anyone has suggestions for internal and external resources, please send them to me and I'll update this post later.

You can sign your condolences for Rich Ramirez here.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Job opp: Communications director at POGO

Forwarded to us by Chron biz reporter George Raine:

At a time when our government is more secretive, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) conducts journalistic investigations to shed light on government activities and create opportunities for vigorous public debate. POGO does so by taking on broad-scale, intractable problems which would go unaddressed without an aggressive journalistic approach. POGO issues reports and alerts with recommendations for reform based on in-depth investigations.

About the Director of Communication

POGO's Director of Communication is a senior staff member who plays a central role in shaping the organization's programmatic strategies and direction. This person is also responsible for developing and implementing strategies for educating key constituencies concerning POGO's investigative findings and recommendations.

POGO works closely with journalists from across the nation to shed light on the inner workings of government. The Director of Communication manages these working relationships, develops collaborative investigative initiatives, and implements strategies to communicate POGO's vision for reform.

The Director of Communication also helps to develop content to communicate directly with Congress and the public through email, newsletters, POGO's blog, and the web.

Five years of strategic communications experience preferred
Commitment to advancing the mission of the organization
Experience using web and email communication strategies
Highly-motivated, entrepreneurial work style
Demonstrated track record of placing stories in national radio, TV, and print news media
Experience with public policy issues
Demonstrated skills as a strategic and tactical thinker
Persuasive writing skills

About the Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
Founded in 1981, POGO is an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal government. POGO is a multi-issue organization with an expertise in working with inside sources and whistleblowers to expose evidence of waste, fraud, or abuse in the federal government. In recent years, POGO’s investigations and outreach programs have addressed shortcomings in national security, the lack of oversight of government spending, outmoded nuclear weapons programs, inadequate whistleblower protections, excessive government secrecy, and Congress’ inability to conduct effective government oversight. POGO’s investigations have also been responsible for billions in saved tax dollars and for major policy reforms affecting millions of Americans.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Excellent benefits.

How To Apply
Currently, there is no deadline for applying. Send a cover letter and resume to:

Keith Rutter
Director of Operations
Project On Government Oversight
666 11th Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001
Phone 202-347-1122 / Fax 202-347-1116

Farewell from Pia Sarkar

Better late than never ... Chron biz reporter Pia Sarkar sent this note to the newsroom last Friday (her last day):

Thanks to everyone who came out last night and made my farewell so memorable. This newsroom will always hold a special place in my heart — I am grateful for the friends I've made and the experience I've gained. I feel lucky to have spent the last 7 years of my newspaper career with all of you. I wish you only the best.

I plan to stay in San Francisco and hope to run into you again. My e-mail address is piasarkar@gmail.

Take care,

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Job opp: Copy desk chief in Grass Valley

Here's one from former Chron tech writer and CNET editor Jeff Pelline, who says this position "would make a nice lifestyle change for somebody in the Bay Area" (Jeff is now the editor at the Grass Valley Union):

Copy desk chief for The Union, a 15,000 circulation daily paper in Grass Valley, Calif. Must have at least five years of copyediting experience and some management experience. Must be skilled at Web journalism. This job offers an opportunity to live and work in the Sierra Foothills, only an hour from Lake Tahoe. This is a full time position with competitive benefits including 401k, health and dental. To apply: send letter of interest and resume to Sharla Cartzdafner, Human Resources at Deadline to apply is Friday, June 29, 2007. EOE.

Reminders ...

If you're leaving (or have already left) The Chron and want your contact info listed, please e-mail me at or

Also, don't be shy about taking advantage of the offers of help by your former colleagues. These are difficult times, so lean on us.

Also, a couple folks have asked out of curiosity what type of traffic this blog is getting. Unfortunately, I didn't add Google Analytics until about a week after the blog launched, so I don't have those stats. But since then, we've had ...

  • 4,323 page views

  • 875 absolute unique visitors

  • 2:37 was the average time spent on the blog

  • The home page was most popular, followed by the "stay connected" page and the job resources page

For what it's worth.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Mercury News to cut 17 percent of news staff

In case you didn't see this:

(06-19) 18:56 PDT San Jose, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Mercury News plans to cut its newsroom staff by about 17 percent next month as readers and advertising dollars migrate to the Internet, the paper's new executive editor said Tuesday.

The newspaper plans to eliminate about 40 of the editorial department's 240 full-time positions beginning July 2, Carole Leigh Hutton, the paper's executive editor and vice president, told the Mercury News staff during an afternoon meeting.

Read the full AP story here.

LinkedIn offer for former Chron staffers

If you're a member of LinkedIn, the popular online network for professionals, or are interested in signing up for a free account, you might also consider this offer from Kay Luo, director of communications at the company: a free upgrade to the "Business Plus" account for six months for former staffers. The upgrade offers more features (you must be signed in) than the free account.

If you're not familiar with LinkedIn, in a nutshell it's a networking site where you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile then can help you find and be found by former (or future) colleagues, clients and partners.

If you are a former Chron staffer who's interested in this offer, contact Kay at with your name, e-mail and link to your LinkedIn page. (Thanks, Kay.)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Job opp: Freelancers for education pub

Here's one from Chron columnist Leah Garchik:

My friend Owen Edwards is an editor/writer and he's looking for freelancers. It's a new George Lucas-funded publication about education. See below:


I'm at

We are always on the lookout for pieces on innovation in public schooling, K-12, so reporters who have worked in that area would be most welcome.

All best,

Job opp: Ed in chief for

By way of Chron biz reporter George Raine:, which provides advice for entrepreneurs who want to start and grow their business, is on the prowl for an editor-in-chief who can work remotely, orchestrate freelance contributions, and manage an editorial calendar and budget for the company. The content is primarily for, but the themes and subject matter will also be repurposed on StartupNation's nationally-syndicated weekend call-in talk show (heard on KNEW in the Bay Area). Contact: Rich Sloan,

Friday, June 15, 2007

Investigative reporting fellowship at Cal

Here's info on a fellowship at UC Berkeley from Chron East Bay bureau chief Charles Burress:

The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley has established fellowships in investigative reporting, the first of their kind in the nation. Three fellowships, funded by the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation, Scott and Jennifer Fearon, and David Einhorn will be awarded this coming academic year. The fellowships are open to all working journalists, but preference will be given to graduates of the masters program of the journalism school at Berkeley.

The purpose of these fellowships is to promote and nurture the kind of reporting that requires both dedication and critical thinking.

Applicants will be chosen based on their qualifications as well as potential, and the proposed areas of investigation they intend to pursue during the year-long program. There are no educational prerequisites. Fellowships will be administered by the Investigative Reporting Program of the school and its advisory board.

“With the economics of major news organizations deteriorating,” said Lowell Bergman, the professor in charge of the Investigative Program at the Graduate School, “this kind of public interest journalism involving time consuming investigative work is endangered as never before. These fellowships will provide both a refuge and base of operations for a new generation of investigative reporters."

Mr. Bergman said that funding for the fellowships had been secured through 2008-09 academic year. Professor Bergman explained that in the coming year the graduate program in investigative reporting will be focused on public and corporate corruption as well as investigations into the criminal justice system. Applicants are urged to present proposed areas of inquiry within this broad subject area.

Fellows will be provided with office space, phones and basic expenses. They will be housed in the Investigative Reporting Program’s offices at 2481 Hearst Avenue in Berkeley provided by the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

In addition to regular interaction with the faculty of the school of Journalism and the instructors in investigative reporting, the fellows will participate in a weekly seminar in investigative reporting conducted by Professor Lowell Bergman and Robert Gunnison.

Fellows will be salaried employees of the University of California with the job classification of Staff Research Associate II and an annual salary of approximately $45,000 with health benefits. They will also enjoy the privileges of the University allowing them to audit classes and use the University’s research facilities.

The fellowships have been established to augment an endowment created by The Reva and David Logan Foundation that funds a permanent program in investigative reporting at the Journalism School. That endowment and related programs and scholarships are also funded by gifts from Richard and Diane Scruggs, Robert Bishop, Rita and Ian Isaacs, the Gruber Family Foundation and the Gladys P. & Alfredo I. Rodriguez Fund.

The deadline for fellowship applications for the academic year 2007-8 is June 25th. This year's recipients will be announced on July 20th. The fellows’ year-long tenure will begin on August 27th. The application can be found at

Click on 'Search and Apply for Jobs Now'.
Click on 'View Job Posting / Apply for Job'
Enter job number 6509 in the job# box.
Click on job title "Analyst, Administrative"

For further details on the fellowships please visit: or email

Help on resumes, negotiating offers, etc.

An offer of help from former Chron legal affairs reporter Harriet Chiang. Thanks for thinking of us, Harriet:

I'd be glad to talk to people about job markets, resume-writing, how to negotiate an offer, and other insights I picked up from some excellent consultants. I'm at

Harriet Chiang


Harriet passed along these two job opps, although they may be more suited for those outside the newsroom. Here goes:

Director of Human Resources (San Francisco)

The company, a full-service television production and product branding company in San Francisco, is seeking to fill a newly-created position of Director of Human Resources to guide and manage the overall provision of Human Resources (HR) services, policies, and programs for staff positions as well as benefit administration services for an approximate 75 staff and freelance employees. The company expects to grow both domestically and internationally.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Human Resources will assist and advise company managers and employees about HR issues. The ideal candidate is experienced in the full range of HR functional areas including compensation and benefits, strong recruiting knowledge and skills, HR systems, and the identification and implementation of successful employee relations and retention practices. The Director will be very “hands-on” initially but may supervise a small staff either directly or on a project basis.

Major areas of responsibility
• HR function development and management, including strategy/policy/process/supervision;
• Recruitment and staffing;
• Employee orientation, development, and training;
• Employee relations;
• Compensation and benefits administration;
• Employee safety, welfare, wellness, and counseling programs
• Assisting in organizational, space, and other company planning

Essential Requirements
• Minimum of 10 years human resources experience, including experience directing or managing a human resources function or team. International HR experience is desirable.
• HR experience in media/arts production, broadcasting, or similar field which has included creative staff.
• Strong management, analytical and written/oral communication skills.
• BA degree in business or job-related field; MBA is desirable.

Compensation: Necessary to hire the best person and will include base salary + bonus + excellent company benefits.

Please forward a resume & cover/transmittal letter to Becky Taylor: All resumes will be kept confidential and no resume will be submitted to a client without the candidate’s prior approval.

Director of Business & Legal Affairs (San Francisco)

The company, a full-service television production and product branding company in San Francisco, is currently seeking to fill a newly-created position of Director Of Business & Legal Affairs to execute and manage the full range of business and legal issues common in the entertainment, broadcast, and advertising industry. The company is privately held, has an approximate 75 staff and freelancers, and is expected to grow both domestically and internationally.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director is expected to assist and advise management on general contractual risks, negotiation strategies, and contractual/legal best practices both in the US and internationally. The role is very “hands-on” at this time with limited use of outside counsel. The ideal candidate is experienced in the full range of business affairs and legal affairs, including licensing, copyright, and other intellectual property-related issues, as well as negotiating new arrangements and alliances in production and licensing.

Major areas of responsibility:
• Guiding general contractual matters and transactions;
• Negotiating, drafting, and analyzing agreements that relate to licensing, substantiation, real estate, and compliance;
• Advising senior staff on terms of use and intellectual property and copyright matters;
• Recommending and implementing improvements to forms, processes, and procedures related to substantiation, releases, and licensing.
• Reviewing administration-related legal issues in areas such as human resources, finance, and purchasing.

Essential Requirements:
• J.D. degree from an accredited law school and a valid State of California Bar license.
• Minimum of 5 years legal experience in a related industry, ideally in a production/copyright and broadcast environment. International experience is desirable.
• Knowledge of laws related to direct response advertising and television production is preferred.
• Strong analytical and written/oral communication skills.

Compensation : Necessary to hire the best person and will include base salary + bonus + excellent company benefits.

Please forward a resume and cover/transmittal letter to Becky L. Taylor: All resumes will be kept confidential and no resume will be submitted to a client without the candidate’s prior approval.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Job opp: Content coordinator for UC

Here's one from Janine DeFao, The Chron's youth and family reporter:

The University of California Office of the President is recruiting for a Content Coordinator in the Office of Strategic Communications. This position includes a variety of writing, web, and administrative responsibilities and also will support the university’s ethnic-media outreach efforts. The position is located in downtown Oakland.

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 22. To learn more and/or apply, visit, click on “search postings,” and in the “organizational area” drop-down menu click on “University Affairs—Strategic Communications.”

Anyone with questions can feel free to call Brad Hayward at (510) 987-9195.

Guild workshop on unemployment

Important announcement about a workshop from Kathleen Rhodes:

If you are leaving The Chronicle under the downsizing agreement, this workshop will give you pretty much all you need in the transition in the area of unemployment.

The Guild is providing through the California Employment Development Department, U.S. Department of Labor and One-Stop Career Link Centers a workshop to help those of us in transition out of the Chronicle. The workshop will cover:

· Unemployment insurance
· Job placement assistance
· Resume and interview assistance
· Free job training in the Bay Area
· COBRA & HIPPA Health Care Benefits

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2007, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Guild Office, 433 Natoma St., SF, 3rd floor

· Kathleen Rhodes x7217 or cell 408-674-2625,
· Margo Brenes, Guild Office, 415-421-6833,

If you can't attend, be aware that we will have future sessions.

Job opp: News editor at NBC11

From Chron reporter Michael Cabanatuan:

Company: Internet Broadcasting
Position: News Editor- NBC11 (KNTV, San Jose), req #087-07
Location: San Jose, California
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: Negotiable
Ad Expires: June 19, 2007
Job ID: 777173

Job opps: Photo/graphics editor, Web producer at Stockton Record

Here's one from Chron assistant metro editor Audrey Cooper:

Here are some jobs at my ex-workplace in Stockton. My friend is leaving and they're replacing him with a photo/graphics editor. Contact would be Don Blount,

This is what my friend says about the job openings:

There’s my position, which Don hasn’t posted yet, but it will basically be director of photo or visuals editor (supervising photo and graphics departments). No layout/design skills necessary.

Then there’s the one below. I think there’s lots of flexibility in what this position actually does on a day-to-day basis. And they are desperate to fill it:, the online edition of The Record (61,000 daily, 72,000 Sunday) in Stockton, Calif., has an opening for a Web Content Producer. We’re looking for someone who is experienced in both copy editing and Web design.

The Web Content Producer will be responsible for posting news content and images from the print edition of The Record to the Web site, developing and designing special content pages, creating graphics, building photo galleries, editing multimedia presentations, moderating forums and blogs, maintaining events calendars, posting breaking news items, writing headlines and proofing content. This full-time position in the newsroom calls for some evening shifts.

The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of copy editing experience, basic HTML knowledge and proficiency with graphics software such as Photoshop and Flash. This job also calls for someone with strong news judgment and communication skills.

The Record is at the heart of a competitive, growing market, less than two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. recently launched a full-scale redesign and is continuing to expand.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and samples of your work (print or URLs) to Online Editor Megan McCoid, P.O. Box 900, Stockton, CA 95201, or e-mail

Job opp: The DNA Files

Another one from Chron small biz columnist Ilana DeBare and copy editor Mary Flaherty:

The DNA Files is seeking a part-time contractor who is fluent in science
journalism, to help implement Web content. In coordination with the Web project manager, this person will review selected science material that has been generated for the radio series, and help prepare it for Web publication: from fact-checking to formatting.

The ideal candidate:
- Has a solid grounding in science
- Judgment/journalistic expertise we can trust
- Experience with Web content (preferred, but not essential)

Naturally, we want all the usual: reliable, smart, cool, punctual, &

This is a freelance position that would start mid-July and run through early September, and possibly longer.

For more information, please contact:
Ginna Allison, Website Managing Editor, DNA Files

The DNA Files is an award winning public radio documentary series focused on cutting edge genetic research, produced by SoundVision Productions based in Berkeley, California. Now in its third series, The DNA Files has been recognized for presenting complex scientific research in an accessible and unintimidating way with numerous awards including the George Foster Peabody Award; Alfred duPont-Columbia University Award; American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award and others. The series is funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The one-hour shows will be hosted by John Hockenberry and distributed in the
fall of 2007.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Job opp: On-call editor for Yahoo

This is from Kim Moy, Y! managing editor:

Yahoo! On-Call Front Page Editors

We're looking for creative and versatile on-call producers to program Yahoo!’s front page. You will work on our successful Featured module, programming exciting, intelligent, relevant packages for the largest audience on the Web. On-call producers will fill in for full-time producers who program for the and Yahoo! Broadband front pages.

The ideal candidate will have a feel for what works on the Web, a thorough grasp of the competitive landscape and a passion for news, entertainment, and popular culture. You should be able to spot the top “water cooler” story from a diverse field of choices, as well as react to breaking news. You are also flexible, quick-thinking, energetic, efficient, and able to work independently under pressure while maintaining attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must, as this position requires interacting with fellow producers and employees throughout Yahoo! Time management skills are also critical.

Please note:
For this round of hiring, we have a tight deadline. Interested folks need to email their resumes to by 9 a.m. Thurs (6/14) and should be available for at least one day M-F during the last week of June for in-person interviews and training. We'll pay for the hours they spend in training.

If the timing doesn't work out for folks who are interested, we will have another round of hiring for our on-call positions, probably next month.

- Updating Yahoo!’s front page with fresh, compelling content
- Making great choices, crafting clever headlines and tease copy, choosing and cropping appropriate images
- Understanding the Yahoo! audience, and its interests
- Fielding pitches and proactively packaging material from the Yahoo! network
- Managing competing priorities

- A solid grounding in the basic principles of packaging, editing and writing for the Web
- Excellent news judgment
- Demonstrable headline writing, image selection and content packaging skills
- A thorough understanding of editorial best practices and priorities, and an authoritative grasp of the AP Stylebook and Chicago Manual of Style
- Basic HTML skills and experience with online publishing tools preferred
- B.A. required, preferably in journalism or media

On-call front page producers should be available on an as needed basis for shifts throughout the week – including early morning, late evening and weekends. Positions are based in Sunnyvale, CA. Applicants should send a resume to, with On-Call Editor in the subject line.

Consider SFSU's paralegal program

This is from Chron home & garden writer Susan Fornoff:

Journalists who've had enough of this crazy business and want to retrain for a career where they will be increasingly in demand and increasingly well compensated might want to consider the ABA-approved S.F. State paralegal program, which perhaps might qualify under the federal retraining program described earlier in the blog.

The certificate requires 30 credits, generally 10 courses, and with the program running on a trimester system, it's certainly possible to complete them within one year. I attended two evenings a week for five semesters at the downtown campus and received my certificate in the spring of 2005, finding the experience rewarding and invigorating -- smart teachers and students, practical courses, an excellent program focused on civil litigation, with electives in real estate, family, patent, criminal, contract and other specialties of law.

How come I didn't actually become a paralegal, you ask? I have other applications in mind for the certificate, which would include more writing/research/interviewing and less, er, cow-towing to attorneys. The skills we've learned in journalism translate easily into success in the field, however — and though one may take a paycut while collecting experience, it will not be uncommon for a skilled and experienced paralegal to someday earn six figures in the right line of work; there are too many lawyers and not enough paralegals.

Job opp: Metro reporter at LA Daily News

Chron reporter Michael Cabanatuan forwards us this from Brent Hopkins, a reporter for the LA Daily News:

The Daily News has an opening for a fulltime reporter on the metro staff. Bachelor's degree required. At least three years fulltime reporting experience on a metro daily required.

Hours: Nights and weekends and subject to change

Apply in writing to Melissa Lalum, managing editor, no later than 5 p.m., June 21. No phone calls. Applicants must supply complete resume, samples showing proficiency at reporting and writing for newspapers and the names, addresses and phone numbers of the three most recent supervisors.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Job opps: assistant editor, reporter, copy chief for biz at Boston Globe

Here's a contribution from Vindu Goel, editorial writer at the San Jose Mercury News. This post, like several others, shows how narrow my original thinking was in naming this blog "Chronicle colleagues who care." Although competition is a vital and necessary component of our profession, this blog is really about supporting our fellow journalists from all newsrooms during a time of great upheaval. (Thanks, Vindu.)

Hi, Marcus. Even though I work at the Mercury News, I think we all need to support each other in these tough times for Bay Area media.

Shirley Leung, AME/Business at the Boston Globe, asked me to spread the word about the following openings at the Globe:

1) Assistant business editor (in charge of Sunday business)
2) Reporter, either financial services (mutual funds, private equity, hedge fundss) or advertising/marketing/media
3) Business copy desk chief (an assistant business editor overseeing 6 copy editors and functioning as the night editor)

Interested applicants should contact:
Shirley Leung
Assistant Managing Editor/Business
Boston Globe

Best of luck to everyone at the Chron,

Vindu Goel
Editorial Writer
San Jose Mercury News

Job opp: Project manager at Diablo Publications

This comes to us via Chronicle Magazine editor Alison Biggar:

Position Title:
DCP Project Manager

About Us:
Diablo Publications is an award-winning regional publisher located in Walnut Creek. DCP is the custom-publishing/marketing services arm of Diablo Publications. DCP produces customer newsletters and magazines, collateral, and online products for a variety of clients in the fields of health care, sports and corporate communications. Our clients include the American Cancer Society, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), Comcast, Chevron, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.

About the Position:
Project managers ensure that customer needs are being met and exceeded by guiding the activities of project teams of designers and editors. They monitor the budget, schedule and scope of their assigned projects and maintain a high level of professional contact with customers.

About You:
You're a highly motivated and organized person with a knack for managing the details of complex projects. You thrive in a team environment where providing a high level of customer service is key to your job performance. You enjoy a challenge, can juggle multiple projects at one time, and keep a smile on your face despite deadlines threatening to bury you at any moment.

• Demonstrated success managing projects - experience in a print or online publishing environment is a plus
• A keen understanding of and sensibility about customer-service
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Sense of humor

• Customer Focus
• Conflict Resolution/Negotiation Skills
• Listening/Understanding
• Organization/Time Management
• Interpersonal Skills
• Problem Solving

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Act as primary customer contact for the DCP project team
• Develop and monitor project schedules for print and web projects
• Monitor project budgets to ensure timely, on-budget delivery of services
• Meet with team members (account managers, graphic designers, editors) on a regular basis to review project status
• Keep apprised of all relevant project developments
• Visit clients on-site on an as-needed basis
• Review project scope and strategy on a regular basis
• Ensure timely billing of clients
• Coordinate vendor services (printing, web programming, etc.)
• Audit vendor invoices to ensure compliance with project budgets
• Reconcile project costs at close of project

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Eileen Cunningham, Director of Operations at No phone calls please.

In a New York state of mind

Here's a note from former Chron writer Marianne Costantinou (edited for length):

Hi. I took a buyout last summer, but believe it or not, I have not even looked for a job. I decided to give myself a year off to decide what I wanted to do next and where. I would love to hear from former colleagues and those taking a buyout now, to hear what they’ve decided to do. I need some inspiration. My email is

Anyway, though I haven’t applied for anything yet, I have been trawling through the Internet, to see what’s out there. ... An internal memo from Newsday was just posted on Romenesko. The editor there announced that the paper is looking to hire 10 to 12 reporters this summer. This is pretty extraordinary in these times. This is an excellent newspaper headquartered on Long Island, about an hour’s drive to NYC. Also, Village Voice Media, which owns the SF Weekly and alternative papers in major cities across the country, is constantly advertising for writers and editors; their ads are on their website, and on all the journalism job websites.

I’m in NYC now. It’s media central, so if relocation is possible or enticing, (and, BTW, you CAN receive CA unemployment benefits and live in NYC or anywhere else in the country) I would encourage you to look at the zillions of magazines here, if not as a writer or editor, then as a copyeditor. Times Warner seems to have lots of jobs, and Bloomberg Financial is ALWAYS hiring (and I hear the pay is very good). I’ve also seen postings for AP jobs — including photographers — for cities across the country. Meanwhile, the New York Times is always auditioning prospective copyeditors; they also seem to have a constant flow of jobs for their online site. On their web page at the bottom they have a link to internal jobs, but as you know, not all openings are announced. The Times pays extremely well, by the way, at least 50 percent more than the Chron, while the cost of living is almost the same. (Manhattan has preposterously high rents and forget buying, but you can find Bay Area rents in its boroughs, Brooklyn & Queens.)

Also in NYC, the city’s four-year public university system, known as CUNY, has opened two journalism programs which have advertised for faculty, from professors to instructors. One of the programs is the new Graduate School of Journalism in Manhattan, and I believe the other is at Queens College. Each CUNY campus (and there are at least a half dozen, not including the community colleges) also advertises on its website for instructors in every field imaginable, from English to History to Business, so if you have an expertise, that would be a good starting point.... Also, while in NYC, the public school system has something of a famous Fellowship program for mid-career Professionals where they pay for your Master’s Degree and pay you about $40K for a two-year or so commitment to teach in inner-city schools... Also, tutoring. On Craigslists across the country I see zillions of ads for tutoring jobs; in the Bay Area, you can easily get $50 to $100 an hour teaching kids in their homes. Help with writing papers, the SAT exams and college essays are just the beginning. If you don’t want to be a freelance tutor, places like Kaplan and Princeton Review are advertising like $45 an hour.

One place I think wise to consider, especially for mid-career folks and those nearing retirement, are government jobs. They’re one of the few places we can still earn a pension. CALPERS, the CA state retirement system, is considered one of the best in the country, and you can’t beat the salaries and pensions offered by the city of San Francisco. We have loads of adaptable skills.... If you’re under the age of 37 and have been drug-free for a while, the FBI can use your investigative and interviewing skills, not only as a Special Agent but also as a well-paying analyst. As a reminder, many journalists in the past have gone on to careers as private investigators, especially at private law firms... I’ve also heard of folks becoming Real Estate agents, which, believe it or not, we’re well-trained for.

Lastly, about health insurance: If you are planning to move out-of-state, please be aware that the COBRA payments are almost double, which the Chron offer will NOT cover. ... In New York (sorry, my hometown), the state has a superb low-cost health insurance plan called Healthy New York; if you’re single and you earn less than $40K in a calendar year (or something like that; you can earn more if married or have kids), you get a no-medical-questions asked policy with Blue Cross, HealthNet, Oxford, Aetna or a host of others (your choice) that’s almost as good as the Chron’s. I pay $236 a month, and I’ve got everything but dental, vision, shrink visits.... Also, if worse came to worse and your COBRA payments run out, please remember that Starbucks will provide full medical coverage if you work some minimum number of hours, like 20 hours or something. I know, you’re overqualified, but it’s been the salvation of many struggling artists and freelancers I know. And it can be mindless fun.

Oops, I’ve really gone on. If only I was this productive when I was there. : )

I’m worried about you and feel your pain. Please let me know how you’re doing and what your plans are.

My love to all, Marianne

Monday, June 11, 2007

Job opps: Media trainers

Here are two e-mails describing opportunities for journalists to become media trainers:

I've written a few pieces for (former Chron Insight editor) Jim Finefrock and am gutted by what is going on at the Chronicle.

Anyhow, for what's worth, I'm a former Chicago Trib employee who now works as a journalism trainer in developing countries. I thought it might be worth letting your colleagues know that there might be something worthwhile in this for them, especially if they're not sure what to do next. It can be a good interim thing to do, and a good opportunity to reassess your situation --many of my training colleagues did some journalism training after being laid off or accepting early retirement.

A good place to start would be the International Center for Journalists (and it's Knight program), which issues an online newsletter called IJNET. Others are Internews, Irex, IJF (Independent Journalism Foundation). You can google Media Training Organizations and come up with a host of NGOs that need journalism trainers.

Please don't think I represent ICFJ--I don't...I just think it's a pretty good organization doing good work (as are the others) and might be helpful for your colleagues who finds themselves at a crossroads (or even LOOKING for a crossroads...)

Patti McCracken

And here's the other e-mail

Media Training: Two Opportunities

Here is an opportunity right now for you to try something new with those hard earned journalistic skills. Australia's Media Skills is looking to expand its network into the United States.

There are two opportunities. The first is to play journalist in a media training program starting at the end of June in Northern California. It would give you a chance to check out how media training works and to see if you would like to try your hand at that business. You must have had mainstream media experience – your Chronicle experience is ideal - and if you consider yourself be flexible, versatile and can maintain client confidentiality then this is the job for you.

Playing journalist in a training session means that you conduct practice interviews with a number of participants on nominated topics – the first job requires knowledge of banking/general finance issues here in Northern California and you will be “interviewing” the CEO. You will be required to give feedback and, in real-time, give an overview of what story you will write as a result of that interview.

The second opportunity is to become a media trainer and learning how to run your own media training business.

If interested, call Jane Jordan-Meier at (707)646-2897 or (707) 386-9864. The Media Skills website (currently undergoing a revamp) is

Job opps at KQED; offer of help on resumes

This is from Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle reporter and local president of the Guild (thanks, Michael):

Adrianne Cabanatuan, my wife and former Chronicle recruiting manager, is now the HR manager (for employment) at KQED/Northern California Public Broadcasting. She says they have three editor jobs and some other positions open, and they're willing to consider print people. She also has information on positions at some other broadcast stations in the Bay Area.

As someone who was laid off by the Chronicle in 2004, she really has felt your pain. She's also willing to do general resume and job search consultation, whether it's for KQED or elsewhere. She can be reached at: 415-553-2307 or

Federal funds for retraining

Former Chronicle writer/editor John Hubbell checks in from Chapel Hill, N.C., with this (thanks, John):

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the federal government classifies newspapers
as an official “dying industry.” Like lumberjacks or New England
fishermen, there’s less of them as each year passes.

But that means those who leave the trades can qualify for federal
funds to retrain themselves in industries classified as “growing.” I
asked a friend who capitalized on this after leaving newspapers to
explain in general for you how it all works. She replied:

"... anyone who is laid off or downsized will qualify for the same
federal funds I received. They'll need to enroll in the state's
unemployment program as soon as possible. All of the retraining
programs and funds available will be mentioned during the mandatory
unemployment orientation class they'll have to attend to continue
their benefits after the first few weeks. The only stipulations are
that they find a training program they can complete in less than 1
year (that's why I opted for [an] 8-month… program rather than a two-year program] and the new field they are going into must be
considered a growing industry. Not only will state and federal funds
cover the cost of their retraining, but they will continue to receive
full unemployment benefits during that time."

Meantime, two lesser-trafficked job Web sites I’ve found helpful are
those serving print professionals looking to transition to the
comparatively healthy world of public radio (, and
another that lists technical writing jobs ( – type
"writer" in the search field.

I’ll write more to you soon about some education-related sites that
may help -- places looking for college newspaper advisers and the
like. My thoughts are with you all during this extremely rough time.

John Hubbell

Sunday, June 10, 2007

A quick note

Many thanks

First off, a big thank-you to those who have contributed to this blog, either by offering advice, relevant job opportunities or simply moral support. So far, this blog has been fed by a great mixture of contributors: current staff, former staff (some who left recently, some from long ago), and even folks from other newspapers (including one LAT pressman who wanted to help out).

Job opps

In regards to job postings, I'll try to post as many as I can, but I will give priority to those opportunities that best match the skill sets of those leaving (and granted, I don't know the skills and strengths of each of the 100 journalists leaving, but I'll make my best guess).

Contact info

For those who have recently left The Chronicle, note that I will only provide your name and contact info (e-mail and phone) if you request it. I'm taking an "opt in" approach out of respect for your privacy. Additionally, if you want me to post additional info/links (such as your previous title, URL to online resume, links to your best work) alongside your name just in case prospective employers are looking at the blog, let me know. Whatever helps.

Marcus Chan
Multimedia editor

Friday, June 8, 2007

Tips for freelancers

Chronicle tech reporter Tom Abate shares this tidbit:

Those going freelance for the first time in a while should check out, a New York-based web site that offers among other services a free job board for full-time and freelance gigs. Access to the job lists is free but requires registration.

MediaBistro recently added a new service but only for paid members of what it calls AvantGuild — access to a health plan. I have not priced the plan nor looked into its features (does it require an exam or exclude pre-existing conditions?). But for those wondering what comes after COBRA that could be a better option than trying to buy an individual policy.

Job opp: Admissions director at UC Berkeley

This comes to us from Mary Flaherty, oncall copyeditor. Tx, Mary:

Dear alumni: I'm writing to let you know about a job opportunity at the Journalism School. We seek a new director of admissions, whose charge also includes student affairs. I alert you to this because we have an expressed preference for someone with journalistic understanding and sensibility.

As you know, this is a vital position at the school, one carrying considerable input in shaping the profession's future. Details about the job are below. You can also find the posting under "jobs" on the Berkeley web site at

Main Campus-Berkeley
Salary: $47,844 - $67,836 annual full-time rate
The Graduate School of Journalism's Director of Admissions and Student Affairs is responsible for admissions and outreach programs, student advising and support, student employment procedures, financial support allocation and alumni affairs. The Director is also responsible for strategic planning on behalf of the School of Journalism. The Director supervises a staff of 3 student affairs officers. The unit also includes several student assistants.


--Outreach/Admissions/Recruitment (40%). Reviews all applications for admission; coordinates and supervises faculty admissions committee; oversees all contact with potential students. Works with faculty, staff and dean in developing strategies for increasing enrollment of under-represented groups. Designs and supervises outreach programs, materials, open houses, and special events. Responsible for recruitment/yield activities. Most efforts are carried out in conjunction with the Admissions and Academic Affairs Coordinator.

--Student Affairs (40%). Serves as head graduate advisor for the School. Responsible for all student affairs matters. Supervises resolution of student problems and grievances, including academic difficulties, allegations of discrimination, and personal crises. Advises students on academic, personal and financial matters that impact their J-School experience. Allocates departmental student funding, including fellowships and merit grant awards; and oversees disbursement of funds, management of account budgets and reports to donors. In conjunction with Funding and Student Affairs Coordinator, the Director advises students on federal aid, scholarship and grant options. Oversees GSR hiring process and policies. Recommends hiring assignments based on student strengths and weaknesses and instructor needs. Manages budget of Student Affairs office (includes school wide student assistant budget).

--Alumni Affairs (10%). In conjunction with the Alumni Affairs Coordinator works to support the Alumni Board's efforts on behalf of the J-School. Provides support as needed to the coordinator and information, guidance and support to the board as needed.

--Long-range planning and fundraising (10%). Serves as a resource and leader for the J-School community on issues relevant to the student experience includes strategic planning recommendations, advice on curriculum, support programs, issues of concern, etc.). Works with faculty, staff and dean in drafting grant proposals and strategies for increasing student scholarships and awards. Other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Qualifications:

--B.A. or equivalent knowledge and experience - Experience managing student activities and academic affairs, and advising and counseling individual students
--Ability to work independently, manages staff, handles a variety of projects and establish priorities effectively
--Demonstrated effective organizational, problem solving, communication, and analytical skills
--Demonstrated ability to make consistent, sound recommendations, exercise clear judgment in ethical application of policies
--Experience in working with relational databases related to registration or student databases (includes writing queries and importing/exporting data)
--Experience working with and managing budgets and funding resources
--Experience designing and delivering workshops/programs
--Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with diverse groups
--Strong interest in journalism
--Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends during certain busy periods of academic year


At least four years experience in graduate level admissions and/or student advising. We especially welcome applicants who have worked in news organizations or in schools of journalism. First review of applications will be 7/2/07

What to do with your 401(k) plans

Chronicle finance columnist Kathleen Pender offers these links to previous stuff she's written on what to do with 401(k) plans when you leave a company:

Job opps: Biz editor, writers at Seattle Times

Here's your chance to move closer to Bill Gates. Thanks to Chron business editor Ken Howe, who has this to share:

I got a call from Becky Bisbee, business editor of the Seattle Times this morning. She expressed a lot of sympathy for what we're going throught. She has three, maybe four jobs available, and urges anyone who's interested to contact her soonest at Send resume, links to stories, word documents, etc. She stressed blogging, podcasting and other new media experience a plus.

Becky said the Times pays customary and reasonable moving expenses. Her phones are 206-464-2494 and 206-464-2111. Here are the openings:

Assistant Business Editor/Writer
Real Estate
Player/coach to write and edit R.E. stories

Retail Reporter
To cover Nordstrom, Costco, Amazon, Expedia, etc

Tech Reporter
To cover digital media, the Web, MicroSoft, Xbox, etc.

She may also be hiring a Trade/Ports Reporter

Job opp: Copy editors at NYT

Here's a job posting from former Chron news editor Mike Wolgelenter, who e-mails his support from Hong Kong:

New York Times Is Seeking Copy Editors
Thu Jun 7, 2007 11:02 am (PST)
The New York Times has several openings for copy editors that it is
actively seeking to fill. Applicants should have three to five years experience on a copy or assigning desk of a major metropolitan newspaper or an equivalent news operation. Because copy editors at The Times exercise broad responsibilities and because The Times uses its copy desks as a primary recruiting ground for assigning and other supervising editors, the best-prepared applicants will have experience as an assigning or supervising editor. Web experience is a plus.

Salary and benefits are competitive with the nation's top newspapers. The Times offers a stable employment environment with many opportunities for rapid advancement. Several of the editors listed on the newspaper's masthead started on the paper's copy desk.

For more information or to apply, please contact Because of the volume of applications, we will reply only to those who are under serious consideration. The New York Times Company is an equal opportunity employer and
encourages minority candidates to apply.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Job opp: Senior editor at Wired News

Here's one from Diane Curtis:

Senior Editor, Culture - Wired News (you have to sign in to view)

Senior Editor, Culture - Wired News
Publication or Company Condé Nast Publications
Industry Journalism / Printing / Publishing
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location San Francisco, CA USA

Job Requirements The Senior Editor, Culture for Wired News is a leader who can inspire and motivate a team of writers and junior editors to consistently produce world class journalism for a real time online news site. The Senior Editor sets the editorial agenda for his/her beat, recruits writers, maintains quality and discipline, assigns stories, establishes significant relationships with important members of the communities he/she covers and mentors junior staff. This position manages up to 5 full time staff and contract contributors, as well as several part time freelance writers. The Senior Editor is expected to consistently produce outstanding original work that deserves and gets the attention of the tech community at large, through frequent scoops, scoops of perception, news analysis and commentary. Additionally, this person is an expert in his/her area of coverage able to maintain a high profile in his/her respective beats by participating in industry events and making media appearances to promote Wired News whenever appropriate. Day to day, the Senior Editor, Culture is responsible for overseeing 3 sections on the site -- Culture, Entertainment and Gaming -- as well as the Underwire and Game|Life blogs.

The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of the "Wired" worldview, and expresses it through prescient blog posts, news reports, reviews, photo galleries, video clips, MP3s and Q&As. This candidate has a BA with a minimum of 5 years editing experience in a daily news environment. Familiarity with blogging and photo editing tools a plus.

Job opp: News copy desk chief at CCTimes

From Elisa Clark:

NEWS COPY DESK CHIEF: The Contra Costa Times seeks an editor with at least five years of daily newspaper experience, including at least one year as a supervisor of copy editors, news desk or editorial production. The copy desk chief is the supervising editor in the newsroom at night, and is one of the supervisors of the news copy desk. This includes overseeing story play and page production; working with wire and Metro editors to determine news hole distribution; editing stories and headlines as needed; and troubleshooting stories, page production, technical systems and staffing issues. Candidate must be able to promote a collaborative working environment with other editors, page designers, writers, photographers and graphic artists; and adept at scheduling, news budgeting, editing, AP style, teaching and mentoring. Candidate will help in the development of the production desk staff, which includes all of our newsroom's copy editors, page designers and graphic artists. The position includes night and weekend work. The Times is located in the San Francisco East Bay region with a circulation of 180,000.

Send resume and clips to assistant managing editor Bob Nishizaki, 2640 Shadelands Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598; or e-mail

Also, I hear they are short a few copy editors and a page designer.

Job opps: Something a little different

A smattering of opportunities ...

This comes to us from Alan Mutter, the former No. 2 editor at The Chronicle (back in the day -- or, at least before my time):

Would like to hear from anyone who has a strong analytical background in water issues and/or alternative power technologies. Must understand scientific, legal, environmental and financial issues associated with one or more of the above topics.

Thanks and best wishes to former colleagues.

Alan D. Mutter

Here's one from Chron HR business partner April Kenyon:

Catholic San Francisco, the Catholic newspaper published by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has two news reporting positions open due to recent retirements. We now are looking to fill these full-time positions. The contact person would be Dan Morris-Young, editor, at 415 614-5648; email:

And one more -- this from Chron food writer Karola Craib:

Position Title: Marketing Communications Coordinator
Entry-level position
Are you a new grad or young professional looking for a strong introduction to a broad range of marketing roles? We’re looking for a smart and motivated individual who is interested in learning the marketing communications profession in a hands-on environment. You will assist a small team of experienced communications professionals doing a variety of projects including, but not limited to, collateral creation, branding, positioning, event management, direct mail, website development, presentation development, budgeting and administration, as well as writing and editing for public relations campaigns and internal communications programs.

Spansion® is dedicated to enabling, storing and protecting digital content in the automotive, consumer electronics, networking and wireless markets. As the largest company exclusively focused on Flash memory solutions, Spansion has one of the most diverse and comprehensive Flash product lines on the market.

This job is a full-time position which requires a 4 Year Degree and at least 1 year of experience (internships ok).
Potential Responsibilities Include:
• Supporting marketing communications team with various projects
• Tracking production schedules and budgets to ensure projects stay on time and on budget
• Proofing all materials for brand consistency, grammar, positioning, etc
• Assisting with the execution of e-mail and direct mail communication projects
• Working with outside vendors on PowerPoint presentations, design projects, miscellaneous deliverables
• Manage inventory of collateral, including timely shipments and distribution of collateral to events, regional offices, and sales personnel.
• Play a primary support role in building channel marketing programs with Spansion’s distributors.
• Supporting various events
• Help with website management/content creation
• Assisting with communications for major product launches and corporate milestone campaigns
• Writing and editing for internal communications intranet stories, PR programs, such as partner press releases and pitches
• Preparing press/analyst meeting briefing documents, as well as coverage reports
• Building press media lists
• Developing press kits
• Researching speaking opportunities for executives
• General office tasks and meeting coordination
Job Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (Marketing, Advertising, Communications, Business)
• 1-3 year(s) prior experience (internship okay) with an ad agency, PR firm, marketing firm or in-house corporate communications department
• Organized, enthusiastic and wants to learn
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong project management, multitasking, prioritization skills are absolutely essential
• Experience with MS Office including Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
• Knowledge of graphics programs a plus but not required
For more info, contact

Job opps: Designer, A&E editor at Seattle P-I

Another one from former North Bay Chron reporter Pamela Podger:

The Seattle P-I's Graphics and Design team is seeking a talented, sophisticated and versatile designer who is able to conceptualize and execute innovative ideas under daily deadline pressure. The ideal candidate would have strong typography, packaging and visual editing skills with a passion for bold, informative news presentation.

Daily assignments will vary with opportunities to work on news, sports and features sections. We are looking for someone who is flexible, able to roll with last minute changes and is willing help where help is needed. Experience with CCI and the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.

This is a night design position and the daily schedule will vary from 2 p.m.-11 p.m. to 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Working a Sunday rotation and split days off will be required at times.

The deadline for internal applications is Wed, June 13. If you are interested, please contact me. We are also accepting external applications.

Katherine Barnett
Human Resources Manager
Seattle P-I

The P-I is currently accepting applications for the A&E assigning editor position. We are seeking an experienced assignment editor to plan and edit our arts and entertainment coverage. Strong word editing skills, ability to manage a creative writing staff, and a strong pop-culture sensibility are essential. Also preferred: entertainment coverage experience, familiarity with development of online content, and experience working with designers to present news content. Candidates must respond well to breaking news, have excellent news judgment, and work efficiently and effectively on deadline. Position requires strong organizational and long-range planning skills, and a talent for spotting trends and producing enterprise stories and packages for print and online.

Responsibilities include content for the daily Life and Arts section, the weekly What's Happening tab, A1 enterprise, staff blogs, and development of other online content. The job involves working some nights and weekends. This editor must have the ability to work independently as well as be a contributing member of the management team, and must deal professionally with the public.

A Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field; five years experience at a daily newspaper; management and editing experience; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Katherine Barnett
Human Resources Manager
Seattle P-I

Job opp: Reporter at SJ/SV Business Journal

Another one from former Chron reporter Todd Wallack:

The San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal is looking for a reporter to cover small businesses and "clean technology" (like wind power).


Cromwell Schubarth
Managing Editor
San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal

Norm Bell
San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Job opp: Copywriter at TMP Worldwide

From Chron NFL columnist Nancy Gay:

My sister is an art director at TMP Worldwide, an ad agency on Market Street, near the San Francisco Centre. They are looking for a fulltime copywriter/proofreader. The pay is excellent. The office vibe is very cool and creative. They seem to have a lot of fun at that place. A lot of our people would be very qualified for this gig. Details here:

Financial tip for those 55 and over

This financial tip from The Chronicle's Dave Murphy (who used to write a jobs column):

I don't know if this is worth including, but thought I'd pass it along for anybody who gets a buyout or is laid off and is between ages 55 and 59 1/2:

From Suze Orman's Web site: If you are 55 or older in the year of your retirement, you can withdraw any or all of the money, whenever you wish, from your qualified retirement plan without any penalties whatsoever. This rule of "fifty-five and over" pertains only to money in employee qualified plans, not for any other retirement account, such as an IRA, an IRA rollover, or SEP/IRA.

She goes on to say that if you take the money and roll it over into an IRA or whatever, then you generally can't withdraw it until age 59 1/2 without a penalty.

Job opp: Writer at SF Weekly

This opening was sent to us by Tom Walsh, editor of SF Weekly. Thanks, Tom:

SF Weekly has an immediate opening for a full-time staff writer. We're looking for an experienced journalist who understands the difference between magazine-style reporting and the hurried fact-finding of daily papers. Ideal candidates will have solid investigative reporting skills. If your copy is as much a pleasure to read as it is well researched, we want to hear from you. We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Send your best clips, a resume, and a cover letter to:

Frances Reade
SF Weekly
185 Berry St. Ste. 3800
San Francisco, CA 94107
No phone calls please.

Job opps: Reporters for SF Daily Journal

This is from Peter Blumberg, editor at the San Francisco Daily Journal:

The San Francisco Daily Journal, a legal affairs newspaper, has full-time openings for reporters. Contact Peter Blumberg, Editor, for more information at 44 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Job opp: Editor, copy editor at Las Vegas Sun

This comes to us by way of Chron graphic artist Joe Shoulak, who was sent this by former SF Examiner artist Chris Morris. Thanks.

We have an editor position open here at the AME level, but in a small newsroom like ours the titles are really unnecessary. The editor would work with about 4 to 5 reporters, and would be expected to teach, guide, and be all the things expected of a senior line editor.

The editor previously in that chair was Charlie Waters, former Fresno Bee Ex Ed. The others on Editors Row are from the LAT, San Jose Merc and Cincinnati Inq.

I can share more, but wanted to pass this along in the event there were some good peeps looking for new beginnings. The Sun could be a good fit.

Best to all.

Chris Morris

UPDATE (June 8, 6 p.m.): Another opening -- copy editor

The Las Vegas Sun is reinventing itself. We're devoting ourselves to enterprise, analysis and investigative stories. We're reinventing our headlines, too. We want creative, fresh, provocative heads -- more like those in magazines than in newspapers. We're taking chances, and we're looking for a copy editor to help step up our game.

THE JOB: We typically work from noon to 8 p.m., with limited weekend shifts. We have a circulation of 180,000 on weekdays and more than 200,000 on Sundays. The Sun offers competitive wages, good benefits and a great work setting. We're owned by a well-established local family that's investing in the paper and the community. We've recruited journalists who've worked at papers including the L.A. Times, Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Times and Dallas Morning News. If you join us, you'll help build a stronger paper every day, instead of fighting to keep quality from eroding. We work at a pace that lets us do quality editing. We're a friendly bunch and are excited about transforming the paper into a publication unique
in U.S. journalism.

THE LIFESTYLE: Las Vegas has much more than the Strip. We have nice neighborhoods, housing prices within reach, lots of sunshine (four months are hot, and that's what air-conditioning is for). We also have world-class restaurants, shopping and golfing, and headlining entertainment. If you like skiing, hiking or water sports, we have Mount Charleston and Lake Mead. If you like to travel, Las Vegas has flights all the time, to everywhere, and they don't get snowed in.

WHAT WE WANT: We expect solid grammar and AP Style, of course. We want thinking journalists -- ones who spot problems and offer possible solutions, fresh approaches that engage readers. We'll consider any experienced newspaper copy editor with great clips, regardless of the paper's size. Show us what you've got. (If you haven't worked as a newspaper copy editor, please DON'T apply.) Finalists who pass an editing test will then do a tryout.

NOT SURE? We're working on overhauling our Web site, but you can check us out at

IF YOU'RE QUALIFIED: Please send a resume, references and eight to 10 headline clips. If you have copies of stories before and after editing, include a few of those. Send to: or Maggie Leung, assistant managing editor, Las Vegas Sun, 2275 Corporate Circle Drive, Suite 300, Henderson, NV 89074

More job sites, words of support

Here's a nice note from Holly Ocasio Rizzo, former Chron Home & Garden editor and North Bay Friday editor. Thanks, Holly:

Here are some sites that may help job seekers (Ed note: I will also add these links to the master post, which you can find HERE): -- California Chicano News Media Association; collection of jobs in various media in California and elsewhere, with the board open to nonmembers -- listings for editors of various types; run by McMurry, a custom publisher in Phoenix -- the Poynter Institute for Media Studies now offers job listings --, job board in nonprofit sector offers many positions for writers, editors, content producers -- the California Society of Newspaper Editors maintains a job board -- the California Newspaper Publishers Association lists jobs in the CNPA Bulletin

If anybody's inclined, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will hold its annual conference June 13-16 in San Jose -- for information. The conference traditionally includes a large job fair, and it's open to all journalists.

For what it's worth, the world is very good out here. I now freelance while also teaching feature writing at the Cal State Fullerton. There's plenty of work out here for anyone with skill, contacts and a good business head who starts a freelance writing/editing business -- and they'll never get laid off again.

Hang in there -- better days ahead.

Take care,
Holly Ocasio Rizzo
San Clemente, Calif.

Job opps: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Here's one from Leslie Lapides at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Thanks for thinking of us, Leslie:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is looking for two slot-capable copy editors, to start soonest. A sports slot is particularly needed.
Please contact Senior Editor/Copy Editing Bob Howard at

Job opps: Seattle Times

Chronicle reporter Leslie Fulbright shares this info from Pat Foote, the recruiter at the Seattle Times.

Those interested in the positions below can email her at Also, they're willing to talk about other positions not listed here:

Immediate openings for:

• Assistant Metro Editor/Eastside Bureau
• Picture Editor
• Desk Editor
• Online Sports Producer
• Sports Page Designer
• Reporter
• Business Reporter
• Visual Artist

Job opps: Congressional Quarterly

Former North Bay Chron reporter Pamela Podger passes this along. Thanks, Pamela.

Congressional Quarterly has a number of openings. Samples below, Web site HERE:

COMMITTEES REPORTER: CQ’s newsroom is seeking a full-time reporter for its Committees team, to write news stories and descriptions of votes, schedules and other actions in congressional committees for, as well as reporting and writing Bill Analysis briefs. The position also presents opportunities to write for CQ Today and the CQ Weekly. In addition to demonstrated experience in news reporting and writing, candidates should also have familiarity with Congress and legislative procedure. Contact Peter King,

EDITOR, CQ BUDGET TRACKER. Congressional Quarterly is seeking a writer/editor with demonstrated knowledge of the federal budget process to co-produce the Budget Tracker Web site and e-mail newsletter. This is a hands-on, fast-paced opportunity for a seasoned journalist who knows a lot about Capitol Hill and wants to write a daily briefing for a premium publication. Requires practical experience with the budget and appropriations process, a passion for finding and articulating unique insights and an interest in working in a Web writing and production environment. Contact John Dineen,

FLOOR VOTES REPORTER: CQ is seeking a reporter to cover floor action on a day-to-day basis and provide real-time coverage of floor votes, including writing vote captions and recording member positions for the Web and CQ Weekly. Tasks also include co-writing a weekly "Week Ahead" story for CQ Today, updating the floor schedules database, proofreading votes and contributing to news stories. Candidates must be detail-oriented, versatile, have the capacity to work independently and meet deadlines, and be able to write in all formats, including database, online news and daily news. Must have excellent computer skills and the ability to troubleshoot basic problems. Experience covering the legislative process is required. Contact Peter King at

FOREIGN POLICY WRITER: Congressional Quarterly is seeking an experienced writer to cover foreign policy in Congress. The successful candidate will be familiar with the foreign relations committees in Congress and have experience in the foreign policy arena. The candidate will be a good writer and an experienced newsperson with an ability to spot trends and analyze complicated issues for CQ Today, CQ’s online news site and CQ Weekly. Email cover letter, resume and clips to Jonathan Broder, Defense and Foreign Policy editor, at


ACQUISITIONS EDITOR: CQ Press's College Division is seeking an Acquisitions Editor to develop a new list of textbooks for journalism, mass comm., and communication studies. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years college acquisitions experience in recruiting top authors, developing concepts and content to meet market needs, coordinating technology and new media initiatives, negotiating contracts, forecasting sales, and motivating authors and staff to do their best work. Knowledge of the higher education marketplace is a must with field sales experience and/or knowledge of the communication and journalism fields being preferred. Significant travel to conferences and college campuses throughout the year required. We enjoy a collegial, creative, fast-paced workplace focused on editorial excellence and customer satisfaction. Washington, DC location. Reports to Charisse Kiino,

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, COLLEGE DIVISION: CQ Press, a DC-based independent publisher, has an upcoming opening for an editorial assistant in a fast-paced, collegial environment. The editorial assistant is responsible for various tasks associated with the production of CQ Press college textbooks. In addition to the standard administrative duties that are a part of this entry-level position (photocopying, filing, faxing, mailing, and document preparation), responsibilities include the following: arranging for proofreading, indexing, and graphics production; performing photo research; preparing manuscripts for composition; trafficking page proofs to authors and freelancers; handling author and proofer corrections; and requesting photo and text permissions. As experience is acquired, this person will act as production editor on routine books. Ideal candidate will have solid academic credentials, strong communication and organizational skills, excellent proofreading skills, and the ability to work under tight deadlines while adhering to high standards of quality. He or she will demonstrate flexibility, a commitment to accuracy, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Computer and Internet proficiency are required; proficiency in Word is preferred; content knowledge of some aspect of American government or political history, as well as some previous experience in a publications production environment, is desired. Reports to Steve Pazdan,