Odds and ends for the new month and new work week

November 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

It’s the beginning of a new month, a new work week and the sun is up early in the day (at least for now!) with the end to Daylight Savings Time for this year. In honor of all of that, I’ve got some events, a new site for freelancers to check out and a grab bag of job leads. Good luck out there!

*A reminder on an upcoming event of interest to journalists, biz and economic mavens and political junkies alike…Hope to see you there!:


Source: alumni.northwestern.edu
Join fellow alumni on Tuesday, Nov. 3, for an evening of networking and a panel discussion moderated by William F. Thomas Professor, Ellen Shearer, director of the Medill News Service. The panel will discuss long term effects of the latest economic crisis.

*Another event for early next week for freelancers or those trying to do some free-lance work while job hunting:

Government Contract Work: Takes Stamina to Win but Worth the Payoff

Sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association. This event is free and open to everyone.Shirley Sirota Rosenberg reports she had no choice. In the third grade, a teacher pleased with a story Shirley wrote, remarked, “I suppose you want to be a journalist when you grow up.” And, she reports, “I was marked for life, never working at anything else.”


Event Date & Time:
Nov 9 2009 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Event Location:
Small Conference Room of the West End Public Library, 1101 24th St., NW
Contact Person:
Susan Mandel
Phone No./Email:

*And the D.C.  chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (www.spjdc.org) tells us that a journalist from Indiana, Noelle Steele, has created a free Web site for sharing story ideas. She’s trying to spread the word, so check it out at: www.anybodysbyline.com/

*As always I have a few job leads — from various places and via various email correspondents. The well will be dry after this so please send some for future posts this week!

*The good folks at the New America Foundation in D.C. are looking for one-year (part- or full-time) fellows for a project to promote innovations in media policy. This hat tip on this listing is Poynter.org, where you can access listings on the right rail. The description follows:

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Media Policy Fellows
New America Foundation

Media Policy Fellows POSTED: Oct 26
Salary: Open Location: D.C.
Employer: New America Foundation Type: Full Time – Experienced
Category: Other Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree


Employer Information


Washington-based nonpartisan public policy institute


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Job Description


The New America Foundation, a Washington-based nonpartisan think tank, is seeking full-time or part-time fellows for a minimum one-year project aimed at promoting innovations in media policy, including such subjects as the future of public broadcasting and access to broadband technology. We are looking for candidates with strong organizational, writing and speaking skills. Formal students of media policy and veterans of newsrooms, particularly those who have been involved with media strategy or management, are equally welcome to apply.


NOTES: Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience

*The hat tip on the next few listings is journalismjobs.com, which has full listings…The good folks at AARP The Magazine are looking for interns for the winter. Information follows:


Company: AARP The Magazine
Editorial Intern
Washington, District of Columbia
Job Status: Part-time
Salary: Unpaid Intern
Ad Expires:
December 4, 2009
Job ID: 1115659

This is a demanding and rewarding unpaid internship at AARP The Magazine, the largest-circulation magazine in the world. You must be a student to apply, as this position is offered for academic credit.

The intern will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the editorial production process from story idea to final article – and all the processes in between involving edit, research, layout, and art.

The intern should have a working knowledge of the publications editorial process and will write display copy (headlines, captions, etc.) and short items. In addition, the intern will organize reader responses, research article ideas, write summary reports, and aid editors in other editorial projects as needed.

Successful candidates will have strong writing and organizational skills, poise, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic. Juniors, seniors, or graduate students in English, communications, journalism or multimedia preferred. Writing samples required. This is an unpaid position with a small stipend to offset commuting costs. Minimum time commitment is 2.5 workdays per week for the entire semester.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and writing samples to Margaret Guroff, Features Editor, AARP The Magazine, at mguroff@aarp.org or 601 E Street NW, Washington DC 20049.

*NAM, one of the largest trade groups based in D.C., is looking for a writer. The information and link follows:

Company: National Association of Manufacturers
Talented Writer Wanted
Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: $45,000 to $50,000
Ad Expires:
December 4, 2009
Job ID: 1023491
Website: http://nam.org

Communications Professional

Dynamic trade association located in Washington, DC, seeks a talented Writer who will write, edit, offer creativity and serve as project coordinator for communications that advance our policy message and member involvement. This individual will play a key role in ensuring the accurate reflection of our message and handle the majority of the writing and research for all of our publications.

This position requires an individual to meet stringent deadlines, write, edit and contribute to the design and production of brochures, meeting programs, invitations, HTML documents, Web pages and other printed and electronic communications using MS Word and QuarkXpress (on the Apple Macintosh computer).

A successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism or relevant subject and 3-5 years work experience in writing and editing. Experience covering public policy and business issues is highly desirable. Competitive salary and benefits package are offered. Only local candidates will be considered. For immediate consideration submit your resume and cover letter to aswales@nam.org. Only finalists will be contacted. NO CALLS PLEASE

*And finally, E&E is looking for an entry-level reporter for Greenwire. Information and the link to E&E’s site with other listings follows:

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Company: Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC
Seeking entry-level reporter
Washington, District of Columbia
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: Negotiable
Ad Expires:
December 4, 2009
Job ID: 985612
Website: http://www.eenews.net

E&E Publishing seeks an entry-level staff writer for Greenwire, an online daily that is the leading source for comprehensive coverage of environmental and energy politics and policy. Entry-level writers primarily are responsible for collecting and summarizing environment and energy news from around the world for Greenwire, one of E&E’s daily publications. Original reporting assignments for Greenwire and several other E&E titles supplement this position. This job is an excellent way to gain daily deadline experience and learn about covering public policy. Applicants should have strong writing skills, experience working under tight deadlines, familiarity with AP style and a desire to be a top-notch journalist. An interest in politics — particularly Congress — and public policy is important. About us: E&E Publishing is a 55-person news organization. We publish four dailies and one weekly publication, all focused on energy and environmental issues for a top-tier, nationwide audience that pays a premium for access to our information services. We also produce a daily video Web cast from our in-house studios. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide a 401k plan, Metro passes, good health/dental and a fun, fast-paced work environment at a great Capitol Hill location. Contact: Amy Carlile at acarlile@eenews.net. Send a cover letter explaining your qualifications for this job, a resume and your five best clips. No phone calls.


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