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Associate web producer, NJ.com

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by PaperDoll, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    I hope there's not a rule against posting dot-com jobs.

    NJ.com, New Jersey ’s leading Internet destination for local news, information, and conversation, seeks an associate producer to join its editorial unit. This is a full-time position based at the site’s offices across from the Journal Square PATH station in Jersey City , though the successful candidate may telecommute for some night and weekend assignments from another location of his or her choice. Working on tight deadlines, he/she will maintain and enhance the information and interactivity presented around the clock at NJ.com and its partner site for Staten Island , SILive.com.

    Responsibilities: Post breaking news and the contents of affiliated newspapers on the sites quickly, accurately, and in a manner consistent with the sites’ style and best practices. In consultation with managers of the sites, determine the display and ordering of content on home pages and section fronts. Write compelling headlines, summaries, picture captions, and other navigational elements for stories. Enhance stories and index pages with staff or wire photos and other graphics. Check news wires for breaking developments and update the sites as often as necessary. Collaborate with journalists from affiliated newspapers, programmers, and designers on special packages, multimedia, and new or enhanced site features.

    Requirements: B.A. in journalism, English, communications, or related field. Solid news judgment, demonstrated in prior work assignments or college activities. The successful candidate must be comfortable making decisions under pressure across a broad range of topics, including national, international, and local news, sports, and entertainment. One to three years of professional writing/editing experience in a fast-paced, competitive news situation or online site is strongly preferred. Excellent communication, collaboration, copy editing, and writing skills. Basic knowledge of HTML and tools for creating Web pages, including HTML editors such as HomeSite, FTP programs such as CuteFTP, image manipulation software such as Photoshop, and audio/video editing and digitizing packages. Proven track record of working dependably and independently. Must be able to work a flexible schedule that will frequently include nights and/or weekends.

    Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume with salary history to opportunities@nj.com. The subject line must include the words “Producer Opening-Careerbank.” Please include links to Web sites or sections you maintain or have helped produce. We regret that we cannot consider candidates who currently reside outside the New Jersey - New York metropolitan area.
  2. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    That last line is interesting, given that one of NJ.com's recent hires was from well outside of the NY metro area.
  3. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    For those that don't know (or haven't checked yet), nj.com is the Newhouse/Advance website for its NJ papers -- The Star Ledger, Times of Trenton, Jersey Journal, Gloucester Times, Bridgeton News, Easton (Pa.) Express-Times (which covers portions of northwest NJ), and a little more than half a dozen weeklies.
  4. Hoop Time

    Hoop Time Member

    This is a very good position for someone who wants to work on the Web. The company treats people pretty well and their sites do a good job with their sports content.

    The head sports producer there (I think it is the same guy) is a real good guy. I once worked with him, not for him, but I can't imagine him being bad to work for.

    Added bonus -- great Indian food joints in Jersey City.

    Be aware, though, this is not a game coverage gig. The extent of the writing you will do is probably headlines, blurbs and blogging. Their producers used to also do some game stuff -- producing audio such as postgame interviews, but I don't think they are doing that in house anymore.

    As for the "must be local" -- could just be their way of saying there is no budget for relocation expenses.
  5. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Joe, Easton generally deals through pennlive.com, in conjunction with The Patriot-News in Harrisburg.
  6. Hoop Time

    Hoop Time Member

    Actually, Easton content goes on both sites because of the paper's border location and large Jersey circulation in the Phillipsburg area.
  7. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    If you go to nj.com, there's an Express-Times link.
  8. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Yeah ... yeah ... but Easton likes PennLive better! ;)

    (Actually, like all Newhouse Web sites, they are ridiculously similar.)
  9. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Newhouse must like those cookie-cutter websites. Look at nj.com, pennlive.com, and cleveland.com and try to claim that all Newhouse websites don't look alike.
  10. Hoop Time

    Hoop Time Member

    That is hardly atypical of chains, though. Just look at the former Knight-Ridder sites, for example.

    Advance/Newhouse does all its tech and design centrally in Jersey City, with "local" producers to manage content for each site.

    Reportedly there is a lot of development work being done on a new redesign to improve navigation.

    At any rate, it is still a very good company to work for if you are looking for that type of a job.
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Bumping this thread, as the position is open again.

  12. OceanLottery

    OceanLottery Member

    Speaking as someone who works closely with these folks from the newspaper side of things, dealing with them can be terribly frustrating. Not that that's any different from working with newspaper editors, but they just see the world in a whole different light compared to print people. Drives me nuts!
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