NAHJ Enters America’s Giving Challenge Competition on Facebook

If you’re on Facebook, you’ll see that we have just entered America’s Giving Challenge in which we can win $50,000. We have between now and November 7th (a little over one week) to get the most donations to our cause (every person can donate once per day and have it count as a unique donation). We can also win daily awards if we can get the most people to donate in any 24-hour period. The key to this is building up momentum with and awareness of our existing campaign.

So, please (if you don’t mind) take a few minutes and update your FB status message to share with your friends why you care about NAHJ and ask them to donate and join the cause. Please include this link, http://www.causes.com/donations/select_donation_method?cause_id=330897

The Boston Globe 2010 Summer Intern Program – Deadline Nov. 1

The Boston Globe summer intern program began more than 50 years ago as an opportunity for college students interested in journalism to gain practical experience on a major newspaper.

The largest group of interns works in metro on general assignment. Other intern reporters are assigned to sports, living/arts, and business. We also have intern positions in the photography and graphics departments, and on the copy desk. The copy editing position may be filled by a Newspaper Fund* intern, and a health/science position is provided through the Kaiser Foundation.** Internships are NOT limited to students with undergraduate journalism majors. All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or will be graduating in May or June may apply, as well as journalism graduate school students who have NOT had professional experience as a newspaper reporter.

An aptitude for newspaper work is the most important qualification for the internship. Applicants must have had at least one previous internship at a daily newspaper. Applicants must have a driver’s license.

Summer interns work as full-time employees for twelve weeks, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interns are paid a weekly wage, and shifts vary. An intern supervisor serves as a writing coach and there are weekly meetings with editors and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to journalism.

In February 2005, The Globe was the only newspaper included in “America’s A-List of Internships” published by the Wall Street Journal. To make the final list, the Journal said, “internship programs had to receive multiple recommendations from employers” and “stand out from competing programs.”

Application forms can be obtained from: Paula Bouknight, Assistant Managing Editor/Hiring, The Boston Globe, P.O. Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819 (617-929-3212), or downloaded from our website after August 31: http://www.bostonglobe.com/newsintern

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2010 PROGRAM MUST BE POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2009.

*For information on the Newspaper Fund program go to djnewspaperfund.dowjones.com.

* For information on the Kaiser Fellowship program, go to http://www.kff.org.

Material will not be returned. Finalists will be asked to come to the Globe for an interview.

New York Times Company Presents Latin Music USA Screening on Oct. 9

The VOCES Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times Company proudly presents:

LATIN MUSIC USA
A documentary screening & conversation with Bobby Sanabria
Don’t miss the percussion demonstration!

Friday, October 9
6–8 p.m.
The New York Times Building
620 8th Avenue, NYC
15th floor conference center

Click here
to RSVP

ProPublica Seeks Two Investigative Reporters and a Blogger

This was forwarded on by NAHJ Parity Project director Kevin Olivas.

ProPublica is seeking to hire two additional investigative reporters. Applicants will be considered from any specialized or generalist investigative reporting background, but ProPublica is especially interested in applicants focused on energy and environment, education or immigration. Both of the reporters to be hired will be based in ProPublica’s New York office; compensation will be commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should send their resume to reportingjobs@propublica.org.

ProPublica is also looking for a full-time blogger, who will write about investigative journalism by others and suggest follow-ups. People interested in applying for this job should send their resume to bloggerjob@propublica.org.

More info at: http://www.propublica.org/about/jobs

PolicyLink Seeks Press Secretary

This was forwarded on by a current NAHJ member who works in PolicyLink’s communications department:

PRESS SECRETARY (position located in New York, NY)
Full-time
Salary commensurate with experience

This professional level position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.

Please visit our websites at:
* http://www.policylink.org
* http://www.equityblog.org
* http://www.facebook.com/policylink
* http://www.twitter.com/policylink

Program Description:
Over the past 10 years, PolicyLink has worked to help create “communities of opportunity” that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Working in partnership with leaders and residents of low-income communities and communities of color, PolicyLink leverages public policy to build communities with access to quality jobs, good schools, viable transportation options, affordable housing, safe places to play, and healthy food options.
During the past year, PolicyLink has dramatically raised its visibility on the national stage, particularly in key federal policy debates, including health-care reform, transportation reform, and many initiatives of the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

Position Responsibilities:
The Press Secretary will be responsible for securing high-profile media appearances for PolicyLink leaders, including founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell. The press secretary will target major national and regional media outlets across multiple platforms, including newspapers, magazines, cable television, public radio, and leading blogs and Internet magazines.

Successful candidates will be values driven, self-motivated, creative, resourceful, and preferably have experience in politics and advocacy. Reporting to the Associate Director of Communications, they will be part of a fast-paced team that requires quickly adapting to shifting priorities.

Specific Responsibilities Include:
* Developing and maintaining relationships with top national reporters, producers, and editors
* Creating and maintaining broad and deep media database
* Identifying new media opportunities for CEO and other organizational leaders
* Assisting in preparing and media training selected staff
* Collaborating with other communications staff to maximize impact of media appearances
* Strategizing how to leverage media appearances for maximum policy impact
* Helping maintain and expand existing blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages, as well as other new media opportunities
* Other duties as needed and assigned

Experience & Qualifications:
* 4-6 years of professional communications experience at a social-change organization or political campaign (prior journalism experience a plus)
* A history of and passion for working on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color
* Excellent written and verbal skills are paramount
* Demonstrated ability to generate media coverage and work in online/new media.
* Ability to develop and implement media outreach plans.
* A passion for politics and policy
* Knowledge of the current and emerging new media landscape – and ability to get placements in that sector
* Ability to work and brainstorm within a fast-paced team.
* The position is based in New York, NY. Some travel may be required.

To Apply:
Send cover letter and resume to:
PolicyLink – Press Secretary Search Committee
55 W. 39th St.
11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

or:
Fax to (212) 273-1606

or:
E-mail to jobs@policylink.org. Include subject line: “[Your name] (Press Secretary).”

Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance and 401(k) retirement plan.
Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Columbia Chapter Launches

The NAHJ chapter at Columbia University held its first meeting on Sept. 24.

All Columbia students and alumni in the New York area are invited to join. The next meeting is planned for late October (check back here for the date).

In the meantime, if you’re interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Kristina Puga at kristinap@gmail.com for more information.