Sports Editor

The Journal Tribune, a daily, multi-award- winning newspaper serving York County for 131 years, has an immediate opening for a full-time Sports Editor. The ideal candidate will have 3 to 5 years’ experience as a writer and/or editor in the Sports department of a daily newspaper; copy editing and pagination experience; strong photography and Photoshop skills; and proficiency producing and editing content for the internet and Facebook. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, managing one full-time sports writer and a stable of freelancers, covering local games and sporting events, performing community outreach with coaches and parents, designing daily sports and news pages, updating journaltribune.com, and posting content to social media. You should be comfortable – and show equal enthusiasm for — covering everything from Little League and high school sports to the OOB Surge and the Boston Red Sox. A thorough knowledge of sports and sports terminology is a must, and a professional demeanor inside and outside the office is essential. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, two sports photography samples, and two sports writing samples (500-1,000 words) to: publisher@journaltribune.com

Staff Reporters Needed

Staff Reporter: Courier Publications, LLC is hiring a Staff Reporter for The Camden Herald. Duties include reporting local news and taking digital photos. Applicants should have strong writing/communication skills and a willingness to learn. A strong interest in the Knox County, Maine area and a desire to serve the community using established journalistic ethics and practices required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred. Job requires some nights, weekends. Access to a reliable vehicle a must. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Email résumé, cover letter and clips to: Daniel Dunkle, News Director ddunkle@villagesoup.com

Staff Reporter: Courier Publications, LLC is hiring a Staff Reporter for The Courier-Gazette. Duties include reporting local news and taking digital photos. Applicants should have strong writing/communication skills and a willingness to learn. A strong interest in the Knox County, Maine area and a desire to serve the community using established journalistic ethics and practices required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred. Job requires some nights, weekends. Access to a reliable vehicle a must. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Email résumé, cover letter and clips to: Daniel Dunkle, News Director ddunkle@villagesoup.com

 

Nominations deadline extended to Friday, July 29

Nomination deadlines for the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame, Advertising Person of the Year, and Bob Drake Young Writer’s Award have been extended to Friday, July 29, 2016. The submission period for the Unsung Hero award and Journalist of the Year nominations is now closed.

Individual Awards: ADVERTISING PERSON OF THE YEAR: For an advertising employee whose work has been truly distinguished over the course of a year or years. Candidates may have established unique marketing plans or stood out through other measures such as sales record. Work samples may be included with a nomination letter.

BOB DRAKE YOUNG WRITER’S AWARD: For a full-time staffer of an MPA newspaper with fewer than two years of full-time experience as of July 29, 2016. A letter from the staffer’s supervisor must contain a review of the nominee’s experience and accomplishments. School or college newspaper experience does not count as full-time experience. Entries will be evaluated on writing quality, enterprise, imagination, thoroughness, balance and general reporting. As many as six articles may be submitted.

Note: If the number of entries is insufficient for any individual award, that award may not be given out. In that case, any nominations will be held over for the following year. Please limit supporting statements and documents to 10 pages.

Mail all Individual Award nominations by July 29, 2016, to: Diane Norton, Executive Director, Maine Press Association, P.O. Box 336, Camden, ME 04843

Hall of Fame Awards: Candidates for the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame must be Maine newspaper professionals who have made lasting career contributions to their craft, in or out of the state. Typically, some of each year’s Hall of Fame class is inducted posthumously. Each nomination should be accompanied by supporting materials that will help committee members as they make their decisions. Mail all Hall of Fame Nominations by July 29, 2016, to: Jeff Ham, HOF Committee Chair, 26 Elmwood Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. Hall of Fame nominations can also be emailed to Jeff at jeffham36@gmail.com

For questions about Individual awards or Hall of Fame award nominations, contact MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com. This year’s inductees will be announced in late-August and the 2016 induction ceremony will be held at the MPA Fall Conference on October 29 in South Portland.

Political Reporter

The Sun Journal is seeking a dynamic, experienced, self-motivated reporter to cover the Maine State House and politics, working out of our Augusta bureau and the Lewiston office. At least five years of professional journalism experience and experience covering government and politics are required.  A comprehensive benefit package is included.
Please forward cover letter and resume to the address listed below.

 

Individual and HOF nominations deadline is Friday, July 15

It’s now or never. Nominations for the Maine Press Association Individual and Hall of Fame awards must be received no later than Friday, July 15, 2016. Some require mailing while others can be submitted via email. But please don’t delay if you have a deserving person you’d like to see considered for these awards.

Individual Awards

UNSUNG HERO AWARD: For any staff member, in any department, whose contributions to his or her newspaper have been essential but often overlooked. Nominations may include examples of the nominee’s work and letters from supervisors and/or co-workers detailing his or her contributions.

ADVERTISING PERSON OF THE YEAR: For an advertising employee whose work has been truly distinguished over the course of a year or years. Candidates may have established unique marketing plans or stood out through other measures such as sales record. Work samples may be included with a nomination letter.

BOB DRAKE YOUNG WRITER’S AWARD: For a full-time staffer of an MPA newspaper with fewer than two years of full-time experience as of July 15, 2016. A letter from the staffer’s supervisor must contain a review of the nominee’s experience and accomplishments. School or college newspaper experience does not count as full-time experience. Entries will be evaluated on writing quality, enterprise, imagination, thoroughness, balance and general reporting. As many as six articles may be submitted.

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: For an exceptional news employee whose work has been truly distinguished over the previous year or a period of years. A reasonable number of news clips, photographs or other samples of work must be included with a cover letter from the nominee’s editor or publisher. The nominee must be a staff employee of a member newspaper.

Note: If the number of entries is insufficient for any individual award, that award may not be given out. In that case, any nominations will be held over for the following year. Please limit supporting statements and documents to 10 pages.

Mail all Individual Award nominations by July 15, 2016, to: Diane Norton, Executive Director, Maine Press Association, P.O. Box 336, Camden, ME 04843

Hall of Fame Awards: Candidates for the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame must be Maine newspaper professionals who have made lasting career contributions to their craft, in or out of the state. Typically, some of each year’s Hall of Fame class is inducted posthumously. Each nomination should be accompanied by supporting materials that will help committee members as they make their decisions.

Mail all Hall of Fame Nominations by July 15, 2016, to: Jeff Ham, HOF Committee Chair, 26 Elmwood Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. Hall of Fame nominations can also be emailed to Jeff at jeffham36@gmail.com

For questions about Individual awards or Hall of Fame award nominations, contact MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com. This year’s inductees will be announced in late-August and the 2016 induction ceremony will be held at the MPA Fall Conference on October 29 in South Portland.

Hall of Fame nominations deadline July 15

Nominations are now being accepted for 2016 inductees to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. The deadline is Friday, July 15. Candidates must be Maine newspaper professionals who have made lasting career contributions to their craft, in or out of the state. Typically, some of each year’s Hall of Fame class is inducted posthumously.
The MPA’s Hall of Fame Committee asks that names be submitted as soon as possible so they can be circulated among the committee members who will select the inductees.
Each nomination should be accompanied by supporting materials that will help committee members as they make their decisions.
Nominations should be sent to committee Chair Jeff Ham at jeffham36@gmail.com or via mail to 26 Elmwood Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.
If you have any questions, please contact Ham or MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com.
This year’s inductees will be announced in late-August and the 2016 induction ceremony will be held at the MPA Fall Conference in October.

 

2016 MPA Better Newspaper Contest Deadline is Friday, June 3

Last call for entries: The 2016 MPA Better Newspaper Contest deadline is Friday, June 3. This year’s contest format will be similar to last year: digital entries for all photography and online categories, and tearsheet entries for everything else. The contest is open to all MPA members in good standing. Winners will be celebrated at the 2016 Annual Conference to be held October 29, 2016, in South Portland. For questions, contact Contest Chair Kevin Burnham at kevinburnham@boothbayregister.com or MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com.

Current Openings at The Times Record

Account Executive: The Times Record/timesrecord.com/Real Estate PLUS is seeking an account executive. The successful candidate will contact businesses in an assigned area in person/by phone/via email. Assigned area – Topsham, Lisbon Falls and Freeport – contains many well-established advertisers as well as many prospective advertisers. Compensation is a mix of salary and commission. A good sales rep will earn in the upper $40s annually, a great rep can earn $50K or more. Reimbursement is included for mileage and smartphone service.

Successful candidates have come from many backgrounds, including retail, restaurant, or clerical positions. Those that seem to enjoy this role the most like the fact that it is similar to owning your own business – you have a lot of control over your schedule and activities – but you also have the support of a well-established professional organization behind you. The Times Record is doing great business-wise and we welcome those that can help us continue to grow and prosper.

This position reports directly to the Publisher, an experienced newspaper executive with 30+ years of knowledge to share with you. Good performance is recognized, and participation from all on nearly every aspect of our business is encouraged. Ours is a small team but a tight-knit one that welcomes newcomers’ ideas and strengths. The right people make the difference at The Times Record!

Interested in learning more? Send your resume to the Publisher, Michelle Lester, mlester@timesrecord.com and a meeting can be arranged.

Reporter Position – Bath area: The Times Record, located in the college town of Brunswick in beautiful Midcoast Maine, is seeking a talented, community-minded reporter to join our news team. Primary area of focus will be Bath, Maine, a key town in our coverage area, as well as the local shipbuilder, Bath Iron Works. Professional experience and familiarity with AP style is preferable, but we are willing to work with the right person. Candidates should be self-starters, be familiar and comfortable with social media, work well under a daily deadline, and be up for the challenge of covering local government and school boards. The right candidate will quickly forge a trust between themselves and members of the community, and will demonstrate a passion for community journalism.

We have a fun and supportive work environment, and we enjoying pushing ourselves and our co-workers to produce the best possible products for our readers and advertisers. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three clips to jswinconeck@timesrecord.com.

Reporter Position – Features: Business is very good – there are many positive things happening in the communities we cover — so we are expanding our coverage to offer even more value to our readers with this new news position.

The Times Record, located in the college town of Brunswick in beautiful Midcoast Maine, is seeking a talented, community-minded reporter to join our news team. Professional experience and familiarity with AP style is preferable, but we are willing to work with the right person. Candidates should be self-starters, be familiar and comfortable with social media, work well under a daily deadline, and be up for the challenge of generating feature story ideas as well as covering local businesses and economic development, the arts, school events and churches, among other duties. We are passionate about the communities we cover and the successful candidate will demonstrate that he/she “gets it” by quickly adapting to our community-first approach.

We have a positive, fun work environment and enjoy pushing ourselves and our co-workers to produce the best products for our readers and advertisers. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three clips to jswinconeck@timesrecord.com.

 

2016 MPA Better Newspaper Contest Underway

Time to gather your winners. The 2016 MPA Better Newspaper Contest commenced on April 22, 2016, with entry materials and guidelines emailed to all MPA members. This year’s contest format will be similar to last year: digital entries for all photography and online categories and tearsheet entries for everything else. Submissions deadline is June 3, 2016. The contest is open to all MPA members in good standing. Winners will be celebrated at the 2016 Annual Conference to be held October 29, 2016, in South Portland.

Maine Secretary of State’s office seeks help for student mock elections

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Greetings, esteemed members of the Maine media:

In this high-profile election year, we at the Secretary of State’s office are beginning to discuss plans for this year’s Student Mock Election and are mulling a “media in politics” theme for the event.

We are looking for partners in this effort, so if you have any ideas or resources that relate to the political process and the media’s role, that would be great to share.

We also know that transportation to the event (which takes place in Augusta) can be a significant barrier for schools, so we are asking media outlets statewide to consider a contest or other sort of sponsorship promotion that would award a school group by covering the costs for them to attend the Mock Election.

This bi-annual event covers elementary through high school and we’re just starting to nail down the details and brainstorm great ideas for activities that will get Maine youth excited about voting. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to follow up with you soon to discuss some ideas if your media outlet is interested in participating.

Best,

Kristen Schulze Muszynski

Director of Communications

Department of the Secretary of State

148 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333

Office: 207-626-8404

Cell: 207-441-7638