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    Cleveland Pro Chapter Newsletter    

June 7, 2012     

 Deadline For Next Edition: June 14 

President's Message
'When women crashed the newsroom'
topic of this year's Nostalgia Night  
Carrie Buchanan
Carrie Buchanan 
Thursday, June 28, starting at 6 p.m.: Mark that date and time on your calendar 'cause that's when we'll be hosting another great Nostalgia Night. We've got Doris O'Donnell, Mary Beadle, and we're working on some others, to share stories of the pioneering women in Cleveland journalism.  
You've probably all heard of
Doris O'Donnell, who worked for the Cleveland News and covered the Sam Sheppard murder trial ("I covered that story for 10 years," she says), the assassinations of John and Bobby Kennedy, and many other top stories in her time. She has written a memoir, Front Page Girl, and we expect to have copies available for sale at the event. 
Mary Beadle is well known in the academic world, in part for her expertise in the history of women in the media, a subject she teaches at John Carroll University. Beadle is chair of the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at John Carroll. She will talk about several local women who made history by succeeding in the male-dominated world of journalism, some of whom as no longer with us. "I would talk about Dorothy Fuldheim, Alice Weston and Betty Cope, in addition to Doris O'Donnell," Beadle says. 
If you worked in the early days of women's participation in  Cleveland's media, knew women who did, or experienced some of the later challenges when women started to enter the newsroom in larger numbers, do think about coming to this event and even signing up to share a brief story. You won't have to sign up in advance to speak about your memories, of course - we always open up our Nostalgia Nights to people with impromptu memories to share. But it would be helpful if you could let me know in advance, at the email address below, if you have an interesting anecdote to share. Also, please let us know if there's a local woman we should be sure to invite to this event.   
Meanwhile, DON'T FORGET to sign up here by Monday morning at the latest, to attend the June 13 Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon. We'll honor Brian Tucker of Crain's Cleveland Business, Tony Kozlowski, longtime member of the SPJ Cleveland board and the Ohio SPJ Awards organizing team, as well as our Porter Scholarship winner, Carolyn Crowcroft of Solon High School. Details in the Summary of events at top right.  


Have a great week, writers!

Carrie Buchanan

President, SPJ Cleveland 
Job opportunities

Thanks to Kelly Blazek for her dedication and commitment in seeking out many of the jobs posted below. To receive her full newsletter (We only excerpt media-related jobs.) see the separate box headlined Cleveland Job Bank below at right.


THE METROHEALTH SYSTEM has an immediate opening for a MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST to join a dynamic team supporting the goals of the organization.  Celebrating 175 years of caring for our community, MetroHealth provides critical healthcare services to thousands of patients in our area every year.  The successful candidate would be an experienced media or public relations professional; an energetic, creative writer with knowledge of social media and its applications; and someone who is passionate about the mission of MetroHealth. Strong communication, organization and collaborative team skills are required. For further details and to apply online click Here  





Requisition Number: 4758 WEWS NewsChannel 5 is seeking an energetic, positive, assertive Investigative/Consumer Producer. Duties of this position include: * Oversee all special projects including but not limited to investigations, daily consumer reports, news specials (Auto Show, Severe Weather Week, etc.) and sweeps projects. * Coordinate and develop all ideas for stories, gain approval, schedule shooting, writing and editing as well as story generation. 

* Develop strategy that puts special projects on-air daily. * Coordinate and execute strategy for ratings periods. * Coordinate website ties and projects. * Liaison to News managers and producers for Special Projects. REQUIREMENTS: * 3-5 years previous news or special projects producing experience. * Must have strong communication and organization skills. * Must have strong leadership skills and be able to work well with all levels of the organization. * Must work well in stressful situations under deadline pressure. * Must have a flexible schedule - able to work nights and weekends. * Should possess strong news judgment and solid, conversational writing skills. * Must meet high standards of personal integrity and journalistic ethics. * Must understand media law. * Bachelor's degree required with a preferred major in Journalism or Communication. Apply Here



PRODUCER - WKYC TV 3 Details: *Produce creative, innovative, forward thinking newscasts under daily deadlines.*Plan, write and execute newscast, working closely with managers to produce a product that stands out in the market.*Communicate daily ideas and vision to reporters.*Participate in daily review of newscasts.*Enterprise content ideas and work with team on creative presentation.*Produce content for all platforms.*Use social media strategically to advance people and product.*Assist in development of producing and reporting staff.Experience: 3 Years Requirements: * Significant news producing experience in a medium/major market is required.* Supervisory experience in a newsroom is helpful.* Working knowledge of satellite newsgathering techniques, desk top editing, Axis or similar graphics system.* Excellent interpersonal and organization skills.* Excellent writing skills.Interviews will be by appointment only. No phone calls, please. Resumes with salary history and requirements should be sent to: Rita Andolsen WKYC-TV Inc. 1333 Lakeside Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114





PART-TIME ON-AIR PERSONALITY - WKRK FM THE FAN Auto req ID 11746BR  92.3 The Fan is looking for part-time Sports Talk Show Hosts for weekend and fill-in shifts. Required Skills/Experience Candidates must be familiar with the Cleveland sports scene, be able to singlehandedly steer a show and deliver entertaining sports information. Major market sports related experience is preferred and candidates must be able to identify with the Cleveland sports scene and able to talk about more than just the games! NOTE: Shifts could occur at any time and requires an open schedule, with reliable transportation and a clean driving record. Preferred Skills/Experience -- Additional Candidate Instructions: Please indicate in your cover letter where you saw our posting. Apply Online Here



PART-TIME SPORTS ANCHOR/WEB CONTRIBUTOR - WKRK FM THE FAN Auto req ID 11747BR 92.3 The Fan is looking for part-time anchors to deliver sports news every twenty minutes during nighttime, weekend and fill-in shifts. Candidates should understand that they might participate during shows if asked so talk show experience is a plus. Required Skills/Experience Basic computer skills are a must to post audio and written content to the web and multi-task to provide help to the rest of the staff. Candidates must be familiar with the Cleveland sports scene and need to work flexible hours and possibly cover games. Preferred Skills/Experience We prefer that candidates have at least two years radio experience in a top 60 market, or equivalent experience in a related sports profession. Additional Candidate Instructions: Please indicate in your cover letter where you saw our posting. Apply Online Here



Newsradio WTAM 1100 has a full-time opening in its award-winning news department. Duties include covering local news events and anchoring newscasts. The applicant should have field and "behind the mic" experience, strong writing skills and a passion for broadcasting. Web skills, including video and photo editing are a plus. E-mail mp3 demo and resume to or mail CD and resume to:
Darren Toms

Director of News Operations
6200 Oak Tree Blvd.
Suite 400
Independence, OH 44131 



Info and Apply Here




Info and Apply Here


STATION MANAGER - WEWS TV 5 Requisition Number: 4899 We are seeking an innovative, dynamic Station Manager to lead a team that executes and delivers quality content to multiple platforms. This position is responsible for providing leadership for the station, guidance and direction to the staff and executing the station's strategic plan. This position is also instrumental in bringing the station to the community it serves through participation on local boards and community events. Key activities of this position include: Provide summary oversight for the coordination of all day to day station operations, activities and providing the staff with positive motivation, direction and insight in support of the strategic plan. Assist in the creation of regular communications systems with the department heads and staff. Set clear, measurable internal expectation for the staff relating to the station's goals. (Make daily decisions, including news judgment, sales, employee relations)

Partner with general manager in creating and executing the strategic plan for the station.Provide resolutions for critical issues to general manager. Create monthly reports to General Managers on status of station. Provide professional, positive, visible leadership both inside the station and with the community. Be involved with the community by participating on various boards and representing the company at important local events. Be visible and establish strong relationships with our customers. Participate in various station meetings, including daily editorial, sales and sweeps. Enforce all FCC, EEO, SOX and any other appropriate rules and regulations. Understand, adhere and enforce company policies and at all times adhere to the highest ethical standards. The ideal candidate will possess the following experience/skills: Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent years of experiences required; 5-7 years in a senior management/leadership position within the broadcast industry; Stay current and embrace emerging technologies; Keen appreciation of product and importance of content to operations success; Commitment to quality journalism and communication; Work well as part of a team, inclusive and able to influence and motivate; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects at the same time; Strong leadership skills. Apply Here



Are you ready to rock?  We're WKYC...the NBC affiliate owned by Gannett in Cleveland (DMA #17) and we're looking for a savvy promotion writer/producer. If you've got what it takes to create compelling advertising and successfully engage our multiple audiences, we want to hear from you!
You'll write, produce and edit for Northeast Ohio's news leader, plus work on other exciting projects for the official station of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You need 3-5 years of television or relevant experience and strong writing and production skills along with a bachelor's degree. Our newest team member will be adept at on-linear editing and have social media marketing knowledge. Design skills including After Effects are a big plus! And a sense of humor and resourcefulness move you to the top of the resume pile.
If you want to join Cleveland's best Marketing and Promotion team, enjoy a beautiful facility overlooking Lake Erie, work out in our fitness center before starting your fast-paced, results-oriented day, email your resume to
No phone calls please. WKYC is an equal-opportunity employer.  


PRODUCER, TRIVISONNO SHOW - WTAM AM 1100  Newsradio WTAM 1100 offers a full-time opportunity on the Mike Trivisonno Show as a board operator, side-kick and producer. Social media and web skills and two years of professional radio experience required. No Phone calls. Attach resume and a MP3 demo no longer than two minutes to: Resumes and CD demos also accepted via mail. Send to:
WTAM, Attn: Ray Davis
6200 Oak Tree Blvd, 4th floor
Independence, OH 44131  


PART TIME PRODUCTION ASSISTANT - WKYC CHANNEL 3 * Serve as Floor Director and Teleprompter Operator for WKYC-TV newscasts and special projects.* News script coordination.* Computer entry.* Program research.
Experience: 2 Year(s) Requirements: * Experience in studio production such as Floor Director, Teleprompter Operator, or other related areas. * Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required. * Word processing skills.
* Must have flexibility in work schedule. Position involves extremely early and late hours and may include weekends.  * College degree preferred. Apply Here  


NEWS DIRECTOR - WKYC CHANNEL 3 Info and  Apply Here  


Progressive's in-house creative agency is seeking to hire a Senior Copywriter to lead the creative writing discipline, provide creative leadership and inspire creative collaboration. As an integral part of the creative process, the Senior Copywriter will work closely with a talented team of Creative Directors and Designers to create engaging concepts that effectively meet client objectives, reflect marketing strategies and align with our brand essence and voice. The Senior Copywriter pushes the boundaries of creative excellence, ensuring the highest quality creative output across various mediums targeting internal and external audiences. He or she will also direct and lead the work of internal and external creative copywriting resources.Additional Responsibilities:*Lead the development of strategic, timely, breakthrough copy that brings strong ideas to life across all media channels (digital, print, multimedia).*Collaborate with creative partners to develop clear and compelling conceptual solutions based on a deep understanding of our products, services and target audiences, that will drive business success.*Participate in brainstorming sessions and creative development efforts to drive strong conceptual solutions. *Write copy for key strategic campaigns/projects, business presentations, copy decks, brand boards, creative comps and style guide. *Oversee work produced by external copywriting resources. Make daily decisions on allocating work to external copywriting resources to maintain creative quality, while managing budgets/expenses and timelines.*Create and foster a creative and collaborative team environment. *Partner successfully with key stakeholders across all business areas to translate business needs into compelling and effective creative.*Shift copywriting approach, as appropriate, for any and all media, including digital, print and multimedia.*Ensure copy appeals to the target audience and is aligned with Progressive's strategy, brand guidelines and voice while remaining competitively distinctive.*Carefully review own work for grammar, spelling, punctuation and scrutinize the syntax/semantics of own copy.*Guard against producing offensive and/or deceptive copy that may lead to consumer confusion. Knowledge, Skills & Experience:*Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Liberal Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Advertising or a combination of education and creative writing experience.
*6 -8 years of professional experience as a copywriter within an advertising or marketing agency preferred.
*Exceptional writing skills (from long form to headlines). The ability to develop creative and original copy that aligns with the Progressive voice. A great story teller with a passion for the creative process.*The ability to lead, motivate, collaborate and manage with clear expectations, constructive input and inspired results.*The proven ability to build positive long standing relationships with clients and staff.*Strong design sense and the ability to organize information in a way that's easy for the reader. *Solid project management, organizational and decision making skills. Experience handling multiple projects and deadlines is required. *A genuine interest in popular culture, trends, technology, science, history and humanities, as well as an active involvement in the industry (especially in digital/social). *Experience presenting/selling creative ideas and involvement in client pitches.*A strong ability to collaborate with all levels of the organization.*Exceptional conceptual and strategic thinker. Strong communication skills, verbal and written.*Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), Keynote presentation software and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Frequent travel required, depending upon business needs. Apply Here





The Campaign Manager has responsibility for supporting campaign design, development and management of direct marketing programs for the respective industry and functional practices. They recommend quality, management and success measurement of the function's go-to-market and direct marketing initiatives and focuses on coordinating specific direct marketing activities. This position ensures all Ernst & Young communications are approved, formatted properly, and communicated accurately to the correct target audience via voice mail, print, e-mail distribution or multimedia content. The Campaign Manager can direct and adjust the workflow of junior members when urgent projects

arise. This incumbent promotes teamwork through coaching and mentoring of subordinates. Responsibilities
-Works with internal audience pillars and service lines or industry practices to develop direct marketing and campaign management plans.   -Consults with customers on using Ernst & Young distribution tools and methods and assists with identifying target populations and distribution and measurement requirements. -Collaborates with the Data Quality and Management team on audience compilation. -Ensure documents are formatted properly for distribution and performs quality tests, adhering to quality and compliance policies and branding guidelines. -Coordinate campaign workflow for communications via voice, printed document or e-mail using Ernst & Young distribution tools and methods. -Oversee quality execution of organization communications campaigns. -Supports mailings, newsletters, media, public relations, and sponsorships and ensures that they are in alignment with the function's strategy. -Prioritize and delegate distribution campaigns. -Continually improve work processes for the team, ensuring that direct marketing/distribution processes are accurate and efficient. -Participate in market research projects as required. -Assist and guide subordinates through mentoring and leadership.
What this role needs to accomplish is clearly stated, but how they get it done is determined by the incumbent's own judgment acting within the organization's policies and communications standards, and best practices. This job has some latitude in decision making, provided that their activities are consistent with approved operating plans and objectives, and functional policies and precedents. The management direction given this job establishes the results expected, while the job determines how and when the results will be achieved based on needs of the client. Demonstrate understanding of advanced principles and concepts for the function's direct marketing initiatives.
  Frequently works independently on campaign management and direct marketing activities. Act as a project manager for medium/large marketing initiatives, generally under the direction of the team leader (if applicable). Ability to quickly gain knowledge of the firm's communication standards, an advanced understanding and application of principles and practices of distribution within the organization. Demonstration of a high proficiency in the use of the list management and marketing information system applications. This position requires general supervision with periodic updates to supervisor/team leader. May modify some project steps to reflect work group needs without prior approval. Supervisory skills including but not limited to delegating, coaching, defining expectations, teaming etc.
Travel or an extended work day is required as needed to meet deadlines.
To qualify, candidates must have:
* a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
* approximately 5-8 years of relevant experience is required, with ability to quickly gain strong knowledge of the Ernst & Young organization and standards
* knowledge of direct marketing, e-mail marketing industry and best practices is required
* excellent verbal and written communication skills
* strong project management skills are required as position necessitates the ability to develop comprehensive internal and external direct marketing campaigns
* proficiency with standard technology including Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, and Internet
* experience with relational databases, customer relationship management systems, and e-campaign management tools is required
* a basic knowledge of network architecture and infrastructure and an understanding of HTML, Access, and/or SQL is highly desirable 

Apply To:



Research and write training collateral, English degree preferred.  Info and Apply Here




Job ID CLE000IM As Marketing Writer Supervising Associate, you'll develop written content for a variety of deliverables. These will communicate key messages about Ernst & Young's products, services, strategies and industry issues, to both external and internal audiences. You may produce print or web-based materials, including brochures, white papers, magazine-length articles, speeches, videos, webcasts, podcasts and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. You may also advise on communications vehicles and strategies, in collaboration with internal clients and communication consultants.  In this role you'll receive general supervision, and be expected to work independently within your area of expertise.
*Partner with internal groups, to understand their communication needs and help with communication and promotional strategies
*Develop close working relationships with internal clients. Recommend executions and media channels, and educate clients on leading practices
*Anticipate client needs, and follow up to maintain satisfaction
*Develop print and online deliverables that meet communications objectives. At the same time, set your own work priorities, and delegate tasks where needed
*Establish and monitor project plans for small teams
*Apply knowledge of current business issues in developing projects, and explain and demonstrate their impact on the firm and its clients
*Serve as a resource for less experienced co-workers
*Manage and navigate the firm's internal approval process (SCORE - Standard Communication and Organization REtrieval)
*Maintain high standards of writing and performance
*Act as a business advisor to clients, project managers, and other project requesters. Help determine the most effective ways to achieve their strategic goals
*Deal with potential project issues, balancing tight deadlines with project needs
*Identify opportunities for rearranging content for additional audiences, or to make messages easier to understand
*Maintain in-depth knowledge of Ernst & Young's products, services, strategies and operations. Apply that knowledge to develop communications deliverables  Knowledge and skills requirements
*Proven business-to-business writing and editing skills, and an understanding of principles and practices
*Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, across a variety of media
*Competent at learning and utilizing the firm's communication tools and techniques
*Working knowledge of standard technology including Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, Lotus Notes, PowerPoint and internet
*Familiarity with graphic design beneficial
*Adept at working with minimal supervision in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
*Knowledge of any or all of the following industries beneficial: asset management, automotive, banking and capital markets, biotechnology, consumer products, insurance, media & entertainment, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, real estate, technology, telecommunications and utilities
*Speech writing experience highly desirable.
*A minimum of 5 years related experience
*Bachelor's degree in English, Communications, Journalism, or a related discipline
Apply to:



Info and apply Here 


Studiothink is looking for a passionate, self-motivated individual with the desire to be an integral part of a collaborative team. We value cultural fit, accountability, and a passion for learning and growing. Previous agency experience of at least 2-3 years a must. Must be able to concept, design and develop visual solutions for our clients using a mix of creative skills and commercial awareness to produce a variety of collateral materials. Must have a keen eye for design and willing to wear different (and multiple) hats to work under tight deadlines in order to come off looking like a rockstar. Will work on accounts under the direction of both the Creative Director and Senior Art Director, while also working in conjunction with other designers, production artists, copywriters and the account team. If you're smart, a team player, have a passion for learning AND doing, and want to grow with an agency that takes pride in a reputation for a progressive culture, great people and great product then we think you just might be a fit. It also helps if you don't mind taking a break once in a while and having some fun with fellow Thinkers! Position Requirements: BA in graphic design.

Looking for someone with at least 2-3 years of hands-on agency experience. In addition to being creative, successful applicants must have experience with quoting and managing print jobs, as well as working with printers, organized and detail-oriented, ability to handle multiple projects at once, and the ability to meet tight deadlines. Also must have Macintosh knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Suite - InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and experience with Microsoft Office, as well as experience with website design and HTML. Flash, Final Cut and After Effects is a definite plus.

Our ideal candidate is idea-oriented, has excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills, is an eager learner, a team player, personable and professional with a focus on helping clients accomplish their goals.
Please submit your resume/letter of interest to Sorry - Absolutely no phone calls or drop-ins please.  



@adcom1 Info and apply Here 

Cleveland Job Bank

Check Kelly Blazek's website for advice on job-hunting and details on jobs in marketing, public and media relations, development, media, graphics/web design and more. Many of the jobs listed at left are reprinted from Blazek's newsletter.  


Blazek is also blogging here about job hunting and working smarter. And you can follow her on Twitter, where she posts "breaking new jobs" prior to including them in the Job Bank.  


To subscribe and get the full list (we only excerpt journalism-related jobs), email the Cleveland Job Bank. For more information, go to the website. Also see the website for listings of out-of-town job search websites.  


Please Note: The jobs on Blazek's list are ONLY in communications related occupations.        

infoaboutusWriter's Week is a service of the Cleveland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. This e-newsletter is edited by Carrie Buchanan, assistant professor, Tim Russert School of Communication & Theatre Arts, John Carroll University, and assistant editor Elaine Wilson, who is studying editing and design.  

Please send news items and job & internship postings to

Address: Cleveland SPJ, 4337 Chanticleer Drive, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126-1906

Chapter email:

President: Carrie Buchanan,  

SPJ Cleveland Chapter web site:  


The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. SPJ is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi and based in Indianapolis, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed public, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.

There is more on these events and awards below, in articles under this column or the President's Message. For job listings, see lower left; for student internships, see lower right (and scroll down - there are lots of them!). 

June 13
Distinguished Service Award
and Porter Scholarship presentation
The City Club, 850 Euclid Ave.
noon to 1:30 p.m.
Admission including lunch: $25 per person

June 11
Application Deadline
Excellence in Journalism Scholarships
More information here and below at left

June 22
Entry Deadline
Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
More information here and below at left

June 22
Application Deadline
Eugene S. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing
More information here and below at left

June 28
When Women Crashed the Newsroom
Doris O'Donnell
Mary Beadle
More details to come
in future editions of Writer's Week
Page A-1 cover
Board member Cliff Anthony publishes humorous account  of newspaper life

Cliff Anthony, a board member of our chapter, has released his first novel, titled Page-A1. This 37-chapter book takes a humorous look at a fictional small-town newspaper.
Anthony, who has worked for newspapers in the Cleveland area, skillfully weaves the challenges faced by journalists into his book.

To stay afloat in business, the newspaper's publisher, who is also the editor-in-chief, resorts to union busting, a phony diversity campaign, and even offers kickbacks to advertisers for their patronage. Page-A1 is replete with such anecdotes, seen through the eyes of a cub reporter.    

"Journalists and non-journalists alike will find this novel interesting," said Anthony, assistant professor of journalism at Lorain County Community College.
   "Page-A1 is dedicated to overworked, underpaid, unappreciated journalists who live in perennial poverty," Anthony said. It will make you laugh, ponder and may prompt you to buy
a copy of your local newspaper, just to support its employees.
   Unlike traditional fiction, Page-A1 is written in newspaper style. The print edition is priced at $19.95 and Kindle edition at $9.95. To read an excerpt or learn more about the book, see the website at

      Here are a few comments from readers: 
     "The stories of a small-town paper can provide big-time laughs," comments Rodney Bengston, SPJ Cleveland's second vice president and editor at Sun News.

      Carrie Buchanan, our chapter president and assistant professor of communication at John Carroll University, calls it, "an insider's tale of life at a newspaper, full of humor and accurate detail. And for those who have lived it, Anthony's witty approach will bring smiles."
SPJ Cleveland treasurer and news anchor for Clear Channel Radio Tom Moore has this to say: "About as inside a look at the journalism business as you can get!"

 Are you involved with a special project or event?  Let us know. We'd love to share in your achievements and efforts.

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Two Eugene S. Pulliam  

fellowships available.

There are two award/fellowships offered by SPJ in the name of Eugene S. Pulliam. Each has a deadline of June 22. 


Here's the breakdown and link for each one: 


1) Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award


Defending the First Amendment is the obligation of each and every citizen. Other countries have shown that without vigilance from each citizen First Amendment rights can quickly erode


SPJ's Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award is designed to reward organizations or individuals - not necessarily in the profession of journalism - who have worked to protect the basic rights provided by the First Amendment. 


Last year's winner was The Associated Press, for its unceasing efforts from 2009 to 2010 to obtain information that was withheld - to the detriment of the public.


For more information and to nominate someone for this award CLICK HERE


2) Eugene S. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing 


Designed to help a mid-career columnist or editorial writer take time away from their day to day work, the Pulliam Fellowship grants $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist who meets the following criteria:

  • Currently is working as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication located in the United States.
  • Has three years or more experience as an editorial writer or columnist.
  • Shows outstanding writing and analytical abilities.
  • The editor or publisher at their publication provides assurance that the applicant will be given enough time to take up the fellowship without having to leave their job. 
  •  If selected, work must be published within 18 months of receiving the fellowship. 

For more information and to submit an application for this fellowship CLICK HERE



Three "Excellence In Journalism" scholarships, fellowships:
apply by 6/11

SPJ is offering three different types of Scholarships and Fellowships under the umbrella of Excellence in Journalism.


All include the opportunity to attend the annual SPJ convention this fall. 


The Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships are available to five professional journalists who are members of SPJ. They include:


  • A convention registration
  • Three nights stay at the convention hotel, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
  • Airfare to Ft. Lauderdale(Up to $250)
  • Tickets to the convention's two ticketed meal events


The Diversity Leadership Fellows Program is part of SPJ's commitment to strengthening diversity. Members are offered an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of SPJ through involvement in the teaching of the Society's missions, culture and operations. 


This involvement begins at the SPJ National Convention for which the program includes:

  • A convention registration
  • Three nights stay at the convention hotel, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
  • Airfare to Ft. Lauderdale (Up to $300)
  • Tickets to the convention's two ticketed meal events
  • Involvement in many aspects of the conference

The Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award offers active student SPJ members who demonstrate outstanding service to the first amendment assistance with attendance at the SPJ annual convention. 

Winners receive:  

  • A convention registration
  • $350.00 for travel expenses

For more information either click on each title above or Visit Here 


Internships for journalism and communication students
SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP - LEADING LADY Ideal Candidate*A savvy college student who loves social media and marketing communications. *Someone with a strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, including various social media websites. Description:*This position will assist in growing and engaging women using social media to promote the Leading Lady brand of intimate apparel Tasks:*Drive, respond and monitor engagement on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blog etc)*Promote sales and events through social media*Design, create and adapt our pages on social networking sites to become more visually appealing using latest tools *Assist in researching relevant topics and share them with our communities*Assist in developing and executing social media contests*Assist in the development of blog content*Do web analysis to optimize and determine the results of your efforts*Other marketing related tasks as required Candidate should demonstrate competency in the following areas:*Upperclassmen or recent graduate with a career focus on communications or marketing via social media.*Strong understanding of social media and social networking platforms*Understanding of web technology*Working knowledge of WordPress *Working knowledge in Adobe Design programs (Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop)*Web design experience and understanding of HTML a plus*Excellent written and verbal skills*Proficient in Microsoft Office
*Self starter with the ability to multi task with minimal supervision *Organized, able to follow directions and meet all deadlines established. Ability to work flexible hours including nights, weekends and occasional holidays as required -Strong team player, with a willingness to be hands-on and do whatever it takes to support the success of Leading Lady.INTERNSHIP QUALIFICATIONS*Marketing, Communication Major*GPA of 3.0 or higher*3 years of experience on the web and a solid understanding of female markets.*Writing Samples*ReferencesINTERNSHIP DETAILS*Located in Beachwood OH *Intern must commit to 15-25 hours per week.*4-6 months in length (depending upon selected intern's availability)*A computer and internet access is required (social media monitoring/posting may occur evenings and weekends, therefore intern will need tools for occasional work outside of the office environment)*This is a paid internshipSubmit resume with cover letter and references via email to   
Job 005037
Assist the corporate communications staff in editing advertising and marketing literature, websites, direct mail, media kits, press releases, information sheets, case studies and general media liaison activities, organizing press clips and developing the weekly electronic newsletter.
Organizational Relationships: Interfaces with marketing, product management, sales and service personnel in the corporate office and in the field. External interface with agencies, designers, customers and trade news media.
Scope of Responsibility: 1) Assist in the editing of communications literature, websites, advertising, corporate videos, social media and other collateral 2) Assist with gathering and writing articles for internal electronic newsletter 3) Maintain media files, trade pubs and mailing lists
4) Assist with media relations materials; i.e. news releases, media kits, fact sheets and photos 5) Assist with special events planning Qualifications
Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Position requires college major with emphasis in advertising, journalism, communications or public relations. Must possess strong writing, interviewing, organizational and communications skills.Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of products as well as Adobe Acrobat, PhotoShop and other communications software. Apply Here
 ONLINE MARKETING INTERN - THE STEP2 COMPANY Info on this paid internship, and apply instructions Here
 MARKETING INTERN - GE LIGHTING Job ID 1528418 GE Lighting is currently seeking undergraduate or graduate students interested in a career in Marketing or related field for various internship assignments available within our Marketing department. These assignments offer an exciting opportunity for a self-directed, energetic individual with strong leadership skills to gain real-world experience working with our Marketing team members on key projects such as the following:- Digital marketing - working with the digital team on website and social media programs- Brand management - assisting the consumer marketing team with advertising and promotional activities, packaging programs, preparation of customer presentations, etc.- Vertical marketing - supporting the professional marketing team in areas such as media campaign development, competitive analysis, market surveys and lead generation activitiesOther aspects of the assignment may include assisting with key internal reviews of new product introductions and ecomagination efforts, updating marketing collateral, market research/analytical projects, and more.
These positions are 3-12 month internships in which the student must be enrolled and pursing a degree, and able to work at least part-time throughout the academic year, approximately 20 hours per week (Full-time for summer assignments) Qualifications/Requirements - Must be enrolled and actively pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree in business, marketing or related field, with a graduation date of May 2013 or later- Must hold and maintain a minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 overall grade point average- Interested in a career in marketing or related field- Demonstrated leadership, analytical ability and initiative - Excellent computer skills - PowerPoint, Excel, etc. - Digital knowledge and experience - Web based tools, social media- Detail-oriented and ability to meet deadlines- Self-motivated, responsible and disciplined
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills- Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required This position is located in Cleveland, OH and does not offer relocation. This is a minimum 3 month summer internship for students enrolled and pursing a degree. Option of continuing part-time throughout the academic year for local students will be considered.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. Desired Characteristics Successful candidates will have a strong record of academic achievement, significant leadership roles on campus or in the community, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.Minimum 2 years of college level education competed (Junior status for undergraduates) is preferred. Prior experience working in a corporate environment is also preferred. Apply Here
SPECIAL EVENTS AND DEVELOPMENT INTERN - EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION Hours per week: 10-20 hrs. Unpaid internship opportunity: EA is happy to work with student to obtain class credit for internship if offered by his/her college or university. Free downtown parking will be provided.
Start Date: May 2012 (negotiable) End Date: To be determined
Description: The Epilepsy Association is looking to hire a Special Events and Development Intern to help with the marketing, planning, organization, and implementation of the agency's special events. These events include, 20th Annual Gala, Winter Walks, & Reverse Raffle. Job Responsibilities: Special Events and Development Intern responsibilities include:- Assist in soliciting in-kind donations- Making follow up phone calls to donors, event attendees, and prospective guests- Assist with creating event collateral materials, signage, and other printed pieces- Entering data into spreadsheets and donor databases to track auction items and expand in-kind donor list- Assist with supervision of volunteers at event site Qualifications:- Sophomore, junior, or senior level student looking for experience in marketing, communications, or special events- Strong written and verbal communications skills- Experience with Microsoft based computer applications- High level of self-motivation and good interpersonal skills- Strong organizational skills and the ability to follow through - Ability to work with various groups of people
Application Instructions: Please send cover letter and resume to Colleen Saunier, Manager of Special Events, via email at
GRAPHICS DESIGN INTERN - FOREST CITY  This summer intern will assist the Graphics Department in the Forest City's Corporate Communications Group with a variety of tasks including print and web design projects, organization and gathering of archive assets, photo retouching, etc. Qualified candidates will have strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software, including inDesign, PhotoShop and Illustrator, as well as basic knowledge of web design, including html/CSS and web content management systems. Apply Here 
Sonnhalter is seeking a paid graphic design intern for the months of June, July and August. Sonnhalter is a full-service marketing communications firm that serves business-to-business companies that target the professional tradesmen in construction, industrial and MRO markets.
The intern will assist the creative department in developing advertising materials in a collaborative agency environment.
- Be a college junior or senior at the start of the 2012-2013 school year and pursuing a degree in graphic/advertising design or a related field
- Be proficient in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Power Point and Flash
- Be available to work in our Berea office three days a week
This is a paid position and may also earn course credit (although not required). No phone calls, please. Email resume, cover letter and link to an online portfolio to



Heights Observer Intern

Job Description

The Heights Observer is a hyper-local, citizen-driven community news program that serves Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Ohio. Published by the nonprofit, FutureHeights, the Heights Observer is a monthly print newspaper, weekly e-newsletter and website,

General duties of this full -time or part-time internship include covering local city council meetings and community events, writing and editing news stories, publishing stories to the Web and e-news, creating audio/video podcasts, and working with local organizations to help them tell their story.

Qualifications: Two years of journalism studies; experience in working with volunteers; excellent written and verbal communication skills: proficiency with digital media; self-directed, ability to exercise independent judgment and take initiative. Familiarity with the Heights communities is preferred.    

Compensation:  This is an unpaid internship. Work schedule is flexible and will vary depending on events and projects.  


Fall Semester: Sept. 30

Spring Semester: Dec. 1

Contact: submit resume, clips and references to:

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Executive Director


2163 Lee Road - Suite 103

Cleveland Heights, OH  44118  


Entry level Intern opportunity. Responsible for assisting with day-to-day activities and projects relating to Media Relations. Essential Duties:
Supports the UH media relations team by escorting news crews as needed.
Assists in the writing and development of news releases and physician biographies.
Schedules physicians for media training and assists in video taping.
Performs daily research of relevant news stories. Partners with broadcast studio staff to learn and perform technical support skills. Provides on site support for guiding and assisting news reporters.
Assists with story development for online magazines. Position Requirements:
Working knowledge of broadcast and print media preferred. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be detail-oriented and organized. Notable client service, communication, presentation and relationship building skills required. Demonstrated ability to use PCs, Microsoft Office suite, Intranet and general office equipment (i.e. printers, copy machine, FAX machine, etc.) required.  Education Requirements:
Must be pursuing or have a Bachelor's degree in journalism or public relations. Must be at least a Junior level student if pursuing a degree. Apply Here  


Are you looking for an Internship with a fun, energetic, cutting edge company? Are you hoping to take your understanding of Online Marketing to the next level? Voted Top Place to Work by the Plain Dealer, Fathom Online Marketing is the place for you.
Fathom is looking for interns who want to grow their Online Marketing experience into a career.
Available Internships Include:
*Search Engine Marketing Intern
*Pay-Per-Click Intern
*Social Media Intern
*Email Marketing Intern
*Very detail oriented
*Strong understanding of Microsoft Office
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Responsibilities could include:
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*Run search query reports in Google AdWords and exclude high CPA keywords
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*Data entry
*Bid Adjustments
Internships are open to full time or part time. Opportunity to grow into a permanent position is available.

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