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We are hiring.

If you like New England and you like digital media you have come to the right place. The Telegraph is hiring a Managing Editor / Online upon my departure on August 4. I will let the job posting below generally speak for itself but I have been here for 5 years and have loved every day of it.

The Telegraph has been named one of the best papers in New England for at least the past 5 or 6 years and we have done some great work in reader engagement, multimedia, enterprise reporting and community development during that time.

The staff and management of the paper buys into a Web-first approach and they are looking for a Managing Editor who is a good journalist and a digital innovator to take them to the next level.

Contact info is at the bottom of the listing but feel free to email me directly if you have questions about the position.

Job Posting
Managing Editor Online

Telegraph Publishing Company and its affiliate, the Cabinet Press, seek an online editor with a strong background in journalism, a thorough understanding of Internet technology, and proven leadership ability to help continue the transformation of our news organization in the digital age.

In addition to The Telegraph, of Nashua, N.H., (circ. 25,000, daily), the company also produces four weekly newspapers along with multiple niche publications and Web sites. The online editor is responsible for editorial content and presentation of NashuaTelegraph.com, Cabinet,com, and the company’s niche Web sites such as FeastNH.com, EncoreBuzz.com and TelegraphNeighbors.com.

The successful candidate will have at least five years of newsroom experience as a reporter or editor, and must be familiar and comfortable with the conventions of community journalism and the operation of a small daily newspaper. The online editor coordinates content, projects and communication between newsroom and digital media teams.

He/she must also:

  • Understand online content, revenue models and strategies; lead our community and audience development efforts and play a lead role in the implementation of our social media strategies.
  • Be familiar with all facets of publishing process from story pitch to publication in multiple media on multiple platforms including print, web and mobile.
  • Develop work flows and training plans to facilitate publication of news, videos and photos to multiple digital platforms.
  • Be immersed in the trends inside and outside the news industry that impact digital publication and audience development.
  • Be comfortable working with print and digital vendors, including writing product specifications, project management and contract review and negotiations.
  • Assist in building a newsroom technology strategy that supports mobile journalism capabilities for reporting and photo staffers.
  • Be familiar with the technology of digital publishing including Web servers, HTML, CSS and Javascript.
  • Assist in daily news coverage discussions and decisions and make independent judgments that serve both print and online coverage needs.
  • Monitor metrics for all Telegraph sites and develop relevant business and content reports and strategies.
  • Serve as a member of the Telegraph Editorial Board and contribute one editorial per month.

This is a salaried, management position; compensation commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should apply via email to Executive Editor Dave Solomon, dsolomon@nashuatelegraph.com, with “online editor” in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

Its not the layoffs, its the hires

Journalists seemingly like nothing better than to ruminate over the decline of our industry. Romanesko is often little but layoff and buyout notices. Fading to Black documents much of the same. It is almost all we talk about – and sure the bad news is true and close to home. A former colleague reminded me of that via a Twitter this week regarding the handful of buyouts we are now in the middle of.

It is a personal tragedy for the people who lose jobs. It is painful and destabilizing for those left behind. It certainly is not the best news for readers. But what does any of it have to do with the decline of journalism?

Nothing.

Maybe not a great example, but the six years I spent at AOL were filled with almost monthly mergers, reorganizations and layoffs – much of the tech industry is the same. And, the comparison stands not because AOL is in decline but because that is what companies in tightly competitive markets do – they fight to compete.

Right now newspapers are adjusting to an awkward reality in which they are not the only information game in town. As a one-time near-monopoly the industry grew staffing, grew profit margins and ignored innovation. Well, payback sucks. Today’s downsizings are nothing more than 30 years of pent-up economic corrections crammed into a 2-year crash course. Emphasis on ‘crash.’

The problem with newspapers right now is not that no one wants news. Rather, it is that fewer people want it once daily in print. That is not a problem with journalism, it is a problem of weaning journalism from an aging delivery platform paid for via an outdated business model.

So, print circulation is down, profits are down and newspapers need a bit of time to regain their equilibrium. This is true not just for income v.s. expenses but also for print v.s. every other distribution platform out there. As an industry that has been around for 400 years, 5 or 10 years of chaos once in a while can’t be completely unexpected.

The question really is, once the current recession passes and papers start filling the occasional job again, what will the titles be for those first few new hires? If we have learned from the pain of this transition we will be hiring people with skills that cross disciplines: multimedia journalists, database editors, interactive designers and the like.

Newspapers are certainly not going to look the same in 5 years. We may even lose a few along the way. But as long as there is a need for news, someone or something that fills the need will take their place. And that ‘something’ will be hiring journalists. In the meantime we need to stop worrying so much about the decline and start worrying more about the recovery.

Every crash has a bottom, but it’s often easy to miss amid all the screaming on the way down.

Getting an internship

OK – it is internship season again for us – we are reviewing applicants for the Fall (and hopefully soon for the Spring/Summer.)

I sat in on a panel with Russ Kendall at the NPPA conference in Lousiville last month – and  we were both amazed that not only did we have many of the same complaints about student applications, we actually used one of the same students (anonymously) as an example of what NOT to do.

So, I should have titled this ‘how not to get an internship’ and so it is – with the caveat this that is based on past experience not this month’s round of applicants.

1 ) Don’t ignore directions. Read the ad. If it says no calls, then don’t call. If it asks for a cover letter, please do so.

2 ) Do not under any circumstances send only an email with a link to your portfolio. No matter how good it is, that is not a job application.

3 ) Don’t have typos in your letter or captions. Spellcheck. Spellcheck again and then have someone else proofread for you.

4 ) Don’t interview unprepared. Research the paper you are applying to. Each is different and boilerplate responses are not going to score many points.  I always love to ask – “So, can you critique some of the multimedia you have watched on our site?”

5 ) Don’t be cute. This is an internship, not summer camp. Please be creative with your presentation but keep it professional. No hand-made CD holders or pictures of your cat/friends/significant other in a sunset on your letterhead or CD label.

6 ) Don’t ask about the pay in your first contact. No, it is not a lot, Yes, it is enough to get by. Save the financial discussion for a second interview.

7 ) Don’t apply if you are planning to join the Peace Corps/take another job/want the summer off.

8 ) Edit, edit. edit your still images as tightly as possible. Pictures of celebrities are typically not portfolio worthy just because. Presidential candidates: ditto.

On the ‘please do’ side:

1 ) Be professional.

2 ) Demonstrate you understand the paper’s needs and how you will help fill them.

3 ) Explain what you hope to learn and why here.

4 ) Be knowledgable about the business of newspapers.

5 ) ‘Get’ the Web.

6 ) Oh yeah – have some great photos and multimedia to share – and be excited to talk about them.