September 28, 2007

Website manager at Herald News

The Herald News, a daily newspaper based in northern New Jersey, has a full-time opening for a Website Manager for its forthcoming website,

The job is responsible for the overall success of the highly targeted Web presence of the Herald News, with an emphasis on day-to-day content programming, audience growth and the attainment of sales goals through a close partnership with the director of internet advertising.

The Site Manager's principal duties include establishing and monitoring business plans and objectives for the Herald News Online, being responsible for developing the direction and strategy for the daily Web presence and assuring quality and quantity of content, developing an online traffic generation strategy and monitoring its results, identifying traffic trends to communicate successes with newsroom and other departments and being the face of in the community.


  • Three to five years of content generation and content programming experience, some management experience a plus.
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, Flash and other common Web languages and programs.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply Web usability best practices.
  • Broadband content development for the web.

  • Ability to formulate business plan, including setting expense and revenue budgets.
  • Sound news judgment. Must have solid editing skills (grammar, spelling, and punctuation).
  • Command of Microsoft Office, Adobe product suite, Web-editing software.

    If interested in this opening, please send a cover letter and copy of your resume to: Pete Casillas, Vice President, Classified and Internet Advertising, North Jersey Media Group, 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, 6th Floor, West Paterson, NJ 07424. Or email to

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    September 13, 2007

    Openings @ Asbury Park Press

    Asbury Park Press, a 160,000-circulation daily newspaper in Northern Jersey, has several editorial openings:

    1. Copy editor/page designer: looking for a copy editor and page designer for the Night Desk. The position involves writing and editing obituaries; copy editing stories; writing headlines and, eventually, designing and paginating pages and slotting sections of the newspaper. The schedule is nights and weekends.

    2. Breaking news multimedia reporter: looking for a reporter to work out of the main office in Neptune on our breaking news team. Involves primarily police and court news. Must be able to dictate from the scene, file updates via cell phone e-mail and laptop, then write compelling narratives for the printed newspaper; eventually, this reporter would be cross-trained to take photos and produce news videos.

    3. Municipal beat reporter: looking for a reporter to cover a beat of 3-5 towns, producing stories for the Web, the core daily newspaper and a variety of non-daily niche products.

    Candidates should send an e-mail, a resume and three work samples to Executive Editor Skip Hidlay at and he'll route it to the proper editor.

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    September 2, 2007

    2007-08 Presentations

    This academic year, I will be speaking at the following conferences:
    • Society of Professional Journalists; Oct. 6 in Washington, DC.
    • Journalism Education Association; Nov. 9 in Philadelphia, PA.
    • Institute on Political Journalism, Decision 2008; Dec. 1 in Washington, DC.
    • Garden State Scholastic Press Association; Spring 2008 in New Jersey.
    If you're in the area, stop by.

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