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Digital Content Editor

Job Summary
Assist in collaboration with Successful Farming editorial staff to manage content development and distribution across print, web, mobile, broadcast and circulation platforms. Create original multimedia content and disseminate content to websites, digital communities and social media platforms. Manage special editorial and sponsored projects. Assist with regular website maintenance. Manage email newsletter production, distribution and performance reporting.

Essential Job Functions
40% - Develops, writes and produces multimedia features, including stories, slideshows, audio, video and social media.
20% - Manages mobile and tablet media, including daily features-news, apps, video and slideshows.
20% - Writes print articles for Successful Farming on communications media topics, agricultural technology and other areas as assigned.
20% - Coordinates Successful Farming/Agriculture.com e-mail newsletter production, including writing, ad trafficking and traffic reporting. Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications:
All must be met to be considered.

Education:
Degree or certification in communications, design, computer science or related field.

Experience:
Minimum 3 years experience in web, mobile and print content production and management.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Application of web, mobile and social media tools such as design, video and HTML

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Posted: July 2013

Angus Foundation - Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The staff level position at the American Angus Association headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., reports to the Angus Foundation President and assists in the promotion of the Angus Foundation’s education, youth and research activities and related fundraising efforts.

The duties and responsibilities of the Director of Marketing and Public Relations include:

Assists President in building and fostering relationships with Angus breeders, allied industry interests and friends of the Angus breed crucial to the fundraising success of the Angus Foundation and its programs.

Development and implementation of marketing and public relations initiatives with definitive objectives and strategies.

Designing, creating and writing of professional marketing and public relations materials for fund raising campaigns and special events.

Designing, creating, writing and production of the Angus Foundation’s annual report.

Management and updating of the Angus Foundation web site, including integration of creative marketing and public relations graphic design elements.

Production of the Angus Foundation’s newsletter, Foundation for the Future, including writing, layout design, photo procurement, printing and mailing.

Writing news releases, feature stories, columns, and special articles on financial supporters to the Angus Foundation for newsletter, annual report, web site and the Angus Journal. Identification and creation of new methods in print and electronic media for the Angus Foundation to recognize donors.

Planning and marketing of events; and provides support to event steering committee(s) and volunteers in carrying out their event-associated responsibilities.

Travels as necessary to assist with Angus Foundation events and activities; to conduct personal interviews with Angus breeders, allied industry interests, Angus youth, friends and supporters, etc. at such events; and to complete related assignments.

Represents the Angus Foundation at state, regional and national Angus events.

Minimum Qualifications and Required Skills:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from 4 year higher education institution in communications, agricultural communications, agricultural journalism, English, marketing, public relations or related academic field of study.

Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills are necessary.  Ability to handle confidential information, work with a larger team on projects, manage multiple projects, adapt to changing priorities and meet deadlines is required.  Experience or working knowledge of Power Point, social media, Web content development and graphics design are essential.

Strong preference will be given to applicants interested in pursuing a career in fundraising and development in the field of agriculture.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume immediately to the following:

Milford H. Jenkins
President
Angus Foundation
3201 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO  64506
mjenkins@angusfoundation.org

Posted: July 2013

Full-time Writer/Researcher

Brock Associates is seeking an individual based in our Milwaukee, Wis., office to join its editorial/research team. This person will maintain and utilize numerous databases; scour newswires; call government, university and agribusiness sources; and study price charts in order to write articles on a daily and weekly basis.

In addition to contributing to writing and editing for daily and weekly publications and webinars, this position offers an excellent opportunity for the right individual to develop or deepen his/her understanding of what drives the corn, soybean, wheat, rice, cotton and livestock markets and to connect with leaders in those fields. Opportunity for some travel.

We require:

Excellent communication skills – particularly in writing.

High attention to detail: Our subscribers’ livelihoods depend upon us getting the facts correct.

Ability to switch gears, multitask and work under deadline pressure.

Computer skills:

Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Adobe: InDesign. (Illustrator, Photoshop a plus.)

College degree. Emphasis on agricultural economics or journalism and/or a farm background a plus.

Compensation commensurate with skill set and experience.

Please send cover letter, resumé to Linda Smith lsmith@brockreport.com

Brock Associates (www.brockreport.com), with offices in seven Midwest locations and Destin, Fla., is an agricultural commodity marketing advisory firm. Our editorial and research staff prepares market comments three times per day, a 20-page newsletter each Friday, and occasional PowerPoint presentations.

Posted: June 2013

General Manager-IFAJ (part-time)

(Executive Secretary and internet network facilitator)

International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) is an open platform for agricultural journalists and agricultural communicators. It supports free, fair and independent agricultural journalism worldwide, through networking and professional development.

To support Strategy 2020, a global outreach program endorsed by the federation’s executive and delegates, and to efficiently help administer its expanding day-to-day affairs, IFAJ has this position.

The general manager maintains contact with executive members, guild secretaries and the presidium. The general manager’s home base is considered the official, central contact point for IFAJ, for incoming and outgoing correspondence. The general manger supports all members of the presidium; archives and maintains IFAJ official documents (such as brochures, medals, diplomas, public relations material); manages the IFAJ website in cooperation with the webmaster, the communications committee chair and the presidium member in charge of communications (vice-president) and contributes news content for the website.

The general manager will help facilitate the new IFAJ Internet network and social media in cooperation with the global coordinator. This includes organizing and promoting the platform, participating in the platform (launching discussions, answering administrative questions, involving others for contributions), overseeing content and helping maintain professional standards.

The general manager manages production and distribution of official IFAJ information such as IFAJ News and website updates.

The following are other duties:

Meetings

- Organize regular IFAJ business meetings (prepare agendas, reports, etc.).

- Serve as a liaison for IFAJ congresses and Green Week meetings.

Database

- Update contact lists of the Presidium, executives and other guild chairs and secretaries of member organizations, related organizations and sponsors.

- Creates global member database.

Services

- Process press cards requests.

- Other services as required.

Marketing and Public Relations

- Assist with marketing IFAJ to other journalistic organizations, potential sponsors and new member countries.

- Prepare IFAJ marketing and public relations materials.

Web network

  • Stimulates participation on the platform (launching discussion, answering questions, involving others for contribution.
  • Overseeing content and maintaining professional standards.

Requirements

This position is expected to require two days of work per week.

Salary is to be determined.

Start: Summer 2013

Language: Fluency in English and one other IFAJ official language would be an asset.

Accountable to the president.

Please send letters of intent until 30 June 2013
to Markus Rediger, President of IFAJ E-Mail: markus.rediger@lid.ch

Posted: June 2013

Global Coordinator-IFAJ (part-time)

(coordinator strategy 2020, treasurer and guild support)

International Federation of Agricultural Journalists is an open platform for agricultural journalists and agricultural communicators. It supports free, fair and independent agricultural journalism worldwide, through networking and professional development.

To support Strategy 2020, a global outreach program endorsed by the federation’s executive and delegates, and to efficiently help administer its expanding day-to-day affairs, IFAJ has this position.

The global coordinator reports to the presidium and works to create liaisons and manage partner programs between IFAJ and agricultural journalists worldwide. The global coordinator works with the general manager to help implement Strategy 2020, coordinating new outreach projects, guild liaison and guild support, and develops programs described in Strategy 2020, giving input and direction to IFAJ committees which are implementing Strategy 2020.

Guild support

  • Determine where guild support is required
  • Network with membership and outreach committee

Finances

  • Provide strategic support for the treasurer and the sponsorship committee (letters, communications, sponsor proposals) for the increasing need to fundraise and manage money.

Requirements

This position is expected to require one day of work per week.

Salary is to be determined.

Start: Summer 2013

Language: Fluency in English and one other IFAJ official language would be an asset

Please send letters of intent until 30 June 2013
to Markus Rediger, President of IFAJ E-Mail: markus.rediger@lid.ch

Posted: June 2013

Editorial Assistant

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EXTENSION
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

USDA SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Position Number:
119127
Category Status:
Nonexempt, Contingent 2
Unit:
AGNR-AES-Agriculture Experiment Station-Associate Director

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is seeking a full-time Editorial Assistant to work in the SARE Outreach office located in College Park, Md. SARE Outreach is the national communications arm of SARE, a USDA-funded grants and education program (www.sare.org).

The Editorial Assistant will assist SARE Outreach staff in a range of activities related to content development, management and promotion. This includes contributing to writing/editing, design and media outreach duties; and managing website content, social media activities and some aspects of the publication printing process. Other responsibilities may include management of SARE Outreach’s photo and file databases, and events calendar.

The Editorial Assistant will also assist SARE Outreach staff in identifying and analyzing new outreach opportunities, including, but not limited to, social media, digital storytelling and mobile technology.

This person will also support staff in the development of data management and website systems.

SARE Outreach’s primary objective is to translate the results of SARE-funded projects into practical, how-to information for diverse agricultural audiences, including farmers, Extension educators and researchers. Therefore, through the activities described above, the Editorial Assistant will assist in identifying successful research from SARE’s portfolio of 5,000 projects, and synthesizing that research into clear, targeted messages. Over time, this person will develop strong familiarity with SARE’s portfolio of funded research.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree AND one year related experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills are required, particularly a demonstrated ability to translate complex scientific information into clear writing for a wide range of audiences and purposes.
  • Excellent copy editing and proofreading skills, and an eye for detail. Familiarity with AP style.
  • Must be able to work simultaneously on several projects by appropriately managing priorities and time.
  • Must be able to work in a team-based environment with both in-person and remote colleagues.
  • OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

Preferences

  • Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or agriculture. An agricultural communications degree is a plus.
  • Knowledge of media relations strategies—how to identify and pitch stories based on key trends, how to structure and message news releases, etc.—is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of the agricultural media landscape is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Cision or another media relations service is also a plus.
  • A demonstrated commitment to SARE’s mission—to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture—is desirable.
  • Knowledge of agriculture, particularly sustainable agriculture principles, and scientific research methods is also desirable.
  • Must have basic skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Basic experience with HTML.
  • Ability to use a content management system (CMS) is highly desirable.
  • Experience contributing to an organization’s social media presence is a plus.
  • Intermediate skill with Adobe graphic software such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign is highly desirable.
  • Photography and video skills are a plus.
  • Knowledge of the publication printing process is a plus.
  • Familiarity with data management systems (i.e., Salesforce) is a plus.

Experience

  • None if the educational requirements are met, otherwise one years of experience performing the duties described above in an agriculture-related field (writing/editing, media outreach, publishing, design, etc.).

Salary/Benefits: Salary will commensurate with experience, with hiring range minimum: $32,271 and maximum: $38,725.

Applications: All interested persons must submit their application via our website:https://ejobs.umd.edu

Closing Date: For best consideration applications will be accepted through June 7, 2013 or until a suitable candidate has been identified.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Posted: May 2013

Online Community Manager

Company Information

CMA’s mission is to help our clients develop and implement sustainable solutions in issues management, public relations, strategic facilitation and marketing communications. With our main office in Kansas City and branches in Des Moines and Columbus, we serve clients throughout the U.S. We offer Paid Time Off, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance and 401K. Relocation assistance considered. To learn more, visit our website at www.cmabuildstrust.com.

Job Summary

Consumers are faced with a growing number of food choices today. If you listen in on any personal or online conversation about food, issues with the food system abound. Locally grown vs. imported; big-box stores vs. farmers’ markets; processed vs. natural; organic vs. conventional; and free range vs. caged are just a few of the topics of these important conversations. As the food movement gains momentum, it is apparent that consumers are taking a greater interest in how food is produced. To help foster a more informed discussion about food-related topics, it is important that a New Conversation about Foodtakes place. To help support that goal, CMA is seeking an Online Community Manager to join our team. The Online Community Manager is responsible for providing strategic outreach via online and social media platforms to engage, develop, maintain and expand relevant and impactful online communities to build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. This unique and progressive position has a high level of visibility within the online food community among consumers, experts in the industry, nutritionists, bloggers, food advocates, food companies and associations. It requires exceptional written and verbal communication skills and professionalism. We are looking for a self-directed and motivated professional who is innately interested in the factors driving the discussion about today’s food system and comfortable in a role that requires proactively engaging in and  facilitating interactive online discussions about food production and the food choices facing consumers today. The ideal candidate has experience in the food industry, understands consumer concerns and is outgoing and inquisitive by nature. The ability to engage in a balanced conversation about food topics and a passion for all forms of online communications are essential to this position. Confidence, flexibility, team-based approach, superior communication skills and a sense of humor are a must for thriving in this fast-paced environment. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Relocation assistance considered.

Job Responsibilities

  • Identify influential communities, media and networks online with which to engage.
  • Identify key influencers within online communities and engage directly to gather perceptions, share information, generate thoughtful discussion and serve as a resource.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with key influencers in online communities.
  • Transition expert-approved responses into conversational content to share online with communities, media and individuals.
  • Proactively identify and develop new engagement opportunities across multiple channels (online and off-line) including, but not limited to, speaking opportunities, editorial content development, expert access, video production and event attendance
  • Responsible for other projects and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years of directly relatable work experience
  • 5+ years experience developing and implementing online communications platforms including social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, etc.) and content generation for interactive communities (food-focused media, blog and community focused commenting sites)
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically and effectively communicate with internal, external and online audiences about food and food issues.
  • Educational background and/or previous work experience in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, Agriculture, Social Sciences or relatable field strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field of study required.
  • Experience and Educational Requirements may be satisfied with equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous work experience in the food industry and a passion for food and food issues strongly preferred.
  • Ability to travel as needed, frequency determined by client work. Minimal travel anticipated.
  • Proficient MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit your résumé and salary requirements at:careers@cmabuildstrust.com, or by fax:
(816) 801-7059. No phone calls. JOB SEEKERS ONLY- NO THIRD PARTY RECRUITERS.

Posted: May 2013

Associate/Senior Associate

THIS POSITION WILL BE LOCATED IN WATERLOO, IOWA.

Primary Purpose of this Position: This position is responsible for developing and implementing integrated communications projects and programs for MorganMyers clients. The immediate need is a candidate with strong technical writing skills to work on one large national account with the opportunity to add more accounts over time.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Recommend, develop and implement world-class communications programs that will help client achieve its objectives
  • Implement assignments, including preparation and management of communications plans, interviews, research, writing, design direction
  • Manage client activities to ensure project completion in a timely, cost-effective and high-quality manner
  • On behalf of the client, build relationships with the media and other key stakeholder groups (influencers and associations) through use of appropriate PR techniques
  • Support senior account personnel in client contact; handle the majority of day-to-day client contact, manage expectations and keep projects on course
  • Monitor time and expenses on assigned accounts and contribute to invoice preparation
  • Contribute to invoice preparation
  • Contribute to preparation of budgets and income/expense projections
  • Perform ongoing assignments under limited supervision
  • Perform other duties as required by team leader
  • The position will be located in Waterloo, Iowa.

Education/Experience:

  • Degree in public relations, journalism or related communications field
  • Strong writing and editing skills; technical writing abilities and interest is a plus
  • 3 to 5 years experience in marketing communications ideal
  • An interest in and understanding of agriculture is a must

Knowledge/Skill Qualifications:

  • Strong project management skills, as well as writing, interviewing and editing skills
  • Ability to understand and translate technical information into marketing communications tools
  • Basic understanding of agricultural equipment and its applications, as well as geographic differences in crop production
  • Knowledge of and ability to deal with agricultural issues and trends
  • Excellent organizational abilities, utilizing personal skills, other people and material resources
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to remain cool under pressure
  • Self-confident and takes pride in high-quality work
  • Respect for and support of other team members
  • Some travel required.
  • The position will be located in Waterloo, Iowa. Some assistance with relocation may be available.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing samples tocarol.shoberg@mranet.org.

Posted: May 2013

Writers/Technical Writers in the Agricultural Industry
(both freelance and/or regular full-time positions)

MorganMyers is seeking experienced writers and technical writers in the ag industry (animal health and/or ag equipment).

Primary purpose of the position is to strategize communications efforts, create campaign concepts, write headlines and text for client jobs, such as brochures, mailers, radio spots, CD-ROMs, etc.

An interest in and understanding of agriculture is a must!

Responsibilities:

  • Writes copy on specific topics, promotions and direct mailings related to the agricultural industry (animal health, agricultural equipment, etc.)
  • Assists in the preparation of the client program and coordinates layouts with the Art Director and Account Executive
  • May assist in estimating production costs or overseeing work done by outside suppliers
  • Researches articles, reports, editorials, reviews and other material

Education:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, as shown through writing samples
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in writing collateral materials

Qualifications:

  • Good working knowledge of grammar, punctuation, usage, meanings and have extensive vocabulary
  • Must be computer literate, using either a PC or a Mac
  • Must have working knowledge of various software programs such as MS Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Must have basic math skills, especially in technical writing
  • Should have excellent reasoning and judgment skills
  • Must be a creative thinker, an analyzer and a problem solver
  • Must possess the ability to work independently or as a member of a team

The job may be located in either Waterloo, IA or Waukesha, WI.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing samples tocarol.shoberg@mranet.org.

Posted: May 2013

Page Designer

High Plains Journal, a nationally recognized weekly farm and ranch magazine, is seeking a Page Designer, responsible for the graphic design of news pages in all five editions of the publication. We need someone who knows the difference between Helvetica and a Holstein and can design a news story about one with the other.

The individual would be responsible for:
- designing pages consisting of stories and photos around advertising
- managing archiving of pages and stories

The desired candidate would possess:
- strong design skills
- strong attention to detail
- knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop
- ability to work on more than one project at once
- strong organizational skills
- strong news judgment and knowledge of agriculture
- ability to work well with others

Full-time position located in Dodge City, KS. Benefits include paid vacation, health insurance and 401k.

Deadline for application is May 31. Please send a letter of application, resume and some work examples to:
Holly Martin, editor
High Plains Journal
PO Box 760
Dodge City, KS 67801
Or by e-mail to: hmartin@hpj.com

Posted: May 2013

Director of Communications and Member Relations

Texas Cattle Feeders Association seeks Director of Communications and Member Relations to design and implement public and member communications and membership activities.  Utilize weekly e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and other means to communicate projects, policies and services to members, the public and other stakeholders.  Minimum 5 years’ experience required.  Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.  Please include examples of written work and descriptions of projects managed with your resume.

For more information or to submit resume contact association at Christie@tcfa.org or 806.358.3681.

Posted: May 2013

NAWG Internship Program – Communications

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) offers an internship program for sophomores, juniors or seniors in college interested in gaining real-world experience in a policy advocacy organization. For the summer of 2013, NAWG is specifically seeking a communications-focused intern.

NAWG is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 22 state wheat grower organizations. From offices in the Wheat Growers Building on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower-leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members and the public. NAWG’s lobbyists work on issues as diverse as federal farm policy and crop insurance, environmental regulation and research funding.

NAWG also leads a number of efforts outside the Beltway to benefit wheat growers, including the quest to bring the benefits of new and innovative research tools to wheat growers and efforts to find common ground between growers and the railroads that transport their products. NAWG participates in a variety of communications- and policy-focused coalitions, including the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the Alliance to Feed the Future, Farm Policy Facts and advises TV program America’s Heartland.

Applicants can expect a NAWG internship to provide a well-balanced, unique-to-D.C. experience in the day-to-day operations of an agricultural advocacy organization. Selected individuals will assist the director of communications and other office departments as needed, but specific experiences are likely to include:

  1. Conducting research and preparing press statements, one-pagers and reports;
  2. Assisting the communications director with the weekly NAWG news update;
  3. Monitoring wheat- and policy-related news;
  4. Developing content for NAWG’s website and social media outlets; and
  5. Interfacing with members of the media, the public and NAWG stakeholders to ensure they have the tools they need for their work.

Successful candidates will be responsible for all living costs while in Washington, D.C., including housing, food, and transportation to and from work, which is one block from the Senate office buildings and the Union Station Metro terminal. Any required business travel and associated costs will be covered by NAWG.

However, this is a paid internship; NAWG interns are considered temporary employees and paid $8.25 per hour.

Successful applicants must be able to work well in a group setting; demonstrate an interest in and/or a connection to agriculture; demonstrate communications-related skills including writing, editing and research; have a working knowledge of government; and be interested in pursuing a career after graduation focused on agriculture and/or communications work.

Preference will be given to applicants from states with NAWG-affiliated state wheat grower associations.

Applications for this opportunity are due April 30. Start and end dates will be determined based on the selected student’s school schedule.

Interested students should complete an application packet including:

The Internship Program Application Form, available directly at http://www.wheatworld.org/wp-content/uploads/other-internship-program-application-form.pdf.

A cover letter explaining how they learned about the NAWG internship program and what they hope to gain from participating.

A current resume including any organizational affiliations, work experience, awards, honors, education, etc.

Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers or personal references.

An essay (maximum 200 words) on the top three public policy issues that interest them.

Official university/college transcript(s), both undergraduate and graduate if applicable.

Proof of English speaking and writing competence if they are from a country that is not English-speaking.

Intern candidates may be asked to submit additional writing samples or take a grammar/copy-editing test before selection.

All materials submitted must arrive in one package and must be written in English. Materials become the confidential property of the National Association of Wheat Growers and are not returnable.

Completed packets can be emailed to mkessler@wheatworld.org to the attention of:
Melissa George Kessler
Director of Communications
National Association of Wheat Growers
415 Second Street, NE, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002

Questions or comments may also be directed to Melissa George Kessler at mkessler@wheatworld.org.

Posted: April 2013

Editor-in-Chief, Feed Management and Feed International

Editor-in-Chief for Feed Management and Feed International magazines. Develop and execute editorial plan for Feed Management and Feed International magazines. Contribute to feed sections of WATTAgNet.com, blog on feed industry on WATT website, participate in social media for Feed Management and Feed International. Develop and moderate 4 webinars per year, contribute weekly to Feed-e-News and represent WATT at domestic and international trade shows worldwide.

Respond with resume and salary requirements to: ckamer@wattnet.net

Posted: April 2013

Editor of Content & Publications -
Illinois Farm Bureau

Description

  • Evaluates editorial content and directs and motivates support staff to ensure timely and thorough coverage of news and information.
  • In conjunction with the Director of News & Communications, determines editorial priorities and content placement primarily among print and online platforms. Exercises prudent editorial content decision-making and judgment.
  • In conjunction with the Farm Information Web Editor and Radio Director, ensures timely collaboration among all IFB communications platforms to maximize IFB editorial resources.
  • Evaluates IFB’s news content and products and makes recommendations for improvement and expanded use.
  • Oversees budgets for gathering editorial content, in particular for FarmWeek and Partners.
  • Reviews and edits all copy. Monitors news events, releases and social media. Responsible for consistent tone and content to achieve goals of the organization.
  • Manages copy flow and transmission. Coordinates all facets of news production and in particular, publications. Stays current with news gathering, communications platform and delivery technology. Follows and ensures  compliance with IFB Brand Manual and AP style.
  • Coordinates development of special sections, columns, illustrative graphics, images and other print and online design components.
  • Surfaces story ideas. Gathers information through interviews or research. Contributes news and feature stories, commentaries, images, audio and video segments for all IFB communications platforms.

Required Skills:

Education:

Education equivalent to a college degree.

Knowledge:

  • Strong knowledge of the English language and rules of grammar.
  • Computer knowledge, including proficiency in word processing and photo-editing software.
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing.
  • Basic knowledge of production agriculture.
  • Strong working knowledge of agricultural issues.

Skills:

  • The ability to function effectively under deadline pressure.
  • The ability to organize assignments and numerous details to meet production and posting deadlines and achieve goals and objectives of multiple IFB communications platforms and the organization.
  • Strength in communicating with writers, farmers, county Farm Bureau managers, and others who may serve as information resources for and constituents of the various IFB communications platforms.

Preferred Skills:

Education;

Education equivalent to a college degree in journalism, agriculture, or related field.

Experience:

  • Experience with editorial content gathering and management.
  • Five or more years of experience in writing and editing news across multiple communications platforms including online and print.
  • Experience in supervising content writers and editors with divergent talents and personalities.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of news gathering and layout technology including QuarkXPress, Indesign and Photoshop.
  • A basic respect for and understanding of the Farm Bureau organization.

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Contact: Tyler Beard, Tyler.beard@countryfinancial.com, 309-821-4379

Posted: April 2013

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