April 25, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: NBC Universal, Director, Communications, USA & Syfy (New York, NY)

NBC Universal logoReporting to the Vice President Communications, the Director, Communications will lead select show campaigns for both USA Network and Syfy and work with the Sr. team to develop communication strategies and lead successful consumer program publicity campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop publicity campaigns and strategies for USA and Syfy programs and talent.
  • Pitch and secure key interviews, including electronic, radio and on-location press visits to support the launch and momentum for assigned series.
  • Create, edit and supervise the roll-out of all press materials and assets including all written press materials, electronic and traditional press kits, show clips and content, photos, digital extras and social content.
  • Create and supervise all press related event opportunities including satellite media tours, press junkets, festival and panel appearances, press receptions and red carpet events.
  • Create and implement out of the box event ideas to generate press for assigned shows.
  • Act as media strategist, campaign planner and spokesperson for assigned shows.
  • Develop positive relationships with talent, producers, PR agencies and representatives, agents, managers, production staffs, media and programming executives.
  • Media train and prep talent for interviews and speaking opportunities such as the bi-annual Television Critics Association Tour and Comic-Con.
  • Monitor competitive environment via daily review of competitive/industry news, and interface with other departments and entertainment cable channels on an as needed basis.
  • Manage assigned show publicity budget with an eye on ROI.

Qualifications/Requirements:

Basic Qualifications

-Bachelor’s Degree

-Minimum 7 years television publicity and hands-on media relations experience, with increasing levels of responsibility for campaign management.

Eligibility Requirements

-Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered

-Willingness to travel and work overtime; some evening and weekend work required

-Must be willing to work in New York

-Must be willing to submit to a background investigation

-Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary. Desired Characteristics
  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary.
  • Must be a self-starter who is able to work autonomously, while keeping teammates and manager abreast of all activities.
  • Individual must exhibit strong interpersonal, pitching, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to juggle and meet numerous deadlines and work on multiple simultaneous campaigns with varying timelines
  • Candidate must be proactive and able to multi-task, a creative and independent strategic thinker who displays strong external and internal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with members of the media, network executives, producers and talent.
  • Superior organization and creative skills.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

July 08, 2015

Former Journalist and Obama Aide Douglass Named Global Head of Communications at Bloomberg

Linda DouglassBloomberg LP today that Linda Douglass will be joining Bloomberg Media Group as Global Head of Communications in September.

Douglass will oversee communications strategy and press relations for Bloomberg Media’s global multi-platform products, including digital, print, television, video, radio, and live events.

Douglass is a veteran in the fields of communications, media, and journalism.

She served most recently as the Senior Vice President for Global Communications at Atlantic Media, where she oversaw communications strategy for such initiatives as the digital transformation of The Atlantic and the launch of Quartz.

Prior to that, Douglass worked for President Obama in various roles, including Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform and senior advisor to his 2008 presidential campaign. She has had a long career as a broadcast journalist, covering politics and government.

Douglass has worked as a journalist in Washington D.C. and, earlier, in Los Angeles. She was a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News, specializing in health care and campaign finance.

She later joined ABC News, where she spent eight years as the Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent, receiving the Everett Dirksen Award for Excellence in Coverage of Congress.  (PF tipster)

July 06, 2015

AP’s Pickler Joins Glover Park Group

Nedra PicklerStrategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) today announced that Nedra Pickler has joined as a Managing Director.  Pickler will work in the Strategic Communications practice, providing strategic and media counsel for the firm’s clients.

Pickler, a veteran journalist, joins GPG after spending 17 years at The Associated Press (AP), most recently serving as a White House reporter covering the second term of the Obama Administration. Pickler previously covered the second Bush Administration. In both of those roles, she covered breaking news, questioned both presidents extensively and reported from abroad on presidential trips across five continents.

Pickler also served as federal courts reporter in Washington, DC, and covered presidential campaigns for the AP during both the 2004 and 2008 election cycles. Pickler was part of the AP team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign and received several awards from the AP during her tenure, including the John L. Dougherty Award for coverage of the Ford-Firestone tire scandal, and was twice the recipient of the global Beat of the Week award for breaking news reporting. She started her career in the Michigan bureau of the AP. (PF tipster)

October 08, 2014

Job of the Week: Washington Post, Communications Coordinator

Washington PostThe Washington Post seeks an organized, energetic and detail-oriented Communications Coordinator to provide support to the Public Relations team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: event planning, research, report generating, database management, entry-level publicity, set up and producing TV and radio live shots, and telephone coverage. The right candidate must be able to anticipate project needs, take initiative, discern priorities and meet deadlines, and must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Candidate should understand event management, be able to provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic professional and be able to build strong internal and external relationships.

Required Skills:

- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

- Careful attention to detail with good follow-through.

- Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff, including helping to plan and execute events.

- Willingness to work at events after hours or to work extended hours when required; assist with managing on-site production and cleanup for events as necessary.

- Strategic thinker who can adapt and prioritize moment to moment.

- Customer service-focused; can easily establish rapport and develop credibility from internal employees and external business partners.

- Dynamic self-starter with strong decision making skills.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including writing, proof reading and speaking.

- Expertise with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.

Experience:

- Bachelor’s Degree - 0-3 years related experience

TO APPLY: Visit here.

**Interested candidates must attach cover letter with application. (WashingtonPost.com)

September 23, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Examiner, Social Media Strategist

                                          Washington Examiner

Overview

Seeking a dynamic, creative social media strategist for a pivotal role in the Washington Examiner’s digital first editorial team. The ideal candidate will be part strategist, evangelist and analyst. The ability to successfully leverage skills to engage with and educate our target audience on multiple social media platforms, as well as leverage social media to help achieve specific business and marketing goals is critical.

Responsibilities

Develop and refine social strategies and tactical social initiatives and campaigns in alignment with marketing objectives and target audiences

Create and manage social media editorial calendar to drive social activity around key messaging

Manage social media profiles across a variety of platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit, Google+, etc. as well as our site

Write and curate content and create images optimized for engagement on social media profiles

Identify influencers and opportunities for engagement to drive meaningful dialogue, engagement and growth

Monitor the brand across social channels

Measure, analyze and report on outcomes based on engagement and growth

Research current trends in social media, and apply what you learn to social media efforts

Monitor, identify, interpret and capitalize on social media trends

Work with technology team to support social media asset development including social network pages, profiles, apps and widgets.

Requirements

Five+ years experience working in social media.

Deep understanding of the social landscape, proven competency across multiple platforms and experience managing social media pages with proven success.

Passion and enthusiasm for digital marketing.

Measurable examples of success in social media against business goals.

Fluency in social data, analytics and metrics.

Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.

Superb written and oral communication skills

Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

Ability to create high-quality work within short timeframes.

TO APPLY: To learn more and/or apply for this position, send cover note and resume to Cristina Giroux at Cgiroux@mediadc.com.  (PF tipster)

December 17, 2013

AP National Political Editor Sidoti is new BP Head of Communications

Liz SidotiLiz Sidoti, who has spent nearly the last 15 years with the Associated Press, most recently as National Political Editor, will join BP as Head of Communications, within the new Communications and External Affairs team, effective December 31.

A native of Kent, Ohio, Sidoti joined the AP in Cincinnati in 1999, and spent four years covering the Ohio Statehouse. Before AP, she reported for The Columbus Dispatch, The Repository in Canton, Ohio, and the Record-Courier in Portage County, Ohio.  She is a graduate of Ohio University.  (PF tipster)

November 01, 2013

CNN SVP Comms Gollust adds CMO title

Allison GollustTV Newser reports:

Allison Gollust has expanded her role with CNN Worldwide, adding Chief Marketing Officer to her responsibilities. Gollust will continue as SVP of Communications, the job she’s had since March when she joined CNN, and rejoined Jeff Zucker. The two worked together at NBCUniversal, where Zucker was president.

Says Zucker, “Allison has a keen understanding of how every aspect of communications works together to tell a story – be it on the public relations side or in strategic marketing. Combining these two areas under one proven leader simply makes sense.”

Gollust takes over some of the duties of Janet Rolle, who was CNN’s CMO until May.

As CMO, Gollust will have oversight of strategic marketing, creative services and event marketing, reporting to Zucker.  (Mediabistro’s TV Newser)

September 03, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Producer (New York)

On the Record with GretaFox News Channel seeks a New York-based Producer for “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.”

Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Prior television experience producing segments, editing packages, researching and booking guests for live news programs.
  • Line Producing and control room experience required.
  • A successful candidate will be an aggressive, self-starter who can interact with high profile talent and all-level guests.
  • Also required: great communication skills, creative and “out of the box” thinking, competitive edge, someone who can multi-task, has a terrific attitude, can lead and works well with a team.

Duties include but not limited to: Producing segments, script writing, idea generation, talent relations, editing packages, booking guests, writing packets, producing reporter hits, in-depth research, networking, producing graphics, line producing, field producing on occasion and pitching stories.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (Mediabistro)

August 16, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Booker, Fox News’ Red Eye (New York)

Red Eye
FOX News Channel seeks a Booker for Red Eye.

A successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Significant contacts for researching and booking high profile guests
  • Creative ideas and out of the box story pitches
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with high profile talent and guests
  • Superior research and writing skills
  • 3+ years experience in booking
  • A terrific attitude and the ability to work well with a team as well as independently
  • Proficiency using iNews and an understanding of building program rundowns and producing creative graphic

TO APPLY: Click here or visit Mediabistro.  (PF tipster)

July 28, 2013

Byrd Returns to U.S. News & World Report as Communications and Public Relations Manager

Lucy ByrdPer Fishbowl DC, Lucy Byrd has returned to U.S. News & World Report as its new Communications and Public Relations Manager.

She previously served there as a media booker from 2008-2010.  She has also worked at The Atlantic and for Duke University.  (Fishbowl DC)

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