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Editorial, Advertising positions available

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Several editorial positions and an advertising director post are now open in West Virginia:

State Government Reporter— The Charleston Daily Mail in West Virginia is seeking a reporter to cover state government.

“We’re  in a capital city and a competitive news market. This reporter covers the governor, the Legislature, state agencies and state politics as well as stories involving West Virginia’s congressional delegation. Resulting stories often lead our local news coverage in print and online. The stories from this beat should be consequential and influential. We want to lead the agenda,” said Brad McElhinny, editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail.

“We take pride in our daily newspaper and also enthusiastically break news online. Reporters on this beat provide live coverage of daily events, often through Twitter, and are responsible for regularly updating a Capitol Notebook blog (  Final versions of stories for print and online take a step back and provide context. ”

Please send your resume and clips to [email protected]

Sept. 29, 2014 — Community journalist — Civitas Media, Inc. seeking a versatile community journalist with a nose for news to take the next step and be a leader of our community coverage at daily and weekly publications in southern West Virginia.

“We aim to cover the people, places, issues and events of the area through our many digital and print publications. The Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner are our flagship newspapers in the group.The successful candidate will be a self-starter who has a vision for the future and is excited about using the many digital platforms available. As the leader of the hub of our news operation in the area, your mission will be to motivate and mentor reporters so their stories go beyond the superficial. Strong critical-thinking and organizational skills are a must. You’ll work flexible hours dictated by news events and our need to respond quickly and effectively,” a spokesperson said.

Newspaper experience is required, along with a positive attitude, a natural curiosity and a heart for community news. If this opportunity sounds like the right one for you at the right time, then let us know! We’re a new company that likes to get things right and be at the forefront of our industry.

Opportunities for personal development and career advancement abound within our parent company, Civitas Media, which has more than 100 publications and employs more than 1,400 people in 11 states. To be considered for this opportunity, send a cover letter outlining your vision for the coverage in these markets and a resume to [email protected].


Online Editor/Reporter —  The Register-Herald, the leading daily newspaper in southern West Virginia, is seeking an online editor and multimedia reporter.

The 20,000-circulation Register-Herald is located in Beckley, the business and medical hub for the region.

Duties will include curating our website and social media operations, as well as reporting. The successful candidate will work a Sunday through Thursday shift, handling the crime beat on Sunday-Monday and general assignments at the direction of the managing editor. You will also be expected to be proficient in all aspects of social media and expertise in web curation and evaluation of website metrics, including developing content strategies.

Qualifications: BA or MA in journalism/communications. In the absence of specific journalism education, we will consider experience in the media industry.

Send resume and references to Editor Rick Kelley, [email protected]


Advertising Director — Charleston Newspapers is seeking a strategic and tactically driven Advertising Director to lead a high-performing, diverse account sales team, dedicated to providing comprehensive media solutions to businesses in retail, automotive, real estate, recruitment, and other advertising categories critical to the newspapers success. The Advertising Director will direct activity to meet and exceed revenue goals and objectives and budget advertising revenue goals. This position reports to the President/ General Manager of Charleston Newspapers.

• Provide overall leadership and guidance for the sales effort including day-to-day management of their assigned accounts.
• Responsible for the implementation of sales strategies and department procedures.
• Prepare and manage revenue and expense budgets to achieve targets.
• Improve quality and reduce defects with a plan of continuous quality improvement.
• Responsible for the ongoing improvement of products, services, ad content and layout.
• Establish promotional and sales efforts for growing advertising revenues and increasing market share.
• Identify regional competitive threats and create promotional packages to overcome competition.
• Develop and maintain effective client relationships with advertisers.
• Provide coaching and feedback for managers and sales staff to support talent development and ensure they meet sales goals, control expenses and achieve departmental budget.
• Participate in sales calls with sales managers or sales staff with high level accounts to ensure contract agreements are maximized and meet the business needs of advertisers.

• Bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA or related Master’s achievement is preferred.
• Minimum 5 years of outside sales experience required including prior management experience in newspaper and/or media advertising sales.
• Exceptional coaching skills.
• Expert knowledge of all facets of print and digital sales and marketing.
• Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and ability to promote and sell concepts to team and customers.
• Experience negotiating market and product advertising contracts is a plus.
• Excellent leadership skills and experience managing sales staff to achieve revenue goals and high performance.
• Adept at creating new revenue opportunities from synergies between interactive sales and print.
• Excellent organizational skills and analytical skills, including proficient PC skills in Microsoft Office.

Charleston Newspapers offers a benefit package including medical, life, dental, vision, long-term disability, flex plan, and a 401k savings plan.

To apply, please submit your resume and salary requirements to Charleston Newspapers Human Resources, 1001 Virginia St. E, Charleston, WV 25301; fax to 304-348-3009; email to [email protected] or stop by to complete an application.

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