Multiplatform editor job opening (Milwaukee)

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is seeking an individual who can add new skills and even more energy to a department already filled with some of the best journalists in any newsroom.  As such, we seek a top-notch journalist who possesses sound news judgment; has high standards; and who will be relentless in ensuring our print and digital offerings adhere to our high standards. If you are passionate, deadline-oriented, digitally focused and excel at multitasking, this is the job for you.  Here are some of the skills the successful candidate will need:

  • Superior copy editing skills.
  • Superior headline-writing skills, with knowledge of SEO.
  • Superior writing/reporting skills
  • Superior critical thinking skills/news judgment
  • Superior problem-solving skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of social media
  • A willingness to edit features, news and sports
  • The initiative to take on and learn new tasks
  • The ability to teach and coach your co-workers

In addition, this job will involve nightly online production, with responsibilities including:

Producing and posting daily newsroom content with an attention to detail and readability (concise headlines and text blocks, well-edited photos, appropriate links to related content, attention to SEO).

Producing and maintaining content such as photo galleries, audio, video, reader discussions, databases and other multimedia and interactive packages.

Working with editors and reporters to post breaking news stories quickly and accurately, and enhancing them with digital content.

Helping to build and maintain special digital sections and news packages.

Helping reporters and editors learn new skills that will contribute to Journal Sentinel multimedia storytelling and user interaction.

Strategizing on the best use of social media to promote Journal Sentinel content and interact with readers.

NOTE: This position is primarily nights and will include weekend shifts.

To apply:  send a letter, resume and work samples to Ron Smith, Assistant Managing Editor/Nights and Multiplatform Desk:

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online map tool for visual communicators

Last summer Patrick Gavin created  an open-source, online tool that would easily allow users to create color-coded maps. It’s a tool for use in newsrooms, organizations, etc. It doesn’t require a lot of in-depth knowledge of coding or markup languages.

In the Boston Globe newsroom, graphic artists and producers have been using it, though it could be of interest to reporters or editors who want to quickly visualize something for their own reference while working on a package. It has a lot of potential for students and the teaching environment.

The user copies the contents of a spreadsheet, pastes that into a field, clicks a few buttons and then has code for a responsive, color-coded map that can be used on any browser on any platform. It can also be modified to be used in a vector file.

The tool itself is here:

And here is a more-detailed primer on how to use it:

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