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Multimedia Journalist

Dakota News Now is looking for a full-time multimedia journalist. We want someone who can connect with the community, understand quality storytelling and is able to gather their own content. The ideal candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to work under a deadline.

You will be responsible for shooting, writing, voicing and editing stories for television and internet. Live reports will also be expected. You should also be skilled in social media and online news production. Time management skills are a must.

The ideal candidate must be able to work odd hours to complete assigned stories and cover breaking news. You must be able to carry 35 to 45 pounds of equipment. A valid driver’s license as well as a safe driving record is necessary.

This person reports directly to the news director.

Bachelors Degree in Communications, Journalism, English or related field of study required.

Come work for an Emmy Award winning station in a new state-of-the-art facility in beautiful downtown Sioux Falls.

To apply, go to: www.gray.tv/applynow

If you don’t have electronic access, please mail your resume and video samples of your work to:
Kevin King
News Director
Dakota News Now
325 S. 1st Avenue, Suite 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Or email material to kevin.king@dakotanewsnow.com

No phone calls please.

Please include where you found this job description.

Gray Television Group, Inc. is a drug-free company and requires pre-employment drug and background testing. EOE Gray Television Group, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap or marital status. Discriminatory employment practices are specifically prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission. If you believe your Equal Employment Rights have been violated, you may contact the FCC in Washington, D.C. 20054, or other appropriate state or local agencies.

Content Writer

Paulsen is hiring a content writer who is versatile enough to write a blog post, create a social media strategy, nail a headline, craft a brochure and conceptualize a campaign.

We’re a full-service marketing firm that specializes in reaching rural audiences in the agriculture, energy, education and manufacturing sectors. You’ll get to work with an energetic team of designers, web developers, media planners, data analysts and creative professionals who enjoy solving complex marketing challenges for clients.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • You need to be able to think creatively and translate your ideas into writing.
  • Obviously, you have a super-strong grasp of the English language. (If you corrected everyone else’s paper in school, this job is for you.)
  • Flexibility is a must. Clients and co-workers are going to offer suggestions and make changes, so you need to be cool with that.
  • Deadlines don’t scare you. In fact, you are energized by them. Bring it on!
  • You have an eye for detail and a want for perfection.
  • You also have an obsessive desire to dive into research.
  • Above all, you have a passion for writing and the willingness to learn from everyone around you.

Paulsen is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a mid-sized community ranked by Next Generation Consulting as a Top 10 “Hotspot for Young, Talented Workers.” Sioux Falls is also a Forbes “Top Small City for Business.” Paulsen is among the top 10 ag and rural lifestyle agencies in the country, per Agri Marketing’s Marketing Services Guide.

We offer a competitive benefits package, as well as generous SEP contributions, quarterly bonuses and profit sharing and monthly incentives.

Click here to apply.

Creative Content Strategist

Are you a creative, self-motivated individual? Are you also interested in inbound marketing? Do you want to be part of a fun, tight-knit team?

If so, you could be exactly who we’re looking for!

We are ready to add to our creative team at 9 Clouds. We are looking for a creative content strategist with previous experience and continued interest in SEO and SEM to help support our growing company.

What does a creative content strategist do? Basically, they help plan and execute digital marketing campaigns for our (mainly automotive) clients.

We’re not working at our downtown Sioux Falls office right now because of COVID-19, but we are all finding new ways to make remote work efficient (and fun). We also just had our first hybrid company retreat and team event, so even though those look a little different now, we’re definitely still keeping our culture top of mind!

Learn more about the position and apply here.

Weekend Weather Anchor/Multi-Skilled Journalist

KLKN-TV, Nebraska’s Trusted News Source, has an opening for a Weekend Weather Anchor/MSJ to add to our Storm Alert Weather Team. It is not just the cost of living that is amazing here, the weather here is priceless too!

The ideal candidate has a meteorology degree or be in the process of obtaining one. You need to have on-air experience and passion for not just giving weather information but telling the weather story on air and on all available platforms such as app, website, social media, and any new technology that evolves.

You should have a strong interest in covering severe weather, either in the studio or in the field, but also respect how inconvenient weather can disrupt lives and be able to tell that story without causing unnecessary worry for viewers.

You will also be expected to contribute to the news product, either as a producer or reporter.

You should have experience with:

  • TWC Max platform
  • Social Media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat
  • Familiar with a CMS, WordPress experience a plus.
  • Storm chasing

You should be familiar with, or be willing to be trained on:

  • Backpack live technology
  • Shooting & editing video basics
  • Cameras, lighting, and audio for storytelling
  • Rundown formats and writing

We are looking for innovative team members who thrive in a busy environment, are willing to be a team player, and would rather fix challenges instead of work around them.

Please email your resume with a link to your work to Jennifer Hardy – News Director, jhardy@klkntv.com. Due to COVID restrictions we are not accepting in person candidates at our station.

Please denote how you became aware of this position in your response.

Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Director of Agricultural Communications

Overview

Pheasants Forever, Inc., seeks a highly motivated, passionate and team-oriented individual to share our ongoing story of wildlife conservation through sustainable agriculture. The Director of Agricultural Communications will work jointly with Pheasants Forever, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other partners to create and implement a communications strategy for “Working Lands For Wildlife” (WLFW) initiatives that conserve grazing lands in the western U.S. These WLFW include voluntary, strategic, landscape-scale conservation practices on private lands in the prairie grasslands, the sagebrush- steppe, and the desert Southwest. The Director will develop and oversee targeted communications plans for each regional initiative, as well as consistent messages for the broader western WLFW effort, geared specifically to engaging agricultural audiences. Director will be able to work remotely as an independent contractor of Pheasants Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by NRCS’ Western WLFW Lead. Successful applicant will supervise two part-time WLFW communications specialists as well as as-needed communications contractors, and work collaboratively with WLFW’s national, state, and field-based NRCS staff, partner organizations’ staff, and scientists. Successful applicant will work from home with some travel (~20% after COVID subsides).

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in communications; agricultural communications background preferred
  • B.S. or B.A. degree (M.S. degree preferred) in communications or related field
  • Working knowledge of agriculture and rural ways of life, especially in the Great Plains of the central U.S.
  • Demonstrated excellence in envisioning, writing, and implementing comprehensive communications strategies
  • Innovative and proactive leadership in communications
  • Strong communications skills; ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects
  • Proven ability in digital and social media; fluency in contemporary software tools
  • Adept in website content management; skilled in Google Analytics, SEO, or equivalent
  • Experience making media pitches and working with influencers
  • Ability to manage and account for a communications budget
  • Graphic design experience welcome, but not required

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a communications plan with short-, medium-, and long-term objectives for traditional media and a variety of digital platforms
  • Coordinate with NRCS Communications Staff in Washington, D.C., and with Public Affairs Specialists in western states to create content and amplify messages
  • Manage the Western WLFW communications team; includes supervising two, half-time positions and approved contractors
  • Work with current staff to increase website and social media engagement through regular content updates, and monitoring site analytics
  • Increase earned media; vet and handle media inquiries and interviews with Working Lands core team
  • Cultivate stories, messages, relationships, and strategies that position NRCS as a thought-leader in grassland and sagebrush conservation
  • Craft and place appropriate stories by and about the WLFW approach, showcasing work with agricultural producers and partners
  • Supervise staff that directs relationships with external vendors including writers, web developers and designers

How to Apply: If you would like to work remotely with our productive team in a fast-paced environment, complete and sign the “Contractor’s Quote Summary” section of this RFP, submit your letter of interest, resume, and writing samples to Sarah Marquart at smarquart@pheasantsforever.org. Application reviews begin December 5, 2020.

On-Air Talent

Summary

Produces and executes on-air radio content that is both entertaining and informative to the listening audience.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Plays music as specified by music director and music log.
  • Writes script, contests and interview questions.
  • Memorizes script, reads or ad-libs to identify station, introduce and close shows, and announce station breaks, commercials or public service information.
  • Prepares and creates content by gathering information from media outlets, wire copy, periodicals and by interviewing direct sources.
  • Ascertains local issues and develops public affairs programming. Monitors news development with all media outlets including social media, and direct sources.
  • Develops and maintains relations with newsmakers and community.
  • Records interviews for news and musical guests or other public personalities and edits interviews.
  • Interviews guest, and moderates panel or discussion show to inform and entertain audience.
  • Answers phone lines and interviews members of listening audience who telephone musical requests. Airs contests according to the specifications of the program director.
  • Plans and stages community events, including hosting and assisting at charity functions.
  • Sets up equipment and attends live, in-person appearances as scheduled by the station or requested by clients and provides on location reports from site of event.
  • Provide play-by-play of athletic events including, but not limited to football, basketball, volleyball, and baseball.
  • Provide live in-game updates of athletic contests for simultaneous coverage of events.
  • Contact and record interviews with coaches and athletes for weekly show and game day previews.
  • Compile results from sporting events to create an on-air sportscast.
  • Create a document of sports-related stories to post to station website(s).
  • Maintains and builds a positive cooperative attitude within the station and a strong personal community involvement.
  • Ensures logged commercials, promotions, station ID’s and any other programming element essential to the station’s operations are aired.
  • Operates control console.
  • Performs commercial production.
  • Follows and enforces FCC regulations, station and company policies, including implementing station’s / state’s EAS procedures.
  • Performs additional duties such as production, assisting program director or music director, operating radio transmitter or writing advertising copy.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school. Must have at least 2 years media experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience is desirable.

LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and interpret documents such as periodicals and news flashes. Ability to develop and write creative and/or informative scripts. Ability to speak effectively, entertainingly and clearly before large listening audiences and radio station clients.

REASONING ABILITY Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES Ability to operate an on-air control board and remote broadcast equipment. Knowledge of multiple computer programs. Ability to use a headset. Ability to multi-task. Ability to be knowledgeable with current events and local community events. Digital experience preferred for production and on-air board operation. The ability to get along with others – specifically must be able to interact with the listening audience and clients in a professional manner. Ability to think and process information “on-the-air” is required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Valid driver’s license and state mandated auto insurance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel buttons on control board; and talk and hear with a headset. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision to read computer screens, news wire flashes, logs, promotional copy and/or scripts, and appropriate vision needed to drive as required for a valid driver’s license.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The stress is usually high because of the on-air pressure of stringent deadlines and timing. The employee must be able to frequently work long hours and weekends without much prior notice. Must be able to travel locally to and from remotes and special events.

Learn more and apply here.

Internship Opportunities 

Internships for Senator Mike Rounds

Internship opportunities available in our Sioux Falls office! Students from all studies are encouraged to apply and we do our best to accommodate student’s academic schedules. Our staff members in South Dakota are also available to visit with classes on your campus throughout the year and share about the work they do. If you would like to schedule something please let me know.

Click here to apply.

Contact Rebecca Herman at rebeccaherman@rounds.senate.gov or by phone at 605-336-0486 for more information.

Other Opportunities

Soil Health Project Coordinator

This is a half-time position located in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) is a membership organization. Their mission is to grow market opportunities and value for South Dakota soybean farmers through public policy and education.

The successful incumbent will represent the interests of SDSA in the development of a soil health project to increase farmer awareness of alternative conservation production systems.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the coordinator will work to increase farmer’s knowledge of conservation practices by sharing of information, personal contacts, multimedia platforms, and events that bring farmers together and expand outreach.

Working conditions include work from home flexibility with meetings in the SD Soybean office and attendance at events.

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. Employees may be asked to perform other duties as assigned.

Duties include:

  • Manage farmer outreach activities.
  • Develop new programs to provide greater exposure and participation in the SD Soybean organizations.
  • Collaborate with SD Soybean boards, state soybean organizations, and state and national organizations.
  • Collaborate with SDSA staff/partners to conduct/analyze polls and develop/disseminate messaging. This position will work with the public and allied industry to partner on mutually beneficial programs and sponsorship activities within the organization.
  • Work with SDSA staff to develop/collect and present soil health materials for organizations such as Ag in the Classroom, 4-H, and FFA.
  • Plan, organize, and deliver presentations at soil health workshops and/or participate in field days for farmers.
  • Assist the SDSA board and staff in selecting and managing a soil health speaker for AgOutlook.
  • Answer email and phone inquiries related to soil health.
  • Manage the soil health project budget.

Expectations include:

  • Adhere to all policies and procedures.
  • Act as a role model within and outside of the organization.
  • Perform duties as workload necessitates.
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude.
  • Maintain a demeanor that creates a positive team atmosphere.
  • Communicate regularly with the Executive Director and team members.
  • Meet organization productivity standards.
  • Travel within South Dakota for various meetings and events.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of agronomy/soils and be willing to work with farmers.

Skills:

  • Time management
  • Customer service
  • Problem-solving
  • Planning agendas
  • Coordinating schedules
  • Attention to detail is a high priority
  • Written and oral communication skills with evidence of the ability to work and communicate with diverse groups of people.

Ability to:

  • Set priorities, manage multiple projects and programs, make decisions within approved policy guidelines.
  • Have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Work with computer systems and software including Microsoft Office.
  • Be available to work on an occasional weekend and evenings, furnish your own transportation with reimbursement of expenses at the established rate.

Please email your cover letter and resume to Becky Cypher.

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