Membership Renewal and more

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
It’s time to renew your 2014 AAJA membership.
Please join as a member or renew your membership today!
Members will receive substantial discounts on AAJANE events and discounted registration for the AAJA National convention.
Full Membership: $65
Students: $25
Click on the following link:
 
AAJA 2014 NATIONAL CONVENTION
Join more than 850 journalists, news executives, photojournalists, media researchers and community leaders at the 24th Annual AAJA National Convention.
Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
August 13-16, 2014
Early-bird registration deadline is April 15.
Members: $250 for professionals, $100 for students.
Clink on the following link to register for the convention:
Clink on the following link for hotel registration:
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AAJA DAY AT FENWAY PARK
Join us for AAJANE Day at Fenway Park.
Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays
Sunday, September 7
1:35 pm
Our Seat Location: RF Box 87
Tickets: $60 for members, $80 for non-members and guests
To buy tickets, email: Brian.h.wong@espn.com
2013 CHAPTER BOARD MEMBERS
President: Susan Choi
National Board Representative: Hanah Fadrigalan
Secretary: Cindy Atoji (Keene)
Treasurer: Dolores Kong
Vice President of Print: Shirley Leung
Vice President of Broadcast: Sangita Chandra
Vice President of Professional Development and Student Programs: Veronica Chao
Vice President of Membership: Brian Wong
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WGBH Educational Foundation job openings

From the WGBH Educational Foundation:

In accordance with WGBH’s Diversity Program and our commitment to equal employment opportunities, attached is a list of our most recent job postings along with the job descriptions of the newest openings. For further information, please visit our Careers website at http://www.wgbh.org/about/employmentOpportunities.cfm.

Please encourage qualified candidates to apply online via our Careers website. If candidates are unable to apply online, please mail cover letter and resume to the following address:

WGBH Educational Foundation
Human Resources Department
10 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135

WGBH Boston informs, inspires, and entertains millions through public broadcasting, the web, educational multimedia, and access services for blind and deaf awareness.

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JOB REQ #: P-1209
DATE POSTED: 11/7/2013
TITLE: Caption News Broadcast Coordinator DEPARTMENT: Media Access Group TYPE OF POSITION: AEEF, Part Time

Department Overview:

The Media Access Group creates captions, subtitles and descriptions for a variety of media clients, including PBS and commercial television networks, movies, DVDs, and digital media. The Media Access Group (MAG) is a pioneer in making media accessible for people with sensory disabilities. The Caption Center (TCC) was the first captioning agency in the world. We helped pioneer the development of line-21 closed captioning for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing and we remain on the forefront of caption technology.
Our audio description unit, Descriptive Video Service (DVS), provides important information to individuals who are blind and visually impaired about the visual elements of movies, television programs, theme park attractions, art pieces and museum exhibits through the use of narrative audio tracks.

Position Overview:

Under the supervision of the caption operations supervisors, the Caption Broadcast Coordinator will produce captions and subtitles. Duties include (but are not limited to) supervising encodings; coordinating activities with WGBH production units and other client facilities; troubleshooting equipment and software problems; and mastering knowledge of Caption Center procedures and systems.

The Caption Broadcast Coordinator will provide realtime caption services, coordinating activities with WGBH Master Control and other broadcast clients; establishing monitoring via satellite downlink, audio line, or web; establishing caption transmission connection via modem or web; cleanup of scripts to match established caption styles; realtime line-by-line transmission of captions; coordination with on-site and remote stenocaptioners for live writing of captions; review and cleanup of completed captions for archiving and file delivery; and other duties as required.

The Caption Broadcast Coordinator will also produce offline caption files, primarily transcription of programs and cleanup of scripts to match established caption styles; timing captions to video; digitizing or transcoding media; and other duties as required.

This position is classified as essential personnel.
The primary responsibility for this 25 – 30 hours/week position will be weekend coverage of realtime programming on both Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule will also include weekday assignments as necessary.

Skills Required:

- Flexibility to meet the scheduling demands of realtime commitments.
- Knowledge of video/audio equipment and computer software packages used by The Caption Center.
- Thorough understanding of captioning procedures, tape routing, computer systems, and filing systems used by The Caption Center.
- Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing, including high level proofreading skills.
- Fast and accurate typing skills for extensive transcription.
- Ability to meet short deadlines as a member of a highly organized team.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision.
- Attention to detail, ability to work rapidly and excellent problem-solving skills.
- Good leadership and interpersonal skills

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required.

WGBH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS MEANT TO BE A GENERIC DESCRIPTION AND REPRESENTS THE MINIMUM JOB DUTIES AN INDIVIDUAL WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM. INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS WILL/CAN CUSTOMIZE JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND HOURS OF WORK TO MEET THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS.

JOB REQ #: P-1205
DATE POSTED: 11/7/2013
TITLE: HTML Email Producer DEPARTMENT: Digital Marketing Products Svc TYPE OF POSITION: Management, Full Time

Department Overview:

The Digital Marketing Services Department collaborates with local and national teams to maximize engagement and revenue in three key digital areas:

Platform strategy and execution: recommend and drive technology due diligence and platform strategy specializing in one-to-one relationship building which includes four core platforms: CRM, marketing automation, e-mail, social media, digital analytics and integration with CMS.

Direct Marketing Strategy and Execution: recommend and execute digital marketing and social media/community management (online, email, mobile, social) to increase one-to-one relationship engagement and revenue. Aggregate data across platforms to recommend strategies and to maximize effectiveness for local, national and CDP.

Engagement and Content Strategy and Execution: recommend and execute digital content and new media strategies to help drive engagement and increase one-to-one relationship building and revenue.

Position Overview:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Digital Marketing the Digital Marketing HTML Producer’s primary goal is to leverage the day-to-day usage of the WGBH.org platform ecosystem, including e-mail, marketing automation, mobile, social, web publishing, and others as needed, to ensure that DMS meets revenue and engagement goals for WGBH. The ideal person for this role is an html production expert, for both email and web pages, who excels at executing marketing email.

The Digital Marketing Email Producer works closely with the entire Digital Marketing Services team to ensure that our online goals are met by utilizing the WGBH.org platform ecosystem.

This role gathers creative assets, such as copy and images, and utilizes them to construct email and webpages, as well as scheduling and executing test sends, deployment of email and verification of sends.

This role will finalize design assets in support of DMS, including construction of email and webpages in Dreamweaver and/or hardcoding HTML webpages to meet design standards.

This position will support the execution of client’s digital fundraising and engagement campaigns. They will support overall DMS work as a service bureau, including creation of new HTML email templates for clients based on Photoshop design mock-ups.

Additionally this role will execute email campaigns and generate reports. Troubleshoot HTML rendering issues and make suggestions for coding improvements to enhance the renderability across a wide range of popular email clients (Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail etc.). Conduct quality assurance reviews, including monitoring of metrics, and other activities to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of email deployments.

This position will also assist with website a/b tests via Optimizely software, including replacing or altering graphics, text alterations and other experiments as directed. Gather data and generate reports from a/b tests.

Tasks such as the resizing of images and other content modifications will also be handled by this person.

Skills Required

• Three to four years of manual HTML coding and CSS experience required, two to three years of Dreamweaver experience preferred.

• Two to three years of digital marketing experience required, including one to two years with marketing automation software preferred. Marketing and fundraising experience preferred, but not required.

• Must be proficient in Photoshop

• 2+ years working with content management systems

• 1+ years working with enterprise-level email marketing systems and marketing automation platform.

• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

• Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects; multi-tasking while meeting tight deadlines

• Ability to analyze data and translate findings into meaningful reports, including email performance, email deliverability and a/b website testing

• Ability to work independently and be self-motivated and proactive in achieving individual and team objectives

• Strong interpersonal skills, including collaborative working relationships; intercultural skills and experience a plus, along with strong customer orientation

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience is preferred. Experience with marketing automation software preferred.

WGBH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS MEANT TO BE A GENERIC DESCRIPTION AND REPRESENTS THE MINIMUM JOB DUTIES AN INDIVIDUAL WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM. INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS WILL/CAN CUSTOMIZE JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND HOURS OF WORK TO MEET THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS.

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Invitation to The Jungle Book

RSVP for tickets to huntingtontheatre.org/SEANight
and newengland.aaja@gmail.com

For a sneak peak, visit huntingtontheatre.org/junglebook

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Leadership changes at AAJA New England

Our chapter president, Swati Sharma, recently left The Boston Globe for a job at The Washington Post.  We wish her the best, and thank her for her work at AAJA-NE.
Susan Choi, a long-time AAJA member, has been appointed to serve as president and graciously accepted.  Susan is a freelance photographer who has helped me with numerous AAJA events in the past.  She photographed the 2009 AAJA convention in Boston and our Ming Tsai fund-raiser, helped me plan student events, secured silent auction items for AAJA National, and most recently represented New England at the presidents’ meeting at the AAJA convention in New York.  She brings energy and enthusiasm, and I am confident she will lead our chapter well.
Please welcome Susan and contact her at newengland.aaja@gmail.com with any ideas or offers of help — let her know if you’re willing to pitch in at a chapter event, mentor a student, etc.
–Shirley Goh
Former AAJA-NE president
Boston Globe copy editor & staff writer
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AAJA Member News: Long-time AAJA member Al Young retires, and more

Long-time AAJA member Al Young has retired and would like to bid farewell to his colleagues. He penned the below:

As the self-appointed “valedictorian” who will now turn off the lights on the “Buyout Class of 2012,” I’d just like to say:

 
Logging off Thursday night (12/27/12) for the last time here at the Globe after 13 years also marks the end of a 42-year newspaper career that has spanned 5 dailies as a sports writer/columnist/editor, and here on Morrissey Blvd. as an Assistant Living/Arts Editor, short-stint Names writer, and Copy Editor.
 
It’s been a great ride … albeit a bit bumpy from time to time.
 
But when I peer into the rearview mirror, I can’t help but marvel at how lucky I’ve been for the opportunities this business has afforded me over four decades — from the people and events I’ve covered to the places I’ve worked and traveled to the stories I’ve edited and headlines I’ve written. (Oh, and let’s not forget all my photo-ops, too!)
 
And the technology … OMG! I can’t believe how far this craft has evolved and how I’ve managed to survive it all: Internet? E-mail? Twitter? iPhones? COMPUTERS?
 
Methode (and even those boxy Atex screens with that little green type) was light years away from a newsroom, where manual Smith-Corona typewriters, carbon paper, pica rules, and teletype machines were the tools of the trade when I “banged out” (read: hunt & pecked — not Gangnam, but — 2-finger-Style) my first byline story on deadline.
 
But what makes many of those experiences and memories worthwhile are the relationships I’ve established along the way with fellow writers, editors, and designers — coworkers who could share, understand, and relate to the everyday ups and downs of this exciting, crazy-houred, unpredictable, but wonderful profession.
 
I’m proud to have worked with all the talented people here at the Globe and feel fortunate to have wound up my career at one of the most venerable, bastions of journalism in the country.
 
And a hat’s off to new Editor Brian McGrory, a former colleague dating back to our days at the New Haven Register who I know will keep up the Globe’s great newspaper tradition and Pulitzer Prize-winning excellence.
 
Now, with apologies to Edward R. Murrow …
I bid you all good night, good luck, and goodbye.
 
 
Al Young            

In other member news:

Daigo Fujiwara has left his position as graphics designer at the Globe in the fall, and is now a web developer at the Harvard Business Review.
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Handel and Haydn Society – job opportunity

Handel and Haydn Society is looking for a communications and PR manager. Here’s a link to the job listing.

http://www.handelandhaydn.org/about/employment/staff/communications-and-pr-manager

Communications and PR Manager

Department: Marketing
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications

Job Summary/Purpose

The Communications and PR Manager reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications and works within the Marketing Department to ensure coordination of institutional communications, marketing and development materials, and consistency of messaging across the organization. The Manager serves as the main editor and copywriter for institutional publications, as well as acts as the primary press contact and coordinator.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as editor of publications such as program book, newsletter, Bicentennial materials, capital campaign materials, and all other external communication vehicles and ensures established standards are upheld.
    • Act as copywriter, editor, and proofreader for the institution.
    • Act as program book coordinator and editor.
    • Write copy for institutional communications, including E-newsletters, special email offers, programs, invitations, brochures, etc.
    • Collaborate with the Development Department to ensure consistency of messaging across all communications to donors and prospects for Annual Fund, gala, capital campaign, and other initiatives.
    • Collaborate with the Education Department on writing and editing Education materials.
    • Work with Creative Services Manager to coordinate proofing and routing of materials to necessary departments and individuals.
    • Work with other departments to determine needs for materials and publications.
    • Coordinate and edit Bicentennial publications, including coffee table book and promotional materials.
  • Serve as content coordinator for H&H website.
    • Develop and write content for Season, Education, and Bicentennial.
    • Work with Creative Services Manager to ensure all web content is accurate and up-to-date.
    • Seek opportunities to enhance site with additional content/articles/copy.
    • Work with Director of Marketing and Communications and Creative Services Manager to develop and create content for a Bicentennial microsite.
  • Serve as H&H’s primary press contact.
    • Implement press and PR plans as directed by the Director of Marketing and Communications.
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with all media and media outlets.
    • Research new media outlets and opportunities.
    • Seek and pursue opportunities for story placement with print, online, television, and radio outlets.
    • Write and send all press releases and related materials.
    • Maintain the press list and the institutional press kit.
    • Coordinate with the Marketing Assistant to maintain press archives and clippings as well as an active “quotes” document for use in promotional materials.
    • With assistance of the Marketing Assistant, coordinate RSVPs and seating requests for press attending concerts and events.
    • Seek and pursue opportunities to create awareness and visibility for H&H’s educational and artistic programs to the audience and community through advertising, press, partnership, public relations, and other prospects.
  • Write occasional communications from the Executive Director/CEO and other leadership as delegated.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Position requires a Bachelor‘s Degree (or equivalent experience) and minimum of 5 years experience with copyediting, copywriting, and communications; press and PR experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working within a performing arts institution is strongly preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication and documentation skills required, including the ability to convey the mission and messages of the institution to a variety of audiences, regardless of their level of familiarity. A superb knowledge of Baroque and Classical music is essential. Extensive experience with institutional copywriting and messaging.
  • Candidate should be affable, articulate, and comfortable speaking with all types of people, from patrons to press to Board.
  • Candidate must be able to successfully handle multiple priorities in high stress situations and be able to work well independently and with a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Windows applications required.
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, meeting multiple deadlines and managing multiple projects, is essential.
  • Position requires regular office hours (Mon-Fri, 9-5) as well as some evening and weekend meetings and events. Requires occasional light lifting as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer.

Position requires occasional lifting of heavy printed materials, large boxes and retail merchandise as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer, digital camera, and other electronic equipment.

The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.

Compensation:

Competitive benefit package; salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

PLEASE SEND COVER LETTER, RESUME, AND 3 WRITING SAMPLES BY DECEMBER 31, 2012 TO:

Kerry Israel
Director of Marketing and Communications
Handel and Haydn Society
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

kisrael@handelandhaydn.org

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Postponed! AAJA Holiday Potluck

Due to a low response, this event will be postponed until early 2013.

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UNITY Holiday Party

Celebrate the end of the year and enjoy the holiday spirit with fellow AAJA journalists and members! NAHJ and NABJ will also be joining us at The Banshee in Dorchester.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
Where: 934 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02125
The Banshee in Dorchester 
**Street parking available.
For public transportation, the location is about a five minute walk from the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line.
RSVP: Shirley Goh at goh.shirley@yahoo.com
This year, we decided not to have a cover charge, so food and drinks will not be provided.Please join us and let us know if you have any questions.

Send any questions to swatigsharma@gmail.com.

We are very excited to see you all!

Happy Holidays,

- Shirley, Shirley, and Swati

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AAJA Board Elections – Get Involved!

Step up and make a difference in the AAJA New England chapter!  It’s time for board elections.  If you are interested in a seat on the board or would like to nominate someone else, please let us know by no later than Wednesday, Nov. 28, at newengland.aaja@gmail.com.  Board members will have to be paid full 2013 AAJA members.
We also have openings for up to 2 student board members, who will have to be paid 2013 AAJA student members.  Please e-mail a note of interest and tell us about yourself at newengland.aaja@gmail.com.
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Innovative Initiatives in Journalism event

AAJA is hosting an event focusing on different innovative initiatives in journalism and digital media. We will discuss start ups and efforts at various media labs to see anything new that is happening in the field of journalism.

The panelists: 

RadioBDC: This radio station, for Boston.com, was launched earlier this year and has been extremely popular. Chris Ratty, a driving force behind the project, will speak to the creative efforts behind the scenes. 

MuckRock: Looking to file a Freedom of Information request? MuckRock provides a service for journalists to easily acquire documents. 

Mashery: RSS feeds are old news. Learn how this company is helping digital media companies share their content across multiple platforms using APIs. Here’s a video that explains more: http://vimeo.com/49392667
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Location: The Media Lab at The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd.
Food will be provided.
Please RSVP to get on the building’s security list:  Shirley Goh at goh.shirley@yahoo.com
If you have any questions, please contact Swati Sharma at swatisharma@boston.com.
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