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Director of Circulation & Distribution Operations - Forum Communications Company
Forum Communications Company is looking to hire a Director of Circulation & Distribution Operations who will ensure the on-time delivery of FCC’s network of print products, inspire customer delight and loyalty through oversight of first class customer service strategies, and be a key collaborator in pricing and promotion of our network of B2C and B2B media and entertainment products. A visionary, this employee will work closely with FCC’s marketing team to advance revenue generation through digital distribution and associated benefits. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Establish and communicate the vision of FCC’s circulation and distribution operations in alignment with FCC’s strategic plan, Oversee print product distribution, Monitor and manage distribution costs, Grow our business relationship with clients by leading a performance driven customer service team who provide prompt and accurate service. Direct, inspire and mentor them to increase sales and subscriptions, Collaborate with publishers and circulation team members on pricing relative to market served, Monitor and collaborate with key stakeholders on promotion/programs, Contribute to strategic marketing initiatives, Compare actual revenue to projected sales and budgets and collaborate with other leaders to recommend change and revise process in order to drive optimized business results, Train distribution and customer service teams, Gather internal and external feedback, adjust department’s strategic goals and/or approaches as a result, Make personnel decisions regarding hiring, compensation, promotions, discipline and termination of staff in accordance with company policies, Conduct monthly calls with publishers and circulation managers to reinforce key circulation strategies and receive collective feedback from markets, Collaborate with the marketing team to shift the revenue generation model from majority ad supported to majority consumer supported, Support and lead a culture of innovation. REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Management, or other relevant fields, Minimum 5 years experience in Circulation, Customer Service or Operations Management, Customer and market segmentation, CRM, newspaper specific (e.g. Newscycle Solutions) preferred, Proven team leadership experience, Ability to execute multi-faceted strategies in multiple roles and formats, Ability to look at circulation distribution models to determine appropriate ROI and cost containment, Aptitude for working in a performance driven environment, Ability to work autonomously under pressure, able to meet tight deadlines, Experience managing contractual agreements, e.g. vendors, independent consultants, distribution teams, Must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record that is insurable by the company, Must carry an acceptable level of vehicle insurance as required by the company. To apply, please submit your application and resume: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=2561908

News Reporter - Dickinson
The Dickinson (N.D.) Press has immediate openings for a news reporter to cover western North Dakota. The Press is a six day a week morning newspaper with a 6,000 print circulation and a growing Web readership that serves one of the nation’s fastest-growing micropolitan. Dickinson is part of the Bakken Oil Patch, which provides countless story ideas. Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply as this is an excellent position for someone looking to gain valuable experience at a daily newspaper. . Dickinson is located on the edge of the North Dakota Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which offers many outdoor opportunities. The city also boasts a $25 million recreational facility. Excellent salary, benefits and subsidized housing for reporters and opportunities for growth at Forum Communications Company., a family owned Media Company that operates several other newspapers in the upper Midwest. Please contact Harvey Brock at hbrock@thedickinsonpress.com.

Night Reporter - Minot
Minot Daily News is seeking a night reporter effective early August. Responsibilities include both local sports and news coverage, proofreading, supporting the night editor and sports editor, processing box scores, and photography. Applicant should have a grasp of AP style, a keen eye for detail, and to be able to work quickly, under deadlines to produce clean compelling copy. This is an entry level position with advancement opportunity at Minot Daily News and with Ogden Newspapers, which owns four dozen newspapers across the country. Ideal for a recent graduate. Experience preferred but not required. F/T position with benefits. Send cover letter and resume to msasser@minotdailynews.com.

News/Sports Reporter - Valley City
News/Sports Reporter. Full or part-time news/sports reporter position to investigate and write the creative “scoop” for the Times-Record newspaper. Responsibilities include: - Receiving assignments and/or investigating news leads and tips - Writing and delivering news stories with the reader’s perspective in mind - Staying up-to-date with the latest current happenings and events in Barnes County - Always pursuing the lead for a great story. Requirements: - Excellent communication - Active listening skills - Working experience as a reporter or intern preferred, but we will train the right individual. Position offers opportunity for advancement. Please email your resume to Tina Olson, Valley City Times-Record General Manager, at trpub@times-online.com and provide an email or hard copy examples of your work, promoting your ability to gather information and write a compelling story.

Multiple positions - Forum Communications
#1 - Healthcare Correspondent: Forum Communications Company is hiring two Healthcare Correspondents to join our growing digital newsroom teams. This position will be responsible for developing ideas into relevant and well-written news, enterprise and features stories through research, interviews and reader engagement, as well as receiving assignments for stories relating to the healthcare environment. These positions will be based in Fargo, ND and Rochester, MN. Other duties include: Working independently to identify storytelling opportunities and planning coverage for a mix of daily and enterprise reporting suitable for multiple platforms. Organize materials, determine focus and write stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards for media websites, newspapers and social media. Producing stories addressing health trends and issues related to industry/business/economy, research and development, and policy/regulatory issues. Develop and maintain network of sources with primary focus on large health care providers within FCC footprint, with emphasis on audience for several websites. Strong photography skills, ability to produce video stories and producing journalism content in multiple story forms and formats.
Forum Communications is a family-owned company with a large Upper Midwest footprint. We offer a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package with health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) and paid time off. Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and minimum two years writing experience for a newspaper, website, magazine or similar publication is required. Experience using digital analytics tools such as Chartbeat, CrowdTangle and Google Analytics is preferred. Basic knowledge of video and photo editing is required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Strong organizational, time management and people skills are essential. Flexibility and ability to write with confidence on multiple health and business topics. Ability to multitask and work on deadline, handle sensitive and emotional situations, balance competing demands, set priorities and juggle several issues at once. Digital skills, particularly knowledge of video and photo editing, a plus. Knowledge of podcasts, video blogs and live streaming are beneficial. Accuracy with the ability to turn complex and technical issues into clean, crisp and easy-to-consume content, using multiple formats, to reach a wide audience. Ability to work quickly and accurately using a Web-based content management system. Must be creative, hardworking and a self-starter. Must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record that is insurable by the company. Must carry an acceptable level of vehicle insurance as required by the company. To apply, please submit your application and resume: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=2507110

#2 - Multimedia Journalist: Business & Community: Forum Communications Co. is hiring business/community news reporters at the following locations: The Jamestown (N.D.) Sun, The Dickinson (N.D.) Press and the Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. This beat will include topics such as retail, small business, workplace, restaurants and bars, and community news as assigned. Other job duties include: Working to produce engaging news, features and enterprise work for a digital audience in the above mentioned topic areas. Writing and producing creative and unique digital content that includes but is not limited to stories, videos and photos. Developing story ideas around content areas that drive subscribers and loyalty to the digital brand. Collaboration with audience engagement team to gain insight into website and story metrics and to determine new, engaging ways to present content online. Embracing a creative, collaborative approach with other team members and in working with other FCC departments and locations. Working with a team of producers to grow online audience throughout the company. Live streaming of events and press conferences. Video editing and producing, regular website and social media work. Rewriting content and headlines to appeal to new audiences. Sharing and promoting digital content through various social media channels. Forum Communications is a family-owned company with a large Upper Midwest footprint. We offer a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package with health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) and paid time off. Position requirements: Writing experience for a newspaper, website, magazine or similar publication is required. Experience using digital analytics tools such as Chartbeat, CrowdTangle and Google Analytics is preferred. Basic knowledge of video and photo editing is required. Some experience in proofreading or editing is preferred; AP Style knowledge a plus. Journalism or communications degree is helpful, though equivalent experience will be considered. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Knowledge of video and photo editing; knowledge of podcasts, video blogs and livestreaming. Must be able to multitask and juggle many different projects in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work quickly and accurately using a Web-based content management system. Must be creative, hardworking and a self-starter. Must be a team player with the ability to work under deadline pressure. Must have a valid driver’s license with a driving record that is insurable by the company. To apply, please submit your application and resume: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=2505349

#3 - Multimedia Journalist: Tourism: Forum Communications Co. is hiring tourism and recreation reporters at the following Minnesota locations: Bemidji Pioneer, Brainerd Dispatch and the West Central Tribune in Willmar. This beat will include topics such as lakes, recreation, tourism, dining, go-and-do event coverage, shopping and retail, outdoors, science and nature. Other duties include: Working to produce engaging news, features and enterprise work for a digital audience in the above mentioned topic areas. Writing and producing creative and unique digital content that includes but is not limited to stories, videos and photos. Developing story ideas around content areas that drive subscribers and loyalty to the digital brand. Collaboration with audience engagement team to gain insight into website and story metrics and to determine new, engaging ways to present content online. Embracing a creative, collaborative approach with other team members and in working with other FCC departments and locations. Working with a team of producers to grow online audience. Live streaming of events and press conferences. Video producing and editing, regular website and social media work. Rewriting content and headlines to appeal to new audiences. Sharing and promoting digital content through various social media channels. Forum Communications is a family-owned company with a large Upper Midwest footprint. We offer a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package with health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) and paid time off. Position Requirements: Writing experience for a newspaper, website, magazine or similar publication is required. Experience using digital analytics tools such as Chartbeat, CrowdTangle and Google Analytics is preferred. Basic knowledge of video and photo editing is required. Some experience in proofreading or editing is preferred; AP Style knowledge a plus. Journalism or communications degree is helpful, though equivalent experience will be considered. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Knowledge of video and photo editing; knowledge of podcasts, video blogs and livestreaming. Must be able to multitask and juggle many different projects in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work quickly and accurately using a Web-based content management system. Must be creative, hardworking and a self-starter. Must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record that is insurable by the company. Must carry an acceptable level of vehicle insurance as required by the company. To apply, please submit your application and resume: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=2507062

Director of Advertising Revenue - Forum Communications Co.
Forum Communications Company is hiring a full-time Director of Advertising Revenue to provide advertising sales direction and support, sales training, and accountability to our FCC advertising directors at FCC newspaper locations. This position will work closely with our advertising teams to ensure strategies are developed and appropriate sales goals are attained. This is a strategic leadership opportunity that will have an impact on our advertising division.Other responsibilities include: •Direct and manage comprehensive advertising sales strategies across all platforms with emphasis on digital •Manage a team of media planners, ad operations, digital sales specialists, customer care, programmatic manager •Develop a collaborative results driven environment with ad directors and sales teams •Create and maintain relationships with key advertising partners •Initiate sales forecasting aligned with operational plan/outcomes •Develop impactful and ongoing sales training program representative of the advertising products offered by the company •Identify, refine, and review sales strategy and tactics •Establish priority on customer service and matching client needs with most effective product mix •Identify future areas of opportunity with digital advertising technology, programs, and services. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=2442023

Advertising Assistant/Graphic Designer - Bottineau
This full-time position is responsible for creating and designing advertisements, sales and communication with clients to develop ads. The position requires attention to detail, and must meet weekly advertising deadlines for print. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, excellent oral and written skills; must be able to interact positively with a variety of people. Will train the right applicant. Please send resume, cover letter and references to the Bottineau Courant (PO Box 29, Bottineau, ND 58318) Att. Lynn or email to courant3@utma.com.

Graphic Designer - New Rockford
As a graphic designer at Transcript Publishing you will design a variety of media from print advertisements and travel guides to custom printed products and apparel items. Recent graduates with a degree in graphic design and/or working experience in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are the perfect fit for this position. This is a full time role in our New Rockford office. Vacation time, paid holidays, AFLAC Insurance and a fun working atmosphere are among the perks. If you are a creative person, explore this opportunity to do what you love and work with great people when you join our successful team. This is a great way for a new graduate to gain experience to take along to your next position, and is also a good career opportunity for someone who wants to make a small N.D. community home! To apply, send your resume and design samples by email to Publisher Amy Wobbema at amywobbema@gmail.com. Transcript Publishing is located at 6 Eighth Street North, New Rockford, ND. Call (701) 947-2417 with questions.

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For Sale - Consolidated Newspapers Inc.
Weekly newspapers include Benson County Farmers Press, circulation 1,800 plus internet; and Lakota American, circulation 900 and actively growing both paper and internet. Both are official county newspapers.  This would be a great opportunity for a reporter, salesperson or office manager to continue with current staff to produce an outstanding weekly publication.  Contact Publisher Denise Westad at denise@farmerspress.com for more information.

Looking to buy? Considering a sale?
NEW TO MARKET! Pair of two weekly newspapers in North Dakota. NEW TO MARKET! Group of 5 strong strong legacy weeklies in eastern South Dakota. Revenues near $600,00 with nice cash flow. Owner is ready to retire. Are you considering a sale? We have several buyers looking for strong community newspapers in the Midwest! Let's discuss what your newspaper may be worth! Please give us a call for a free market appraisal with no obligation. Contact Julie Bergman (218) 230-8943 McGovern, Grimes & Associates, jbergman@mediamergers.com