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Project Media Coordinator

Austin, Texas


General Description:

Be a part of the Clean Coastal Commerce Coalition, a coalition committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through a reduction of coal exports, by spreading its messages to media and beyond. We are advocating for public health and safety, government accountability, and clean and safe energy. We work aggressively to get our message out in print, radio, television and online. This is an opportunity to make a difference.

We are seeking a Project Media Coordinator to help execute the Coalition's multi-media and communications strategies in three key ways: 1) providing information to reporters by assisting in drafting and editing media advisories, press releases and letters to the editor, and fielding requests for interviews and information; 2) developing and maintaining significant presence and following on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as blogs; and 3) providing support functions, such as keeping press lists up to date, tracking media hits and distributing media clips. We seek someone bright and nimble, with a passion for public interest work and a solid knowledge of the issues in the news. We need someone who has strong writing skills and experience in both old and new media, who pays keen attention to detail, and who can work in a fast-paced environment and enjoys collaborating with others. Must have ability to effectively write and hone messages for diverse and specific types of readers/audiences as well as national and international media. Targeted readers/audiences likely to include: policy makers, politicians, business leaders, investors, students, members of minority communities, fishers and hunters, activists and religious community members. This person will coordinate media outreach with social media, email activism and other communication efforts by the members of the Coalition and likely will assist with other media-related activities for Public Citizen's Texas office. This position reports to the Director of the Texas office of Public Citizen. This position is grant-contingent and its continuation is dependent upon funding availability.

Specific Responsibilities:


  1. Write and edit press releases/statements/advisories and articles.
  2. Field media inquiries and respond to reporter needs, coordinating interviews for key Coalition spokespeople.
  3. Assist in planning and executing press events, including preparing press kits and media lists, and calling journalists.
  4. Promote the Coalition issues and experts to the media.
  5. Educate and organize online around the campaign through creating, growing and social media sites that result in turnouts for direct action.
  6. Document Coalition events for press, blogs, social media and email campaigns.
  7. Post Coalition news releases and other documents on the Web.
  8. Maintain and contribute to the Coalition blog.
  9. Maintain and update press lists.
  10. Compile and distribute weekly media hits report to Public Citizen and other Coalition members who request them.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or similar field.

Knowledge: Must be familiar with media deadlines and with how newsrooms work. Must have general knowledge of national and regional current events, particularly relating to issues involving health and safety, climate change and other coal export issues of the day. Must have understanding and familiarity of the diverse cultures of Gulf Coast communities.

Work Experience: Minimum three years in communications, journalism or public affairs in a Gulf Coast state—ideally Louisiana. Experience as a reporter is a plus. Proven experience in pitching stories to major national media outlets and writing press releases. Track record of new/social media promotions and developing followings. Experience in newsrooms or nonprofit communications is a plus. Political campaign or fund-raising experience also a plus.

Skills:
Strong writing and editing abilities; strong new/social media skills, excellent computer skills, including proficiency in word processing and with databases; good phone presence; organized and conscientious. Ability to juggle many tasks simultaneously and under deadline pressure, and to work with a wide range of people. Must enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and frequently demanding environment. Videotape and photography skills a plus.

Conditions:
Some overtime/comp-time and travel in and out of state likely.

Location:
Austin, Texas

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples and links to blogs or sites to which you contributed, to Carol Geiger, cgeiger@citizen.org. Please put "Project Media Coordinator" in the subject line.

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