I want to update readers on some contract job openings here at PBS MediaShift. Even with the harsh economic downturn (and maybe because of it), I feel like the time is right to actually expand what we’re doing here rather than pull back. These kinds of lulls often create openings to make something new or build upon what you’ve got.

So I’m going to be hiring a few contract workers over the next few weeks to help bring in more sponsorships, underwriting and foundation grants both for MediaShift and for a new undisclosed project that I believe will be a great complement to MediaShift and Idea Lab. The job descriptions are below. Before I post these to other sites online, I wanted to give MediaShift readers and community members a chance to apply first.

Also, beyond these contract jobs, I am also looking for some correspondents on MediaShift. Those are detailed below the jobs. If you are interested in any of these positions, please use the Contact Form to get in touch with me directly, and include your resume, links to previous work and an explanation of why you would be perfect for the job.

Associate Editor

This part-time job will include the following duties:

> Copy-editing and direction on blog posts submitted by a team of MediaShift and Idea Lab writers. This means making sure they get copy in on time, reworking the copy, and helping craft the direction of their work.

> Writing a monthly blog post on MediaShift on a subject within the realm of the blog but of which you are more interested or experienced in covering. That could mean social networking, online video, Twitter or any area you feel comfortable covering. Your posts would combine opinion, informed commentary and some reporting, when necessary.

> Other editorial duties as needed on the blog, including monitoring and picking featured comments, coming up with story ideas, and helping research stories.

The following experience will be needed to do this job:

> Writing and/or producing a blog or website.

> Working on deadline.

> Editing other people’s work.

> Working with other people and enforcing deadlines.

We estimate the job should take up about 20 to 25 hours each week. The pay for this job is $350 per week. We are hoping to hire someone for this position in the next few weeks. It would be ideal work for someone who already has other part-time or freelance work.

Salesperson

This part-time job will include the following duties:

> Helping formulate a strategy for selling underwriting, sponsorships and getting grants for MediaShift and another new site to be launched in 2010.

> Sales calls to universities, foundations and media and technology companies to sell MediaShift site, 5Across video show and 4MR audio podcast inventory.

> Coordinating sales with executive editor and PBS liaisons.

The following experience will be needed to do this job:

> Sales for online websites or blogs, preferably those that cover the media industry or journalism fields.

> Knowledge of media business, particularly media foundations, educational institutions, research firms, and media and tech companies.

> Deep list of contacts at media companies, journalism schools, and technology companies interested in new media.

The pay for this job is $1,000 per month plus 15% commission on all sales. We are hoping to hire someone for this position in the next few weeks. It would be ideal work for someone who already has other part-time or freelance work.

Marketing Manager

This part-time job will include the following duties:

> Helping formulate a strategy for promoting and marketing the MediaShift and Idea Lab sites.

> Helping to boost traffic and awareness of sites, as well as 5Across video show and 4MR audio podcast.

> Creating banner and text ads, as well as ads placed on Facebook.

> Tracking success of various ad and promotional campaigns on social media.

> Working with other promotional people at MediaShift and PBS.

The following experience will be needed to do this job:

> Promotion or marketing for online websites or blogs, preferably those that cover the media industry or journalism fields

> Knowledge of MediaShift and Idea Lab sites, authors and subject matter.

> Intimate knowledge of social media and Twitter as marketing tools.

> Ability to “think outside the box” to spread the word about the site in underground campaigns.

The pay for this job is $1,000 per month and would take about 10 to 15 hours per week. We are hoping to hire someone for this position in the next few weeks. It would be ideal work for someone who already has other part-time or freelance work.

Correspondents

We have a great group of writers at MediaShift, including academics, editors and students. I am currently looking for correspondents to cover the following subjects or geographical areas:

> Free speech

> Middle East (outside of Israel), Asia, South America, Africa, Europe

> radio/TV/broadcast

> politics

> book publishing

> magazines

> film industry

These are unpaid correspondent positions, and we expect you to write pieces that are 750 to 1,000 words, once or twice per month. They do provide good exposure for your work on other sites or blogs. Your reports can include thought pieces, reporting, Q&As, video or audio.

If you are interested in writing for MediaShift in another niche or category, or as a guest blogger, let me know via the Contact Form. Be sure to include links to your resume, examples of past work, and explain why you would fit well for these positions.