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Company: Twin Cities Business
Web and Research Assistant
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
February 26, 2013
Job ID: 1464605


Twin Cities Business magazine is looking for an up-and-coming journalist with a diverse skill set. The ideal candidate will possess lots of initiative, strong writing and editing abilities, excellent organizational skills, and keen attention to detail. About two-thirds of his or her time will be spent on tasks related to the magazine’s website and online content, and the remainder will be spent collecting information from companies for industry-specific lists that are published both in print and online.

A new version of—which features Web-exclusive content in addition to pieces from the monthly magazine—launched in August, and our team of editors is constantly exploring new ways to disseminate online content and engage with online readers. We’re looking for someone who will bring passion and new ideas to help grow our presence online.

We’re also looking for someone who will contribute to our Business Information Guide, or B.I.G. Book—an annual directory of business lists spanning a wide range of industries. To compile the lists, a small team collects information from companies from across the state. It’s a process that takes many months, thousands of phone calls, and persistence and careful planning.

The Web and research assistant will be part of a four-person Web and special projects team that’s responsible for the magazine’s website and online content as well as its lists and other special projects.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Finding and writing daily online news stories that are disseminated via a twice-weekly e-newsletter called Briefcase

• Preparing Briefcase, which is distributed to nearly 15,000 opt-in subscribers; this process includes loading both ads and editorial content

• Writing a weekly log of personnel changes at major Minnesota companies and a weekly log of awards given to Minnesota companies and/or individuals

• Collecting information, via phone and online surveys, for industry-specific lists and directories, including the annual B.I.G. Book; making phone calls to company contacts during our survey period (April-September of each year) to remind them to provide information for the lists

• Helping to maintain and load content onto the website; finding lists and other aggregated content for industry landing pages

Job requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree; major in journalism or English, or related experience; internship experience preferred

• Strong writing, editing, and communication skills; keen eye for detail

• Web experience (knowledge about HTML code and/or e-mail marketing a plus) or the ability to quickly grasp basic technical skills and execute them independently

• Self-motivated, positive attitude, and the ability to work well both independently and with a small team

• Ability to organize, prioritize, and stay on top of multiple projects at once—and to meet deadlines

• Ability to think critically, problem solve, and generate ideas to improve the website and the lists that the magazine produces

• Interest in local companies and the business landscape

About Twin Cities Business: Twin Cities Business is Minnesota’s leading provider of business news, insight, and analysis through a monthly magazine, twice-weekly e-newsletter, daily online news stories, events, and an annual business information guide. Along with our readers, we get to know the personalities of our region’s most influential leaders, exploring the “how” behind their success, strategies, and solutions. We discuss today’s most pressing issues, examine trends and outlooks, and provide the context, perspective, and information leaders have come to depend upon.

Benefits: MSP Communications, the company under which Twin Cities Business operates, offers outstanding benefits—including health and dental insurance and a competitive 401(k) plan.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and references to Research Director Christa Meland, via e-mail at, or by mail c/o MSP Communications, 220 South Sixth Street, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

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