The Las Vegas newspaper has posted an ad for a new publisher on journalismjobs.com.
Pay no attention to the fact the ad misspells the newspaper’s own name, leaving the hyphen out of Review-Journal, nor the fact the ad says the paper was first published in 1909, though the paper claims to trace its beginnings to the Las Vegas Age, which began in 1905 and was later absorbed by the Las Vegas Review.
But perhaps most telling is the fact the ad lists the paper’s Sunday circulation as 138,000, even though the story that recounts the purchase of the paper by New Media Investment Group, the parent of GateHouse Media, lists the Sunday circulation as 184,000. Rapid cancellations or inflated figure to begin with?
Currently the paper has an interim publisher.
If your talents lie in the area of journalism, news coverage, opinion writing, strong editing — you need not apply. As the ad makes abundantly clear, the new owner’s primary focus is to make money. As previous owner Donald W. Reynolds used to say, the mark of a good newspaper is that it makes money.
Here is the job description with emphasis added:
GateHouse Media LLC, is searching for a visionary leader to guide the Las Vegas Review Journal, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, into a new era. First published in 1909, theReview Journal is the leading news organization in Las Vegas and publishes high-quality, local content while offering innovative multimedia marketing solutions. The newspaper has a Sunday circulation of 138,000, and over half a milion local adults consume the Review Journal’s news and information through print, online and mobile & tablet devices. The Review Journal holds a unique position as the influential voice across the entire Las Vegas valley and plays a critical role in lives of its residents, readers and advertisers. The Review Journal is annually recognized by the Nevada Press Association for its news and feature reporting, photography, editorial writing, and page design.
As Publisher, the individual is responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial success of the Review Journal portfolio. We are seeking a proven leader who understands the critical balance between a print and digital revenue focus, along with the continued need to diversify revenue streams across multiple business lines. Las Vegas is a rapidly growing market and the Publisher must be willing to dive deep into the local business community and be an influential part of setting the local business agenda. Furthermore, our ideal candidate will have demonstrated a progressive history of revenue growth in Digital Marketing Services for small to medium sized businesses (SMB’s) and be able to evaluate market & audience opportunities for digital product development.
If you are a passionate team leader with an entrepreneurial approach, thrive on running a multi-faceted business, and excel in working with your leadership team to develop strategies, execute plans and achieve results, we want to speak with you about this exciting opportunity.
Our preferred candidates can readily discuss how they have created and led a culture of engagement, communication, accountability, and inclusion, and the steps they took to develop an organization that embraces change, encourages small failures, and empowers innovation. This person must be able to inspire and motivate an organization built on continued success.
· Rich, prior experience leading media and digital organizations
· A proven track record of leading change and delivering financial performance goals
· High digital acumen with prior experience leading digital media strategies
· An unwavering commitment to local journalism
· An established history of increasing and diversifying revenues
· Excellent strategic planning, organizational, analytical, and financial management skills
· Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
· A Bachelors Degree or comparable experience required