Monday, January 7, 2008

Rod looking for new spinner

According to the world wide Internet, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is looking for a new press secretary. I wonder if the interviewer will ask potential hires how they'd handle press relations on the day Rod gets indicted. That question is not included in the ad:

Position Summary:
The Press Secretary plays an integral part in creating the administration's message and disseminating it to the media. The successful candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills; strong record in media relations and crisis communications; and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.

Position Responsibilities:
* Build and maintain relationships with members of the press
* Act as a spokesperson, proactively pitching stories and developing/delivering reaction to reporters' inquiries
* Collaborate with Governor's press staff and agency press officers to generate ideas and develop media strategies
* Assist in organizing press conferences and other media-related events
* Draft and edit press releases and other materials for distribution
Job Requirements
* Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or relevant field
* Five or more years of experience in media relations and/or public relations
* Demonstrated record of success in pitching and placing stories in major media outlets
* Ability to work under tight deadlines
* Ability to implement long-term media strategies, as well as react to rapid-response needs from internal and external sources on a daily basis
* Desire to work in a team-based, cooperative environment
* Experience in government or political settings a plus

How To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their resumes via email to Rebecca Rausch, Deputy Director of Communications by clicking the Apply Now button.
Some other questions interviewees might face:

1. Do you have any problem saying things that are obviously not true?

2. Do you believe it is better to say "no comment" to sticky press inquiries or simply to berate the question?

3. When the governor is indicted, would it be too brazen to say that regardless of what the feds say, Rod Blagojevich continues to try to help "people."

4. Can you say Governor Quinn?

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