Art Director

Jan 30, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
Human Resources
Full Time
Reporting to the editor, the art director has design responsibilities for Plastics News. We are seeking a creative person who will make our print and web products catch the attention of busy executives, while also being a stickler for accuracy and an eye for detail. The art director will handle day-to-day page layout and headline writing, especially for Page 1 and special report sections, and will work with the assistant managing editor and graphics editor to ensure that the publication has a cohesive look and tone that reflects its dominant position in our market.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of five to seven years of print and online design and layout experience, preferably working on a fast-paced, news-based publication and Web site. The ideal candidate will have well-above-average proficiency in Quark and/or InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, expertise in pre-press PostScript file construction and PDF workflow, and strong photo and illustration sourcing skills.

Confidence in manipulating data and infographics would be very helpful. A background in business news journalism is strongly preferred. Experience in Flash-based design, Dreamweaver, HTML, Java Script and Shockwave is preferred.

A college degree in art, design, journalism or related fields required.

Organization Overview

Plastics News is a 45,000-circulation, weekly newspaper based in Detroit. Founded by Crain in 1989, it covers the business of the global plastics industry. Plastics News focuses on commercial, financial, legislative and market-related developments worldwide that affect North American plastic product manufacturers and their suppliers and customers. The publication's mission is to report completely, promptly, fairly and accurately, and to provide plastics industry officials with the market information and competitive intelligence they need to do their jobs more effectively.

The April 1996 launch of the website turned the weekly newspaper into a global daily news service. The publication now offers more than 10 free e-mail newsletters, including PN Daily Email. Additionally, in 2012 PN launched a series of regular data products and market research reports that are offered for sale via the online PN Store.

Plastics News launched the bilingual PN China eWeekly as a free, weekly email newsletter in May 2005, along with a companion website, Both are offered in simplified Chinese and English. Beginning in January 2013, PNChina increased the frequency of its newsletter, now renamed the PN China Report, to twice weekly. It goes to nearly 10,000 subscribers worldwide.

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