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Where’s the Regard for John Johnson & the Empire He Created?

13 Jan

Johnson Publishing Company

Update 1/13/12: I received word from Crystal Howard, the Director of Communications at Johnson Publishing Company, that the company has not been sold. But, the building has been, which was the primary focus of this post. I apologize if there was any confusion about the sale of the company vs. the sale of the building. Here is an article reporting the sale of Johnson Products Headquarters to Columbia College.

Ok, I was tryna hold my peace, but I can’t.

Last year, we got word that Johnson Publishing Company was being sold to Columbia College Chicago. To learn that the first and possibly the ONLY black-owned building in the downtown quarters was disappearing before our eyes was heartbreaking. Let’s look at the irony of this situation.

John Johnson was very strategic and visionary in his business dealings as noted in his book, “Succeeding Against the Odds: The Autobiography of a Great American Businessman”. He was calculating in his decision making and actions, which means he researched and prepared for each and every encounter and meeting. It took years of HARD work for Johnson to earn everything he had personally and professionally. How, then, was it so easy for his empire to crumble as a result of poor decision making and other business snafus?

I don’t know the entire story, but I do know that Mr. Johnson is flipping in his grave, a few times. The Crain’s Chicago article said that Johnson Publishing has “one of the largest corporate collections of African-American art.” They also reported, “No word on whether Johnson Publishing will sell the originals or any of the company’s original artwork (though I hear a few pieces will stay with Columbia at the old building).”

That’s horrible! Where is the regard and respect for the work ethic, rewards and legacy of John Johnson?

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Crain’s is looking for a full-time social media intern

3 Aug

Crain's Chicago Business

Crain’s Chicago Business is seeking a paid intern to assist with social media and community management. Knowledge and understanding of the business community is a must, and an excitement for emerging digital trends is key. Internship is full-time (M-F during normal business hours), and will last for approximately six months.

Job Responsibilities:

–Monitor, build and maintain Crain’s active presence on a variety of social channels including: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, StumbleUpon and Foursquare.

–Regularly monitor online conversations and respond accordingly; watch for key trends and potential story ideas

–Foster a sense of community online that encourages Crain’s readers to actively engage and participate in discussion, and feel invested in our online community.

–Serve as key source of digital trends for newsroom.

–Assist in developing online strategies.

Job Requirements:

Experience in journalism or related field; strong attention to detail.

–Comfort and experience with social media beyond personal use.

–Excellent writing and editing skills.

–Ability to communicate effectively both on and offline.

–Ability to work independently, react quickly

To apply, please send résumé and relevant clips to Gabrielle Tompkins, gtompkins@crain.com.


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