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Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« on: November 03, 2009, 01:45:23 PM »
BEAT REPORTER/ NBA-HAWKS-GENERAL SPORTS
for Atlanta Journal-Constitution/ajc.com

Job description:

Primary focus is covering the NBA and the Atlanta Hawks in the NBAs Eastern Conference for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Must also be able to write about other sports.
-- Must bring not only deep reporting experience but an eye for the unusual story, and a keen ability to routinely write significant stories beyond basic beat coverage.
-- Must bring a depth of experience covering the NBA, a vast storehouse of sources and the ability to build more.
--Must demonstrate superb grasp of sports business since the Hawks ownership often makes as much news off the court as the team makes on it.
--Must be nimble, breaking news quickly on ajc.com, blogging throughout the week, and unveiling intriguing trends in print that would appeal to the readership of a general interest newspaper.
--Must enjoy storytelling, writing great cover stories on other sports beyond the NBA.

Qualifications:
--Minimum of 5 years of related experience as beat reporter with a major daily newspaper or other comparable news organization covering the NBA or a professional sports team in another sport.
--Demonstrated ability to break news on a sports beat.
--Proven ability to write concisely, clearly and with authority. Minimal editing required.
--Demonstrated competency in both digital and print platforms.
--Capacity to take advantage of all current forms of reporting, news gathering and research.
--College graduate preferred

To apply:
Email cover letter, resume and list of references by Nov. 9 to:
Barbara Senftleber, Newsroom Development Editor
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta, GA
[email protected]

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2009, 01:48:05 PM »
Wasn't Rana Cash doing recruiting for the AJC at one point? Used to be the GT writer? Is she still there?

That aside and on topic, good to see they are opening this one up.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2009, 02:21:36 PM »
Rana was there at least two years ago. I don't know if she is still there.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2009, 02:39:22 PM »
They don't want you to send clips?

Think that was an mistaken omission? Or, is this a pre-interview step by HR, paring down the field for the sports department, and then those left will send in clips?

Guess I will be emailing Barbara to ask...

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2009, 05:05:44 PM »
wow...this is what the fifth major newspaper to have an opening in the last month? It feels like 2002 all over again.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009, 06:34:45 PM »
They may have just forgotten to ask for clips, but if you're bringing five years of experience from a major daily on a professional beat, they probably assume you can write and they'll have no problem finding your clips on their own.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2009, 09:09:02 AM »
I'm surprised they're not just promoting a part-time designer from the Living section, which is about what they've done with Georgia Tech and the Thrashers (now covered by two lifelong line editors).

Apply with caution. A job is a job, I suppose, but this is not your granddaddy's AJ-C. It has gone from one of the best in the nation (Triple Crown in 2007 if APSE site is accurate) to, depending on the day, one of the best in metro Atlanta.

My parents live outside Marietta and subscribe to 2 papers. I say this with all seriousness: Several days a week, the Marietta Journal has more space in sports and is a more interesting read than the AJ-C. I saw a recent sports front with 3 wire stories on it. That never used to happen.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2009, 10:33:15 AM »
Rana was there at least two years ago. I don't know if she is still there.

I can confirm, first-hand, that Rana is still at the AJC. She's doing a thrifty spending blog for the paper. Not sure if she's still also doing recruiting or not.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2009, 10:57:38 AM »
I'm surprised they're not just promoting a part-time designer from the Living section, which is about what they've done with Georgia Tech and the Thrashers (now covered by two lifelong line editors).

Apply with caution. A job is a job, I suppose, but this is not your granddaddy's AJ-C. It has gone from one of the best in the nation (Triple Crown in 2007 if APSE site is accurate) to, depending on the day, one of the best in metro Atlanta.

My parents live outside Marietta and subscribe to 2 papers. I say this with all seriousness: Several days a week, the Marietta Journal has more space in sports and is a more interesting read than the AJ-C. I saw a recent sports front with 3 wire stories on it. That never used to happen.

How many writers are they down to, a dozen?  I picked it up in April, a Friday I'm pretty sure, and the section was four pages.  I wanted to cry.  Always been one of my favorite papers.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2009, 11:51:51 AM »
I agree. What is the paper at best most days, 40-50 pages? When I went through there it was 120 on a Thursday. That was LAST YEAR. The AJC has really come down.
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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2009, 08:19:03 PM »
The writers:
O'Brien
Ledbetter
I'm assuming Sekou Smith is moving on from this listing
Carroll Rogers
Tim Tucker
Chip Towers
Chris Vivlamore
Mark Bradley
Jeff Schultz
Steve Hummer, though I don't think he's full-time sports. He's general assignment features or something
Michael Carvell
Barnhart is a contract writer, not actually on staff
Tech blogger
UGA blogger
HBCU blogger

That's about it. If I missed any, there weren't many.
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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2009, 10:16:43 PM »
anyone know where sekou is going?

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2009, 11:31:30 PM »
So Tom Stinson is no longer on staff? I always enjoyed reading his stuff.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2009, 05:27:40 AM »
Sekou is going to NBA.com - they recently had a job listed for NBA blogger/writer for the daily front page stuff on the site.  Not sure if that's his gig. I just know that's where he is going.
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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2009, 09:11:32 AM »
They've lost more people than they have. Some really good, some just OK. But a whole lot of folks just in the past couple years alone. Which sports dept. has lost more talent than this in no more than 3 years?

WRITERS (off the top of my head)
Michelle Hiskey
Mike Knobler
Carter Strickland
Craig Cusstance
Matt Winklejohn
Bill Sanders
Jack Wilkinson
Stan Awtrey
Steve Wyche
Tony Barnhart
Terence Moore
Rick Minter
Todd Holcombe
Scott Bernarde
Sekou Smith
Darrell Maxie
Mike Tierney
Wendy Parker
EDITORS
Ramos (let his assistants do all the work)
Jeff D'Allesio
Virginia Lewis
WRITERS WORKING ELSEWHERE AT THE PAPER
Rana Cash
Tom Stinson

And I'm probably not thinking of a handful more.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2009, 10:47:05 AM »
Ken Sugiura? Curtis Bunn? Or were they already gone?


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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2009, 03:33:59 PM »
Sugiura's still there. Still writes sports.

Curtis Bunn, my sources say, was a disaster. Not much of a loss.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2009, 05:25:18 PM »
Moddy is correct about Sekou Smith going to NBA.com.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2009, 06:55:03 PM »
Sugiura's still there. Still writes sports.

Curtis Bunn, my sources say, was a disaster. Not much of a loss.
You need to check your sources. Bunn is doing quite well and was just as talented as many of those listed earlier.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2009, 11:24:47 PM »
So Tom Stinson is no longer on staff? I always enjoyed reading his stuff.

Stinson is now what they call a ``word editor'' in the land of new-age titles.

I believe that's like a line editor but I'm not really sure.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2009, 04:11:11 PM »
Might be a silly question, but any word on what the AJC plans to do for GA State football coverage for next fall?

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2009, 04:08:57 AM »
From what I overheard at the GSWA meetings in the summer, Ken Suguira will handle the Panthers.

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Re: Sports Reporter, Atlanta-Journal Constitution - Atlanta, GA
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2009, 12:00:02 PM »
I would think Chris Perkins would be a good fit for this if he wanted, with his previous ties to Cox.