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Alabama football beat writer

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Christopher Smith, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith New Member

  2. ehobeck

    ehobeck New Member

    So it's a part-time freelance gig that requires a degree and two years' experience?
  3. Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith New Member

    It's a part-time freelance gig that will at some point in the intermediate future turn into a full-fledged beat writer job covering Alabama football, boots on the ground in Tuscaloosa.
  4. Potter

    Potter Member

    What's the thought process there? Save a little money till the guy is full-time? A pseudo-trial run to see if the reporter is actually good?

    Not being snippy -- genuinely curious.
  5. Ice9

    Ice9 Active Member

    Has anybody checked with rcsoxfan or DJDennisOU to see if they will be applying for this job?
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  6. Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith New Member

    Great question. I'll try to answer in a way that explains it without revealing too much of the business side that could potentially displease the owners.

    We've got to get better at covering individual teams, especially the ones with the largest fan bases in the SEC. Eventually, I foresee SDS hiring multiple full-time beat writers. Probably not ever one for all 14 teams. But schools like Georgia and Tennessee. Alabama obviously is the first move there, all else being equal.

    I'm not able to hire someone full-time right now. I am very confident I will be able to at some point in the not-so-distant future. In the interim, I still want to find someone to cover Alabama for us and upgrade our coverage there. To me, it makes sense to make the best of those circumstances. The pseudo-trial run is a byproduct rather than the driving reason, but hey -- why not use that? And it also gives me something legitimate to sell to a candidate.

    We're not going to attract someone from AL.com or someone already on the beat full-time to the current offering. But if I were a little younger, I could see where this would be an attractive opportunity to work myself into a full-time beat job competing with all the big boys.

    Make sense?
  7. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    It seems like SEC Country or whatever is doing the same thing. Should be interesting.
  8. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    The worst job in the country is any job that requires covering Nick Saban.

    Good luck, though. I'm sure there are plenty of eager beavers who'll jump at the chance. Just not me. ;)
  9. studthug12

    studthug12 Active Member

    Why are you so confident you will be able to hire someone in the not so distant future if you can't afford to hire somebody right now? No guarantees, just to sweeten the pot and make it possible for a legitimate reporter to apply? If so confident, why not hire a full-time reporter right now?
  10. Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith New Member

    I do feel confident. I would be very glad to delineate our plan in much greater detail to any legitimate candidate. And we may end up hiring away a full-time reporter from another gig when the time comes. But this initial person will have an opportunity first.
  11. bamabelle2k15

    bamabelle2k15 Member

    I'm from Alabama, I live in Birmingham and an Alabama grad and I've applied for freelance positions before with SDS and never heard a word back.
  12. Waldo9939

    Waldo9939 Member

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