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Auburn beat writer — Montgomery Advertiser

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by boundforboston, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    The Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for an energetic, enterprising reporter who can cover Auburn University athletics.

    We want a passionate, driven and creative person who has proven experience on a competitive beat. We don’t care about every canned press conference quote or minor injury. The person we hire must be able to break out from the pack and write the stories no one else is writing. You will live in Auburn with the primary focus being football and men’s basketball while realizing many stories exist off the beaten path.

    This candidate must be flexible, mobile, open-minded and eager while embracing many ideas with a curiosity to learn more. We are looking for reporters who are
    S.W.A.N.s – Smart, Works Hard, Ambitious and Nice. That is non-negotiable.

    Typical job duties:

    • Create storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences through various platforms.

    • Connect with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, on camera, etc.)

    • Provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues.

    • Promote personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.

    Skills you need:

    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications.

    • Deep understanding of and curiosity about competition for our customers’ time and money.

    • Self-motivation and self-direction.

    • Advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage fan base on digital platforms.

    • Shoots photos and videos with nearly every story and handles basic editing of both.

    • Effective communicator who can work with diverse personalities.

    • Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing

    • Applies innovative, creative thinking to support the company’s goals.

    • Standard writing, spelling, grammar, AP and local style knowledge of a professional

    • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct.

    Interested applicants should apply online AND send your resume, five
    reporting examples and cover letter expressing why you’re the best candidate
    for the job to: Brad Zimanek, Montgomery Advertiser Sports Editor/Consumer
    Experience at bzimanek@gannett.com

    Job opportunity at Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK - News - Reporter II
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    FYI — the previous person in this job, Matthew Stevens, took a job with the Purdue Rivals.com site:

  3. TGO157

    TGO157 Active Member

    The infamous Matthew Stevens from the Mississippi State/Shreveport radip debacle?

    If so, that's proof that you can rebound from anything.
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member


    But it was Lafayette, not Shreveport.
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  6. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

  7. MiamiBoy

    MiamiBoy Active Member

    So he said all that about Lafayette just to wind up in West Lafayette? I mean I guess...
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  8. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    Hasn't this Auburn gig been open several times on here? Seems like either the Montgomery or the Auburn paper is always scrambling to fill this job.
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    It's not this one. Matthew replaced James Crepea, who went to AL.com (and is still there). James replaced Jay Tate, who held that beat for about 10-12 years before leaving for the Auburn Rivals.com site.
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