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Copy Editor -- The (Hilton Head, S.C.) Island Packet,

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by dkphxf, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, which serve Hilton Head Island,
    Beaufort and Bluffton, SC, are seeking a copy editor/page designer. We're
    interested in candidates who can creatively design pages, aggressively
    handle copy, spot holes and inconsistencies in stories, write headlines that
    are clear and crisp, and maintain accuracy on deadline.

    Knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop is required.

    The Packet and Gazette, whose combined circulation is about 35,000, are
    well-respected dailies owned by The McClatchy Co. The copy desk is a
    consistent award winner in state newspaper competitions. For more
    information about the Packet and the Gazette and the communities they serve,
    read the profiles included below or visit islandpacket.com and

    Please e-mail a one-page cover letter and a one-page resume to Ellis Harman,
    copy desk chief, at eharman@islandpacket.com.

    Initially, send only the cover letter and resume. The resume should include
    professional and academic highlights, dates of graduation and job
    changes/promotions, scholarships and awards and names and telephone numbers
    of references. The letter and resume will be key in determining whether to
    proceed with an application.

    Please do not send work samples as attachments with your e-mail. After
    reviewing your resume, we may then ask for page samples.


    The Island Packet is a small (22,000 circulation), well-respected newspaper
    that serves Hilton Head Island and southern Beaufort County.

    The Beaufort Gazette (12,000 circulation) is among the oldest daily
    newspapers in South Carolina, founded in 1897. Its coverage focuses on
    northern Beaufort County, including the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal
    and the neighboring sea islands that stretch to the Atlantic Ocean.

    Hilton Head is a resort community that attracts about 2 million visitors a
    year; it has a full-time residential population of about 37,000. Beaufort is
    a historic city that offers a combination of the Old South, featuring
    stately antebellum homes in the downtown historic district, as well as
    modern suburban neighborhoods, many on waterfront property.

    Beaufort County lies on the coast between Savannah and Charleston in an area
    that's rich in many ways — historically, environmentally, culturally and
    economically. If you have seen the movies "The Water is Wide," "The Legend
    of Bagger Vance," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," "The Big
    Chill," "The Great Santini," "Forest Gump" or "Something to Talk About,"
    you'll have an idea of what the area looks like. (All were filmed here.) The
    area is notable for other things, too — for example, Pat Conroy has set most
    of his novels here and an annual PGA event, the Heritage golf tournament, is
    held on Hilton Head.

    The Packet and Gazette serve diverse communities in the heart of the coastal
    area known for the "Gullah" culture and dialect. One of the issues we have
    focused on over the years is the survival of Gullah in a place where rapid
    changes are occurring. We also have an emerging Hispanic population.

    Northern Beaufort County has a significant military presence — Parris
    Island, one of two training bases for U.S. Marine recruits, is here, along
    with a Marine Corps air station and a Naval hospital.

    The Packet and Gazette are owned by The McClatchy Co., the third largest
    newspaper company in the United States, with 31 daily newspapers.
    McClatchy-owned newspapers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, the
    (Fort Worth) Star- Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer,
    and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. In addition, McClatchy has a robust
    network of internet assets, including leading local Web sites in each of its
    daily newspaper markets, offering users information, comprehensive news,
    advertising, e-commerce and other services.

    The newspapers’ staff includes graduates from Northwestern University, the
    University of Missouri, the University of North Carolina, Boston University,
    Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, the University of
    Kansas and other distinguished journalism schools. For some staffers,
    working here is the first job out of school; for others it's the second or

    We have become an excellent starting point in the careers of many young

    The Packet and Gazette take seriously their role as community watchdogs. We
    are known as papers that will shine a light on issues that deserve exposure.
    The newspapers consistently make outstanding showings in journalism

    We also insist that public officials adhere to freedom-of-information laws
    and we will go to court to make FOI laws stick.

    The Packet and Gazette merged their copy desk operations in September 2007,
    their sports departments in July 2008 and their photo departments in October
    2008. In September 2008, the Gazette moved its main base of operation from
    Beaufort to Bluffton, in the same building as the Packet, while maintaining
    a smaller office in Beaufort. The impressive facility in Bluffton opened in
    late 1999 and includes a state- of-the-art printing press that was added in
    2007 and services both newspapers. That addition cost $20 million and speaks
    to our commitment to provide readers quality products and our belief in the
    future of newspapers.

    We believe that first-rate newspapers like McClatchy’s, combined with
    dynamic on-line news delivery systems, have an extremely promising future.

    To find out more about the Packet and Gazette, take a look at our Web sites:
    islandpacket.com and beaufortgazette.com

    For information about The McClatchy Co., go to www.mcclatchy.com.

    Per: http://www.journalismjobs.com/Job_Listing.cfm?JobID=1238057
  2. ARR

    ARR New Member

    God damn, do I love Beaufort, S.C.

    Great gig for a fresh college grad.
  3. mjslovin91

    mjslovin91 Guest

    Not many places in this country I would rather be at any given moment than Hilton Head, S.C.
  4. secretariat

    secretariat Active Member

    Careful. The SE is a real prick. And a shitty golfer. ;D
  5. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    Note: I don't believe this is for the sports department. But it would be a great place to work.
  6. bigbadeagle

    bigbadeagle Member

    Haven't seen the Packet as much in the last couple of years, but when I do get it, it's a good product.
  7. JJHHI

    JJHHI Member

    At least one of these things is true. :D

    This is not for sports, but if you want to work at a newspaper, you can do a lot worse. I came here for a year or two more than five years ago.

    Good folks on the news desk, too.
  8. secretariat

    secretariat Active Member

    That sucks. Well, at least you get to work in the same building as the man who's won 134 APSE awards in the last three years. Even if he molests collies.
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Nice area. The gig, albeit not in sports, isn't so bad. Now if they could just do something about the wages.....
  10. JJHHI

    JJHHI Member

    What do you know about the wages? Because the last I checked, we were pretty high up on the scale for an entry-level position. When I started as a reporter here, it was my second job in the business, and I got a $7,000 raise from my first stop. Just sayin'.
  11. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Just sayin, I guess things have improved. That's good to know.
  12. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    It still costs a fortune to live there.
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