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Digital sports editor, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette/KCRG-TV9

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by boundforboston, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    The Gazette and KCRG-TV9, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are seeking a versatile and highly motivated digital sports editor. This position is responsible for editing, packaging, publishing and maintaining sports content for the state’s second largest newspaper and market-leading television station in Eastern Iowa. The position is also responsible for actively participating in social media and helping to promote content on our Web sites and engaging the local sports community. This person is also responsible for regularly editing video for use online and production of several podcasts.

    You should be comfortable editing and curating/enriching content from a variety of sources: blogs, wire services, freelancers, community contributors, etc. You should be ready to occasionally jump in and do original reporting yourself.

    Our ideal candidate is comfortable using metrics tools, such as Google Analytics, to assist in decision making. You also understand sports, both on and off the field. The ideal candidate is regularly thinking of how to execute new ideas online which grow our brands and promote digital interaction.

    This is a fast-paced position in a newsroom that thinks big. Our sports team regularly covers Big Ten and Big 12 NCAA sports, a robust high school sports scene, and a variety of other topics including racing and outdoors. Our sports team goes far beyond game coverage. The sports team hosts an array of podcasts, daily video blogs, broadcasting a weekly live television show, and broadcasts live prep, collegiate and minor league sports on KCRG 9.2.

    As many sporting events happen on nights and weekends, you should expect to work a schedule that includes nights and weekends. You also need to be able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, be comfortable working as part of a team and work well under tight deadlines.

    Our organization:

    Our news operation is converged and combines digital, print and broadcast for The Gazette, TheGazette.com, KCRG-TV9 , kcrg.com, as well as several niche sites. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is employee-owned. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news outlets. While we’re focused in Cedar Rapids -- Iowa’s second-largest city – we have bureaus in Des Moines and Iowa City. The region is rich with things to do outside of work hours.

    Qualifications & Requirements:

    Ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, creative go-getter and problem solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication and team building skills. Candidate must be highly organized, a confident decision maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching. Candidate must also have strong writing and editing skills and sound news judgment. Candidate must be attentive to detail and is organized and a strong communicator. Must have strong understanding of digital storytelling and social media skills and its applications. Candidate needs basic knowledge of HTML, working knowledge of online audiences and engagement strategies, knowledge of basic tools such as PhotoShop.

    A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related course of study is required and 2-4 years of experience as a digital editor, multimedia producer or content strategist is desired. Candidate must demonstrate ability to work quickly and accurately and must have ideas on how to present news in an ever-changing media landscape. Understanding of Web concepts and ability to regularly engage the audience is required. Understanding of video and audio editing is required.

    To Apply:

    Please send a brief cover letter, resume, link to portfolio or work samples to



    The Gazette Company

    PO Box 511

    500 Third Ave SE

    Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

    E-mail: hr@thegazettecompany.com

  2. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    This is a bigger-person job than it seems. They take the multidisciplinary approach seriously. A touch isolated, of course, but I know the previous leader in this spot made some decent change.
  3. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Where did the previous leader go, and would someone with two decades in the business be welcomed with open arms here? I've read the Gazette and it's a damn good paper.
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