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Entry Level Sports Reporter

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by baxter, Sep 12, 2011.

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  1. baxter

    baxter New Member

    The Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, AR, an award-winning six-day daily newspaper, has an immediate opening for a full-time entry-level sports reporter.

    Mountain Home is in north-central Arkansas in the heart of the Ozarks, nestled between Norfork and Bull Shoals lakes, with beautiful surroundings and hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, hiking, canoeing and biking in its backyard.

    The Baxter Bulletin is owned by Gannett Co. Inc. and offers many opportunities for career advancement as well as competitive pay and a benefit package including health insurance, paid vacation, 401k and more.

    *Strong reporting and writing skills
    *Ability to use a digital camera and be a mobile journalist filing stories from remote locations
    *Knowledge of AP style
    *A degree in journalism or English is helpful
    *Aggressive, self-starter
    *Strong computer and typing skills
    *Ability to work a flexible schedule
    *Valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance
    *Ability to make the job yours


    The Baxter Bulletin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  2. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    Woo boy. I get excited when the job title states "entry level" and lists strong typing skills and valid license as requirements.
  3. Raiders

    Raiders Guest

    Entry level is, what, $8 an hour? Suh-weet.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Don't wear a Florida hat if you go to an Arkansas game.
  5. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Can't imagine you'd be covering any.
  6. IllMil

    IllMil Active Member

    Well, this is an award-winning place. Does "making the job yours" mean working 70 hours a week and making 18k?
  7. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    Then don't apply. Do you guys have to be snarky about every job opening? There are some postings, yes, that cry out for sarcasm. But this appears to be a bona fide job for a first-time writer. So give it a rest.
  8. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    What kind of kid out of college would relocate for this job? I know people tend to be pessimistic, but they have a right to be: it's BS. "Entry level" is code for "we don't pay much at all."
  9. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    A recent grad of Arkansas? A recent grad of Arkansas State? A recent grad of Arkansas-Pine Bluff? A recent grad of UALR? A recent grad of Memphis? A recent grad of Missouri State? Aren't all these schools close to this place?

    I mean, just because a job isn't tailored to your needs, doesn't mean it needs to be panned.

    Having said that, I do think Baxter should have titled the thread something like "Sports writer, Mountain Home, Ark." There are a LOT of jobs like this on this board and the only reason this one is getting disproportionately panned is the title thread, IMO.
  10. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    Definitely what made me open it and read to see how the mistakes in the posting. I was the first to make a snarky comment and the thread title is what motivated me.
  11. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    What silvercharm and BG said.
  12. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Sheesh, give it a rest.

    What was your first job after college? If you were lucky enough to land a top tier job at a major metro at age 21, more power to you. Not everyone does. The vast majority of working journalists start out at places like this, covering HS and little league. If it's not for you, fine. But don't pan someone for listing a legitimate job posting that might be what somewhat else is looking for.
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