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GA reporter; Wasilla, Alaska

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Stitch, May 30, 2010.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    From JJobs: http://www.journalismjobs.com/Job_Listing.cfm?JobID=1173092

    Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
    General assignment reporter
    Wasilla, Alaska
    Salary: $25,000 to $30,000
    July 3, 2010

    We need an ambitious reporter who can hit the ground running. The Mat-Su Valley is the fastest growing area in the state, about 45 miles north of Anchorage. This job isn't about covering Sarah Palin. You will cover the Mat-Su Assembly, three city councils, feature stories, crime and courts, business and sundry other areas a well-rounded local news reporter would be expected to do. Sports/outdoors background a plus. We offer a benefits plan and vacation begins accumulating after a 90-day probation period. You will join a small, talented staff who care about this place and its people. If you get bored covering the news here, it will be your fault. We don't cover moving costs. For more information or to send a resume, email tc.mitchell@frontiersman.com

    I know Alaskan papers won't pony up for moving costs since they have to pay to move you back if you lose your job, but the pay is outrageously low. This looks to be the job for the washed-up or desperate grads.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    But on the plus side - I hear Joe McGinnis will rent you a room for cheap.
  3. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Can you see Russia from your office window?
  4. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    Oh, I don't know. The pay appears to be about the same as it is on almost all the other journalism job listings that don't just say "negotiable."
  5. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    But I'm also guessing cost of living is way higher up there.
  6. robertobajo

    robertobajo New Member

    My guess is you'll get to cover plenty of the Pallin kids' little league game.
  7. NegativeVertical

    NegativeVertical New Member

    I figured Sarah was still in T-ball.
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'm sure I'm not the only one sick of journo job postings that try and make the low pay and heavy workload some kind of "plus."
    Kind of makes me think of want ads for suicide bombers. "You'll die a horrible death but...."
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    ...you'll be hard-pressed to find 72 virgins in Wasilla.
  10. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    And that's just looking at the high school.
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    So now it's the reporter's fault that he's overworked and underpaid?
  12. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Just once I'd like to hear a paper like this understand what it is - it is a rung. If your job listing doesn't suggest that the job will help someone get to "the next rung" it probably means it won't.
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