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Garden City, Kansas - sports writer

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by studthug12, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. studthug12

    studthug12 Active Member

    The Garden City Telegram seeks a sports writer to join its sports staff. The successful candidate will help develop story ideas and provide coverage for 19 high schools and one community college in our 12-county area, and will be a key member on a staff of two full-time sports reporters. Responsibilities would include event coverage, features, columns, copy editing and some multimedia and page design. Candidates should have strong writing and reporting skills, knowledge of or willingness to embrace multimedia and online journalism, be willing to travel, and able to work nights and weekends. The Telegram, part of the six newspaper Harris Group, offers a generous salary and benefits, a chance to work with an outstanding staff and opportunity for advancement. The Telegram is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, send résumé, cover letter and work samples to: Brett Marshall, sports editor, The Garden City Telegram, 310 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846 or e-mail bmarshall@gctelegram.com

    What can people tell me about this gig? I just received a call from Brett Marshall, the sports editor. He is narrowing down the candidates. The opportunity for advancement is a plus.
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    The opportunities for advancement are limitless. There's no place to go but up, even it will mean another relocation in the future.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    From the looks of it, you will get one hell of a mileage check every month.
  4. studthug12

    studthug12 Active Member

    Well, right now I have a decent job making about 26k takehome. Not sure if I should give that job up for this one. I think the opportunity for advancement is greater, but seems like an awful lot of travel. The mileage, though, as stated earlier could lead to some nice bank.
  5. kamikaze021

    kamikaze021 Member

    As being the reporter from the town's rival paper (the town, Dodge City, there is only one paper there)...Garden City would be a great place. You would definitely get a nice check there as the Buffaloes (Garden City High) travel to Great Bend (130 miles away for league games) and Hays (150), as well as Liberal (45) and Dodge City (50). If you are a city slicker...you may think Garden City is in the middle of nowhere...but they have a lot of the same things places like Manhattan has. City is about 40,000 people. You are also about three hours from Pueblo and the Rocky Mountains.

    One final thing...Brett Marshall (sports editor) is a great guy and would be a great person to work with.
  6. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    It was my understanding that this job actually opened about a month ago. Is it only just now being posted anywhere?
  7. antwithmaracas

    antwithmaracas New Member

    This was my old position. Not a bad paper, good staff. You'll probably be handling stuff with the junior college. PM me if you want more info.
  8. dirtybird

    dirtybird Well-Known Member

    By 26k takehome, you mean $1,000 per two-week paycheck? Because if you do, you'll go some decent time before seeing that again.

    From what I know of the job, you'll work your ass to death and live in the middle of nowhere. And not like the halfway middle of nowhere, the bona fide middle. I'm sure some will disagree, but that's the report I got.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    That's why it says a 12-county area. I suspect a lot of it is phone work. You might make a couple of trips per month. Most papers have their "core" schools in the immediate geographic area and then the "fringe" schools further away. For most of those, it means call in your scores and we'll run them and maybe do a feature every now and then if you have a great story. With a two-person staff, there's a limit on what you can do.
  10. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    In other words, you know nothing about newspapers in southwestern Kansas.
  11. spud

    spud Member

    I interviewed (over the phone) with this paper about five years ago. I remember the guy seeming nice enough. When they wanted me to fly out for an interview on my own dime I cut it off. I hated the idea of living out there to begin with.

    This part of the country is hell if you like anything resembling a city and culture and enjoyment. Plus, the stockyards. I've heard horror stories about the smell.
  12. kamikaze021

    kamikaze021 Member

    It was posted on Kansas Press Association a while back.
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