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Get your bootstraps on...

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by ChrisMaza, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. ChrisMaza

    ChrisMaza Member

    Figured this was as good as any April Fools prank I could come up with...


    Company: Berkshire Beacon
    Editorial & Sales
    Lenox, Massachusetts
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Negotiable
    Ad Expires:
    May 4, 2012
    Job ID: 1217642


    Bootstrap Journalism #101: You want to write, edit and design the pages of The Berkshire Beacon. This will give you invaluable experience going forward in your career.
    I want to create an advertising base with your creative ingenuity, sales ability and put the newspaper on a solid financial platform to reward your ability going forward and to help Main Street merchants to once again sell their products.
    Together, we can become part of the Beacon’s (http://www.berkshirebeacon.com/ ) goal to grow together in this economy. Not only will you be selling space in the weekly, promoting add-on-values, but also you will be contributing to the summer tab-The Berkshire Sonata-both in advertisements and editorial copy.
    No sea shells, no life at the beach; just the opportunity to put one's creativity and multitask efforts--including sales, marketing, writing, design, photography and self-enterprising initiatives--on the pages of The Berkshire Beacon and its web site www.berkshirebeacon.com
    You will be paid a commission on sales; along with an editorial stipend plus expenses as part of a cohesive small newspaper family whose goal: To become the Best New England Weekly as voted by the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA). http://www.nenpa.com/
    This is Bootstrap Journalism #101 at its best. See Small Newspapers: http://www.asne.org/kiosk/reports/97reports/smallnewspapers/contents.html
    It doesn't get any better than to see the formation of a dedicated staff dressed for success to share in The Berkshire Hills experience. See www.lenox.org
    Our goal is to produce a community TAB from our own resources that will be recognized and respected each week by our readers & advertisers.
    When you are ready to move on, your sales/editorial portfolio will help you secure your journalistic dream job along with a letter of recommendation from The Beacon's publisher/editor.
    We are the "Heart" of The Berkshires and thus the goal of our newspaper is: “Berkshire Hometown News First.”
    If you're up for the challenge and can't wait to see your byline in print, e-mail your resume with subject marked BEACON to: george@berkshirebeacon.com or call 413-637-2250. -George C. Jordan III, ED & PUB
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I'm stunned this job is open again.
  3. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    I saw a purple colored box on the front page of the newspaper that you can read on the website. That was enough for me to stop looking at it.
  4. Greg_Cameron

    Greg_Cameron New Member

    All that needs to be said is that the process for this job involves Skype interviews with a guy in a fur coat with a hood on it. Which was just a little bit weird.

    Oh, and the "salary" (or ramen noodle stipend on the table) was crap compared to freelancing at other area sheets.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Maybe he was showing his support for Trayvon.
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    So ... newsies are "staff writers" and the sporto is a "sports guy." Wow!
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    The best benefit is that letter of recommendation from Huggy Bear.
  8. Ice9

    Ice9 Member

    Can't you see some major metro sifting through applications, stumbling across the "letter of recommendation" and being like "what the fuck is this shit"?
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I'm actually curious where the Beacon alumni end up.
  10. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Word is they hired locally. That lucky person. haha
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