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High School Sports Reporter at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Jeff_Albertson, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. Jeff_Albertson

    Jeff_Albertson New Member

    Guess it's official:


    The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle is looking for a high school/youth sports reporter.

    Responsibilities: Write about high school and pre-high school sports for the Local Desk’s print Sports section as well as any special sports sections and online initiatives through the year. Hosting/producing podcasts/vidcasts/photo galleries and other multimedia for the Web about high school and pre-high school sports and related issues. With his or her direct-report editor, maintaining and refreshing the relevant online Pre-High School Sports silo on the Democrat and Chronicle website. This includes helping to build a base of reader-submitted material and photographs for online use. Reporting and writing 1A-level enterprise for the print platform, accompanied by multimedia online, on broad issues concerning high school and pre-high school sports.

    Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, or equivalent experience with two or more years’ experience as a journalist on a daily newspaper. Web and multimedia experience necessary. Technical skills must include; point-and-shoot camera, audio recording and the skill of the audio interview, solid Internet navigational skills, online research, ability to report and dictate a breaking story on deadline. Computer skills to include MS Office Suite basic knowledge of database systems and demonstrated capability on current newsroom publishing system, including front-end systems, use of a laptop, WiFi and cell modems. Posting to the Web using Publicus, podcasting/vodcasting including basics in the use of a video camera. Must be knowledgeable of the rules and practices of high school and pre-high school sports. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with the ability to maintain accuracy and meet deadlines. Outstanding organizational and time management skills. Creativity in spotting trends and hyper-local stories in the Rochester area. Valid NYS driver’s license and reliable insured transportation.

    Reports to: Sports Editor

    Hours: Hours will vary to include nights and weekends. Flexibility required.

    Contact: Tom Batzold, Sports Editor
  2. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    I just got a hard-on
  3. OrangeGrad

    OrangeGrad Member

    Where was this posted?
  4. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    Who the eff cares!
  5. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Well-Known Member

    Am I reading that correctly? Pre-High School Sports?

    As in, covering (and maintaining a database on) junior high sports?
  6. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    That's when you're not shooting photos, uploading audio to the Web, researching high school and youth sports online, dictating tee-ball stories from a pay phone, running your weekly kickball podcast and uploading your own video highlights.

    Oh, and did we mention it's probably $22K a year?

    (Hate to bash the paper, but that's an awful long list of responsibilities right there.)
  7. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    You know any other 175k's that are hiring?
  8. Pops

    Pops Member

    c'mon Wingman, doing that first kickball podcast would be an experience. i cannot imagine anything with more unintentional comedy value. now, doing it over and over when it's a big hit ...
  9. pmartin25

    pmartin25 Guest

    don't forget about the crazy junior high parents you would have to deal with after you don't write about little Johnny's 3-for-3 day behind the plate for said kickball match
  10. Pops

    Pops Member

    and the controversial column on the ethics of batting the kid with the club foot cleanup.
  11. BlueJacket99

    BlueJacket99 New Member

    The job description sounds like typical Gannett "Information Center" crap -- stuff they have to put in the ad but don't necessarily expect in every applicant. What percentage of preps writers, or human beings for that matter, have ALL those skills? I bet you'll get considered if you can write, know a little bit about the Web and are willing to learn.
  12. BlueJacket99

    BlueJacket99 New Member

    And I'd estimate the salary is at least $35K.
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