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Jackson Hole sports reporter

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by big green wahoo, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. JJobs...

    Company: Jackson Hole News&Guide
    Position: Sports reporter needed
    Location: Jackson, Wyoming
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: $25,000 to $30,000
    Ad Expires: August 29, 2008
    Job ID: 894733

    Jackson Hole News&Guide – one of America's top weekly newspapers – is looking for a sports reporter with at least two years experience who can write lively news and features. The Jackson Hole valley and its attractions draw passionate people who feel strongly about issues. At the News&Guide and Jackson Hole Daily, quality is the main concern, a hallmark that has propelled reporters to state and national awards and has won the papers important roles as a vital community organs. The dynamic in this great news town creates an environment in which reporters can grow, develop and prosper. The sports reporter covers events, teams, athletes and activities in and around the valley. Excellent command of English, a keen desire to report on sports, the outdoors and related topics, plus knowledge of reporting and journalism are required. Any photography and computer skills are a plus. Regular weekend work required. Jackson Hole News&Guide operates in one of the Rocky Mountain's most beautiful towns. Residents enjoy three ski areas - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Resort and Grand Targhee. The valley is bisected by the Snake River and features excellent hiking, biking, fishing, climbing and boating. Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park sit to the north of town. The company offers a full benefit package including paid vacation, health insurance and profit sharing. Please send cover letter explaining relevant work experience, resume and five clips to: Editor@jhnewsandguide.com or via U.S. Mail to Editors PO Box 7445 Jackson, WY 83002. Deadline: Aug. 10, 2008.
  2. kingkroz1017

    kingkroz1017 New Member

    This would be fun... if you didn't have to commute from 50 miles away every day to get by on the salary.
  3. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Weird, weird, weird fucking town. To my knowledge, the only place in Wyoming where you can see- chatting merrily at some outdoor cafe table- beautiful, spoiled Euro-youth speaking German or French.
  4. linotype

    linotype Well-Known Member

    Here's a cool perk, though: You'll get to work with a celebrity/former child star. According to Wiki, the sports editor of this paper is none other than Michael Pearlman. Once upon a time ago, he played the youngest child on the first incarnation of "Charles in Charge."

  5. azom

    azom Member

    Jackson has a very good paper. The sports section routinely hits 16 pages, tab size. Obviously, there is a lot of focus on skiing (downhill and Nordic both), outdoors (fishing and hunting) and other random sports that pop up in a rich resort town (Jackson is a huge bicycling and rock climbing community). Michael's been cool to work with on the few occasions we've worked together.

    Pay is too low to live anywhere in town, unless you have about five roommates or a sugar mama/daddy.
  6. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

  7. Buckeye12

    Buckeye12 Member

    Not sure where you could live outside of Jackson Hole for that money. It's not like that area has much/any development beyond town. Yellowstone is directly north.
    The ad is correct, the place is incredibly scenic, even chic against the rugged edge of the Rockies. But Pearlman is a perfect fit as their sports editor. Independently wealthy people who do this for a kick can afford to live there.
    The rest of us? Not so much.
    Does the sports section really hit 16 tab pages? If accurate, that's incredible. That would make the entire weekly tab 48 pages? Wow. Ad revenue and classifieds must not be hurting in Jackson.
  8. You could make it work, but not if you wanted a high standard of living. I saw an apartment listed at $610 a month in Jackson. Obviously not cheap for an apartment, but if you're getting $25-30K, you could pull it off.

    If you've got a family, you're probably screwed trying to live off this, though. It's not as dire for a single person.
  9. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    If you get this job, pay for the National Parks pass. With Grand Teton and Yellowstone directly north you absolutely won't regret. Grand Teton is the most beautiful National Park I've been to (and I've been to a lot), and Yellowstone is easily the coolest and most diverse.
  10. FreshTracks

    FreshTracks New Member

    Sorry, but you won't get to work with me since it's my position that they're advertising. However, I'm happy to answer any questions about the position or the area.

    The beat is whatever you make of it, but includes a heavy dose of prep sports, plenty of outdoors writing and covering local athletes and events. Lots of opportunities to write features and about issues outside local sports as well. Newsroom is friendly, the weekly is award-winning and the editors are interested in putting out a quality product.

    Cost of living is high here, no doubt. This is a really good opportunity for someone who's talented and either just out of school or just getting started, is interested in living in an incredibly beautiful mountain location. If you're a skier, this job has a lot of perks.
  11. jps

    jps Active Member

    If you get this job, buy a heavy winter coat. Maybe two of them. Oh, and good snow tires and chains. Wyoming in winter ... COLD.
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    And snowy. And it doesn't melt 'till May. And in that part of the state, it might also snow in June. Or July. Or August.
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