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Marietta Daily Journal sports writer

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by jbednarowski, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. jbednarowski

    jbednarowski New Member

    For the first time in four years we have an opening at the MDJ.
    The position is part time, 30 hours a week over four days.
    Here is the ad we posted on journalismjobs.com

    A suburban-metro Atlanta daily newspaper is looking for a permanent part-time sports writer and page designer to help cover 27 high schools and four universities for a APSE award winning sports section.
    This individual must have at least two years of reporting experience at a daily newspaper or comparable media outlet.
    We are looking for a focused and organized individual with strong writing and communication skills who can seek out and generate compelling stories and design eye-catching pages.
    This individual must also be a team player who can work well with the sports editor and staff, and possess the demonstrated ability to turn around a story on a tight deadline.
    Please include a cover letter and resume, clips of your best game story, feature and enterprise piece along with design samples.

    Send information electronically to John Bednarowski at sportseditor@mdjonline.com or by regular mail at:

    John Bednarowski
    c/o the Marietta Daily Journal
    580 S. Fairground St.
    Marietta, Ga. 30060

    No phone calls please.
  2. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I know it's a permanent part time position but is there a chance that role could become full time?
  3. Mike Szvetitz

    Mike Szvetitz Member

    Can't find a better guy in the business than John. He's great people and does great work.
  4. jbednarowski

    jbednarowski New Member

    There is always the possibility one of my other guys could leave and open up a full-time spot, but I certainly wouldn't make any promises or guarantees. I'll be there six years in November -- two of my guys predate me and the others have been there at least four years.
  5. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Hey, John, I'm an MDJ survivor (from long, long ago) and my feelings about and memories of the place are well documented on many threads here (to recap -- it was a hell-hole owned and run by a psychotic, racist dictator with delusions of grandeur). So I'm very curious: Now that the wicked witch (Otis) is dead, how have things changed/will things change there? And who is running the paper now?
  6. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Doubt it. That's a classic way for businesses to get out of paying for benefits. Make them part time, give them a full-time workload in 30 hours and rack up the savings.
  7. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I know that's the ploy but one can always hope.
  8. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Keep hope alive, Drip!
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Amen to that. And here's hoping that the working environment there is much as well.
  10. Just so we're clear, you're asking someone with two years of experience to come take a part-time, presumably benefit-free job?

    Got it.
  11. jbednarowski

    jbednarowski New Member

    black dude with pompano,

    I take it you won't be applying, and that's fair.
    I wish I could offer a full-time position, but I can't. I posted the job because I thought it might be of interest to someone, and so far, we have gotten good response.
  12. jbednarowski

    jbednarowski New Member

    Da man,

    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience here at the MDJ. I obviously don't know what your working conditions were, but I can say this, in my six years working with Otis he let me do my job without interference. He was always polite to me and we have consistently put out, what I would like to think is, a quality product.
    All those things you accuse him of, I never saw any of them in my department. And, whether you ever agreed with him or not, we buried him a few days ago, so please, as a personal favor, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

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