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Movement in Springfield, MO

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    From The Pipeline:

    Two writers are leaving the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. Baseball writer Matt Baker has taken a job covering high school sports for Tulsa. Prep writer Allen Vaughn is leaving the business. He will remain a freelancer.

    The N-L is trying to replace the prep writer ASAP. Vaughn's last day is Aug. 28, the first day of high school football. Interested parties can contact sports editor Pam Clark at pclark@news-leader.com.

    I don't know the status of the baseball position. We haven't opened it up to applications at this point, as far as I know.

    We cover about 120 high schools, but focus a core group of about 30 city and immediate area schools. The editor is big on looking for larger enterprise pieces instead of mundane day-to-day things. It's a Gannett paper with a circulation of about 47,000 daily and 70,000 Sunday (last numbers I heard - I haven't checked the ABC in a while).

    The last two hires have been relatively young, and they're looking for 2-3 years experience to fill the preps beat.

    And in unrelated pipeline news, the newsroom lost two people in the latest Gannett whackings. One feature writer and the only videographer were let go, and their positions were eliminated.
  2. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Good place to be a prep writer. Lots of good stories, lots of passionate fans.
  3. Simon

    Simon Active Member

    Allen is a great guy and a talented young guy. I wish him the best.
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Springfield's a cool city too.
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    It's got a monorail.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    And a burlesque house.
  7. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    But it's no Shelbyville.
  8. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I had a movement there once, as I recall, overcoming my usual home-bowl syndrome.
  9. checkswinger

    checkswinger Member

    Any idea what this position pays? Let me guess – negotiable. ::)
  10. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Uh yeah. Most jobs are. ::)
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

  12. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Only for overtime.
    That was too easy.

    In all seriousness, Springfield's a decent city and the sports there are good, if only because it's a large epicenter for a fairly bland part of the state. If you're covering high schools there, there's a good chance you'll be making your way to Columbia (smaller area, actually) for state tournaments and such.
    Everything I've heard tells me the paper is run fairly well, which in this day and age is nothing to scoff at.
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