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News/sports copy editor/designer -- The State (Columbia, SC)

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by boundforboston, May 10, 2013.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member


    The State Media Company in Columbia, S.C., is looking for a fresh-thinking, well-rounded designer capable of producing dynamic front pages and inside pages. The individual also should have copy-editing experience, including editing hard news and sports copy, as well as the ability to write accurate, concise and clever headlines. Qualified candidates must demonstrate:

    Ability to provide nontraditional solutions to layout challenges
    Strong understanding of typography, balance, hierarchy, white space and other design musts
    Eye for photography and photo-editing skills
    Attention to detail, while maintaining a view of the big picture
    Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign); familiarity with CCI a plus

    The individual also should have keen news judgment and be capable of editing the wires, including selecting stories for print and online. Requires basic understanding of a content management system; experience in handling and posting content for web sites; familiarity with web tools (some HTML); and experience with Twitter and other social media apps. Will be expected to multi-task and consistently meet deadlines. Must be able to work independently and to contribute in a team environment.

    The State Media Company, part of The McClatchy Company’s network of newspapers and websites, has a proud history of strong visual journalism. Our designers and photographers are recognized statewide, nationally and internationally for their work. The State Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and an advocate of diversity in the workplace. Successful investigative background check and drug screening required of all final candidates.
    Bachelor’s degree preferred; minimum three years of experience in design, copy editing. Night/weekend work schedule.

  2. Regardless of the position, potential applicants to this paper should know that the higher-ups censor the product to make certain nothing is seen as too mean to the University of South Carolina.

    Its columnist, Ron Morris, was told a few months ago that he's no longer allowed to write anything critical of the athletic program. Any time he wants to write an opinion piece about it at all, it must be approved by the executive editor, to make sure no one might get mad. Seriously. You might remember Morris from past dust-ups with Steve Spurrier, who said on the radio last year that he would see to it there would be changes made at the newspaper because of critical columns from Morris.

    And, sure enough, the paper sided with Spurrier and the athletic department, neutering its only sports voice and an employee there for more than a decade.

    So in this case, if a design or headline hurts the feelings at those at the university, be prepared that the paper not only won't protect you, it'll be the one throwing you to the wolves.

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