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Oregon Ducks beat reporter, The Oregonian

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Seth Prince, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Seth Prince

    Seth Prince New Member

    POSITION: Oregon Ducks beat reporter, The Oregonian

    LOCATION: Strong preference is to have this reporter live in Eugene, a college town of 150,000 about two hours south of Portland.

    PAY: Commensurate with experience.

    JOB DESCRIPTION: The Oregonian is hiring a lead beat reporter to cover one of college football’s most interesting teams and its athletic department. Our strong preference is to have this reporter live in Eugene. We want someone with the competitive drive to help us remain the leading source of Oregon Ducks news, serving readers digitally focused updates and regular enterprise-driven must-reads. A self-starter who will expand on our tradition of telling readers not only what happens on and off the field, but why it’s happening and most importantly what it means. Priorities are to break news and set the agenda on the beat while being mindful of the national context as this program tries to maintain a spot at the table among college sports’ bluebloods. It’s a fascinating perch from which to chronicle the evolution of college sports across every platform at our disposal, from Twitter to blogs to video to print. Focused on football and the athletic department year-round, this reporter will have the support of a second Ducks reporter who assists on football and covers basketball and baseball. In the football offseason, the lead reporter also will help cover Oregon’s minor sports. Preferred candidates will have at least three to five years of experience covering a primary beat at a sports-focused dotcom or major metro newspaper. We plan to fill this position by the start of fall camp in early August. Send a one-page resume with references, cover letter and five clips or links to an online portfolio of work to sports editor Seth Prince at sprince@oregonian.com by June 17. Please put “Oregon Ducks reporter” in the subject line. 
     
  2. RonClements

    RonClements Member

    Anybody also interested in a Philadelphia-area job should not apply.
     
  3. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Great beat. Great paper.
     
  4. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    And it's still published seven days a week (for now).
     
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    For anyone wondering, Adam Jude left for the Seattle Times where he'll cover the Huskies.
     
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Adam did a nice job. It should be easier for the new reporter to deal with the new coach that it was to deal with Kelly, whose ego was larger than Autzen Stadium, but all practices will still be closed.

    And the department itself is the master of stonewalling and obfuscation. Expect to FOI every single document relating to contracts, etc., and then wait 4-5 months for the department to follow clearly-written state law (and then charge you $400 or so for the privilege). There are lots of skeletons buried in UO's athletic department finances for someone really willing, and adept, at digging.

    Entitled and somewhat delusional fan base that thinks the Oregonian, and specifically Canzano, is out to get them. And if you have allergies (or hate track), June in Eugene is the living hell.

    All that said, you'll get plenty of opportunities to write, the paper doesn't scrimp on its beat coverage, and you'll have a big audience in a fairly nice place to live.
     
  7. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    Sounds like a great beat for someone out there. Recent college grads might not have the upper hand here I might guess? More along the lines of jumping from a weekly to a daily type job?
     
  8. dirtybird

    dirtybird Active Member

    "Preferred candidates will have at least three to five years of experience covering a primary beat at a sports-focused dotcom or major metro newspaper."

    This is one of them big boy jobs.
     
  9. rdh0924

    rdh0924 Guest

    No. This is more along the lines of a jumping from a good daily to a really good daily type job.
     
  10. I imagine this one's just about done. Anyone got a name?
     
  11. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    It's done. Not ready to announce, though.
     
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