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Pay for pro beat writers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Miles O'Toole, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. Miles O'Toole

    Miles O'Toole Member

    What are the average salaries for NFL, MLB and NBA beat writers?

    Does it differ among the big three that much?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Lester Bangs

    Lester Bangs Active Member

    Depends greatly on the market and size of the paper.
  3. I prefer 100K, but I could live with 90.

    ...or 80.

    ...or 75.
  4. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    This question is impossible to answer.
    Depends on paper...ownership...sport...beat...experience...quality...and sunny disposition.
  5. ChmDogg

    ChmDogg Member

    I'm curious as well.

    If we can't say an average, what is the range like? From what to what?
  6. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    Generally speaking, how big/tall/fast is a football player?
  7. Miles O'Toole

    Miles O'Toole Member

    I know it's quite broad, but I'll throw some scenarios:

    NFL beat, two years of pro beat experience, 50-100K circulation

    NFL beat, five years of pro beat experience, 250K circulation

    Anyone have a ballpark figure? Feel free to substitute sports.
  8. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    People in this business get paid?
  9. jakewriter82

    jakewriter82 Active Member

    If you're Justin Blanchard you're making 200 k easy. He's a stud, and he's not even covering a pro team.
  10. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    Justin Blanchard covers what he wants to, and people pay him just for showing up.
  11. And if Justin Blanchard spells your mascot name with an extra c, then your mascot name has an extra c, goddammit.
  12. Manny Ortez

    Manny Ortez New Member

    What did we learn today?

    1. Sportswriters are smart asses.

    2. Sportswriters don't have answers.

    3. Paid sportswriters don't post on message boards.
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