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POTENTIAL sports writer opening in Martinsville, Va

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by jbtarheel, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. jbtarheel

    jbtarheel New Member

    The Martinsville Bulletin, a newspaper in Martinsville, Va., with a daily circulation of roughly 19,000, is seeking applications from talented sports journalists for a potential January job opening. (One of our current sports writers has applied for graduate school. If accepted, his job would come open in early January).
    We're looking for someone with a well-rounded skill set and strong college/intern experience to fill our three-person sports staff.
    The daily duties of this entry-level position will be adjusted to suit the skills and career goals of the person hired. If the person hired excels at writing, you’ll get plenty of writing assignments; if exceptional at pagination, talents will be used there. At the very least, the person hired will get to do a little bit of everything (writing, page design in Quark XPress, photography, copy editing, etc.).
    Martinsville is home to Martinsville Speedway, the shortest track on the Sprint Cup Circuit and a yearly stop in the Chase, as well as a Cape-Cod style summer league baseball team, nationally-recognized junior college sports teams and a thriving prep scene.
    Martinsville is a one-hour drive from Greensboro, 90 minutes from Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem, and two hours from Raleigh and Charlotte.
    The cost of living is exceptionally low (our most recent hire pays $345/month for his one-bedroom apartment located in a nice part of town).
    This job is a great stepping stone for an ambitious young journalist, and we have a very fun, laid-back working environment in the sports department. New grads with experience as well as sportswriters on weeklies or those looking for new challenges are welcome to apply.
    Send resume and clips to Johnny Buck, sports editor, Martinsville Bulletin, P.O. Box 3711, Martinsville, Va. 24115; fax 276-638-7409; or email .txt or MSword 97-03 files (no .docx files, please) to jbuckj@gmail.com.
  2. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Volumes of material have been written on this place on these boards. If you have any inkling you might apply here, just do yourself a favor and run a search for "Martinsville." You'll be glad you did.

    That's all.
  3. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    The e-mail didn't work.
  4. jbtarheel

    jbtarheel New Member

    Shifty: This is Johnny Buck, the SE at Martinsville.

    Yes, plenty has been posted on this board about the Bulletin. Most of it shared your tone, but most of it was posted well before I got here.

    This is not the same old Bulletin.

    I'm currently in my second stint at my hometown paper. I started here as a sports reporter fresh out of college, left for a couple other papers, then circled back to Martinsville. I've been the SE here for the past three years.

    The sports reporter who has applied for grad school has been here two years. In May, we lifted a hiring freeze and added a second sports reporter. The quoted post above came from the thread for that job opening, when I also had to address the paper's reputation on this board.

    I hope potential applicants won't be deterred by things written here in the past 10 years. Most of those comments are no longer accurate.

    Feel free to message me with questions. Or e-mail me at:

  5. jbtarheel

    jbtarheel New Member

    It should be:
  6. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    That's great to hear if things are changing up there, Johnny. I wish you the best in doing so. It's gotta be a challenge.

    I'd still encourage people to search and read what's been said in the past. But, based upon what Johnny says, I'd give him the benefit of the doubt to at least get in touch with him before dismissing the place if you think you might be interested.

    Good luck, jb.
  7. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Does that mean Ginny is gone?
  8. jbtarheel

    jbtarheel New Member

    No, but it does mean I'm the one in charge of the hiring process.
  9. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Then you're doing well. Glad to hear it.
  10. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I don't know you, but I can't imagine anyone who goes by Johnny Buck could not be awesome.
  11. jbtarheel

    jbtarheel New Member

    ... one of our sports reporters is named Paul Montana. Swear to God.
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    See, that kinda ruins it.

    "I gotta go to work, Johnny Buck will be on my ass if I'm late" sounds awesome.

    "I gotta go to work, Johnny Buck and Paul Montana are waiting for me" sounds like I'm walking into a gay porn.

    Well, the first one kinda does too, I guess.
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