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Preps sports writer, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by jbarron, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. jbarron

    jbarron New Member

    The Santa Fe New Mexican, a 26,000-circulation newspaper, is seeking a sportswriter to join its four-person sports staff.
    The sports department is high-school heavy in its coverage with 22 high schools within its circulation area. We're looking for someone who can equally handle numerous phone calls and an approaching deadline every night. We're looking for someone who has an old-school work ethic and a new-school approach to an ever-changing technological landscape. One to two years experience is a minimum requirement and being equally talented as a reporter and writer also is a must. Please e-mail one game story, feature and column along with a cover letter and resume to sports editor Tommy Trujillo at ttrujillo@sfnewmexican.com or regular mail to 202 E. Marcy St. Santa Fe, NM 87501. No phone calls, please. All application packages should be received by July 7.
  2. Perhaps I'm reading this wrong, but it sounds like whoever winds up in this position won't be getting out to see/cover the 22 high schools too much.

    Prep sports, as we all know, is hard work. The payoff is getting to be out and in the midst of the action, seeing the games and meeting people. Without that, it's only a step or two above data entry.
  3. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    I gotta agree with BGW.
    The job ad led me to believe you're goign to be taking calls each night about as much as you'll be covering games.
  4. Scrubs

    Scrubs Member

    I don't know. I imagine with a four-person staff, it just means you're going to have to be ready to do that some. You'll probably have to do everything, actually. That's the way smaller staffs usually work.
  5. spud

    spud Member

    As for any questions about the area...

  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    I agree with the other posters: The ad makes it sound like that's all this person does. Might be ad writer's error.

    And time to ask the question that comes up on so many threads about papers in small, expensive places — will they pay enough that you'll be able to live there?
  7. jbarron

    jbarron New Member

    A point of clarification on the position:
    This is not a desk job. Granted, desk duties will be required with a small staff covering a wide area of schools, but you will have plenty of opportunities to write features, enterprise and gamers.
  8. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    any idea on the starting salary?
  9. jbarron

    jbarron New Member

    Well, Mr. Petty, I think it would be safe to assume about 30,000 to start, at that's what I recall when I started here about five years ago. Living in Santa Fe is definitely not cheap, but it is managable.
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    well, thank you, mr. barron.

    how did you like the city?
  11. jbarron

    jbarron New Member

    I like The City Different, and it does live up to its nickname. The downtown area caters to the Capitol, the affluent and the art scene, but the rest of it definitely has a Northern NM feel to it. People are nice, the food is good and there's a variety of things to do, from skiing and golf to casinos further north. Downtown has good bars and restaurants, and some aren't far from the office.
    Just don't stare at the gas prices for too long - they are routinely 10-15 cents more expensive than what you see in ABQ.
    There is quite a bit of construction going on at the moment, mainly preparing downtown for the RailRunner train expansion which will connect SF with Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Los Lunas and Belen to the south. Even with gas prices skyrocketing, plenty of people still make the commute, and this project should benefit from it.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Beautiful area.
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