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Reporter/copy desk, Grand Junction, Colorado

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Mark2010, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, circulation 28,000, seeks an ambitious, efficient, enterprising sports reporter who will double as a sports copy editor. The average split of the duties will be 60 percent reporting, 40 percent copy editing/page design, but duties will vary as needed.

    We have about a dozen area high schools in our coverage area along with an NCAA Division II university. The variety of outdoors and recreational sports to cover in Western Colorado is impressive: cycling (road and mountain); skiing (downhill and cross country); hunting; fishing; golf; rodeo; hiking; snow-shoeing; rock climbing; ice climbing; off-roading; snowmobiling; and more. We cover them for work and do some of them on our days off.

    Colorado residents are preferred.

    Applicants must:

    • have at least three years of full-time experience as a sports reporter or a copy editor, preferably with experience as both, for a daily newspaper.

    • be efficient, able to juggle coverage of sporting events with constant development of feature and enterprise stories.

    • meet daily and weekly deadlines as a reporter and meet nightly deadlines as a copy editor.

    • have the desire to push themselves to greatness.

    Pay is competitive, benefits are good, winters are mild, and outdoors enthusiasts call this area heaven.

    If interested, impress our sports editor by keeping your cover letter short and letting your writing clips and page designs do the talking. Send them to: Sports Editor Tim Harty at tim.harty@gjsentinel.com. No calls, please.

    For those who may not know:

    Grand Junction is near the western border of the state, about as far from metro Denver (4-5 hours) as one can get. There are no larger cities within a two-hour radius any direction.

    Patti Arnold was sports editor for a long time there. Don't know anything about Mr. Harty.

    The Casper Ghosts (Rookie league class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) relocated there and are now known as the Grand Junction Rockies, so it provides some sports action during the summer months (season runs late June through Labor Day).
  2. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Also home to the Junior College World Series and has been for 50-odd years. Town goes nuts for it. A 302-foot fence in left and 4,700 feet elevation makes for some high-scoring games.

    Tim Harty was formerly city editor. I can't remember if Patti Arnold retired or what the deal was. I think she still works there?

    I'd say no larger cities within a four-hour radius in any direction, unless maybe Durango's officially bigger. Certainly no substantial ones. Denver, Salt Lake and Albuquerque are the nearest major cities. And there's plenty of days during the winter when you're not gonna want to try going to any of those. Winters are mild by Colorado standards, but it's still cold. That said, if you're from Colorado, yeah, it's "mild," as there's generally not much snow.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    The writers at the Sentinel used to make serious bank stringing the JUCO World Series for other papers until the higher-ups at the Sentinel put out an edict banning stringing. So keep this in mind when applying.
  4. Use a pseudonym for stringing?
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    That's all correct except on Durango being bigger. Not even close. Junction is much, much bigger than Durango. And Denver is closer to a 4 1/2 hour drive -- in good weather.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Grand Junction is by far the biggest city in Colorado west of the Front Range. It's the biggest city within a huge radius, too.

    It's 240 miles to Denver, but it's a slow 240 through the mountains, even on I-70. Four hours minimum with no pit stops.
  7. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Yeah, that's the problem with this and a number of other current jobs. It's not that the town itself is bad, just that there is absolutely nothing around it for miles and miles.
  8. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    If you like to ski there is that opportunity on the western slope. Though you probably can't afford to ski on the salary. But the mountains are nice. The county has a population of 150,000 people.

    And don't be scared about the winters. You will not be snowbound five months a year. At that altitude the snow will melt off.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Good points. Some people take a while to get used to the geographic realities of the west. Had a colleague who joined our staff from back east and was used to being able to get in a car and be in any of three major cities within two hours. Out here, the closest thing to a major metro city was 5-6 hours away, so hardly a day trip. That took him (and me) some getting used to.

    From a newspaper coverage standpoint, it means you don't cover much of anything that's not in town.
  10. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I think Powderhorn's fairly cheap. Certainly plenty of skiers in that newsroom, so they found a way. Pretty sure there at least used to be a discount for staffers as well. Not sure if there still is, with ownership having changed.

    Actually, the thing with the snow is that it doesn't snow very often, but when it does, it can stick around for weeks, because it contributes to cold-air inversions. In other words, cold air gets trapped in the valley underneath warmer air at higher levels. Net result is that it's colder in GJ than it is several thousand feet higher -- and the air quality sucks.
  11. thebigd

    thebigd Member

    This one has been offered, and the applicant is going through a background check
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