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reporter/desker, The Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Jeremy Goodwin, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    Didn't see this posted yet, sorry if it's a d_b.

    From jjobs:

    Company: The Daily News
    Sport reporter/desker
    Bowling Green, Kentucky
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Not Specified
    Ad Expires:
    October 19, 2007
    Job ID: 827969
    Website: http://bgdailynews.com

    The Daily News, a 24,000-circulation daily in Bowling Green, Ky., has an immediate opening for an experienced sports writer to primarily cover Western Kentucky University athletics. With an enrollment of more than 18,000, WKU is a major state institution and offers opportunities for sports reporters to shine - the football team is in the process of transitioning to the NCAA Division IA Bowl Subdivision, and both the men's and women's basketball teams often appear in postseason tournaments. Experience covering college sports is preferred, but candidates with other backgrounds will be considered. This position also requires some prep coverage and desk work, including page design. We are an award-winning, family-owned newspaper where the pains of corporate culture and belt-tightening are never felt. Bowling Green is a growing community of more than 60,000, where recreation activities abound, and Nashville is just 60 minutes to the south. If interested, send a cover letter, five writing samples and a resume in the text of an e-mail to Daniel Pike, sports editor, dpike@bgdailynews.com.

  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Is my descent into madness accelerating, or did this job get posted a couple of months ago?
  3. The job posted a couple of months ago was the SE. They demoted the former SE, who recently left, which created this opening.

    It was supposed to be for a main beat writer at WKU, but since the money is only $25K, the new SE is rewriting the job description, probably to include mostly preps.

    So if you're interested in mainly preps, some desk, and a little college, send him your stuff.
  4. turnovers

    turnovers Member

    But it does say "primarily cover WKU athletics"

    So if the SE wants the writer to focus on desk/preps, will there not be a WKU beat writer at all?
  5. gradhog

    gradhog New Member

    Sounds like it's mostly WKU, with prep sports in between to add to the salary.

    I applied for it...WKU is a good place to go for a college sports fan.
  6. turnovers

    turnovers Member

    There are far worse places than Bowling Green, Ky. Definitely a college town. Just in the last 15 years or so, commercial construction has exploded. It's got plenty of good restaurants and sports bars and all a semi-upscale shopping mall which has been renovated in the past few years. Warren County is home to around 100,000 people and it's just 45 minutes down I-65 to Nashville.

    Someone should go in there, grab the WKU beat, and own it like they're covering USC in L.A. or the Jets in New York (Well, maybe The Jets are a bad example) ;)

    Cover the whole place, dig for the inspirational lacrosse player while you're pushing for an 8-page football tab.

    I'd imagine a good writer could get some great clips there.

    And if the newspaper isn't up to snuff as far as design goes, you've got a hand on the desk. MAKE IT what you want. That's how it goes for most of the sports journalism world anymore.
  7. The SE didn't realize the pay would be as low as it is when he posted the ad. So unless he finds some prodigy right out of school (which isn't likely in late Sept.) willing to take that money, he will promote someone on staff, and make this vacant position mainly preps. But since it's been posted almost a week, and he hasn't seen any up-and-coming effing studs that will take that money, looks like you'll be covering preps more than college, if you land this one.
  8. ArmanTamzarian

    ArmanTamzarian New Member

    I have an "effing stud" on my staff that applied for this gig. If the SE doesn't take a good, hard look at him and offer him, he's going to miss out.
  9. IGotQuestions

    IGotQuestions Member

    "We are an award-winning, family-owned newspaper where the pains of corporate culture and belt-tightening are never felt."

    Never felt? Really?
  10. The BG Daily News has a solid web site and some great photographers (Joe Imel is a living legend in Kentucky) and some nice guys to work with (Rob and Mike) on the sports scene.

    The daily design, however, lacks. It might be the worst designed daily in the state.

    And WKU (they're trying to be like UAB and TCU and stop all reference to what the school name actually is) is on the rise in football and its basketball programs have a nice arena and are usually frontrunners in their league (although the league sucks).
  11. KaraokeC

    KaraokeC Member

    i hear a hire's been made...
  12. turnovers

    turnovers Member

    What's the skinny on the new scribe?
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