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SE in Winter Haven, Fla.

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by melock, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. melock

    melock Active Member

    Thoughts?



    Company: The News Chief
    Position: Sports Editor
    Location: Winter Haven, Florida
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Not Specified
    Ad Expires: July 16, 2008
    Job ID: 936096
    Website: http://www.newschief.com


    Description:
    Community daily in beautiful Central Florida is seeking a sports editor with a passion for local sports.

    The successful candidate will have strong planning, writing, copy editing, headline writing, page design and people skills.

    Duties include planning an implementing local sports coverage; leading two full-time sports writers; developing a reliable corps of sports correspondents; writing and editing copy for sports and other sections; designing and laying out pages for those sections; proofing pages; and assisting on the news desk as required.

    Minimum qualifications include a four-year university or college degree in journalism or mass communications; three years' experience with a daily newspaper, including responsibilities as a sports writer and/or page designer; competency with Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator on the PC platform; and prior leadership training and/or experience. Photography/video skills and digital/Web knowledge will be helpful in a multimedia environment.

    The News Chief is a 97-year-old, seven-day-a-week morning newspaper owned by The New York Times Company. It serves the readers and advertisers of east Polk County, Fla., a highly competitive newspaper market. We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits.

    Applicants may apply by mail, fax or e-mail. Send resume, samples of work and references to:

    News Chief Joe Braddy, Managing Editor 455 Sixth St., N.W. Winter Haven, FL 33881 Fax: (863) 401-6999 E-mail: joe.braddy@newschief.com
     
  2. The New York Times recently bought this paper and turned it into a "sister" paper of sorts. They used to compete with the Lakeland paper, but usually to no avail considering there's only three on the sports staff.

    Unfortunately, the takeover is part of the reason this job is open.

    PM if you're really interested.
     
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Who own da (News) Chief?

    Keep in mind also that there is no more spring training to cover here, thanks to the Indians dumping Chain O Lakes Park for new digs in Arizona.
     
  4. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Look one post above yours. ;)
     
  5. Italian_Stallion

    Italian_Stallion Active Member

    I believe they also advertised for a features editor not long ago. Did they clean house? It's either indicative of an investment in the paper's quality upon the transfer of ownership or simply people jumping off the ship.
     
  6. The features editor got married. They also were looking for a copy editor. Not sure if it got filled or not.
     
  7. Lollygaggers

    Lollygaggers Member

    Pretty sure there was a little bit of cleaning house involved, which included (as mentioned above) the former sports editor, unfortunately.
     
  8. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin New Member

    I am said former SE and had been for about three years. The "cleaning house" mentioned occurred when the NY Times corp. bought the paper from Gatehouse (which bought it from Morris a few months before). The offices were relocated down the street to the Lakeland Ledger's Winter Haven bureau.

    However, of the 70 or so staff members working at the time of the purchase, only 25 were invited to the "new" office, excluding myself. We did get a severance package, but it was laughable. Basically, we came in on a Tuesday and were told Friday would be our last day.

    What an industry.
     
  9. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    I know. I couldn't resist the line.
     
  10. BudMan

    BudMan Member

    Duties include planning an implementing local sports coverage; leading two full-time sports writers; developing a reliable corps of sports correspondents; writing and editing copy for sports and other sections; designing and laying out pages for those sections; proofing pages; and assisting on the news desk as required.

    Are they looking for a sports editor or a universal desk copy editor?
     
  11. Tommy_Dreamer

    Tommy_Dreamer Well-Known Member

    More than likely a little bit of both.

    PM me if you need any more information about the area etc.
     
  12. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Jason: Sorry to hear how things went down. It could happen to any/all of us tomorrow.

    Best of luck moving forward.
     
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