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Sports Editor -- The (Utica, N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch,

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by dkphxf, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    Do you think sports coverage should be focused primarily on those who win? Are you
    annoyed by parents who call wanting coverage of their kid’s hockey/soccer/ping pong
    Are you tired of your sports stories being “stolen” for the front page?

    Then this job is not for you.

    The Observer-Dispatch, a mid-size daily newspaper with a rapidly growing web site
    in central New York, seeks a creative, organized professional who can guide our
    small sports staff to produce eye-catching pages and tell compelling stories for the
    sports section, the front page and uticaod.com. This is not a newspaper that considers
    sports “the toy department,” but rather expects its sports journalists to provide deep,
    interesting, creative local content across all platforms.

    The O-D is a progressive, collaborative news operation that focuses on delivering
    engaging local content to our readers on various platforms. The Sports Editor will work
    with other senior editors to coordinate the best sports package for print and online each

    The ideal candidate will be energetic, smart, curious and able to see the big picture. We
    need to not only tell readers what happened but also what it means to them and their
    community. In this ever-changing media landscape, a sense of adventure and humor help.
    Management experience and/or relentless amounts of patience are also a plus.

    We are passionate about what we do here and are committed to both serving readers
    and helping our journalists develop new skills. Situated at the base of the foothills of
    the six million acre Adirondack Park, the Mohawk Valley is only a few hours drive
    from Syracuse, Albany, New York City and Boston. Utica is a lively city with a diverse
    population, many prominent colleges, great restaurants and lots of outdoor activities. An
    appreciation (or at least high tolerance) for snow and cold weather is a plus.

    Please send a letter with salary requirements, resume and work samples to Kris Worrell,
    Editor, The Observer-Dispatch at: kworrell@uticaod.com.

    Per: http://www.journalismjobs.com/Job_Listing.cfm?JobID=1241031


    The bolded parts don't look good.

    The editor, Kris Worrell, was recently in Beaumont, Texas. She had some interesting ideas about what sports coverage should look like. She wasn't the sports editor there.
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    "Utica is a lively city with a diverse population"

    Does that mean they have Catholics and Protestants?
  3. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I don't have the links here but it might be worth your while to look at the openings in Beaumont when Kris was in charge.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Do you hate it when the publisher and editor bend over backward for the craziest of readers? This job is not for you.

    Do you hate it when you get undermined by your bosses? This job is not for you.
  5. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    You're also talking about GateHouse, which still sucks. HTH.
  6. JonStyf

    JonStyf Member

    As someone who recently worked directly with Kris Worrell as the sports editor in Beaumont, I can say she is an excellent boss.

    She understands journalism and she will definitely help make your sports section better. She has high standards for content and should.

    I know very little about the paper in Utica, but I can certainly vouch for Kris being a top notch editor.
  7. CNY

    CNY Member

    Utica has a large refugee population ... according to the NYT story below, it was nearly 20% as of 2003.
  8. expectingrain

    expectingrain New Member

    Utica makes Binghamton look like Paris. Just an absolute pit.

    And a "few hours" is a very liberal description of the distance to New York and Boston.
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