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Sports editor - Virgin Islands Daily News

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by boundforboston, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    The Virgin Islands Daily News, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper covering the U.S. Virgin Islands, seeks an experienced editor and sports specialist to lead and coordinate its local sports coverage and production of the daily sports section.

    The successful candidate must have enthusiasm and stamina for handling the sports section copy editing and page design, handling some reporting and rewrites, managing and developing photo freelancers and reporting stringers and working with the executive editor and deputy executive editor to collaborate on coverage plans and improvements to the section.

    Local sports here includes world-class sailing, sportfishing and the USVI Olympic team, local horseracing and an annual NCAA basketball tournament every fall, but the vast majority of sports journalism here is coverage of prep and community leagues. The successful candidate must find that appealing and rewarding.

    Experience in copy editing and page design is essential. Knowledge of sports fundamentals (in football, baseball and basketball) to the extent of being able to report and write or rewrite game stories and edit stats boxes also is required. The Daily News’ newsroom uses InDesign and the TownNews/BLOX CMS system, and experience with those systems is a plus. Experience with social media, online content presentation and tech savvy is required.

    Practicing journalism in this locale is uniquely complicated and requires both sensitivity and confidence. This is not a job for raw beginners. You MUST have hands-on experience working on a daily news deadline. Please be aware that to succeed here, you need to have the personality and soul to adapt to both the joys and the difficulties of a racially, culturally and economically diverse environment. Please research the U.S. Virgin Islands and our newspaper before applying. Our islands are a paradise for journalists, but this is a challenging place to live and work.

    If you are interested and prepared, then e-mail a cover letter, resume and the required clips to Executive Editor Gerry Yandel at jobapps@dailynews.vi.

    The Virgin Islands Daily News is an equal opportunity employer committed to a substance abuse-free workplace.

    JournalismJobs.com - Job Listing - Seeking versatile sports editor
  2. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Didn't know Times-Shamrock had sold them.
  3. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    Where did Matt Schoch go? Back to the mainland, I'm guessing.
  4. TexasVet

    TexasVet Active Member

    I'm waiting for "My clips are on the way" boy to chime in
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing it's especially challenging to live and work there on $20,000 a year, or whatever they pay.
  6. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    I went through their whole song and dance almost 15 years ago, and IIRC, they paid pretty well.

    I don't remember exactly, but I want to say they offered $50,000 for that particular news-side job.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    My bad then. I assumed low because it seems they have a lot of turnover for their sports jobs.
  8. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Well, it IS a long way from Tahoe. ;)

    Never been there but the ad kind of offers a warning... it's a different world down there.
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  9. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    It's a pretty expensive place to live, though, and I don't know if they still do, but they sent me a very detailed description of what everyday life is like there.

    Thing that stuck out the most to me was that it doesn't rain much, and there's really no other source of water, so during droughts you have to buy water from the government, which is very expensive and not at all like paying a water/sewer bill here. More like filling an oil heater, only pricier.

    At the time, they also required a 2-year commitment. But the job itself was challenging but seemed very rewarding, and their readership was nearly universal, so there's that.
  10. The Daily Derelict

    The Daily Derelict New Member

    This is Matt Schoch here, checking in from an account I created about a decade ago on a now-defunct blog I used to do with friends.
    Anyways, I'm leaving the Virgin Islands later this month and moving to Chicago where my girlfriend lives.
    If anyone wants information about the Virgin Islands position, I'd be happy to give more details. You can email me at matt_schoch@yahoo.com.
    Generally speaking, I loved my nearly three years on the islands and the DN is a great place to work. I just returned from Rio to cover the Olympics, which you just can't do while working at a newspaper this size in the continental U.S.
    Also, if someone could give me a great, well-paying and fun job in Chicago, that would be appreciated too.

  11. 89bat57

    89bat57 New Member

    Matt hit the nail on the head with this job. My name is Aaron Gray and I was the sports guy at VIDN for four years shortly before Matt arrived. I was able to cover the 2012 Games in London and won a handful of APSE awards during my stint there.
    It's a great position and provides plenty of challenges (in a good way) if that's what you're looking for.
    Matt would be the best reference for this but if you have additional questions, feel free to email me: aarongray2337@gmail.com
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Now I want to work there, dammit!
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