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Sports/news reporter, The Associated Press, Jackson, Miss.

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by playthrough, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The Associated Press seeks a Sports and News Reporter for its Jackson, Miss. office.

    The Sports and News Reporter covers sports and news in the region,
    with a focus on strong sports coverage, beat reporting, and source
    development. The reporter is part of a wider AP team responsible for
    Mississippi and the region and will work across departments and
    formats. He/she works with the regional sports editor and the news
    editor to set beat agenda and develop aggressive sports and
    enterprise reporting for the AP's global newspaper, online and
    broadcast audience. The reporter will spend approximately 75 percent
    of his/her time covering sports, and approximately 25 percent
    contributing to news, particularly during major news events, and to
    contribute to the spot news and enterprise report, particularly
    during the late spring and summer. The reporter will be responsible
    for coverage of the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State
    University, Southern Mississippi University and other professional
    and college sports in the region. The successful candidate will
    report to the Assistant Regional Sports Editor, based in Atlanta. The
    reporter must:

    * Identify key sources and develop a broad sports beat that
    ensures AP is competitive on the most important sports stories
    in the territory.
    * Identify and develop sports and news stories that break news
    and have impact.
    * Write game stories and sports enterprise.
    * Organize and coordinate freelancers for sports coverage as
    needed in Mississippi.
    * Work with the staff photographer to ensure complete and robust
    photo coverage of major sports games and events.
    * Travel to northern Mississippi and other parts of the region
    as needed to cover sports and breaking news.
    * Write and report compelling sports and news enterprise for
    state, national and global audiences.
    * Execute those stories in a timely fashion.
    * Report and write on deadline in competitive situations.


    Candidate should have demonstrated superior news judgment, with
    experience reporting and writing news for global audiences on
    multiple platforms. Superior writing ability, beat reporting skills
    and source development experience required. Candidate must understand
    the growing importance of multimedia news and be able to coordinate
    with AP staffers from other formats. Candidate must be a creative
    problem-solver who can work as a member of a team. Qualifications for
    the successful candidate include:

    * Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
    * Professional sports writing experience in a daily news setting.

    * Experience with computer-assisted reporting, FOI and
    investigative techniques is a plus.
    * A proficiency in multiple platforms, especially video, is a
    * Proven ability to recognize and develop newsworthy stories of
    global interest and work accurately under deadline pressure.
    * Strong organizational skills with experience juggling multiple
    projects across formats and meeting deadlines.
    * Well-developed communications skills to work constructively
    with staff, member editors and other AP departments.
    * At least two years of full-time reporting experience at a
    daily newspaper, broadcast station or AP or similar bureau.
    * Be able to travel and work a variety of hours to meet the
    needs of a 24/7 news organization.

    The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering
    fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media
    platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and
    most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given
    day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

    AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for
    differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal
    employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard
    to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age,
    sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance
    with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

  2. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    Where did Chris Talbot go?
  3. fishhack2009

    fishhack2009 Active Member

    What's the over-under for how many resumes they get for this one? I'd guess about 500...

    Does anyone know approximately how much a position like this pays?
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I'd guess about $40K. I've been told AP guys get 50 cents a mile in mileage, which probably adds another couple grand to that salary.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Nashville, to cover country music.
  6. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Chris is in Nashville. He's the C&W music writer. There will be many resumes for this one. Experience and versatility are the keys. $40K for experience, more like $30K for little experience.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I know an experienced guy who is at AP who is almost certainly applying. I'll bet he gets it.
  8. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    There is a good chance that AP will select one of its own for this gig. Notice that there are plenty of openings at AP of late?
  9. I think the AP's guild salary scale is public somewhere. Just a matter of what step they start you on.

    And, FWIW, as AP sports jobs go, this is not a great one. I believe it entails a lot of lonely nights and weekends on the desk rewriting copy from small-town newspapers.
  10. I've been told by a former AP writer the AP's starting reporter salary is $32K. That was a couple years ago, but I doubt the starting salary got much better in that time. That being said, I don't think someone at the entry level is going to get this.
  11. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    I started a thread for AP jobs and this would have fit nicely.

  12. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Yes, it can be a thankless gig.
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