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Sports opening at a small paper just outside Memphis

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by wallstreet58, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. wallstreet58

    wallstreet58 New Member

    We're looking for a sports editor at the Evening Times, a Monday-Friday evening newspaper serving about 8,000 readers in Crittenden County, Ark. You'd be basically a one-man show, so you need to be ready for some hectic weeks during high school football and basketball seasons. Our main high school has been to the football state championship game the past three years and its basketball team is fresh of back-to-back titles. We're also home of the Class AAAA state softball champs. We've got five high schools and eight junior highs that make up the bulk of our coverage. As editor, you would do it all:write, edit, design (QuarkXpress) and take pictures. The gem of the position is you are in a town 10 miles from Memphis and with a hunger for Arkansas Razorback news. Someone willing to hustle could get plenty of exposure in those two markets. Our sports section has won five state awards the past two years and we'd like to continue that trend with an up-and-coming talent.
    A journalism degree is required.
    Send a cover letter, resume and a few clippings to the editorial department of the Evening Times, 105 E. Bond. P.O. Box 459, West Memphis, AR 72303.

    We want to fill this spot fast.
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Six hours to Fayettenam?


    But 10 miles to Beale Street and no income tax.
  3. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    So when you're not pushing to get a section out five days a week by your lonesome, feel free to run to Arkansas and Memphis to dig up scandals. ::)
  4. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Yeah, I didn't much care for driving through West Memphis. Had kind of an East St. Louis/Washington Heights vibe to it, though certainly not as dangerous.
  5. That's not to mention that the Evening Times recently had its office building burn down. Not sure on how or where they're putting things together, but I do know they were printing from a small newspaper office somewhere in Memphis.
  6. Yawn

    Yawn New Member

    Actually they're working at that Marion office which is in ArkanSAS.

    This is a very entry-level type deal. Probably about $28K tops. SE is not only a one-man show but shoots his own photos. Some of the newsroom writers are among the worst, not all, but a couple are hopeless. Front page news photo used to be the wreck of the day.

    West Memphis is the enema for Memphis. Just ain't much to it except trucks. And cover the Piggies? Forgetaboutit. You're tied to the high schools and the summer youth ball scene, which as that gets past my keyboard I can sense the flurry of resumes flying that way.

    Some more research led to this: the place has had at least four SEs in this century.
  7. mikebb13

    mikebb13 Member

    You know, this might not be the worst job to start at. West Memphis is the favorite to win the 6A football title this year, while Marion is an up-and-comer that has a superstar in the backfield. Maybe not a place to stay forever, but something that isn't bad to start at. Get some clips, enjoy Memphis and move on in a couple of years if you don't like it.
  8. $28K a year is a stretch, at best, for that position. I happen to know one of the former sports editors and knew he was making FAR less than that at the time.
  9. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    yes, but where else can you see the ghost of elvis on union avenue?
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Are you a Christian, child?
  11. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    You're hired ...
  12. West Memphis -- the town that brought you Damian Echols, and the ridiculous "trial" that ensued!
    What an armpit of a town.
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