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Sports/Outdoors Writer- Montrose, Colorado

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Zads07, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    From jjobs.com
    http://www.journalismjobs.com/Job_Listing.cfm?JobID=1521005

    Company: Montrose Daily Press
    Position:
    Sports/Outdoors Writer
    Location:
    Montrose, Colorado
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: $25,000 to $30,000
    Ad Expires:
    September 19, 2013
    Job ID: 1521005
    Website: http://www.montrosepress.com

    Description:
    Sportswriter/outdoors writer opening at the Montrose (Colo.) Daily Press

    The Daily Press, located in beautiful Montrose, Colo., has an immediate opening for a reporter with a variety of experience and skill sets who can cover primarily sports and outdoors, as well as handle news stories and features.

    Versatility is the key element here; you must be just as adept covering a high school football game as you are a City Council meeting. Photography and videography skills are a strong plus, as is a love of community journalism. This is a town that loves its high school sports, and we're looking for an enterprising, energetic reporter who is just as enthusiastic about the local scene as the fans who fill the stands. In addition to filing tightly written, lively game stories on deadline, you'll be expected to craft compelling features on local coaches and players that go beyond a single dimension.

    You'll also be asked to cover an outdoors scene that includes hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, cycling, snowshoeing, dog sled racing and other activities. Southwest Colorado is one of the most scenic and adventure-oriented places in the country, and engaging outdoors coverage is a vital part of what the Daily Press offers its readers.

    More about us: The Montrose Daily Press publishes six days a week. We are part of a family-owned newspaper organization, Wick Communications (see our Web site for more information); we aren't a publicly operated “media chain.” We have leadership that is focused on growing our products. We have a number of new initiatives in place to see our franchise grow. The newsroom is an instrumental part of leading our paper and stewarding the community. We take pride in the work that's been done here in the past and the legacy of success that has been established. We intend to create a most dynamic product; check out our website at www.montrosepress.com.

    Location, location, location — Montrose is ideally situated on the Western Slope of Colorado and rests at the foot of the Uncompahgre Plateau and San Juan Mountains. Our community is home to nearly 20,000 residents and is looked upon as the hub of Southwestern Colorado.

    This position is challenging, and we have high expectations of our employees. We want people who believe in the team mentality and who work well with others. This position will pay according to experience and talent. We are a small operation that leads to big opportunities. If you want to continue upstream, take on new challenges and demonstrate your capabilities, then now is the time, and this is the place.

    Please apply ONLY electronically; no phone calls, please. Send a cover letter, a résumé and references, salary history and expectations to: Mike Easterling, editor@montrosepress.com. You will get a confirmation of your application. It is expected that the interviewing process will last a few weeks.
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    A bit remote (an hour south of Grand Junction; five hours from Denver). An hour and change from skiing (Telluride) and also to the west of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which I highly recommend.

    Still in the high desert feel you get in Junction (yes, it'll snow in the winter) and you're just on the northern edge of the San Juans and some unbelieveable outdoors activities. Have only driven through the town a handful of times and it's not a growing metropolis but also not a one-light stop either.
     
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    That's a dubious claim that I would imagine Durango makes a more compelling case for.

    This isn't quite the middle of nowhere, but you can see the middle of nowhere from it.
     
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Depends. Montrose and Durango are on opposite ends of the 550 separated by three to five mountain passes, depending on which way you go. Durango/Cortez is very different from Montrose/Ridgway.

    Me? I put Durango/Cortez as SW Colorado, and I put Montrose more isolated/more connected with Grand Junction.
     
  5. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    This was just posted today from jjobs.com
    http://www.journalismjobs.com/Job_Listing.cfm?JobID=1534530

    Company: Montrose Daily Press
    Position:
    Sports Reporter
    Location:
    Montrose, Colorado
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Not Specified
    Ad Expires:
    November 13, 2013
    Job ID: 1534530
    Website: http://www.montrosepress.com

    Description:
    Versatile Sports Reporter Needed

    Are you passionate about community journalism? Do you get excited by the roar of the crowd or whistle blowing on 3rd and long? Our readers do, and we’re looking for a rock star sports writer to bring local sports and athletes to life on our pages. We’re not just looking for a sports reporter but someone who’s versatile in their craft and willing to pick up other beats.

    The right candidate will have proven abilities to cover a beat ask good questions and write a clean, tight story (sometimes under deadline pressure) in an engaging, balanced manner?

    A background in sports writing is very important, but we are looking for someone with the ability to step beyond that. This position is critical in developing and presenting engaging content for our readers which will also include photography. This is a fast-paced environment and requires a high level of creativity.

    If this sounds like your cup of tea, then the Montrose Daily Press is interested in hearing from you.

    The following are but a few of the attributes we expect:

    • You must have a strong body of work demonstrating the different areas a newspaper covers. • Creativity and an unwillingness to allow boundaries to confine you are required in the position. • You must be open to trying new and different things; we intend to teach and invest in you, and you should be an active participant.

    More about us: The Montrose Daily Press publishes six days a week. We are part of a family-owned newspaper organization, Wick Communications (see our Web site for more information); we aren't a publicly operated “media chain.” We have a number of new initiatives in place to see our franchise grow. The newsroom is an instrumental part of leading our paper and stewarding the community. We take pride in the work that's been done here in the past and the legacy of success that has been established. Please visit our website at www.montrosepress.com. Montrose is a small town located on the western slope of Colorado. If you’ve not experienced small town living then you may be hesitant to apply. This town, and its citizens, are good only if you have a good attitude.

    Please apply ONLY electronically; no phone calls or drop ins. Send a cover letter, a résumé and references, salary history and expectations to: Francis Wick, Publisher at, francisw@montrosepress.com. You will get a confirmation of your application. It is expected that the interviewing process will last a few weeks.
     
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