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Sports reporter at The Minot Daily News

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by peacer84, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. peacer84

    peacer84 Member

    The Minot Daily News, a 19,000-circulation, seven-day daily newspaper in northwest North Dakota, immediately seeks a full-time sportswriter to join our four-person team.

    Beats for this reporter have not yet been determined, but the region does feature competitive prep athletics along with two junior colleges and Minot State University, a four-year college in an independent year and one year away from joining the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in NCAA Division II.

    Ideal applicants would have some photography experience, some Quark Xpress experience and be clean writers. Writing clean copy is a necessity, but we will train the right person with Quark and cameras. Quark duties for our sports department are simply formatting scores on our scoreboard page once or twice a week.

    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and work samples to Sports Editor Chris Aarhus at caarhus@minotdailynews.com, and please put "sports reporter" in the subject line. Applicants can also mail to his attention at The Minot Daily News, 301 4th St. SE, Minot, ND 58701.

    Informal extras about this job:
    -- Job opened when sports reporter took sports editor job, which was vacated by an editor who went to be a news reporter at a bigger newspaper.

    -- Housing is difficult and virtually impossible to find in this town with the oil activity and the flood of 2011. However, an apartment has been reserved for the hire and should be ready by Oct. 1.

    -- Applications will be taken for at least two weeks, and the process will start thereafter, as we need someone in here as soon as possible.

    -- I'll check this post, periodically, and am happy to answer any questions.
  2. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Why not Minot? Freezin' is the reason. Welcome to the Tragic City. Actually, not a bad place to start a career. ;)

    Lots of MDN alums at bigger jobs all over the country and if they've got a place to live lined up for you - no mean feat considering the flood and the influx of oil workers - Minot's a very livable city that yes, is somewhat isolated and gets very cold in the winter.
  3. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    This job was open in the winter. What happened to the person who filled it?
  4. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    Judging from what was said above it's not the same person who left. The first post says the sports editor left for a news reporter position at a bigger paper. A sports reporter was promoted to sports editor creating a reporter position.
  5. mrbigles01

    mrbigles01 Member

    READING . . . it's not just for children anymore!
  6. dm19

    dm19 Member

    Aarhus is a great guy to work with and will help guide a youngster just starting out. You could do much worse.
  7. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Yes, this spot seems to be taking them in and sending them off to better gigs on a frequent basis...seems like a great place to get started...don't forget your coat and gloves, though.
  8. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Anyone know who the parent company is?
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

  10. peacer84

    peacer84 Member

    My writing may have been a little ambiguous in the main post.

    To clarify, this job is much more shooting photos and writing stories than laying out. The copy desk handles all main layout. All we do is our scoreboard page, which is just formatting scores (a lot of bold and centering). You'd be doing the scoreboard page (like the rest of the staff) once or twice a week.

    One writer on staff had never used Quark before and is now one of the fastest at putting the page together. There's no design involved.
  11. TC

    TC New Member

    Sounds like a good opportunity. Hope I get a shot.
  12. I'd be very curious about what this gig would pay. I have a friend that works as a recruiter who has placed people out at this area for major bucks. I'm talking $17/hr for gas station clerks and $25/hr at Wal-Mart. It's growing so fast because of the oil that they just need the workers that bad, apparently.

    I doubt the newspaper industry has been impacted in such a way...but you never know.
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