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Sports Reporter - Casper, WY

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by WordWriter, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. WordWriter

    WordWriter Member

    A talented employee is leaving us, which means a great opportunity is here for someone else. If you're interested, note the upcoming deadline below.


    Wyoming's leading newspaper is looking for a versatile, motivated sports journalist to complete a talented staff.

    Few newspapers our size offer the growth opportunities you'll find at the Casper Star-Tribune. Recent hires have earned APSE writing awards their first year out of college and advanced to Division I beats. Some are still here, while others have moved on to cover bigger beats or up to managerial positions.

    Your beat in Wyoming will be a little bit of everything, including professional indoor football and minor league baseball. This reporter also regularly writes sidebars and features from University of Wyoming events. Casper is also host to the College National Finals Rodeo, and you'll pitch in with that week-long effort, as well.

    Our statewide circulation of 30,000-plus makes us the most prominent media voice in the Cowboy State. Our sports section has won 20 APSE awards since 1995, including including the ‘Baby Triple Crown’ for 2005 (three honorable mention recognitions in daily, Sunday and special section categories). We're looking for someone to help us build on that excellence.

    The job will include reporting and desk duties, depending on the time of year. Quark experience will set you apart from other candidates; full-time sports copy editors are also strongly encouraged to apply.

    You'll need a bachelor's degree, excellent verbal skills, a willingness to continuously improve as a writer, page designer and online reporter, and strong attention to detail. Meanwhile, you'll live and play amid Wyoming's outdoor splendor. We're about a four-hour drive north of Denver.

    We offer an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) retirement, employee stock purchase plan, paid holidays and vacation. We are an equal opportunity employer.

    Please apply online at www.casperstartribune.net or www.apply-to.com/job3010210 and include cover letter explaining why you're the right person for the job, along with your resume, reference list, work samples as well as salary expectations by July 23.
  2. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    Casper is a nice spot.

    I believe the paper is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  3. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Don't know how much the pay is, but I imagine Casper is a pretty cheap place to live.
  4. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    They've gone through a few writers recently. Another promotion in the works for the one leaving?
  5. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    It is indeed. Lee's pay tends to be low, but the benefits are good. Three weeks PTO and they put close to 5 percent into your 401K before you contribute a dime.
  6. Rick Vaughn

    Rick Vaughn New Member

    Who's leaving?
  7. Sconnie

    Sconnie Member

    Scott Allen, an extremely talented and awesome guy is leaving to get closer to home (D.C.). He started about 18 months ago and was one of the youngest D-I beat reporters in the country last year when he covered the UW basketball team.
  8. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    This is a very solid paper. It's read throughout the state, has good layout and graphics (from what I've seen of it) and they invest in covering the Cowboys as well as their local events.

    Casper is windy, and it's not a nice drive to Laramie in the winter if you're covering the Pokes. But the city is affordable, state taxes are very reasonable, in-state tuition (if you've got kids) at UW is cheap and it sounds as if there will be no shortage of opportunities to write and covering the Cavalry and the Casper Rockies could be a lot of fun.
  9. azom

    azom Member

    Casper is indeed a Lee paper. There has been some turnover here recently, there's no denying that, but the staff still in place here is young and talented (except me; I'm only young). The Wyoming Cowboys are huge for us, as are high schools, indoor football and minor-league baseball. In addition to being our UW basketball guy, Scott did a lot of design, so design skills could end up being a huge selling point for anyone who applies.

    Casper's a really cheap place to live.

    PM me for more details.
  10. DavidPalmer4Prez

    DavidPalmer4Prez New Member

    How are you supposed to submit work samples in an online form like this? Put website links into the cover letter?
  11. soontobegrad

    soontobegrad Guest

    What kind of a place is casper to live in?
  12. Golden Brown

    Golden Brown New Member

    I'm the one who's leaving, having decided after nearly two years that I want a 9-to-5 job with regular weekends and to be closer to my friends and family in the D.C. area. That said, I have no regrets about giving the sports journalism business a shot by coming to Casper. I learned a lot, covering everything from high school Nordic skiing on Casper Mountain to the Mountain West Conference men's and women's basketball tournament in Las Vegas during my time here. I also had a lot of fun. The sports staff you will work alongside -- and get to know outside of the office -- is, in my opinion, the most rewarding part of the job. People have come and gone since I arrived, but the group as a whole remains young, talented and ambitious.

    Casper will never be mistaken for a big city, but I will miss living here. Speaking as a single, childless 24-year old, the pay is enough given the low cost of living to afford a season pass at the municipal golf course, multiple nights out each week and regular contributions to a 401k. In addition to the sports staff, my circle of friends is predominantly made up of other young reporters from the Star-Tribune and the two local television stations. There's generally enough going on in Casper on any given night that we don't feel compelled to leave, but it's also fun to make the occasional road trip to Cody (en route to Yellowstone), Denver, Gillette (Devils Tower), Lander (Lander Bar, Sinks Canyon), Laramie (college town), Rawlins (great Thai food -- really) and Riverton (Wind River Casino).

    I'm starting to get sentimental about leaving, so I'd suggest you apply before I change my mind.

    Feel free to PM me with specific questions.

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