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Sports Reporter - Greenfield, IN

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Zads07, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    JournalismJobs.com - Job Listing - Sports reporter

    Date Posted July 27, 2015
    Location Greenfield, Indiana
    Position Reporter
    Specialty Sports/Outdoors
    Job Status Full-time
    Salary Not Specified

    Description:
    The (Greenfield) Daily Reporter, an award-wining newspaper near Indianapolis, is seeking an energetic sports writer who has the drive and skills to handle a variety of beats, including high school, recreational and other sports. Candidate should be able to produce strong, well-written in-depth sports features and enterprise pieces and daily stories, including high school sports. Looking for a leader who can run with stories and come up with original story ideas that connect with readers. Social media skills a plus. Previous newspaper reporting experience preferred. Send resume and clips to: ssyse@hnenewspapers.com.
     
  2. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    My former shop. Has some good points and some areas where you want to come in with eyes wide open ... it's a two-man staff, design was taken off-site a few months ago so it's all a reporting gig. You cover 4 high schools, three of which are between 1100-1500 students (big 3A/small 4A in basketball) and one of which is a rural school w/450 students. Coaches are really good to work with, and with one exception, the communities are pretty supportive. It's a *big* baseball/softball area. Football is strong, too - two of the high schools have played in the state football finals in the last couple of years. They have, in the past, covered the Colts/Pacers/Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but that seems to be going away.

    The good:
    *-The SE, Rich Torres, is top-notch. He's fairly new at this publication, but he's been around Central Indiana for a long time. He would be a great person to work with/for. If he's allowed to do his job, this will be a great place to work.
    *-It's been a stepping-stone job. Within the last 20 years, three people have gone from this job to the Indy Star, two in the last five years. There are a lot of alumni from this paper's sports staff working at major public relations and newspaper jobs.
    *-It's in suburban Indy, but it doesn't feel like a big city. It really has a small-town feel but the newspaper is only 25 miles from downtown Indianapolis. As I said before, it used to offer a really good opportunity to get a chance to cover some NFL/NBA stuff (and therefore provide valuable networking opportunities), but the new group editor appears to be nixing that, and relying on the two sister papers to provide such coverage.
    *-It is a 5-day-a-week daily with a website behind a paywall.
    *-I don't know what the pay is now, but in the past, it's been on the high side of average for a small shop.
    *-It's in a fairly small, family-owned chain that doesn't appear in danger of being sold.
    *-There is next to no competition. The Indy Star has basically given up on covering the area because it doesn't have the business/advertiser base that the other three sides of town do.

    Keep your eyes open:
    *-In the last few years, they've basically consolidated all operations with two sister papers located two counties away, with a group publisher and group editor, both based in Columbus. One would *think* that would give a lot of autonomy, but all design is done in Columbus, and the new group editor has a very strong reputation for being a micromanager, even from 60 miles away. There has been significant turnover here since last fall, including *both* sports positions, the former editor in chief (who was an outstanding editor) and two news-side reporters.
    *-With the EIC and backshop all 60 miles away, Greenfield tends to play third-fiddle. In sports coverage decisions, the other two papers almost always win out.
    *-Deadlines are better than they once were, but are still pretty tight in the evening.
    *-The aforementioned group editor is the one receiving resumes and apparently doing the hiring here.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2015
  3. braven24

    braven24 New Member

    Thank you for the information. This answered nearly every question/concern I had with the position/paper.
     
  4. SteveMcQueen

    SteveMcQueen New Member

    I've got a lot of knowledge on this gig as well. Happy to lend out some info.
     
  5. JSkebba

    JSkebba New Member

    Any idea what the "other sports" are?
     
  6. donjulio15

    donjulio15 Member

    Widgets
     
  7. SFIND

    SFIND Active Member

    The Culver's near I-70 is good.
     
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