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Sports reporter, high schools, Cleveland OH

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by gravehunter, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    It seems as if the only way to apply for this gig is through the company website. Here is the link to it.


    You’re a talented reporter; you can follow a story, engage an audience and create clean, journalistically sound copy. You are comfortable with digital and social media, have deep sports knowledge and enthusiasm for local sports, a strong voice, and comfort working on a variety of platforms.

    As a High School Sports Reporter, you’ll take ownership of high school sports coverage, bring local news to a digital audience and generate excitement by interacting directly with your readers. We've created a forward-thinking workspace with tools to help optimize your impact, such as a MacBook and an iPhone for nimble digital and mobile journalism. This is your opportunity to leverage your talent to build a lasting career in journalism, and help us build a new kind of media company.

    We have several Sports Reporter positions available, so feel free to share this information with your network of professional contacts.

    To be a good fit for the role of High School Sports Reporter, you will have:
    A bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications or a related field, or equivalent experience
    Strong journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing, ideally at a newspaper or online news organization, but at a minimum you'll need to have a track record of prolific and competent production; experience reporting on high school / local sports is preferred
    Solid knowledge of sports statistics
    Comfort working in breaking news situations, including understanding the standards and philosophy of real-time news
    Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience through blogging, social media and online comments
    Experience with search engine optimization (SEO) practices
    The ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
    A solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
  2. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Ace, it's not the Plain Dealer, but maybe this can be a stepping stone for you to get there. :D

    /old school SJ joke.
  3. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    He could so too work near the Plain Dealer ...
  4. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    They posted two other jobs on JournalismJobs.com as well, one to cover OSU and the other to be a Sports Producer.
  5. MicahMcVicker

    MicahMcVicker New Member

    Who is in charge of this operation? To whom should we address our cover letters? The sports editor of the Plain-Dealer?
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    It is The Plain Dealer .... or at least their new attempt at publishing less on paper and publishing more online.

  7. Buckeye12

    Buckeye12 Member

    Is this the PD going toward independent contractors so it can clear cap space by wiping out editorial full-timers?
  8. There will be layoffs in the next month or so. That has already been negotiated with the union. But these positions will be employees, not contractors.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    These are the jobs that were already cut:

  10. JoeScalzo

    JoeScalzo New Member

    Former PD reporter Burt Graeff posted this on his Facebook page this week:

    Three of Cleveland's hardest-working journalists -- Tim Rogers, Joe Maxse and Bob Fortuna -- have informed Advance Publications they want to be included on the lay-off list. They will be given one year of severance pay to walk. The departure of this terrific trio means the high school department is down to one writer --- Tim Warsinskey. What is going on at The PD, and other papers around the country, is something no one envisioned a decade ago. So, so sad to anyone who once held a job in what was a great profession.
  11. That's what the article says, but I'm not sure that's really the case. On the OSU beat, for example, Doug Lesmerises has not been laid off. And I don't want to speak for him, but I don't believe he has asked to be included on the layoff list.

    The article is correct, however, in that it is reasonably certain that another round of job postings will come later when the major wave of layoffs hits in about a month.
  12. hensleyc

    hensleyc New Member

    Is this to say we should be weary in applying because the job security level isn't guaranteed? This coming from someone who would have to relocate to work here...
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