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Sports Reporter, Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by benjones, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. benjones

    benjones New Member

    The Rocky Mount Telegram, an award-winning Eastern North Carolina daily, seeks a sports writer to cover high school, ACC events and minor league baseball. Layout experience a plus. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, plus writing experience for other publications.

    We offer competitive salary and benefits in a new office building. Cox Newspapers Inc. has a solid reputation for quality journalism and developing young talent. Come join an energetic, ambitious staff that puts an emphasis on good work while having fun.

    Send five to eight writing clips demonstrating a wide variety of skills, two design clips, resume, cover letter and references to:

    Ben Jones
    Sports Editor
    Rocky Mount Telegram
    P.O. Box 1080
    Rocky Mount, NC 27802
  2. JME

    JME Member


    Any inkling what the ration between Acc/HS/Minor Leagues and layout would be?
  3. Jeff Gluck

    Jeff Gluck Member

    Who left!? :eek:
  4. benjones

    benjones New Member

    There are four in the department, so we rotate who works desk. I work desk four to five days a week. The three writers are in here between two and four nights a week, depending on what's going on any given day. Some of those shifts are split with a writing assignment.

    So the short version is, plan on 45 percent preps, 20 percent ACC, 25 percent layout, 10 percent misc. writing.

    We staff probably 90 percent of N.C. State, Duke and North Carolina home basketball and football games. We've had someone at the majority of Carolina Hurricanes games this year, including the finals, as well. We'll hit at least one Carolina Mudcats game per home series.

    Clay Harris is leaving to pursue opportunities in a different field.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
  5. JME

    JME Member

    SO there are no beats, per se? Thanks for the info. :)
  6. benjones

    benjones New Member

    No beats, in the traditional sense. We want to give equal opportunity to the entire department.

    This is a place to develop and show off skills in a variety of areas.
  7. Precious Roy

    Precious Roy Active Member

    Good gig if you can deal with the "layout guy" and the guys at the paper down south. ;)
    I'm kidding man, can't wait to hear about the new guy, cause I likely won't be meeting anyone. ;D ;D
  8. Chad Conant

    Chad Conant Member

    That's a terrific setup, Ben. I wish more editors thought that way.
  9. 805atHeart

    805atHeart Member


    Pretty sure I have no shot at this gig because I don't have enough experience, but might apply for kicks anyways. Would the layout experience be in InDesign or Quark?
  10. Precious Roy

    Precious Roy Active Member

    Not a member of the Telegram staff, but someone who has deals with the paper. The Telegram is a paper that develops talent, even those right out of college. If you have the skills, you are going to get the next step with this paper.

    There you go guys, don't say I never did anything for you. ;D
  11. This all sounds pretty good so far. What is the circulation?
  12. benjones

    benjones New Member

    Right now we use DT (Digital Technology) only, but we are upgrading to InDesign with DT 6.0 in August.

    Our circulation is 15k. We aim to compete with any other paper in our area -- regardless of size.
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