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Sports reporter, Salem, Ore.

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Crimson Tide, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Crimson Tide

    Crimson Tide Member


    Company: The Statesman Journal
    Position: Reporter I, Sports
    Location: Salem, Oregon
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Not Specified
    Ad Expires: November 21, 2006
    Job ID: 692989

    Essential Functions: This position will report and write on sports news, people and events in an accurate, timely, interesting and easy-to-understand manner for both the website and newspaper. This position will provide breaking sports news and updated game information for the website and then update for the newspaper. Essential functions are to develop sources, including minority sources, throughout the sports community, interview people, collect data and analyze information to explain happenings in the sports field. This person will work with other departments, including photo, online, and graphics, to add elements to a story that give readers a better understanding or increases reader interactivity to story online. To develop and provide unique online content including blogs, videos, databases, and other interactive or multimedia elements.

    Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Journalism, and (at minimum) a writing internship at a daily newspaper. Must have excellent written/verbal communication skills, and superior knowledge of grammar, spelling and sentence structure. Must have understanding of journalism, libel, and the ability to demonstrate experience with AP style. Must take notes quickly and accurately, and have excellent phone, interviewing and research skills. This candidate must also be proficient with computers and software. This position must adhere to high journalistic standards of honesty, integrity, fairness, balance and accuracy. Must keep abreast of current events and be able to simultaneously handle daily and weekend story assignments. Must be able to develop sources and story ideas on assigned beat. Online experience, ability to shoot video and take photos are a plus. Must have a valid Oregon driver’s license, reliable transportation and proof of insurance.

    To Apply: Apply by completing an application online at http://news.statesmanjournal.com/services/jobs/login1.cfm and then send your resume and work samples, as well as an explanation of why you're the right person for the job, to Statesman Journal ATTN: Jill Latuszek, 280 Church St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.

    It is important that your application clearly indicate that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Please include enough relevant training and experience to demonstrate that you possess the minimum qualifications. Only applications that meet the minimum qualifications will be considered. Please note: no submitted materials will be returned.The Statesman Journal requires a pre-employment drug test for all positions. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and recognize that the key to our success lies in the abilities, diversity and vision of our employees. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.Applications are only accepted for open positions. If you are applying for more than one position, please complete a new application for each additional position. Applications that are received incomplete, are missing requested information, or are submitted after the closing date, will not be considered.Job # 48

    Close Date: 10/31/2006.

    Posted while the board was down last week. Anybody know anything about this place?
  2. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Salem's the state capitol and it's about 40 miles south of Portland. It's not a bad town, and it's near wine country and within about two hours of the coast and mountains. As for the paper, it was -- and may still be -- Gannett. I can't remember if it was part of that trade with Knight Ridder a few years ago. I believe they still cover Oregon and Oregon State. They had a Trail Blazers beat, but they eliminated that a few years ago.
  3. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Compared with the nice towns around it, Salem is kind of gritty and overly suburban at the same time. And it's squeezed by better papers to the north (Oregonian) and south (Register-Guard). Coverage has become much more local in recent years, and the design is not very good. Pay not great either for its circulation size.
  4. Al_Czervik

    Al_Czervik Member

    They lsited an opening in the summer, too. Not sure if this is for the same position or someone else has left.
  5. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Would guess its still Gannett considering the "minority members of the community" thing.
    Real people, real news, baby.
  6. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    pay is shitty for its circ. size -- or it once was -- and salem is becoming more and more of an expensive place to live by the day.

    it was a very good mid-size paper at 52k, but like many other papers and sports sections, it ain't what it used to be.

    with that said, this could be a nice step up the ladder for someone ... but you aren't going to support a family without a spouse's second income.
  7. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Then don't forget to "mainstream" the story.
  8. Floyd

    Floyd Member

    Jesus, this is the worst job ad I've read on here. It had to be written by an HR person. "Qualifications include being able to write a complete sentence, not cheer in the press box and do what you're told without questioning authority figures." Sounds like a blast.
  9. slipshod

    slipshod Member

    Not only the capital, but also home of state prison and state mental institution. Politicians, criminals and nuts _ often interchangeable.
  10. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Not to mention the Trail Blazers 40 miles up the road.
  11. Frylock

    Frylock Member

    Yeah, but the Statesman-Journal no longer covers the Trail Blazers.
    They also use one reporter to cover both Oregon and Oregon State. This job is all preps all the time. Except maybe some community-type coverage in the off-season.
  12. Salem isn't that bad ... oh wait, yes it is.

    If you're looking for a town that still thinks it's 1973, then Salem is your town. What a stinking shithole.
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