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Sports reporter -- The Alton (Ill.) Telegraph

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by boundforboston, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    The Telegraph in Alton, Ill. is seeking a versatile journalist to add to its award-winning sports department. The position requires the ability to work the nightly sports desk and handle reporting assignments as well as features. The ideal candidate will have experience covering prep and college sports, be able to turn around stories on tight deadlines and should be social media savvy.

    Local Sports is the bread and butter for The Telegraph, which covers 17 high schools as well as several colleges. The Telegraph is a Civitas Media daily morning newspaper in the St. Louis Metro-East.

    Submit resumes and clips to phayes@civitasmedia.com CC bstrickley@civitasmedia.com.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    You know what... I had something much longer written out, and decided it best to change it.

    I'll be brief - I worked here for a number of years, and not too long ago. I am an authority when I say this: I hate this place, I hated this job, and although I cannot know your lot in life, I promise you that you are better off right now than you will be if you take this job. Of the 7 billion people on this planet, including an ex-wife who cheated on me, the guy she cheated with, their lawyer who screwed me, and an ex-best friend who broke my nose, there is only one person on the planet I hate and wish nothing but the most foul plagues upon... and he's here.

    Trust me, you want no part of this.
  3. dpilar05

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  4. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    As someone else who has worked at The Telegraph, I can completely agree with Rusty. If you want to work for the laziest and most selfish sports editor on the planet, go ahead and apply. If you actually want to enjoy your job, stay far away. This place is a sinking ship. A new newspaper just started in Alton and took about half the staff from The Telegraph with it, except, of course for the waste-of-space sports editor.
  5. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Sounds like the kind of SE that hangs out in the Busch and Scottrade press boxes mooching free food/beer and leaves all the work to his No. 2.

    Then again, he may not even have that much initiative.
  6. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    The SE goes to Busch, occasionally, but who knows how long it's been since he stepped foot inside Scottrade or the Edward Jones Dome. The Blues get only AP coverage and, since I left, the same is pretty much true for the Rams. Cards are only for big games, otherwise AP. It's not the focus of the Telegraph, which is pretty much hyper-local. It's currently a two-man staff - down from four just two years ago - and the "No. 2" guy works his tail off.
    The SE is the type of guy who will watch an Illini game in his living room and then turn in mileage like he actually was in Champaign. He will do a phone interview with a HS coach - and by the way this SE will only "cover" soccer, swimming and HS hockey - and then turn in mileage like he actually traveled to cover that coach's team two in a playoff game two hours away. How he's been able to get away with this for so many years is beyond me.
    By the way, while the SE is skimming money, the salary for this new position will be in the $20-25K range.
  7. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Geez, I thought I had it bad at a couple of stops. I'm not perfectly clear, but none of my SEs were crooks. They earned everything they got.
  8. studthug12

    studthug12 Active Member

    Sounds like a boss I used to have (Schulte).
  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    Yep, every word of this is true. The stories I could tell the board about this man would leave you flabbergasted. He is a living, breathing case-study of everything that a person can do wrong as a journalist.

    He works about 10 hours a week, but gets paid for 40. He covers sporting events from his living room, watching on TV, and then claims that as an 8-hour day plus mileage. He'll call off his one desk shift per week, an hour or two before, and force you to drop what you're doing, come in and cover without giving you off a different night - basically 8 hours of forced, unpaid OT. He submits your work as his own for awards, and when it wins and you ask him about it, he'll say "I'm the SE. I get credit for anything this department produces." Yet, if he makes a mistake, as he often does, he makes sure to send an email to the entire staff blasting the laziness and incompetence of the copy desk and me individually, even if I was off and nowhere near the desk that night at all.

    Keep in mind that he was allowed to do these things long before I was there and apparently to this day, which should tell you about the upper leadership here as well.


    I hope that one day, as you're old and feeble and examining your life, you'll be able to say, "Self, I watched a lot of internet pornography and looked at a lot of photos of cats in my day, and while I wish I'd spent that time doing something productive, at least I saw that thread on SJ that one time and decided against applying for that job at the Alton Telegraph."
  10. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member

    I kinda want to apply now just to waste his time
  11. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I kinda want to apply to see who can be lazier and jackassier. Because I'm not an easy man to beat in that regard.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    David J Apple, pioneer in ophthalmological research and ophthalmic pathology; medical historian and biographer was born in Alton.
    Alexander Botkin, state Senator in Wisconsin
    Jonathan Russell Bullock, state Congressman in Rhode Island and US federal judge
    Dick Burwell, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
    Miles Davis, jazz musician
    Craig Hentrich, retired NFL football player
    Mary Beth Hughes, actress
    Don Lenhardt, outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, scout and coach with several MLB teams
    Lawrence Leritz, dance and Broadway
    Elijah Lovejoy, abolitionist
    Bill Lyons, infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals
    Salim Nourallah, musician and producer
    John M. Olin, inventor, industrialist, philanthropist
    James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Arch Reilly, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates
    Red Rhodes, musician and steel guitarist
    Christina Romer, 25th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors
    Phyllis Schlafly, conservative author
    Dale Swann, character actor
    Paul Tibbets Jr., pilot of the Enola Gay, who graduated from Western Military Academy in Alton.
    Lyman Trumbull, first person to write a bill about Civil Rights (although it did not pass)[citation needed]
    Robert Wadlow, at 8 feet and 11.1 inches, the tallest person in history
    Minor Watson, stage and screen actor
    Jesse White, 37th Secretary of State of Illinois

    And he's buried there ...


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