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Sports reporter, The Associated Press, Detroit

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by MileHigh, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    The Associated Press seeks a Sports Reporter for its Detroit, Mich., office.

    The successful candidate will be part of a two-person team that covers the top sports in Michigan, with a focus on breaking news, strong game and event coverage, beat reporting, and source development. The reporter is part of a wider AP team responsible for regional and national sports coverage, and will work across multiple formats. He/she works with the regional sports editor to set priorities and develop aggressive spot and enterprise reporting for the AP’s global newspaper, online and broadcast audience. The reporter will be responsible for coverage of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and other professional and other sports in the area. The successful candidate, who will report to the assistant regional sports editor in Chicago, must be able to:

    • Identify key sources and develop a beat that ensures AP is competitive on the most important sports stories in the territory.
    • Identify and develop stories that break news and have impact.
    • Report and write accurate, compelling stories on deadline in competitive situations.
    • Work with his/her managers and colleagues to set priorities for a Michigan sports report with multiple teams and sources.
    • Organize and coordinate freelancers for sports coverage as needed in Michigan.
    • Work with staff photographers, videographers and other platform specialists to ensure complete and robust coverage of games and events.


    Candidate should have demonstrated superior news judgment, with experience reporting and writing news for global audiences on multiple platforms. Superior writing ability, beat reporting skills and source development experience required. Candidate must understand the growing importance of multimedia news and be able to coordinate with AP staffers from other formats. Candidate must be a creative problem-solver who can work as a member of a team. Qualifications for the successful candidate include:

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
    • Professional sports writing experience in a daily news setting.
    • At least four years of full-time reporting experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station or AP or similar bureau.
    • Experience with computer-assisted reporting, FOI and investigative techniques is a plus.
    • A proficiency in multiple platforms, especially video, is a plus.
    • Proven ability to recognize and develop newsworthy stories of broad interest and work accurately under deadline pressure.
    • Strong organizational skills with experience juggling multiple projects across formats and meeting deadlines.
    • Well-developed communications skills to work constructively with staff, member editors and other AP departments.
    • Be able to travel and work a variety of hours to meet the needs of a 24/7 news organi! zation. This person must be able to demonstrate a high level of fluency in written and spoken English.
    • Authorization to work in the United States is mandatory.

    The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

    AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.
  2. ericwbolin

    ericwbolin New Member

    Wow. Primo gig. Lage has done a wonderful job up there. Anyone know the scoop why (it appears) he's out? As I write this, I see he's at the Tigers game.
  3. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Ad says new person will be part of a two-person team.

    So this could be a newly-created position, I believe.
  4. ericwbolin

    ericwbolin New Member

    In the very first line no less, huh? Nice job me.

    Still, good to Michigan is finally seen as a two-person job.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Lage does do a good job. I know nothing else about the position. :D
  6. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    If Dave Hogg wants and does not get this job, it is wrong on many levels. He's the awesomest get-no-credit-for-the-work-he's-done guy in Detroit since before Larry's time. And I'd wager Larry would say the same thing. So would Harry Atkins.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Hogg does work his ass off...
  8. sayyestomi

    sayyestomi New Member

    You said it perfectly, KJIM. Speaking as someone who knows Dave very well -- both as a former colleague in the business and as a mentor/friend since then, he is one of the best there is. Not just in Detroit, but in general. If he wants it, it should be his, no questions asked. And I hope he does.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Cool gig. Makes me wish I was still in sports writing.
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    About time they got some help up there.
  11. LoveJesus9

    LoveJesus9 New Member

    Does Hogg already work inside the AP?
  12. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    No, but he IS the second AP sportswriter in DET, only he's not employed by AP directly. If Dave got this job, the only difference in what's out there now is you'd see his name would finally be on everything he cranks out.

    Really, I can't imagine anything else changing, because Dave already does the work of the second sportswriter. (Except he'd finally be eligible for insurance and all that, and Larry wouldn't have to staff all playoff games because Dave could finally get bylines.)

    Honestly, in-buro, no one questions Dave because he knows better than any staffer there what's to be covered. He precedes Larry, for God's sake. He was Harry's go-to guy, too. There is no question he's No. 2.

    I worked in the buro for 10 years before leaving the country. There were times, especially in the Harry-Larry transition and every Thanksgiving during HS FB championships -- that the buro would have crashed without him. I know I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw his initials on the stories.

    I repeat: If Dave Hogg wants and does not get this job, it is wrong on many levels.
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