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Sports Reporter - The Villages Daily Sun - The Villages, FL

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by nickfeely, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. nickfeely

    nickfeely New Member

    The Villages Daily Sun, America's fastest growing daily newspaper in the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan area, is seeking a reporter to join its award-winning sports department.

    This is a general assignment sports position with a focus on the recreation scene in The Villages, which consists of 182 pickleball courts — more than anywhere else in the world — nearly 100 recreation centers, 92 pools, two bowling centers and four softball complexes that host nearly 5,000 games each year. The right candidate will also be able to assist on other beats in the sports department, including golf and high school coverage.

    We’re a community-first newsroom, not a digital-first newsroom. This means that we place high value on content that is reported and edited at the local level, for a print-centric product, to the highest standards of excellence. We reward unconventional storytelling in an atmosphere in which good storytellers can become great.

    The Daily Sun is part of a media group that also creates a daily television newscast, operates a radio station and produces a monthly lifestyles magazine to which our staffers contribute.

    Apply by sending your resume and a brief cover letter to the attention of Staff Development Editor John DeClerk at john.declerk@thevillagesmedia.com. And then fill out the online application for the reporter position at http://compassinthevillages.com/careers/?job=2267.
     
  2. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    About as close as you're going to get these days if you're still enamored with the print game.
     
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    No shuffleboard or bocce??
     
  4. nickfeely

    nickfeely New Member

    Don't worry, there are plenty of opportunities to cover those as well!
     
  5. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Sports reporter? Nah.
    Games & hobbies reporter.
     
  6. nickfeely

    nickfeely New Member

    In all seriousness, that's a conversation we have a lot. We do try to keep our stories focused on the competitive side (and there are plenty of opportunities to do that), but we aren't going to turn away a good story if it happens to be about something we might consider a "game" or "hobby." If we can find a story to write about a Villages resident, we will.

    This job certainly leans into more competitive and athletic sports such as pickleball, tennis, softball, running, swimming, cycling, triathlons, Senior Games, etc., but once in a while does stray into the billiards, shuffleboard, bocce tier. It's a great chance to cover a wide variety of things.
     
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Should I be ashamed for not knowing pickleball?
     
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  8. nickfeely

    nickfeely New Member

    Not at all! It's a fast-growing sport among seniors especially because it's sort of like tennis, but on a much smaller court so the physical demands aren't quite the same. I always compare it to table tennis, but if you were standing on the table.
     
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  10. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    Does this paper cover Orlando Magic or Orlando City or UCF?
     
  11. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I think the paper's ad omitted its strongest asset. If you go there, you will never have to write about recruiting.
     
  12. GRS21

    GRS21 New Member

    Applied for this the other day. Currently in PA but looking for opportunity in central Florida. Hope they’ll give me a serious look.
     
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