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Sports writer, AP -- Kansas City

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by MileHigh, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    The Associated Press seeks an experienced sports reporter to cover Kansas from its bureau in Kansas City, Mo.

    The successful candidate will take over and build beats covering the NFL's Chiefs, MLB's Royals, the MLS team Sporting Kansas City and the prominent sports programs at the University of Kansas and Kansas State, among other duties. This reporter will have a proven track record of building reliable sources, breaking news, writing accurate and compelling game copy on deadline, and delivering smart enterprise that shows ownership of a beat, team or sport.

    We want someone who sets the agenda for the top sports news in Kansas and gets the scoops for the AP's global audience. This is a position that requires speed without sacrificing quality, excellent planning skills and the ability to juggle. While the position is text-based, we want someone aware of the growing demand for content in multiple formats (photos, video, audio) and can work with his or her colleagues to deliver it. We prefer someone comfortable with using social media tools. Experience in reporting on professional teams will be considered a plus.


    Candidates should have demonstrated excellence as a beat reporter, and have a proven record of developing sources, breaking news, originating story ideas and writing on deadline in a clear and engaging way. Applicants should understand the growing importance of multimedia news and be able to coordinate with AP staffers from other formats. The successful candidates should have at least five years of full-time reporting experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station or AP bureau.

    Other qualifications:

    _ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

    _ Ability to recognize and develop newsworthy stories of global interest and work accurately under deadline pressure.

    _ Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines.

    _ A willingness to work nights and weekends, and to travel to various sports assignments.

    Authorization to work in the U.S. is mandatory as is advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language.

  2. Liut

    Liut Active Member

    Best wishes to Doug Tucker. Outstanding career.
  3. Elmwood44

    Elmwood44 New Member

    Agreed. Classy guy and a great writer. Any idea if this was a decision of his own or was he given a nudge from the AP?
  4. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    I heard he's retiring, I assume on his own but I guess I don't know for sure.

    He's had that job for a long, long time.
  5. gutenberg

    gutenberg Guest

    Adam ought to grab this gig before the ceiling joins the walls in falling down on his once-proud shop.
  6. mellinger

    mellinger New Member

    Just adding to the pile of love for Doug. A good man. If they're going to get the same amount of work without him, they should probably hire at least two people.
  7. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    How likely is it they hire internally?
  8. Very.
  9. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    I don't think Doug visits this site but I definitely wish him well. One of the good guys in this biz. Big shoes to fill here.
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Dave Skretta had the byline today on the Chiefs camp story and another story on camp injuries, also a KC byline.
  11. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    That's at least four AP jobs listed on here in the last two weeks. I wonder if there's an underlying reason.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    On top of recent departures in the past year out of Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh.
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