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Sports writer, Harrisonburg, VA

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Mystery Meat II, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Company: Daily News-Record
    Sports Writer
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Not Specified
    Ad Expires:
    February 23, 2012
    Job ID: 1314195


    The Daily News-Record, a 28,000-circulation Monday-Saturday daily in Harrisonburg, Va., is seeking a sports writer. Beats include a Division III football team and two Division III basketball teams. Desk work and general assignment reporting also is part of the job. In addition, you'd contribute to our Rivals.com site (James Madison University). Harrisonburg is a college town (JMU, Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite) in the Shenandoah Valley about two hours southwest of D.C. and two hours east of Richmond. This is essentially an entry-level position -- meaning recent college graduates (with journalism degrees or extensive work at their college newspapers) are welcome to apply. No phone calls. Email resumes to sports editor Chris Simmons at csimmons@dnronline.com.
  2. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing someone from within moved up to take Mike's spot and this is for their old job?
  3. chris simmons

    chris simmons New Member

    Pretty much. Matthew Stoss will be covering JMU football. (And that should be WEST of Richmond, btw ;)
  4. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Pretty darn good entry-level position, from what I can tell.
  5. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    yeah. two hours east of Richmond puts you on the Eastern Shore. Good seafood, poor college football.
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Sources: Chris Simmons is a terrific boss. I've never worked with him myself, but I am good friends with someone who has in the past. The sports section they put out in Harrisonburg is pretty terrific for its size.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    As always - The Seal.
  8. doodah

    doodah Guest

    Seems like a solid entry level position. I applied.
  9. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Excellent news there. Stoss is good people.
  10. 35in44

    35in44 Member

    Just to add to this -- and I said it over on the thread where Barber was hired how great of a boss Simmons is -- this place has also seen a fair number of people move on from it into much larger jobs, including Joe Lemire (now covering baseball for SI), Jeremy Cothran (covered the Mets for the Star-Ledger before heading of to the world of sports information), Michael Rothstein (covers Michigan for ESPN.com) -- not to mention Barber leaving the paper to cover Virginia Tech and Dustin Dopirak, who covers Indiana basketball for the Bloomington Herald-Times.

    So there's a recent lineage of people moving up into bigger and better jobs. A lot of that has to do with the eye for talent Simmons has and what people learn while they are there under him.
  11. doodah

    doodah Guest

    This sounds good to hear. I hope they hire me.
  12. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    35, it goes back well before that to guys like Scott Blanchard and Skip Wood. Excellent journalists, made better by Chris Simmons.

    A perfect SE for a paper like this, smaller in size but they do some big stuff. May not be a better teaching SE anywhere.

    Doodah, he'd put up with about none of your bullshit.
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