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Sports Writer, Leesburg, FL

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by FusilliJerry, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. FusilliJerry

    FusilliJerry Member

    From JJobs.

    Salary: $25,000 to $30,000

    The Daily Commercial is growing and is looking for a writer who is passionate about high school and college sports. We cover 14 schools in a two-county area and have local student-athletes playing for the University of Florida, Florida State and the University of Central Florida. We also cover events at Daytona International Speedway and sometimes cover bowl games and pro sports. You should have strong reporting and writing skills and be comfortable working on deadline or reporting multi-sourced features that can dominate a front page. The position involves some editing, so knowledge of InDesign is a plus. The Daily Commercial, located 35 minutes outside Orlando, is owned by Halifax Media Group. Halifax is one of the nation's fastest growing newspaper companies and one of the few that still invests in its newsrooms. The company offers competitive pay, excellent benefits and great opportunity for advancement. Please send your resume, a brief cover letter and clips to Managing Editor Tom McNiff at tom.mcniff@starbanner.com
     
  2. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    I had forgotten Halifax picked up the Daily Commercial, which had been attempting to cover a decent-sized county (and neighboring Sumter, I think) with a staff of one the last several years. In any case, Tom McNiff is a great guy.
     
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    And on the bright side, it no longer has as its publisher one of the five worst human beings I've ever come across.

    However, like fun is Leesburg 35 minutes from Orlando, at least any bits of Orlando worth a damn.
     
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    My first newspaper gig after college. We had an editor, four writers/deskers and one correspondent that did a ton of stuff. Outrageous staffing in today's world.
     
  5. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Is it a one-person staff now?
     
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Has been for quite a while, as in five or six years. I don't check the website very often, but I'm not sure I've even seen stringer copy for a while.

    I think the news side is down to two, maybe three, reporters.
     
  7. The ad says the paper is growing, so maybe they're adding a position.
     
  8. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Their ads also used to say they had a circulation well in excess of what they actually did.

    Any growth that they're experiencing would be the partial clawing back of previous dramatic losses, put it that way.
     
  9. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    Bumped back up, jobs open again

    jjobs.com
    http://www.journalismjobs.com/Job_Listing.cfm?JobID=1543285

    Company: The Daily Commercial
    Position:
    Sports Writer
    Location:
    Leesburg, Florida
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: $25,000 to $30,000
    Ad Expires:
    April 1, 2014
    Job ID: 1543285

    Description:

    The Daily Commercial, a 16,000-circulation newspaper just outside Orlando, is looking for a writer who is passionate about high school and college sports. We cover 14 schools in a two-county area and have local student-athletes playing for the University of Florida, Florida State and the University of Central Florida. We also cover events at Daytona International Speedway and sometimes cover bowl games and pro sports. You should have strong reporting and writing skills and be comfortable working on deadline or reporting multi-sourced features that can dominate a front page. The position involves some editing, so knowledge of InDesign is a plus. The Daily Commercial is owned by Halifax Media Group, one of the nation's fastest growing newspaper companies and one of the few that still invests in its newsrooms. The company offers competitive pay, excellent benefits and great opportunity for advancement. Please send your resume, a brief cover letter and clips to Executive Editor Tom McNiff at tom.mcniff@starbanner.com
     
  10. JSkebba

    JSkebba New Member

    Does anyone have an update or know anything about this opening? Interesting that it's open again. Maybe it was never filled the first time?
     
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    If it's Halifax, enjoy signing that 2-year non-compete.
     
  12. jclary33

    jclary33 New Member

    Honestly not sure. If this is the same paper I was thinking of, I got a call from them to interview but I had already started my job in Wisconsin.
     
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