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Sports Writer --- The Daily Times (Maryville, TN)

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Grant Ramey, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. Grant Ramey

    Grant Ramey New Member

    Position: Reporter
    Company: The Daily Times
    Address: 307 E. Harper Ave.
    Maryville, TN 37804
    Send Via: email
    Fax: 865-981-1175
    Email: marcus.fitzsimmons@thedailytimes.com
    Name of Contact: Marcus Fitzsimmons
    Start Date: Immediately
    Job Description: Sports Reporter

    The Daily Times, a seven-day morning newspaper in Maryville, Tenn., is searching for a full-time sportswriter to join its award-winning sports department. Located outside of Knoxville, The Daily Times puts an emphasis on presenting prep sports with a big-time feel, and also providing in-depth coverage of college athletics. The preferred candidate will have strong writing skills across multiple sports, keen news judgment, ability to write to social media, print and Web while utilizing excellent grammar and AP Style, as well as managing deadlines to multiple platforms. The ideal candidate will also possess both a rhino hide to red ink to have those skills pushed and expanded through constructive criticism, and the proofing eye to have the back of other writers. A bachelor’s degree in communications or an equivalent in education or experience is required for this position. Send non-returnable PDF files of a cover letter and resume, and either a PDF containing selections of your sportswriting or a hyperlink to your online portfolio, to marcus.fitzsimmons@thedailytimes.com. The Daily Times is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Skills Desired: The preferred candidate will have strong writing skills across multiple sports, keen news judgment, ability to write to social media, print and Web while utilizing excellent grammar and AP Style, as well as managing deadlines to multiple platforms. The ideal candidate will also possess both a rhino hide to red ink to have those skills pushed and expanded through constructive criticism, and the proofing eye to have the back of other writers. A bachelor’s degree in communications or an equivalent in education or experience is required for this position.
     
  2. djdennisOU

    djdennisOU Member

    This seems interesting. I may need to look more into this a little later and apply.
     
  3. TGO157

    TGO157 Member

    Two questions: Does this publication staff Tennessee home football/basketball games? Would this position involve page design work?
     
  4. Grant Ramey

    Grant Ramey New Member

    Yes, we do staff Tennessee football/basketball games and other UT sports. Our office is 15 miles from the Tennessee campus. And no, to my knowledge the position will not include page design.
     
  5. Potter

    Potter New Member

    I'm not familiar with the area. Is this paper second fiddle to (Gannett's) The Tennessean? Honest question, not trying to be a smartass.
     
  6. Grant Ramey

    Grant Ramey New Member

    The Daily Times is owned by Jones Media, which owns a handful of small papers in East Tennessee (Greeneville, Newport, etc.)

    Description from the Jones Media website:

    Jones Media is a family-owned business headquartered in Greeneville, Tennessee. With its subsidiaries, Jones Media forms an integrated media enterprise that provides information exchange through community newspapers, specialty publications, travel & tourism guides, brochure distribution, and digital communications solutions.
    The Company's flagship newspapers are The Greeneville Sun, a daily newspaper with total readership of approximately 28,000, and The Daily Times, a daily newspaper in Maryville, TN with total readership of approximately 38,000. The Company also owns The Daily Post-Athenian, a daily newspaper serving McMinn County, Tennessee with total readership of approximately 19,000. High Country Media is a subsidiary that publishes five community newspapers in Boone, North Carolina and surrounding areas, including The Mountain Times. Touring Publications, based in Sevierville, Tennessee, serves the travel and tourism markets of the southeastern U.S. with its specialty publications, tourism guides, hotel coupon books, brochure distribution and mobile telephone promotional services.

    Overall, the Company's operations include twelve community newspapers and nine travel/tourism guides. In each of its markets, the Company publishes the dominant community newspaper with business histories dating back as far as 1848.
     
  7. Grant Ramey

    Grant Ramey New Member

    Yes. Maryville and Alcoa football (located about six miles apart in Blount County) have around 25 combined state championships, so it's a fertile area for prep sports. Also cover Heritage and William Blount high schools night in and night out. And spot coverage of Greenback High School.

    And we cover the University of Tennessee and Maryville College (Division III) as close to daily as possible.
     
  8. djdennisOU

    djdennisOU Member

    Awesome. I'm going to apply for this position tomorrow morning then. Thanks!
     
  9. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    Been through Maryville en route to Smoky Mtn. National Park a couple of times. Nice town that looks well-kept in a very pretty part of the country.
     
  10. djdennisOU

    djdennisOU Member

    I applied for this at the beginning of the weekend and received more information from the sports editor about the position a couple days later. Seems like a great place to do a lot of great stuff as a reporter. Hopefully, I can get an interview!
     
  11. TDT_Marcus

    TDT_Marcus New Member

    This job posting will close and stop accepting applications at 11 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
    Application requires: resume (pdf), cover letter (pdf) and either pdf of clips or links to clips. Emails that do not include all three are not being considered.
     
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