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Staff Writer - Harrisonburg, Virginia

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by KevinmH9, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Company: Journal Newspapers
    Staff Writer
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Not Specified
    Ad Expires:
    July 23, 2008
    Job ID: 938963

    The weekly Journal newspapers in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley seek a full-time staff writer. The Shenandoah, North Fork and Northern Augusta Journals (circulation about 31,100) cover nouthern and southern Rockingham County and northern Augusta County.

    The successful candidate will also shoot photographs and help paginate the paper. Experience with Quark is desired but not mandatory.

    Applicants must have sports writing experience, or an interest in and knowledge of competitive sports. We cover youth and adult league sports, as well as junior varsity and some varsity high school teams.

    While the emphasis of this position is intensive sports coverage, the successful candidate will also be comfortable writing human interest and hard news articles, as our coverage ranges from lawn parties and award-winning radishes to town council meetings and important local issues.

    The position requires a flexible schedule (some nights and weekends). All candidate must pass an e-mailed writing test before an interview is scheduled.

    Send resume and your five best clips to Lauren Jefferson, P.O. Box 824, Dayton, VA 22821, or to shenjrnl@verizon.com.
  2. Sounds like you'd be covering the Massanutten and Southern Valley Districts. There are some good high school teams in the area.
  3. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    James Madison University is in Harrisonburg -- as has been talked about with the Daily News-Record thread.
  4. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    Also, Harrisonburg High School is the home of Kristi Toliver, floor leader of the Lady Terps[/shamelessMarylandplug]
  5. Yep, although ironically, Toliver's teams were always overshadowed by Fort Defiance, Spotswood and Turner Ashby in her own district and Charlottesville in her region. That's all changed now, Fort moved out of Harrisonburg's district when the old Valley District split into the Massanutten District and Southern Valley District and moved both halves to Region III.

    The Massanutten contains the three (for now) Rockingham County schools of Broadway, Spotswood and Turner Ashby along with Harrisonburg, which is in Rockingham but part of the City of Harrisonburg (Virginia has about 40 cities that are not part of a county). The Southern Valley contains two Augusta County schools, Stuarts Draft and Fort Defiance, two city schools, Robert E. Lee (Staunton) and Waynesboro and one school you wouldn't cover, Rockbridge County.

    Augusta County is also home to three A schools (Va. high schools are classified by size into AAA, AA or A, the previous schools are all AA), Buffalo Gap, Riverheads and Wilson Memorial. In short, there's a lot to keep you busy.
  6. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    The Harrisonburg-area schools moved into Region III this past year and some of the Roanoke-area schools moved into Region IV, which includes schools from the far southern part of the state. Most of the region postseason action now intersects with Lynchburg area schools.
  7. Right you are. The Blue Ridge District is still Region III and has some schools near Roanoke, but the Seminole District is focused around Lynchburg. The makeup of the regions mean that in every sport but football, three schools in your market are guaranteed to advance to regionals, and there's a good chance it will be four, as only Rockbridge County could screw that up.
  8. Buckeye12

    Buckeye12 Member

    "We cover youth and adult league sports, as well as junior varsity and some varsity high school teams."

    Is this poorly worded or do they mean they cover JV sports and some varsity sports? That can't be right, can it?
  9. Jim_Mora

    Jim_Mora Member

    I saw and applied for a similar position in Harrisionburg about a month ago...guess its not the same one.
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