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Tampa Bay Times seeks college sports reporter

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by rleblanc, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. rleblanc

    rleblanc New Member

    Florida’s largest newspaper is looking for an enterprising, news-breaking reporter to join the Tampa Bay Times Sports department, primarily on the Florida Gators beat but with the goal of hopping on great stories at Florida State and around the state as well. This reporter, based in the Tampa Bay area, also will be in the middle of the action as Tampa hosts the College Football Playoff national title game in January 2017.

    We seek an excellent reporter and writer with a strong work ethic who is as comfortable in digital coverage as in print, from Tweets to blogs to tight night-game deadlines. We’re looking for someone who can keep up with the news but isn’t afraid to break away from the pack to find a distinctive story. Experience covering college athletics and dealing with public records are pluses.

    Sound like you? Email a packet that includes a cover letter, resume and a few clips that show the breadth and depth of your best work to Roy LeBlanc at rleblanc@tampabay.com. Please make sure your clips, whether links or attachments, easily print in a readable form.
  2. djdennisOU

    djdennisOU Member

    Applied and now crossing my fingers! I spent a couple years in my youth in the Tampa Bay area so it'd be fun to go back as a professional.
  3. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    Replacing A.E.?
  4. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    I would think so.
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Didn't know A.E. was moving on.

    LeBlanc is a great editor.
  6. JCT89

    JCT89 Member

    On paper this seems like a good job but the two questions I'd have:
    1) Doesn't this paper have major financial issues, per a thread on the j topics board? You worry about job security everywhere in this business, but this one seems especially tenuous.
    2) If the primary focus is covering U of F, and some FSU, why be based in Tampa? Both of those are hikes from Tampa. Seems like that'd be a major deterrent from really owning the beat.
    Runner likes this.
  7. djdennisOU

    djdennisOU Member

    Gainesville is only two hours away from Tampa so that's not too bad in my opinion. I am from the Detroit area and the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press cover both UM (roughly an hour away) and MSU (2 hours) so the UF beat makes sense – at least to me.
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Yeah, so every time a story breaks, you're two hours from the job. Cool.
  9. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    No one seemed to have a problem with the Washington State beat in Seattle being five hours away. Some papers just do it different than others. Nothing wrong with that. Also sounds like this is a gig covering more than just UF.
  10. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    In all seriousness, which paper doesn't?
  11. Tweener

    Tweener Active Member

    But wasn't that job actually based in Spokane, Matt? It makes much more sense to have a writer located close to the beat as opposed to where the paper is located.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    You've got to be near campus for the big Florida schools.
    With all the arrests, you're a cops reporter, too. Got to move fast.
    Runner likes this.
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