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They're baaaaaaaack...still bootstrappin'

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by ChrisMaza, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. ChrisMaza

    ChrisMaza Member

    Company: Berkshire Beacon
    Editorial & Sales
    Lenox, Massachusetts
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Negotiable
    Ad Expires:
    November 18, 2011
    Job ID: 1217642


    Bootstrap Journalism #101: You want to write, edit and design the pages of The Berkshire Beacon. This will give you invaluable experience going forward in your career.
    I want to create an advertising base with your creative ingenuity, sales ability and put the newspaper on a solid financial platform to reward your ability going forward and to help Main Street merchants to once again sell their products.
    Together, we can become part of the Beacon’s (http://www.berkshirebeacon.com/ ) goal to grow together in this economy. Not only will you be selling space in the weekly, promoting add-on-values, but also you will be contributing to the summer tab-The Berkshire Sonata-both in advertisements and editorial copy.
    No sea shells, no life at the beach; just the opportunity to put one's creativity and multitask efforts--including sales, marketing, writing, design, photography and self-enterprising initiatives--on the pages of The Berkshire Beacon and its web site www.berkshirebeacon.com
    You will be paid a commission on sales; along with an editorial stipend plus expenses as part of a cohesive small newspaper family whose goal: To become the Best New England Weekly as voted by the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA). http://www.nenpa.com/
    This is Bootstrap Journalism #101 at its best. See Small Newspapers: http://www.asne.org/kiosk/reports/97reports/smallnewspapers/contents.html
    It doesn't get any better than to see the formation of a dedicated staff dressed for success to share in The Berkshire Hills experience. See www.lenox.org
    Our goal is to produce a community TAB from our own resources that will be recognized and respected each week by our readers & advertisers.
    When you are ready to move on, your sales/editorial portfolio will help you secure your journalistic dream job along with a letter of recommendation from The Beacon's publisher/editor.
    We are the "Heart" of The Berkshires and thus the goal of our newspaper is: “Berkshire Hometown News First.”
    If you're up for the challenge and can't wait to see your byline in print, e-mail your resume with subject marked BEACON to: george@berkshirebeacon.com or call 413-637-2250. -George C. Jordan III, ED & PUB
  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Can you promise puff pieces to get clients? Would that be crossing a line here?
  3. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    They have a combined editorial/sales spot and you ask if ANYTHING crosses the line?
  4. EmbassyRow

    EmbassyRow Active Member

    If any aspiring bootstrappers would like a copy of this paper, please let me know. I can grab a few free copies at the grocery store.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Have they grown yet in this economy?
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    It doesn't get any better than to see the formation of a dedicated staff dressed for success to share in The Berkshire Hills experience. See www.lenox.org

    Awesome. Now they have a picture of their staff, which hasn't seen a pay raise since the Charlie Dickens era.
  7. McNuggetsMan

    McNuggetsMan Active Member

    Does he really cite a 1997 report on how great things are at small newspapers as evidence that small newspapers are a great place to work in 2011?
  8. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    If you can promise me a view of the Berkshires seeming dreamlike on account of their frosting, I'm there.
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'm so used to seeing "no phone calls" in ads, now it's a huge red flag when someone actually says CALL ME!
  10. mb

    mb Active Member

    What you get: "Invaluable experience."
    What you do not get: Valuable money.
  11. Greg_Cameron

    Greg_Cameron New Member

    Back a few months ago, had a Skype interview with the guy who runs this "sheet" (It wasn't long after graduating from college when I was looking for a job simply as fast as I could). Maybe one of the weirder experiences that I've ever had. Complete low-ball pay for pretty much running the sports section. Maybe I could have made more stitching soccer balls for Nike. Anyway, that's neither here nor there. How was that Skype interview one of the weirder experiences? Guy was straight up wearing a fur coat while indoors doing an interview over the internet. And yes, it was a fur coat with a hood.

    Needless to say, I wasn't an ideal bootstrap journalist.
  12. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Now I kind of want to apply, just for fun and games.
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