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Vikings beat writer open in St. Paul

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Chest Rockwell, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Chest Rockwell

    Chest Rockwell New Member

    Job opening: Vikings beat reporter

    Immediate supervisor: Mike Bass, Senior Editor/Sports

    Date Posted: July 31, 2013

    Target date to fill job: Aug. 16, 2013

    Position Summary: Full-time reporter covering the Minnesota Vikings football team. Duties include but are not limited to breaking news, game stories, notebooks, features, enterprise, investigative, podcasts, blogs and social networking.

    Major Functions: 1. Cover the Vikings during the season and offseason as the primary beat reporter while keeping an eye on the rest of the NFL and trend stories. 2. First and foremost, be first and accurate and professional with breaking news concerning the team. 3. Post all developments online first, as quickly as possible. 4. Work with TwinCities.com in providing unique content, including blogs, social networking, podcasts and video. 5. Produce regular enterprise stories, making certain to help plan for graphics, photos, charts and other display elements. 6. Be creative, original and imaginative, producing work that is smart and unique in the marketplace. 7. Take initiative, showing ability to anticipate and plan ahead for coverage. 8. Maintain strong, regular communication with other reporters on and off the beat and with editors so that story ideas can be executed quickly and efficiently and there is no overlap. 9. Develop sources in and around the team and the league who can provide inside information on the Vikings. 10. Meet deadlines and assigned story lengths. 11. Contribute interpretation or analysis to facts and news events. 12. Work with only general supervision. 13 Conduct investigative interviews. 14. Have the ability to follow a story and develop it. 15. Use independent judgment and direction.

    Education: The job requires experience in breaking stories, an intense knowledge of the NFL and in most cases requires a four-year college degree.

    Experience: In most cases, the job requires daily deadline experience covering professional or major college sports.

    Schedule: Hours and day vary according to Vikings schedule. This is a full-time Guild position, A-scale pay. Job will receive Guild benefits according to the Guild contract.

    To apply contact: Mike Bass at mbass@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-5108
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Shouldn't this be in the "jobs" section?
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    You know you'll be off by early January!
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Who was the beat guy?
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Don't know, but maybe the new Vikings writer for ESPN?
  6. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    Brian Murphy covered Vikings and NFL for them. Ben Goessling, the top Vikings guy, started on the beat recently after covering the Twins and Wild. I'd imagine ESPN would want Murphy, who has been in place longer.
  7. accguy

    accguy Member

    It is now official that Ben Goessling is leaving the Pioneer Press to go to ESPN. Not Brian Murphy.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    So both the Strib and PP will have new beat writers...
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Is ESPN paying that much more than the metro dailies?
  10. Wait, who left from the Strib? I knew Tom Pelissero left ESPN1500 for USAToday.
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    On another thread, on another board, Dan Wiederer left to cover the Bears for the Chicago Tribune.

    Yes, you need multiple scorecards to keep up with all this movement -- and all the openings.
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    From what I hear, it's a pretty wide range. I've heard some were hired in the $75K range and others were over six figures.
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