SPORTS EDITOR

Riverton Ranger Inc, Fremont County, Wyoming

Date PostedAugust 11, 2018
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
SpecialtySports/Outdoors
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$30,000 to $35,000
Description:

SPORTS DESK -- WE NEED TO CATCH LIGHTING IN A BOTTLE

This is a crazy time to try to hire a sports editor, but that's what we need to do at our established, proftable, prize-winning daily and sister weekly in the beautiful Wind RIver Country of west-central Wyoming.

After committing to the job, the guy we thought we had hired decided to stay put in the next time zone put after his wife got a better job. Now, less than a month before the start of our fall sports seasons, we are looking again. 

THE PRIME QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS JOB ARE ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM AND WILLINGNESS. Never been a sports editor before? We'll help you. Long established in a career and looking for a change? Great, but this is not the place to come if you are looking for a soft place to land.  We work hard at local sports because we think it's just about the most important thing we do -- the way to involved young people and their families in the paper every day.

And, of course, covering local sports also is tons of fun. We love doing it, and our sports chief needs to love it, too.

Take charge of sports coverage at our family-owned community daily (S, T-F), county seat weekly (W) and small-market weekly (Th). You  will do it all — cover some choice beats, assign and coordinate sports news and feature coverage with a sports-oriented publisher/editor, two excellent, experienced part-time writers, shoot your own photos as often as you like, manage the weekdaily sports page and Sunday sports section (yes, including Quark XPress pagination), write a sports column when you're in the mood, and build and maintain good relationships with our local sports community. 

We cover nine local high schools at the varsity level, ranging from Class 1-A (smallest) to Class 4-A (biggest). They don't all field teams in every sport, but at minimum boys and girls basketball is played at all of them, and two biggest schools compete in everything from tennis to cross country skiing, with plenty of football, soccer, track and field, wrestling,golf and volleyball in the picture. No school baseball or hockey, but there are active club teams in both, plus summer softball, rodeo, hunting fishing, outdoor sports and rec. We pay attention to sub-varsity teams and tournaments when we can, and there's a community college competing in round-ball sports, golf, XC and rodeo. There are opportunities to cover the Wyoming Cowboys from time to time as well.

There are conference and state champs every year, usually more than one, with college signees, all-stars, a few locals in the pros, and seasonal all-county dream teams that we pick and publicize.

It's a busy job, but not an overwhelming one thanks to coordination, planning and able contributions from the rest of the staff. Tuesday through Friday days (leave early if you're covering a game that night), plus a  Saturday afternoon-night shift. Sunday and Monday off. We need a sports editor who will love it, live it and own it. Salary, paid vacation and holidays, 401(k)

We live in one of the one of the fine places on Earth, Wyoming's Wind River Country. Look it up if you have any doubt. Town 11,000, county 40,000, state 575,000. This is not big-city living, which we happen to think gives us an advantage.

If you are a good candidate, you'll probably get a call the same day you reply to this ad. We're not messing around here.

This is a great sports journalism job in the community newspaper environment. Apply now, work soon. Contact Steve Peck, Publisher, Riverton Ranger Inc. at this e-mail address: shawnsteve856@gmail.com.

 

 


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