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Company: Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.
Deputy Sports Editor
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
October 7, 2013
Job ID: 1461799




The Sun, a family owned daily (28,000 summer/51,000 winter) located on Florida's Gulf Coast, seeks a Deputy Sports Editor to help lead a seven-person, community-oriented sports department as we take the next steps in print and online.

This is a salaried position that assists in all aspects of department management, however, you’ll be expected to roll up your sleeves and serve daily as one of the two/three people designing and editing our 6- to 10-page section.

You’ll be expected to help conceive and guide content from brainstorming through publication, coach young writers and desk personnel, and create content while meeting deadlines. Being adept at non-narrative content packages is a plus.

You might be asked to produce an outside-the-office byline occasionally, but that isn’t a priority. Of greater importance is the conviction that you can apply to community-oriented content the standards, approaches and processes found at mid-size (or larger) newspapers.

Prior experience as a member of a sports management team for a daily newspaper is required. Advanced InDesign and Photoshop skills are required as are a mastery of AP style and InCopy and a demonstrable history of teamwork, leadership and coaching. Candidates with a track record of consistently producing/guiding award-caliber work will merit extra consideration.

Send an application packet to Mark L. Lawrence, Sports Editor at or to 23170 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980. No phone calls. Include a cover letter outlining a coverage plan/package you were responsible for shepherding to completion, identifying the reader-focused components/decisions that elevated it into something special and what you/your team decided could have been done better the next time. Also include an acceptable salary range. Design samples should include at least three section fronts and two special/theme pages or packages.

Preference will be given to those candidates in the eastern half of the United States. Application deadline: January 22.

Charlotte County is the spring training home to the Tampa Bay Rays, the home for two of their farm teams and the home to a college baseball tournament that this year is drawing 23 Division I programs. So baseball plays a big role year-round. However, our seven high schools and local sports will always form our section’s foundation.

The Sun Coast Media Group is an equal opportunity employer. Our employees have never been forced to take a furlough. There has been one round of layoffs in company history, and we’ve been hiring throughout the economic downturn. We are a nicotine- and drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug/nicotine testing is required.


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