Sports Editor

Lampasas Dispatch Record

Lampasas, Texas

Date Posted June 07, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Sports/Outdoors
Required Education High School Diploma
Job Status Full-time
Salary $35,000-$37,500
Website http://www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com

Description:

LAMPASAS DISPATCH RECORD -- Seeking a self-starter, detail-oriented, positive-attitude sports reporter/photographer for a sports-crazy Central Texas county. We provide engaging, in-depth coverage of sports in Lampasas County.

• twice-a-week community newspaper

• cover all sports for the two school districts in Lampasas County (Central Texas)

www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com

• Lampasas Dispatch Record page on Facebook

• Integrity, accuracy and community trust in the Dispatch Record are extremely important to us! We'd love to hear how you embody those characteristics.


POSITION:

• full-time, salaried sports editor

position open immediately; open until filled


KEY JOB DUTIES:

- Fill 2-4 sports page per edition (Tuesday and Friday editions) with your original, highly local content -- captivating stories, photos and/or graphic elements

- Display initiative and take ownership of the sports section. You generate the story ideas and determine the coverage prioritization, within the Dispatch Record's broad principles for sports coverage.

- Take active and/or feature photos to accompany majority of stories; enhance pages with sports graphics you create (or that you sketch for our graphic designer to create)

- Lay out all sports pages via InDesign

- Pitch in to help us meet publication deadlines (Mondays and Thursdays at noon). Fact-check your sports copy in advance, follow copy editor's proofreading marks on sports pages, and export PDFs of all sports pages.

- Coordinate with freelance sports photographers, and cultivate a bullpen of new freelancers as needed (within freelance budget set by editor/publisher team). There are numerous games and meets to cover, and we know you can't be everywhere at the same time!

- Produce all content for, and layout out all pages for, the Fall Sports Preview special section each August

- Lead the writing and photography for Hunters' Edition tabloid (approx. 50 pages) each October. Coordinate with freelancers, and cultivate a bullpen of new freelancers, as needed (within freelance budget set by editor/publisher team).

- Night and weekend work required

- Post breaking sports stories and photos to newspaper website as needed

- Bonus points if you have video and/or advertising skills. We would love to add sports video -- and drive revenue from it!

 

KEY TOPICS YOU WILL COVER:

• Lampasas Independent School District sports (UIL Class 4A) -- priority on high school varsity sports; secondary focus on JV, freshman and middle school sports

• Lometa Independent School District sports (UIL Class 1A) -- priority on high school varsity sports; secondary focus on JV, freshman and middle school sports

• sports-related feature stories and feature photos

• assist with non-sports news/feature coverage as needed (mostly from late May to early August, when local sports action is light)


SALARY RANGE: $35,000-$37,500 per year

 

BENEFITS:

• paid time off available after 60 days of employment; PTO increases w/ tenure to max of 4 weeks/year

• retirement plan; company matches up to 3% of salary

• 8 paid holidays per year

• mileage reimbursement for out-of-town assignments

HOW TO APPLY:

• Email Publisher David Lowe at dlowe@lampasas.com.
• Please include:
- Resume
- Work samples that highlight your sports writing and sports photography. (If you're new to journalism, that's OK -- as long as you work hard and have integrity! Just show us your writing and photography skills!)
- Brief cover letter (100-250 words) to tell us about you, your goals and what motivated you to apply for this position
- Professional and/or personal references (non-family members)


ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY:

• Lampasas city population about 8,000; county population about 30,000

• nearby major cities:

- Killeen/Fort Hood (25-minute drive)

- Austin (1 hour)

- Waco (1.5 hours)

- San Antonio (2 hours)

- Dallas/Fort Worth (2.5 hours)

- Houston (4 hours)


• low cost of living

• no state income tax

• mild weather

• safe area

 

ABOUT THE LAMPASAS DISPATCH RECORD:

• family-owned newspaper (in its 116th year of publishing)

• currently 7 full-time staff members + a few freelancers

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at JournalismJobs.com.