Saturday, June 16, 2007

Job survey, mid-June: Dream job alert

I involuntarily uttered an "ooooh baby" when I saw the Dallas Morning News had posted an opening for Cowboys beat writer. Multimedia interest: The position has a high online component; blogging, interacting with fans, generating online content, being "comfortable in front of the camera and the microphone." However, print experience in breaking news, game coverage and feature writing is required.

So where do you get said print experience? Why, perhaps at my hometown paper, the Denton Record-Chronicle, which is looking for a sports writer. They specify a journalism degree and point out that they have excellent high school sports and the University of North Texas to cover. I point out that they have a great music scene, fantastic hamburgers and are but minutes up I-35 from the earthly temptations of Big D and Fort Worth (which also has a strong sports section). The DRC is Belo-owned now, so you'd be in the family when it came time to apply to the DMN. I'm just sayin'.

Also in sports, the Round Rock Leader seeks a sports editor/writer and lists the salary as $20,000 to $25,000. On the plus side: You're right on top of the Round Rock Express. On the downside: Cox now owns that paper, but it's not a daily and I wouldn't expect to jump from there to the Austin American-Statesman, necessarily. (Waco or even Longview to Austin, more like.) Up the road in Georgetown, the Williamson County Sun needs a photo editor/shooter.

Dow Jones & Co. wants an energy reporter in Houston ... Lubbock Avalanche-Journal seeks a director ... Dallas also needs an A-section production editor and a local home design writer.

Midland Reporter-Telegram and Tyler Morning Telegraph both need combo designer/copy editors (here and here); Tyler also seeks a photographer. (McAllen) Monitor needs a GA ... Amarillo Globe-News needs a business editor ... Victoria Advocate needs a managing editor for presentation and a multimedia/graphics editor ... Brownsville Herald needs a news editor/designer.

Fort Stockton Pioneer seeks a West Texas reporter, salary $20,000 to $25,000; Quark experience required ... Marlin Democrat needs a publisher ... San Patricio Publishing wants a multi-community reporter/designer to be based in Sinton ... Herald-Banner Publications in Greenville seeks a managing editor.