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Friday journo-jobs (Dec. 10/10)

December 10, 2010

Kamloops Daily News – associate news editor

From Gaulin: “This position reports to the News Editor and is responsible primarily for copy editing and pagination on the evening shift.” More…

Not many opportunities open up at small-city dailies in B.C. so one imagines competition will be stiff. The requirements aren’t too hard to meet, though. You need strong organizational skills and proficiency in Indesign and Photoshop. You should also be able to prove that you can creatively lay out a paper. Closes Dec. 17. You’ve also got the reassurance of having a publisher (friend of the blog Tim Shoults) who used to be a reporter (right Tim?).

Whistler Question – reporter/photographer

From Gaulin: “The Whistler Question is looking for a full-time reporter/photographer with a passion for the arts and small town living to write for our community weekly newspaper.” More…

You need at least one, but hopefully two, year(s) of experience under your belt and the ability to lay out pages. You’ll cover news and arts/entertainment. Closes Dec. 15.

Alberta (or how to write a proper job listing)

The Ponoka News/Rimbey Review is looking for a reporter/photographer. Check your pulse. Ideally you have “a year or two of weekly newspaper experience” but you can also be a journalism grad. Ponoka is near Red Deer. This is the type of posting that could be a sign of conflict to come. Warning signs include quotes like “If you do not understand the commitment necessary to serve rural communities, do not apply” and “The successful candidate will work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends. If you are looking for a 9-5, weekends off job, please do not apply” and “If you get homesick easily, do not apply.” Either the editor has had some real bad experiences with uncertain reporters, or he’s a real hard-ass; take your pick. Closes Dec. 18.

On the other end of the job-listing spectrum, the Athabasca Advocate is looking for a sports reporter, or rather a “sports junkie.” Wheras Ponoka’s listing is stern, gruff and heavy-handed, whoever put together this one sounds like someone you’d like to work for. “So what’s in it for you? Salary and benefits that pass muster; a fun, friendly office with lots of cool people in it; and real opportunities for promotion, assuming you’re as good as you think you are.” Athabasca is an hour north of Edmonton. You need to be a competent journalist. There is no deadline listed.

In the same vein, the Lac La Biche post is also hiring a reporter and also has more of a sense of humour than Ponoka:

Do less work, earn more money!
Oh, wait — this is journalism, you know that isn’t true.

But the good news for the next reporter at the Lac La Biche Post is that our newsroom has expanded by one position, so there’s more bodies to share the workload of a busy Alberta community newspaper.

You need a degree and hopefully some experience. Closes Jan. 5.

Finally, the Red Deer Advocate is looking for a temporary reporter for a short-term, 15-week gig. Closes Jan. 7


Have I made an error? It wouldn’t be the first time. Be my editor by posting corrections in the comments section (the button is up above, by the headline). I’ll duly update the post.

Seen something else I should know about? Want to write a post? Have better photos than the Creative Commons Flickr pool ones I use? E-mail bclocalreporter(at)gmail.com.

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  1. December 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Well, I haven’t been a reporter for 12 years (I was an editor until 5 years ago though, so hopefully that still gives me some cred…). Mel Rothenburger runs a good newsroom.

    The Whistler Question gig is a good one too — I was looking after that paper until I came to Kamloops. Jennifer Miller, the new editor there (it’s her old job that’s being posted) is going to do some great stuff there.

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