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Awesome journo-job!????! (updated w/ comment)

January 28, 2011

Here’s one of the more interesting job opportunities you’ll see this year.

The Rocky Mountain Goat News (whose website is very, very simple and nice looking, by the way) based out of Valemont is looking for a journalist/admin/partner. That’s right. You could own the paper you write for.

Before my thoughts, here’s some info from Gaulin:

Our weekly paper has expanded to the point that we now need an additional person on our team. We prefer a business partner who shares our vision of independent news media, and who wants to become a part of either the community of Valemount or McBride.

The Rocky Mountain Goat has received high praise from local and non-local readers. We are starting to become a feasible business as our ad flow and subscriptions continue to grow by the week. Our work has been sold to larger publications such as The Globe and Mail and the Prince George Citizen.

The duties of a preferred candidate will be either full-time journalism or business administration. There will be some cross-over of duties. Experience with In-design is an asset; however experience in business administration will also be valuable. Pay will depend on the level of a candidate’s desire to become part owner in the publication. A free private room will be provided for up to one year to ease the burden of relocation.

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Obviously this sounds like a super job opportunity for any J-school grad. But the whole partner thing is also bait for disillusioned folks looking for something new. And as a business opportunity, it’s interesting.

Some more background from the Goat News’ website:

The Rocky Mountain Goat is a weekly newspaper 100 per cent locally owned and operated out of Valemount, British Columbia. It was founded by Joseph Nusse (Publisher) and Laura Keil (Editor), who are co-owners. It covers the Robson Valley and surrounding area, publishing for a population of about 4,000 people.

Subscriptions are $56 a year if posted to an address in the Robson Valley (With HST the price is 62.70)
Subscriptions outside the Robson Valley are also available for $90 (tax included).

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That Laura and Joseph are hiring is undoubtedly a good sign. That a free room comes with the position sounds like there may be slim times ahead. And as a journalist, I’m conditioned to think that newspaper investments are inherently a bad thing.

Yet, there’s something magical about the opportunity to be a co-owner.

In your normal newsroom you’ll hear griping about how cheap the company is. Owning a paper must make it at least a little easier to try and work on a 90s-era computer. After all, that crap machinery is saving you money. The same goes for those newspapers that have their journalists buying their own equipment, working free overtime and otherwise self-financing their work with little forecast for profits.

Sure, being a partner in a newspaper sounds like a recipe for burnout. But then again, so does journalism. And at least, as an owner, you should be able to set rules that make it OK to have a deadline-day beer at your desk, right?

Chris Shepherd of In The Koots chimes in below:

I wouldn’t buy into a newspaper but I have bought into a news website. Working with the Inthekoots network has made me a partner in the company and I’ve noticed I’m more likely to attend other events in town on a social level that I hadn’t back in my newspaper days because it’s a chance to promote my work. I’m more invested in the whole enterprise because when it does well, I see an actual benefit, rather than the same old salary.

Would you buy into your newspaper? Leave a comment.

Photo by Lee Coursey via Flickr.

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  1. January 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I wouldn’t buy into a newspaper but I have bought into a news website. Working with the Inthekoots network has made me a partner in the company and I’ve noticed I’m more likely to attend other events in town on a social level that I hadn’t back in my newspaper days because it’s a chance to promote my work. I’m more invested in the whole enterprise because when it does well, I see an actual benefit, rather than the same old salary.

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