MERRY XMAS, SOUTHERN ILL.: WE’RE CONSIDERING HIRING FOR THE NEW YEAR
Yep. We’re outgrowing our capabilities, and we are considering employing people to cover government meetings in our coverage area. Alphabetically, that’s Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Gallatin, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White. We are looking into adding on a regular basis Hamilton, Hardin, Effingham and maybe a couple others like Williamson and Franklin.
Are you game?
You would be responsible for coverage of certain city and county meetings, including photographing the principles. And we wouldn’t want people who write meetings AP-style, as in paraphrasing what went on like all of it has the same level of importance. No, we write meeting stories like they’re sports events–because they are. This means you have to be not just a writer, but a reader of ours, so you know how we do it.
You can’t be concerned about popularity, because journalism isn’t a popularity contest. When they see you sitting in their meeting with a notepad and a camera, they’re going to know who you’re with, and they’re either going to clam up or give you eat-shit-and-die looks. But if you can handle that, you’ll be a good candidate for the job.
We will be considering making you responsible for two to three counties in the coverage area, and meetings within them would include up to six or maybe more. You would be paid per meeting–a going stringer rate–so this could be an ideal job for a college student, stay-at-home mom, a working man who is looking to supplement the primary income…you get the picture.
We’re not looking for somebody who already thinks they know how to cover meetings. We’re looking for someone who is willing to be ‘formed’ into the successful image that we know WORKS. We don’t want someone to argue theory. And we want someone who isn’t going to balk when we give them an assignment.
If you believe you’re this person, get your resume in order. We’ll put an ad in the January print edition on where and how to submit it.
Have a GREAT holiday…while we work to try to make it a terrific new year for a handful of lucky people in southeastern Illinois.
We look forward to hearing from —no pun intended—the best of the best.
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