Sports Copy Production Editor – The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Job Opening/Sports Copy Production Editor

The Record (Bergen County, NJ) has an opening for a full-time copy
production editor in Sports. Duties include:

* Editing staff and wire copy for style, clarity, accuracy, fairness,
objectivity, completeness, organization, consistency, freshness,
smoothness and libel.
* Writing engaging headlines for stories, pictures, illustrations and
* Checking that facts are correctly attributed to sources.
* Writing accurate, complete and creative captions for photographs,
illustrations and graphics.
* Laying out pages in conformity with our design stylebook and the
newspaper’s production schedules.
* Displaying sound news judgment in selecting and placing stories,
photos, illustrations and graphics and making the appropriate headline
* Designing pages that package related stories and make full use of
available graphics and typographical devices to make pages attractive,
imaginative and inviting to readers.
* Slotting staff and wire copy as instructed by his or her supervisor or

This position requires a minimum of five years of daily newspaper
experience. Hours and days will vary but generally this job will work
late afternoons and nights. If interested, send a resume, a cover
letter and your five best clips to John Balkun, Sports Editor, The
Record, 100 Commons Way, Rockaway, NJ, 07866-1116.

Some background about our newspaper:
The Record, with a circulation of about 150,000 daily and 180,000
Sunday, is family-owned and located in North Jersey. It has won the
“General Excellence Award” as New Jersey’s best large daily newspaper
(for circulation more than 60,000) in eight of the past 10 years,
including the past three years. The newspaper is located within 30
minutes of Times Square in Manhattan and is a short drive from the Shore
and the mountains. Our company also owns the Herald News, a small daily,
and about 60 weekly newspapers and magazines.


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Facebook Page Change

So after talking to some of the social media gurus attached to NAHJ, I have come to the conclusion that it is better for the Sports Task Force in the long term to have a Facebook group page versus a Facebook fan page. With a group page you can actually see all the other Sports Task Force members, which was a big part of why I wanted to get this going – so we can see who else is out there, how we can help each other, how we can work together, etc.

To join, please go here:

I know it can be a little annoying to be told to join this page, then that page, but I think for the long term this switch is for the best. Chalk it up to growing pains.

So please, join the Sports Task Force Facebook group. Get your friends and colleagues in sports to join. Interact. Be part of the dialogue. And if there’s anything I can do, please feel free to reach out to me (Maria Burns Ortiz – on Facebook, or

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NAHJ Sport Task Force Relaunch in Denver; Be a Mentor/Find a Mentor

We officially re-launched the NAHJ Sports Task Force in Denver with a great panel and the World Cup Lounge. We are going to be working to bump these efforts up substantially in the next year.

Thank you so much to this year’s speakers – moderator Jorge Arangure (ESPN the Magazine) and panelists Mario Fraticelli (, Eric Ortiz (New England Sports Network/, Angie Clemmons (Denver Post) and Paul Gutierrez (Sacramento Bee).

We have already been told that we will have more sports programming next year in Orlando, so that’s in the works.

We’re also going to launch a mentoring program – so if you’re looking for a mentor (student, early career, etc.) or you’d like to be a mentor, let me know.

Check us out on Facebook.

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Don’t miss the NAHJ Sports Task Force panel at the Denver convention

Beyond Baseball and Soccer: Appealing to the Latino Sports Audience

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1:30-2:45 p.m. in ROOM 502 (Colorado Convention Center)

Yes, lots of Latinos like soccer. Yes, it’s ideal to have a Spanish-speaking reporter when covering baseball. We know that. Virtually every professional sports realizes the power of the Hispanic market and is trying to tap into it, but what are media outlets doing to appeal to the Latino sports audience? What can they be doing better? Leading sports journalists and editors from both English and Spanish-language outlets will explore this idea.

Coordinated by the NAHJ Sports Task Force


Paul Gutierrez, senior writer at the Sacramento Bee and co-author of “Tommy
Davis’ Tales from the Dodgers Dugout with Paul Gutierrez;”

Angela Clemmons, sports copy chief at the Denver Post;

Mario Fraticelli, associate director of editorial integration and deputy editor for;

Eric Ortiz, senior editor of new media for

Moderator: Jorge Arangure, senior writer for ESPN the Magazine.

Hope you see you there!

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Senior Editor for Page 2 – is looking for a senior editor for Page 2. (Minimum 10 years experience.)

You would have to live in the Bristol area, but otherwise, this is a pretty good gig – and I’m not just saying that because you’d get to edit me.

The job description is pretty thorough. However, I will add that Lynn Hoppes, who you would be working under, is great. (And again, I’m not just saying that because he is in charge of me.)

For the full post and how to apply visit:

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Job Openings at New England Sports Network

New England Sports Network has a few open positions, including management and entry-level jobs.

You can apply for all of these positions through the Web site. If you have any questions, NAHJ member Eric Ortiz is the senior editor for New Media at You can feel free to contact him at

About NESN: NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network. is one of the most-trafficked regional sports Web sites in the country. NESN is located in Watertown, Mass. (Boston area)

Director of Programming

Position Summary:
Reporting to the EVP, Programming and Production and Executive Producer the Director of Programming is responsible for assisting in setting the strategic vision, development and implementation of all programming on NESN’s various outlets, including original programming, newly created networks and new programming genres. This position will cultivate and manage relationships with all varieties of programming partners ranging from leagues to teams to third-party production companies, and independent producers. This position will also oversee all audience research for NESN.

For a full list of duties, responsibilities and qualification or to apply online, go here.

Associate Producer, News

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Coordinating Producer of News, the Associate Producer contributes to the overall production of NESN News by providing various levels of production expertise and support to producers, directors and talent. This position will take direction from the Coordinating Producer and Producer(s) for daily and long range assignments and projects.

For a full list of duties, responsibilities and qualification or to apply online, go here.

Know of any openings at your paper/network/site? Let me know and I’ll post them here.

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NAHJ Sports Task Force

The (latest incarnation) of NAHJ’s Sports Task Force will launch at the convention in Denver.

I have spent time the last few months trying to organize the framework of this Sports Task Force. (And I want to thank the number of you who have given me your insight and thoughts on what we should do.)

Some of the biggest immediate needs that have been identified are:

  • Mentoring – A resource for students and young members looking to enter our field.
  • Jobs and Internships – Let’s face it, many of the jobs out there aren’t advertised. We will look to create a network that those job hunting can reach out to and where those who know of jobs can share that information.
  • Community – Building a network. Networking isn’t just about job hunting. It’s also that you can have a group of people who identify with many of the frustrations we face.
  • Convention Programming – As a member of the convention planning committee, a lot goes into pulling off the national convention. If sports journalists want to be represented, we need to be proactive on this front.

I hope to see this grow to include more regional and local programming as well as recognition of our members. However, I think the key is only adding new Sports Task Force goals/endeavors once we meet existing ones.

As I’ve said, I want to acknowledge that this is not the first attempt to launch this task force. A number of wonderful and talented journalists have put effort into carving out a place for sports journalists in NAHJ. However, there have been setbacks in getting this fully off the ground. I know some of you have felt ignored by NAHJ or like the organization doesn’t have a lot to offer you and have been left wondering why you should be a part of it. I hope the Sports Task Force will give you some reasons.

If anything, NAHJ provides a wonderful way to connect with other journalists – in this case, sports journalists. What I want to do now is move forward and work to make this Task Force a success.

This is in part why I ran for the NAHJ board – I’m currently the Region 2 director – because in order for this to truly succeed as a branch of NAHJ we need to have the support of the national organization. For the first time, there are two sports journalists on the board — Denver Post sports copy chief Angie Clemmons (Region 7 director) and myself. We now have a commitment at the national level and on the convention planning level.

I hope that this note is reaching members that we haven’t reached out to before. I hope it encourages sports media members who have let their memberships lapse to consider coming back. However, regardless of your NAHJ membership status, if you’re interested in being involved with this task force, please let me know.

Also my lists just scratch the surface when it comes to Latinos in sports media. I’d ask you to please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested – colleagues, friends, students you know, whoever.

I would especially like to thank Jorge Arangure, Angie Clemmons, Azuree Salazar and Greg Lee for their insight and willingness to assist me as I’ve worked on this endeavor.

Please reach out to me. I want to hear your interests, concerns, suggestions, thoughts, etc.

Thanks so much.

Maria Burns Ortiz

Also check out the NAHJ Sports Task Force Facebook page.

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