I guess Glen Faison, the current editor is moving on. Can’t say as I blame him.
This job opening from Monster just now came across my desk
Editor – Porterville RecorderAbout the JobThe Porterville Recorder, a 9,500 daily newspaper serving the central California valley, is seeking an experienced Editor to lead our 10-person team in covering community news and issues.
As usual, anything that comes out of the Recorder is of questionable accuracy. No way this paper is 9500 circulation, I was told by a “well placed insider” this past January that the circulation had dropped far below that by then. No comment on if there is a “10 person team” or not, although I am sure that more than 10 people are still employed by the paper.
Our candidate must have experience in covering a variety of beats and be comfortable in the role of mentor to young reporters.
That much is true – I was interviewed recently by a reporter who left the Recorder for the local weekly Sierra Messenger while still in (or having recently completed) High School. The other two news reporters are interns just out of college. They are eager and working hard from what I can tell, but they are very rough around the edges, never thinking to get opposing quotes even when covering a local story that is controversial and getting national attention.
A high degree of community involvement and direct reader engagement is required. We have renewed our focus on community news and the people in the communities we serve. The successful candidate must be able to balance an active role in the community with aggressive approaches to news, sports and feature coverage. As the editorial page editor, our Editor will write editorials and seek out the local voices necessary to build a lively discussion across multiple platforms.
This feels about right to me.
The Editor’s job includes the continued transformation of our newsroom to “web first” publishing with deadlines that never stop coming.
This also feels accurate to me – recently, articles have been published online hours ahead of any print deadline. If you interview for this job, expect to be told that in 12 months or less, the print edition is not likely to be around anymore.
If this doesn’t energize you, then this isn’t the right job. The Porterville Recorder serves print and online readers in an three-county area of central California.
No, the Recorder serves Porterville and that is all. No one in Kern or Kings or Fresno County (the 3 surrounding local counties) gives a damn about this paper, as evidence I resent both the lack of coverage in those areas and the lack of advertisers from there.
Porterville is located just 45 minutes south of Bakersfield, CA,
Uh no. This is typical of information coming from this paper – never checked by a copy editor or fact-checked before release. If you go south from Bakersfield to get to Porterville, you will have to circumnavigate the globe to get here.
If you go North to get here, and you can do it in 45 minutes, you are hauling ass, as it is 70 miles distant.
Porterville is a stable market with good schools, located near recreational opportunities such as the Sequoia National Forrest.
No comment on the schools, but the local’s educational achievement in the aggregate is dreadful, see the City’s own Economic Development website at chooseporterville.com.
And while the Sequoia National Forest (and adjoining National Parks) are wonderful resources, “close” is a relative term. Yes, you can see the mountains from here, the foothills start in Porterville, but the mountain roads are very windy, and to get to an elevation of about 4000 feet takes about an hour, to go higher and deeper into he mountains can take easily 3 hours each way or more. Yes, people do it, but for some of the best sites, you can get to San Francisco or LA in the same time frame.
We are a destination location for visitors who like to hike, bike, and fish.
Written by someone obviously never here. Decent hikes are at least an hour away. A very bike-unfriendly city, you rarely see cyclists despite miles and miles of uncongested farm roads. That is partly because of nasty guard dogs at every farm, and partly because our air quality is among the worst in the nation.
Become a part of something greater. Freedom Communications is an Equal opportunity Employer.
Freedom Communications is also in Chapter 11, no guarantees they will hold onto this, among their smallest papers, for long.
We offer a very competitive compensation
Not from what I have heard from every employee, who has seen his or her compensation cut to the bone, e.g. the art department barely makes minimum wage while being severely understaffed. Interns as lead reporters, minimal sales people, dwindling circulation, this equates to “competitive compensation”?
and an outstanding benefits package with the opportunity for professional growth and development. Benefits include: Vacation, Sick Leave, Holiday Pay, an attractive 401k retirement savings program, medical, dental, and much more.
If you apply, ask about the “furlough” plan also!