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Sports Lead 

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location The Perham Focus  
City, State Perham, MN  
Close Date 12/12/2020  

The Team

The Perham Focus is located in the vibrant community of Perham.  Located in lakes country, Perham boasts a plethora of recreational opportunities, and a healthy mix of delightful retail and dining establishments. The manufacturing branch of the community is ever-growing with Perham made products exporting to 22 countries.  

The crew at the Perham Focus has proven to be innovative, creative, and professional while covering the elements that make Perham a great place to live, work and play!

The Role

The Perham Focus and Wadena Pioneer Journal are hiring a full-time Sports Lead to produce engaging sports-related content for our print newspapers and digital sites with an emphasis on high school sports reporting, features and profiles. This position will also serve as both a sounding board and resource to other members of the editorial team to develop the most creative and appealing content for our audience. Other responsibilities include:

  • Receives and develops own ideas into relevant, well-written stories.
  • Gathers and verifies information for stories through interviews, observations and research.
  • Brainstorms digital storytelling formats and executes the technological components required.
  • Incorporates multimedia aspects such as video, audio, and photography in all stories.
  • Meets regularly with team to discuss story ideas and content development.
  • Writes audience-focused headlines.
  • Assists with the digital publication through content management system.
  • Peer edits stories from other members of the team.

In this role, experience and knowledge in the following areas are required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass communication or a related field.
  • Professional experience writing, AP style preferred.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to write clean, crisp copy in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Basic knowledge of video and photo editing, how to operate video and camera equipment, and edit photos. 
  • Knowledge of Freedom of Information Act and libel laws.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record that is insurable by the company.
  • Must have reliable transportation and carry an acceptable level of vehicle insurance as required by the company.
About the Organization At Forum Communications Company, our legacy is deeply rooted in harnessing the power of communication to connect and inform people in the communities we serve. Since 1917, everything we do is driven by creating and sharing information, ideas and insights.

Today, we're a leading media and technology company that's home to a family of people whose passion and purpose is fueled by collaboration and innovation We believe in supporting each other, working hard towards common goals and having fun.

Come for the perks:

Excellent employee culture, competitive pay, 401(k), company-paid volunteer time, health and wellness initiatives for all employees. Additional perks for full-time positions include comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time off, paid holidays and paid time off for birthday, company-paid volunteer time, health and wellness initiatives, paid parental and pregnancy disability leave for qualifying employees.

Stay for the people:

Family-owned and operated since 1917, development and growth opportunities, inclusive, creative culture, safe working environment, employees of all ages and backgrounds, positive collaboration.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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