Do you need a job? If so, then this is for you.
In Bladen County, like many other areas, the unemployment issue remains a difficult one for those who have been looking to secure a job. But I want to put a dent, little as it may be, into the jobless number here.
This is the spiel …
WANTED: Full-time reporter at the Bladen Journal, a twice-weekly newspaper that covers Bladen County news, sports and more. The ideal candidate would have some newspaper reporting and writing experience, but a candidate with good writing skills and a desire to work in the newspaper journalism field will receive solid training to fill the role. Position will require plenty of computer work, photography, social media knowledge, customer service requirements with some evening and weekend hours. If you would enjoy your work days never being the same, working with the public and your work becoming a matter of history forever, then this position may be for you.
I’ve tried all the official outreach avenues — journalismjobs.com, the North Carolina Press Association, advertisements in ours and other newspapers, regional college job boards, etc. The response has been slim, so it’s time to take the search to the grassroots level.
Honestly, the position as a newspaper reporter isn’t a simple one. It can be complicated at times. It can be frustrating at times. It can be hectic at times. But it can also be rewarding at times. And sometimes, it can also be downright cool.
Just as honestly, you won’t get rich working as a reporter here — at least not financially. But you will get rich in other ways. As a newspaper reporter, there will be a level of respect shown you by those you deal with; you will gain knowledge about how the community and county works; and you will be given access to things most folks aren’t.
Your press pass will also get you waved through at many events that others must pay to enter — sporting events, festivals, concerts … the possibilities are endless. A job well done is your only requirement.
And because the Bladen Journal is a small staff, with only four positions, it really is a close family. We lean on each other — for support, for encouragement, for ideas and for congratulations. We have meals together, we have meetings together, we decorate the office for holidays together and we have chocolate urges together. We celebrate special occasions of extended family and we don’t miss many opportunities to simply have a little fun.
Whether you are 19 or 99, if all of that is something you think would be a good fit for you, then I’d love to hear from you. And maybe, if we can get all the pieces to go together, we can get you started in time to start collecting some Christmas money.
Email me a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office in downtown Elizabethtown.
Let’s lessen the jobless number by one.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.