I'm one of (many, I'm sure) who would like to write for, or even be an editor for, Track and Field News. I know the staff is small, has little turnover and I probably won't become a millionaire there ... but there's still nothing I'd rather do.
OK - you're hired. I can pay you $15,000 a year with the chance to increase that by at least 2% in the next 5 years. Oh, by the way, we are located in the Bay area where gas is $4.79 a gallon and you can get a 500 sq ft studio apt, cold and cold running water for less than $2000 a month, I'm sure. Start packing.
Dear Your Royal Graciousness,
I am but an abject servant of your magnificent glorification. Please do not take offense that I humble myself before you in beseechment of a crumb that falls from your table. Should you look mercifully upon my supplication, I would forever be in your debt (literally). If I could just lick stamps for a year a two, I'm sure I could climb the corporate ladder to pencil sharpener forthwith. I shall be eternally grateful for any consideration you might deign to show me.
Me again - that should do the trick. He really is a very fine fellow, once you get past that harsh sarcastic exterior.
This thread got buried whilst I took a brief long-weekend's vacation, so I'm only now just digging it up.
There may be a few exceptions, but the basic rule for hiring for the magazine for decades has been that if and when we needed somebody (which is exceedingly rarely), then we put a notification in Track Newsletter, because if you didn't care about the sport and its essential numbers enough to subscribe to TN, then you basically didn't have a snowball's chance.
Now that eTN is free (with a magazine subscription) it's going to reach a LOT more people, but that would certainly be the first route we would take should a job ever come open in the editorial department. Track has to be at the very center of your being before you get hired at this joint.
>There may be a few exceptions,
>but the basic rule for hiring for the magazine
>for decades has been that if and when we needed
>somebody (which is exceedingly rarely), then we
>put a notification in Track Newsletter
Not for everyone:
"Again, Dick Drake made this happen. He called me at the newspaper with the best sales pitch he could have given on a late-winter Iowa night: "How would you like to come to California?" His editorial assistant had been drafted, and Dick needed a replacement right away. "