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Wanted: Reporter who reads

Help wanted ad -- from St. Maries Gazette Record:

We have an opening for a reporter who reads. 

So ... let's get the info about the community out of the way. Ours is a successful community newspaper in St. Maries, Idaho. This is a rural area. Think small town, rivers, lakes, mountains. Great outdoors recreation but no shopping centers, no crowds, no stoplights. If this appeals to you, you'll love it here. If you like shopping malls and Starbucks then you might want to move on to the next ad.

St. Maries is the county seat. Trade area population is about 10,000. We have three school districts and five city councils in our readership area. The economy is tied to natural resources - more specifically timber and farming.

About our newspaper . . . we have a staff of 10, which includes three employees in the newsroom. It goes without saying the person we hire will be able to write, spell and edit. What also needs to be said is we prefer to hire reporters who read because we strongly believe that knowledgeable, informed people make superior reporters. We can excuse you if you have not read a book or two in a while, but the person we hire will be a newspaper reader. We are convinced that in order to be a respectable reporter, you must be informed. We publish a pretty good product and we have a darn good staff.

About the pay and other important stuff . . . the job will be full time ($30,000) with benefits. We pay hourly (this job starts at $14.50) and we pay overtime. Medical benefits provided for the employee after 60 days. We offer a retirement plan after one year. The job is open now and we will hire as soon as we find the right candidate.

If you're interested, please submit a brief resume, with references and contact information to

H/T: Fort Boise, who brought this item to my attention in a post today

Question: Do you appreciate reporters who read?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.