Sports Reporter

DESIRED SALARY: Negotiable. EDUCATION: Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism. EXPERIENCE: August 2007-Present – Dodge City, KS. The Dodge City Daily Globe Sports Editor •Responsible for the Daily Globe sports section •Designed sports section using Quark XPress •Good rapport with coaches, athletes, and athletic directors •Worked on a one person staff covering all area prep and college sports •Learned good time management covering several games at once •Produced daily content from a variety of sports •Multiple stories printed everyday •Designed and produced majority of content for fall and winter sports preview tab •Managed a limited stringer base January 2005-December 2006------ Norman, OK The Oklahoma Daily Sports Reporter •Covered the University of Oklahoma, one of the biggest college athletic programs in the country •Sports columnist •Experienced dealing with big time events, athletes, coaches, and media personnel •Experienced conducting pre/post game interviews and press conferences COMMENTS: To whom it may concern: Spending 23 years of my life as a sports fanatic in Oklahoma has prepared me to work as a sports journalist within the state. I know the history of the teams and the area. I have only lived in Kansas, as a sports journalist, for five months. When I came here I did not know the history of the schools or area, yet I have learned quickly and routinely turned out a quality product. I have been the sports editor at the Dodge City Daily Globe since August 2007. At the Globe, I work a two-person job alone, covering a community college, one 6A high school and 12 area schools. As the lone sports writer, I have taken on a variety of tasks. I coordinate my limited stringer base, cover games, write feature articles and design the sports page five nights a week using Quark XPress. Although I have been at the Globe for a limited time, I believe that I have been thrown into a trial by fire situation and survived. I moved from Oklahoma to Kansas with no knowledge of Kansas’s high school or community college sports. However, I still am able to turn out quality stories as I learn the history of the area. While receiving my education at the University of Oklahoma, I worked for the Oklahoma Daily student paper and learned how to cover big-time college athletics. I have taken those skills and sharpened them at the Globe. Often I’d have to come back from a basketball game and write a boys and girls gamer, write briefs over area games and finish designing the sports page. I consistently meet deadline and always turn out a quality product. I have received many compliments from the readership on my coverage of sports in and around the Dodge City area. I have decided to leave the Globe because I am a one-man show. Without another experienced sports writer on hand, I feel my skills are not being properly developed. I feel at another paper, in Oklahoma or the surrounding states, I will learn from the sports editor and staff to become a better writer. If I can do all this in my first job with a limited knowledge of Kansas sports imagine what I can do for you. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Jason O’Dell CONTACT: Jason O'Dell, (405) 532-5379; e-mail