Monday, May 3, 2010

Arizona Republic insider info

Wow, lots of movement going on at the Republic lately.

Megan Boehnke has resigned to take a job at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, so her beat covering Chandler and Tempe public safety is now open. Jahna Berry is joining the Business team as the jobs and workplace reporter, and will cover the legal profession as a sub-beat. However, her start date is on hold, because she's filling in as Phoenix City Hall reporter until a replacement is found for Scott Wong. Jahna was covering downtown and Phoenix Sky Harbor.

And John Yantis, former business editor at the East Valley Tribune, has joined the Republic as the defense /aerospace / technology/personal technology reporter. (Hope he likes multitasking).

Here's the posting for Megan's job. Not sure if it's only internal at this point, but no harm in poking around. Paul's e-mail is

The Chandler-Tempe public safety beat requires aggressive breaking news coverage in both cities, as well as watchdog and enterprise reporting, particularly for Chandler. Applicants should have experience writing for all platforms, including online, community Republics, Valley & State and A1. They also must be able to develop solid law enforcement and related sources for a beat that is largely proactive rather than reactive. While this beat involves generating traditional crime news, its greater mission is the production of solid enterprise reporting on the effectiveness of public safety efforts and trends in Chandler and Tempe, compelling profiles of leaders in law enforcement, major miscreants, and similar enterprise. The expectations include producing at least one Page 3 enterprise package and a cover centerpiece-related story for The Chandler Republic every five print days. An ability to read and translate data, working familiarity with state FOI laws, and a passion for law enforcement-related issues and topics are all essential for the reporter who fills this position.

If you are interested in applying, send a succinct note by Wednesday, May 7 to Southeast Valley Community Paul Maryniak, outlining your qualifications and specifics on how they would handle this beat. The beat will be structured around a Sunday-Thursday work week and applicants must be able to cover Mesa and Gilbert public safety when the other Southeast Valley public safety reporter is off.