My pal Ron Sylvester — the brand-new managing editor of the Hutchinson News of Hutchinson, Kan. — is looking to hire a page designer.
Here’s the ad he asked me to post:
Here’s an opening for an entry level page designer offering rare benefits for a modern journalist:
- The chance to work for a stable company with no debt and growing opportunities. Because of this, we offer a profit sharing program, so you’re not just working those long hours for the CEO to be the only one who gets a raise.
- We haven’t had layoffs since 2009. How many newsrooms can say that?
- Doing work that actually gets feedback at the local coffee shop every morning, because you interact with readers daily, not designing pages in some faraway hub. Because it serves a smaller community with powerful local news coverage, people actually read our paper and web site.
- We’re a town of 42,000 people, but we have a vibrant group of young professionals. Even our mayor is under the age of 40.
- We pay salaries competitive with larger papers, but because of our cost of living, you’ll feel like you’re getting a raise.
The Hutchinson News has an average daily circulation of 27,000 (30,000 Sundays), serving a town of 42,000 people and communities across western Kansas.
But just because we’re a small town, it doesn’t mean we don’t do big-time journalism. We were the first newspaper in Kansas to win a Pulitzer and ever since we’ve continued to strive to produce the best quality. For the second year in a row, we’ve won the state’s overall sweepstakes award in the largest circulation daily division. That means we not only hold our own, but at times surpass, bigger newsrooms.
Simply put: Hutch News kicks butt.
We’re looking for someone to help us display those award-winning stories and photos in interesting and innovative ways. Here’s a place in the wide open Great Plains, where you’ll have room to let your creativity stretch its legs and run. Because this is a place people like to live and work, you’ll be surrounded by veteran professionals who will help you grow.
If this sounds like a team you’d like to join, send a cover letter, resume with references and examples of your work to:
Ron Sylvester, managing editor
rsylvester [at] hutchnews.com
I worked closely with Ron and his team during my time at the Orange County Register. He’s top-notch.
Hutchinson is about an hour northwest of Wichita and a little more than three hours west of Kansas City.
The main industries in Hutchinson are farming, the salt mine and some manufacturing. Among the latter:
- The Lowen Sign Co., which is the country’s largest maker of real estate signs.
- Collins Bus Corp., the country’s largest school bus manufacturer.
- A wind turbine nacelle factory operated by Siemens.
Hutchinson is also the site of the annual National Junior College Athletic Association basketball tournament.
I’ve always wanted to visit Hutchinson. There is a world-class space museum there, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Among the exhibits there: Both the Apollo 13 spacecraft and Gus Grissom’s old Mercury capsule, which spent decades on the floor of the Atlantic.
The city is also the home of Strataca, an active salt mine that’s so stable in temperature and humidity that the operators also use the place to store fragile old movie film and other artifacts.
Among the original reels reportedly stored there: Gone With the Wind, the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars.
Famous people from Hutchinson include NFL quarterback Pat Ryan, Dodger pitcher Jack Banta, actor Aneta Corsaut, Playboy models Racquel Darrian and Julie Woodson, photographer Hal Prewitt and journalist James B. Steele (of the famed Philadelphia Inquirer investigative duo Bartlett and Steele).