They’re looking for a deadline-driven writer to cover high school sports for The Manhattan Mercury in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Mercury covers the 6A Manhattan High Indians as well as five smaller area schools, so we need someone who can juggle the schedules of numerous sports teams for the greatest coverage and best stories possible. The person also will assist with K-State sports coverage. Night and weekend hours are required. Copy-editing and page design skills a plus.

Manhattan is a young, vibrant city of 56,000 in the scenic Flint Hills. It’s home to Kansas State University and down the road from Fort Riley. It has a small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities. Nearby, Tuttle Creek Lake and Konza Prairie wildlife preserve provide lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The Mercury offers a benefits package that includes medical, vision, dental, three weeks vacation after the first year and profit-sharing plan. Bachelor’s degree and reporting experience preferred. Most of all, though, we want someone who is smart, eager and willing to work as part of a team.

The Mercury’s sports staff placed in the top 10 in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual writing contest in four different categories and also was named a top-10 website in the country for its class.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three to five writing clips to Megan Moser at mmoser@themercury.com and Ryan Black at rblack@themercury.com. No phone calls, please.

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