Working as a newspaper carrier is not for everyone. The job is everyday, including weekends and holidays, rain or shine. The job is an overnight job from approximately 3am until you finish throwing all newspapers (usually 1-2 hours). The hours depend on your speed, which is not so bad once you memorize your route. It is a very dangerous job as it is in the middle of the night and you are all alone. Having the job caused me great stress from no sleep, and quite a few car issues from the weight of all of the newspapers. There was a hurricane warning one night, and we were still required to be at the warehouse and ready to deliver our papers. That is putting employees in great danger. My experience with this job was not a great one. I accepted the job as a favor for a friend, and soon realized that it was not for me.
Sports Desk Information Clerk (Former Employee) – Charleston, SC – December 9, 2014
Typical day consisted of taking calls from coaches, parents, and reporters reporting scores of games, from which I would create reports and official scoring documents for the systems computer database. I learned how how the date entry system worked at this particular newspaper and learned how to record sports scores and information with regards to their to their particular system. Management was great, my boss, the head Sports Editor was great and very flexible with employees input and opinions. Co workers were also great. There were a number of people who did the same job as me, so I only had interaction with a hand full of them, but they were all very helpful and supportive. Hardest part of the job was when the end of the season was approaching and certain nights would be very busy and the phones would seemingly never stop ringing. Still, that made the night go by faster so it wasn't all bad. Most enjoyable part of my job was getting a behind the scenes look at the ip and coming high school athletes in our area as well as really getting to understand how a newspaper functioned.
Fast paced environment. Numbers driven. Competitive compensation & benefits for the area. Advancement opportunities extremely limited. Upper management is new. Very little job security. Company invests in extensive sales & product knowledge training. Solid products & provision of valuable services. Co-workers are consummate professionals. Most enjoyable part of the job is providing public with service and solutions.
I worked in several capacities during my time at The Post & Courier, advancing and transitioning between several departments. Most recently, I provided logistical support for printing, packing, and distributing our daily printed product. My co-workers in each department were very down-to-Earth people who really helped to build a strong feeling of community.
My only real concerns for the company on an organizational level arose during the sharp downturn in revenues for print media in the middle years of America's recent "Great Recession."
Photojournalism (Former Employee) – Charleston, SC – August 6, 2012
The job is never boring: different task everyday, drive to different locations, fixing and submitting to the press. You need to be a team player and enjoy the lovely co-workers. The hardest part of this job is being in traffic; drive safe. You can be yourself.
Exciting place to work as far as news goes, however the transition from print to internet news is a challenge for the company, so its an ever changing environment. My typical day was running credit reports for customers trying gain credit to run their ads, receiving payments and posting them, reconciling customer accounts through bill tops and spread sheets, contacting account reps to discuss their accounts for collections or payment information.