COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY!
You love sports, and you want your work to be seen by as many people as possible.
That’s where we come in.
On Campus Sports provides students with the opportunity to cover college sports for a national media company. Even more, we have a developing partnership with USA Today / Gannett, which could result in your work getting published in USA Today Sports.
Our relationship with USA Today means exposure to potentially tens of millions of college sports enthusiasts as well as possible job opportunities for you. In fact, the VP of Content of USA Today Sports personally requested we refer the most talented OCS journalists to him, which means On Campus Sports could serve as your pipeline to a career at USA Today / Gannett.
Immediate Opportunity: We have openings right now for college student journalists interested in covering men's and women's college basketball. We are working with publisher partners including USA Today / Gannett to produce robust coverage of March Madness from the campus of every participating school. But even if your team isn't likely to qualify for tournament play, you are still encouraged to apply.
Ongoing Opportunity: We are also seeking students who wish to fill open internship positions with OCS beyond the college basketball season. We will consider student interns who wish to write, photograph or broadcast. We also offer a number of leadership positions for students with excellent editorial and managerial skills.
At each university nationwide, we will have a team of student journalists working to fill up that school’s Campus Page. This team will consist of:
- Writers, Photographers and Broadcasters
- Campus Leader
The team at each campus will, much like a group of students at the school’s student newspaper, cover that school’s sports teams. Students will also get the opportunity to write national stories (for example, opinion pieces on major breaking news events like the Joe Paterno scandal or events like the Final Four).
You should have a good understanding of AP style, along with a passion for covering sports and a strong work ethic. You will:
- help determine the top sports stories at your school, both immediate and long-term
- generate engaging, unique content of topical news topics at your school
- cover national stories
There is no minimum amount of time each week that we request of our student journalists. However, if you commit to joining OCS, we expect you to be a regular contributor. The level of commitment varies for each student. We have some students who average a few hours a week, while others average 20 hours a week.
Do you have great ideas for stories? Do you want to be a leader, where you get to see your vision turn into reality?
As a Campus Leader, you’ll be the managing editor of your university’s Campus Page. This is a critically important leadership position: you will make the daily decisions that will determine the depth and breadth of the content on that Campus Page. You should have a strong understanding of AP style and copyright laws. Moreover, you will:
- plan immediate and long-term coverage with your Conference Editor in weekly meetings
- get priority in covering major sports news on campus (this includes being the lead journalist for football/men’s basketball).
- collaborate with the rest of your team to determine which stories to cover
- help edit and publish stories for the campus page
- communicate with the athletic department re:
- possible major stories (compelling human interest features, breaking news, etc.)
- press credentials/protocols
- help recruit prospective writers, photographers and broadcasters to join the team
- recommend students for promotions
Once you’re with us for awhile, and we see how great you are, you’ll have opportunities for even greater responsibility and leadership.
The Conference Editor position allows you to be the managing editor of all Campus Pages in your particular conference. Student journalists who reach this level have been effective Campus Leaders. These students have proven managerial skills, along with a thorough understanding of AP Style and copyright laws. In this role, you will:
- plan immediate and long-term coverage with each school’s Campus Leader in weekly meetings
- review daily each conference school’s page to ensure full and fresh content
- review major stories before they are published
- help to write conference stories that can run across all conference teams’ pages
- help recruit prospective writers, photographers and broadcasters
- recommend students for promotions
We have a confession to make: we have separation issues. So, instead of you leaving us, which will result in us lying in a dark corner and sobbing gently, we’ll want you to stay.
Welcome to your full-time job! Student journalists who reach the Managing Editor level have been effective Conference Editors. These students clearly succeed at managing and evaluating people while also possessing superior organizational skills and creativity with feature story ideas. In this role, the editor will:
- manage turnover of staff
- evaluate writers and editors, helping to make the final decision on promotions to Conference Editor and Campus Leader positions
- consult weekly with Conference Editors on story ideas and personnel issues
- assist with Executive Editor, CEO and CIO on presentation of content (site design; current features; new features)
- compose weekly blogs on writing conventions/trends in sports journalism
- help maintain OnCampusSports School of Communication
- manage all editorial documents/systems