Do you love sports and want to build a career in sports media? If so, then we want you come be a Sports Writer at Sidelines, a hot new sports startup located in San Francisco, and help us grow and engage its community of passionate sports fans.
What is Sidelines?
Sidelines aims to be the best place online for sports fans to discuss their favorite sports, teams and athletes with other fans. We have built a small, close knit, troll-free community of passionate sports fans: Fans who believe in insightful discussion around sports sprinkled with a dash of humor. This isn't a place for trolls or fair-weather fans: We don't want people in our community whose definition of an interesting argument is "Lol sux ..."
Sidelines is a big idea, in a massive billion dollar market that is ripe for disruption. Our site launched publicly in December and will grow rapidly from a feature and usage perspective over the next few months.
What does a Sidelines Sportswriter do?
A Sidelines Sportswriter (also known as an MVP) is a leader of the Sidelines Community. A writer sets the tone for other members of Sidelines, elevates the quality of discussions that he or she participates in, and helps grow the community.
Sidelines is essentially a collection of individual Communities dedicated to specific sports and each Community comprises a number of posts on topics relevant to that Community. For example, you might find a post in the NFL Community asking "Is the NFL heading for extinction due to safety concerns?"
A Sidelines Sportswriter writes posts on Sidelines based on interesting, hot sports topics on sports and teams of the Writer's choice. The Sidelines Sportswriter also writes well-thought-out, insightful responses to as many posts as possible. Responses from Writers on these posts help set the tone and direction for all conversations on Sidelines, as well as help engage and grow the Sidelines user base.
There are several guidelines, best practices, tools and other resources available to Sidelines Sportswriters to help them be successful in reaching their goals.
Why be a Sidelines Sportswriter?
First off, you'll get to be a part of, and more importantly lead a smart, fun, passionate community of sports fans. In addition, you will gain valuable, first-hand experience of writing about sports, working with an early-stage startup, learn about entrepreneurship, building online communities, the social web, raising angel investment and you will get to hone your social media skills.
If you are a student majoring in Journalism, Marketing, Business, Communications or a related major then you can even earn college credits through the Sidelines Internship program. You will even have a dedicated mentor to work with who will help guide you through the Internship curriculum. In addition to credits, as part of the Internship Program, you will get the official title of a Staff Writer. The top interns will also have the opportunity for full-time positions at Sidelines.
Also, whether you participate in the Internship Program or not, you can put your work with Sidelines on your resume and use the Sidelines management team for recommendation letters and references for future employers.
Please note that this is an unpaid position, but, there are a bunch of additional goodies that you get including a cool badge on your profile and posts marking you out as an MVP, official Sidelines Business Cards showing that you are a part of the Sidelines team.
What qualifications does a Sidelines Sportswriter need?
All you need to qualify for being a Sidelines Sports writer is a passion for sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, College Football or Basketball, MLS, EPL: If you're crazy about curling, lacrosse and nothing else, then more power to you but you probably won't make the cut), and the ability to write smart, thoughtful opinions about the hot topics and current events in the sports that you love.
There isn't any previous work experience needed to become a Sidelines Sportswriter. Also, you can work from anywhere in the world! If you're a student or new graduate looking to get a head-start with some real-world experience at a challenging, fun gig at a growing company, then Sidelines will be a great fit for you.
How do I apply?
It's simple, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a few lines about why you think you'll make a strong Sidelines Sports Writer. If you are interested in the Sidelines Internship Program, then let us know your major and the name of your college.