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Company: MLive Media Group
Position:
Sports Junkies Wanted! Part-time Sports Desk Reporter
Location:
Michigan
Job Status:  Part-time
Ad Expires: 
April 17, 2013
Job ID: 1475859

Description:

Sports junkies wanted! Part-time sports desk reporter opportunities at a leading media organization in Michigan. Candidates must understand sports lingo, know AP style and possess great attention to detail. This is a great opportunity for college students wanting to get their feet wet in professional journalism or someone looking for a second job. Candidates must be able to work evening and weekend hours.  Qualified applicants should apply at:

http://www.maxhire.net/cp/?E5556B361E43515B79561C653E561726002D

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Duties and Responsibilities, work schedules and/or location may change based on evolving business needs

The High School Sports Call Center Reporter will act as an expert and discussion leader on high-value local high school sports topics, meeting audience demand for immediacy, depth and engagement. This position will handle all breaking news as needed; post frequently and incrementally; monitor reader response through data, comment streams, social media reaction; capture entire conversation on topic through aggregation; engage readers in comment streams and on social media; work independently, including posting content directly to digital platforms; and will understand and employ tagging techniques in line with state standards. 

1.      Gather information and write journalistically sound news elements for use in all media platforms, existing and future, that is:

  • Balanced and factual
  • Timely and topical
  • Well-sourced and contextually correct

2.      Learn and employ all techniques for effective digital “beat-blogging” reporting across all platforms, including but not limited to:

  • Frequent, incremental posting throughout the day
  • Story aggregation and topical link-posting
  • Monitoring and engaging in reader comment streams on MLive impact pages
  • Elevating comments into new posts when appropriate
  • Interacting on social media platforms, with story shares, objective commentary, promotion of your topic and news organization’s content initiatives
  • Understanding and employing the means to monitor audience interest and competitors’ posting on your topic, including setting up Google alerts, Twitter and RSS feeds

3.      Work independently and remotely, while maintaining operational communication with editor and, when applicable, production center.

4.      Understand and effectively use hardware, software and cloud-based equipment and systems for direct-to-web production and engagement, including but not limited to:

  • Taking photographs and short video and posting it to the web, as well as uploading to any internal production systems
  • Using laptops and smartphones for remote web reporting
  • Understanding and engaging in the Moveable Type content management system, and any future CMS
  • Understanding our news organization’s audience traffic tracking systems and analytical reports

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Degree in Journalism or Communications or related field preferred
  • Experience in journalistic reporting and writing preferred
  • Strong knowledge of sports statistics (previous experience with agate a plus)
  • Ability to build, maintain and engage an active audience
  • Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
  • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
  • Ability to learn and understand search engine optimization practices
  • Strong knowledge of web applications, such as blogging programs or fantasy sports applications
  • Experience with using social media to source and promote content a plus
  • Ability to capitalize on high-value topics by engaging audiences in frequency and urgency
  • Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms such as Moveable Type CMS, SCC Budgeting and Archiving System, Smartphones
  • Understanding imperatives of multiple platforms – print, mobile, Internet, etc.
  • Working understanding of social media and digital interaction
  • Ability to utilize a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience
  • Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

General office environment.  Extensive computer use required. Ability to work nights and weekends.

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.  

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