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Sports Reporter (NJ Devils)
New Jersey
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
October 14, 2013
Job ID: 1527485


The Sports Reporter assigned to the New Jersey Devils beat is the “go-to’’ authority for coverage of the team. This individual will establish and grow a loyal audience through frequent and incremental posting of breaking news and analysis, with a strong, authoritative voice. Coverage of the team will be built around this person’s reporting and analysis. The person in this position will post frequently and incrementally into digital platforms; monitor reader response through audience data; engage readers in comment streams and on social media; work and communicate extensively with other reporters; and make appearances on television and radio as a team expert. Travel to away games is part of this job.

Job Functions:

  1. Provide reporting, opinion and analysis as the authoritative voice for coverage of the New Jersey Devils.
  2. Gather information and write journalistically sound news elements for use in all media platforms that is:
  3. Balanced and factual
  4. Timely and topical
  5. Well-sourced and contextually correct
  6. Employ all techniques for effective digital reporting across multiple platforms, including but not limited to:
  7. Frequent, incremental posting throughout the day
  8. Story aggregation and topical link-posting
  9. Monitoring and engaging in reader comment streams
  10. Elevating comments into new posts when appropriate
  11. Interacting on social media platforms, with story shares, objective commentary, promotion of your topic and’s content initiatives
  12. Understanding and employing the means for monitoring audience interest and competitors’ postings on the Devils and pro hockey, including setting up Google alerts, Twitter and RSS feeds
  13. Work independently and remotely, while maintaining operational communication with the editor.
  14. Use hardware, software and cloud-based equipment and systems for direct-to-web production and engagement, including but not limited to:
  15. Taking photographs and short video, and posting it to the web as well as uploading to any internal production systems
  16. Using laptops and smartphones for remote web reporting
  17. Using the Moveable Type content management system, and any future CMS
  18. Understand our news organization’s audience traffic tracking systems and analytical reports.
  19. Make appearances on television and radio as a team expert.
  20. Other duties as assigned.

Required  Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications or related field required
  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of digital journalism experience, with demonstrated reporting, writing and organizational skills
  • Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience for a top-tier professional or college sports team
  • Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
  • Experience with search engine optimization practices
  • Experience using social media to source and promote content
  • Demonstrated capability in capitalizing on high-value topics by engaging audiences with frequency and urgency
  • Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms such as Moveable Type CMS,
  • Understanding the imperatives of multiple platforms – desktop, mobile, etc.
  •  Ability to leverage relationships with sources to deliver content that differentiates the organization from competitors

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