Date Posted February 12, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Sports/Outdoors
Job Status Full-time

Description:

Summary:

The Bay Area News Group (Mercury News/East Bay Times) is seeking an ambitious and versatile reporter to join our sports department as the Golden State Warriors beat writer, covering the team, its superstars and the NBA. Our reporters work for millions of online readers and hundreds of thousands of subscribers at our two daily newspapers. You should care about metrics that reflect readership and respond to the reactions of your online audience in real time. 

Must be located in the South or East Bay Area.

 

What you will do:

  • Provide quick analysis in less than an hour after a game as well as deep-dive enterprise suitable for our digital and print platforms

  • Write hard-hitting analysis

  • Produce compelling feature stories on and off the court 

  • Write and post quick takes, and provide regular weekly content that readers will come to rely on like weekly mailbags

  • Stay on top of breaking news on the beat, get the facts out quickly and then come back to the story with more in-depth reporting

  • Regularly travel with the team, work nights and weekends 

  • Build relationships with the team to bring in exclusive content and/or breaking news 

  • Meet digital and print deadlines

  • Be proactive in regular communication with your supervisor and colleagues

  • On no-access days, you might work on a longer enterprise piece in collaboration with our photo and graphics staff

  • Monitor your metrics and adjust your audience engagement strategy as needed

 
What you will bring:

  • 3+ years of sports journalism experience

  • Deep knowledge of the NBA and basketball

  • Strong writing skills under deadline pressure

  • Ability to juggle multiple stories of varying complexity and to find and develop sources within the organizations

  • Strong grammatical skills and a working knowledge of the Associated Press stylebook

  • Proficiency at using social media to report stories and share them

  • Deep knowledge of local sports teams, past, present and future – and willingness to help on other beats

  • Solid sports news judgment

  • Excellent communication skills regardless of the platform (i.e. in-person, Slack, Zoom, email, texts, etc.)

  • Attention to detail and organization 

  • Ability to work harmoniously with other departments (i.e. audience, photo and print production teams)

  • 4-year college degree (journalism or related fields) required

 

Travel:

  • Approximately 75%, travel to all Warriors road games required

 

The hourly wage is $28.85 - $33.65 ($60,008 - $69,992). Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, time in role, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, MediaNews Group offers a comprehensive benefits package, and 401K plan (all benefits are based on eligibility).

 

Who we are:

Bay Area News Group, a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, offers news reporting and third party advertising and marketing opportunities through its multi-platform products which include: web, mobile, tablet, and print.  We are one of the largest media groups in the U.S., serving high-value audiences and connecting advertisers to them. MNG publishes award-winning content (49 Pulitzers) that amasses and engages a nationwide audience via 800 multi-media platforms including web, mobile, social, and print.  We are transforming the news industry.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

 

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