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AP sports writer -- San Francisco

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by MileHigh, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member


    The Associated Press seeks a sports writer for its San Francisco office.

    The successful candidate will report to the West regional sports editor, based in Phoenix.

    This person assists in the coverage of seven professional teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Athletics, and high-profile Division I college programs, as well as other sporting events of national interest in a competitive news environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to approach the assignment as a beat and show a track record of source development that will enable the AP to compete aggressively in the marketplace. In addition to crisp and insightful game coverage on deadline, the successful candidate must regularly generate enterprise that extends beyond player profiles and game previews. The successful candidate must participate in long-range planning and coordinate coverage with the West regional sports editor in Phoenix and the sports desk in New York. Must also coordinate freelancers when necessary to provide coverage when staff is not available.


    Candidate must have demonstrated superior news judgment, with experience reporting and writing news for global audiences on multiple platforms. Superior writing ability, beat reporting skills and source development experience required. Candidate must understand the growing importance of multimedia news and be able to coordinate with AP staffers from other formats. Candidate must be a creative problem-solver who can work as a member of a local and geographically dispersed team. Qualifications for the successful candidate include:

    * Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
    * Proven ability to recognize and develop newsworthy stories of global interest and work accurately under deadline pressure.
    * Strong organizational skills with experience juggling multiple projects across formats and meeting deadlines.
    * Well-developed communications skills to work constructively with staff, member editors and other AP departments.
    * At least two years of full-time sports writing and reporting experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station or AP or similar bureau.
    * Be able to travel and work a variety of hours to meet the needs of a 24/7 news organization.
    * Experience with computer-assisted reporting, FOI and investigative techniques is a plus.
    * A proficiency in multiple platforms, especially video, is a plus.
    * Must be able to demonstrate a high level of fluency in written and spoken English.
    * Authorization to work in the United States is mandatory.
  2. nietsroob17

    nietsroob17 Well-Known Member

    Who's out, McCauley or Dubow? Or is this an addition? I seem to remember Greg Beacham doing a lot of Bay Area stuff before he transitioned down to LA.
  3. I believe it's an addition.
  4. rebelpaul

    rebelpaul New Member

    Any word on this job? Also, how do you apply if you're not a member of the AP network?
  5. mac876

    mac876 New Member

    Don't bother, it will be inside hire. I hear they're deciding between a couple AP sports writers to make the move.
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Seems to be AP's SOP of late, like when Beacham went to L.A., John Marshall to Phoenix (what happened to Andrew Bagnato?), Noah Trister to Detroit and yadda yadda yadda ...
  7. accguy

    accguy Member

    Andy Bagnato is now the Director of Public Relations for the Fiesta Bowl.
  8. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    That's, like, a year-round job?

    Tough to fill those other 364 days, you'd have to think.
  9. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    Perhaps not. There's a lot of work that leads into the game.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    And the Fiesta Bowl also is tied in with the Insight Bowl.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    AP almost always promotes from within for its top jobs. There are some exceptions, but not many.
  12. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Was about to apply for the SLC opening, but then it filled before my eyes. Then I saw this opening.
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