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Armchair Report Sports Writers

Discussion in 'Freelance/stringer help wanted' started by eharter, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. eharter

    eharter New Member

    We set up a sports website similar to Bleacher Report. The difference is that members of the site can control their section of the website. You can control your own advertising and sponsorship for the site. It is a content management control system program that is easy to use.

    The program has built in features for polls, photo galleries, statistics, live scoring features, connections with Twitter, uploading tables, and several other features.

    We are not going to promise the sky for pay because this is a new venture, but we can make sure the program is professional and that you can have the freedom to market your own section of the site. Our thought is that working with several people in a professional format that allows people to have their own freedom and custom ability of their section of the site would be a more independent yet collaborative website. One part of having a writing career is to also be able to be independent.

    We do also offer a small revenue share that is going to increase as the website grows. It is listed on the ACR Writers tab under revenue share. This is in addition to your own sponsorships or advertising that you have on your section of the site.

    For example we have a group of writers that started up a section of our site to cover the Central Hockey League. They control that part of the site.

    If you want to take a look the address is www.ArmchairReport.com

    You can contact us through the site or email me directly elijah@upperdeckreport.com
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I guess the question we'll ask on here is you're not promising the sky for pay... but what will you pay? Is it strictly page views and advertising share or do you get a small amount per post?
  3. eharter

    eharter New Member

    Good follow up question,

    Every month we have a bank with the amount of money we are able to offer to contributing writers. So as a writer you can see how much the amount is available to write before you contribute any writing. The writers that contribute receive their share of the revenue based on the unique page views they get. So if you get 10% of the page views you get 10% of the revenue. Only writing that can generate a following or organic traffic is the one that receives the majority of the available revenue.

    To qualify for the month's revenue share one article must be written in that calendar month. So writers know ahead of time the amount of money they can generate. Right now the bank is $100 per month minimum based on the advertising generated. This is not a lot, I know but we do have a major sponsor Snap Fitness that should help attract more revenue and they may kick in more money if the amount of participation increases.

    Our thought is that beginning contributors will earn money from the revenue share and their own advertising. As the website grows major contributing writers will become W2 employees versus contract employees.

    We have been around for over a year and have built up to this point. We also have a board of directors with Al Newman from the Minnesota Twins on it. He is a two-time World Series champion and a local celebrity in Minnesota.
  4. eharter

    eharter New Member

    We also have a built in subscription to the website that your followers can register to get only your articles or a specific sport, region etc.
  5. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Are you looking for actual journalists or, considering you said it is like Bleacher Report, do you want fans to spout opinions and create slideshows of the 10 hottest Pac-12 cheerleading squads?

    I thought the site looked like it had potential, but I'm curious what exactly you are going for, content wise.
  6. eharter

    eharter New Member

    Our mission is to bring sports to communities and communities to sports. This means we want to have writers from the local community writing about their favorite teams. The writers control the content and can write about any professional, regional, national, international or collegiate league they want. It should provide more of a voice for fans. Think of it as Bleacher Report meets Wikipedia. The writers have control over setting up everything from commentary to standings and player statistics. The program has a dynamic league format so if you have team info it can link to your team info section of the site.

    Did I answer your question?
  7. eharter

    eharter New Member

    We want the site to be more like journalism and getting interviews with athletes or using statistics to help explain what is going on with teams. We don't need the ten hottest women blah blah. Other sites can do that. One of our long term goals is to have people writing about sports and teaching people to be professional about it. We are also setting up scholarships for kids from all areas to help them pay for their own sports. It is a part of our community mission.
  8. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    If you want to be more like journalism and you've come to this board to find professionals, maybe try paying like journalism. $10 bucks or less per story wont cut it especially when you have to set up an ad network and promote the shit out of a site that nobody has ever heard of.
  9. mediaguy

    mediaguy Active Member

    Four words: Major sponsor Snap Fitness.
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