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Cover Rutgers football for NJ.com

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by gravehunter, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    from jj.com


    The Sports Reporter assigned to the Rutgers football 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:

    Provide reporting, opinion and analysis as the authoritative voice for coverage of Rutgers football.
    Gather information and write journalistically sound news elements for use in all media platforms that is:
    Balanced and factual
    Timely and topical
    Well-sourced and contextually correct
    Employ all techniques for effective digital reporting across multiple 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
    Elevating comments into new posts when appropriate
    Interacting on social media platforms, with story shares, objective commentary, promotion of your topic and NJ.com’s content initiatives
    Understanding and employing the means for monitoring audience interest and competitors’ postings on Rutgers and college football, including setting up Google alerts, Twitter and RSS feeds
    Work independently and remotely, while maintaining operational communication with the editor.
    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
    Using the Moveable Type content management system, and any future CMS
    Understand our news organization’s audience traffic tracking systems and analytical reports.
    Make appearances on television and radio as a team expert.
    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
    Interested applicants should apply online via the following URL: http://nj.jobinfo.com/description.php?jid=21100451
  2. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    NJ.com has also posted similar positions for Yankees, Devils and Jets reporters....they might post more. The postings all seem to be the same. Go to journalismjobs.com for those.
  3. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I wonder if NJ is about to undergo the same Newhouse changes other papers have...
  4. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    Well, there's the chance the Star-Ledger gets killed: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/09/with_labor_negotiations_stalled_star-ledger_publisher_again_threatens_to_shut_down_paper.html#incart_river_default
  5. RonClements

    RonClements Well-Known Member

    Well, I WAS interested in this job.
  6. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Hell, I'd still apply. Either way something's up behind the scenes.
  7. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    The MO has been to gut the newspaper operation, then rebuild it as a website with the print publications as secondary operations. New Orleans is back to six days a week of print, but what the papers are on three of the days are smaller tabloid-size deals.

    Newsrooms work for the website and the "newspaper" operation simply puts the already existing info into print, for the most part.

    I'd expect that to happen here.
  8. RonClements

    RonClements Well-Known Member

    Looks like they're rebuilding their newsroom.
    Not only are the Giants and Rutgers jobs up for grabs, NJ.com also seeking reporters for the Jets, Yankees and Devils.
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    If this is being done like it is at other Newhouse shops (New Orleans, Cleveland, the Alabama papers), they've gotten rid of those they deem either too expensive or not "digital-savvy."
  10. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    The Star-Ledger is not now, and has never been NJ.com. Not only are they not in the same newsroom, they're literally not even in the same county.

    NJ.com did its own supplemental reporting a decade ago, completely independent of the Ledger's newsroom. They're just ramping that up for pro sports now, the same way as they've done for high school sports for the past couple of years -- and on news-side for almost as long.

    NJ.com does more blogs and video and social media. The big, investigative pieces are still run solely by the Ledger. There's not a whole lot of collaboration between the two... though I've heard there's far more lately.

    Back in the day, the NJ.com reporters posted their own stuff as well as everything that came out of the print product. Now, there's a separate web-production staff (some of whom work remotely) who post and position content on the various Advance websites.
  11. RonClements

    RonClements Well-Known Member

    Thanks for clearing that up.
  12. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    So if the Star-Ledger gets shut down, NJ.com survives hunky-dory? I doubt it.
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