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Deputy Editor, ESPN.com Fantasy Sports

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Marvin, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. Marvin

    Marvin Active Member

    ESPN.COM FANTASY SPORTS, Deputy Editor, based in Bristol, CT. Job Id: 57163.

    ESPN, the leader in sports, is seeking a Deputy Editor for its ESPN.COM FANTASY SPORTS group based in Bristol , CT.

    Job Responsibilities

    The Deputy Editor will oversee creation of all editorial fantasy-related content, including news, analysis and community applications on the dotcom. Duties include scheduling, creating coverage plans and tone, determining which content will reside within the Insider servic. S/he will work with the Sr. Director, Fantasy Games to identify and help build and oversee editorial staff, columnists, reporters, stringers, etc. S/he will liaise with colleagues from technology, marketing, sales and finance, as well as partners from the broadcast and print entities to coordinate fantasy efforts across ESPN. Work with Games and technical group on content integration into ESPN’s fantasy games. Deputy Editor will help identify new markets for ESPN online content and other sports content that may be repurposed and/or reshaped for fantasy purposes. In addition, the Deputy Editor will have a strong hand in helping shape and manage consistent, high-quality editorial fantasy content across the scope of ESPN properties, including original broadcasts on ESPN TV, Mobile, Radio, Books, 360, Podcasts, Videocasts and the like. The Deputy will also coordinate fantasy coverage efforts on ESPN the Magazine and TV/Radio producers, as necessary.

    Deputy Editor is a managing editorial position accountable for the editorial content, style, voice and operation of one or more major sports / features / interest areas. Among other duties, the Deputy Editor: Manages the content of a major section or area of ESPN.com; Determines the editorial “voice” for the assigned area(s), ensuring it/they meets ESPN.com’s overall editorial direction set for the site; Executes stories / features / specialty pages dedicated to one or more assigned sports or leagues; coordinates with and leads editors, freelance writers, designers and photographers to achieve established editorial goals, and predetermined deadlines; Develops and maintains relationships with editorial and creative talent; Manages assigned production staff; and Oversees the trafficking of stories through production process. The Deputy Editor is recognized as a distinguished content editor with a proven track record of leading a team of staff and freelancers and is responsible for overseeing projects simple and complex, including taking responsibility for the user experience, particularly on assigned pages. The Deputy Editor coordinates the gathering of content and works to expand assigned page(s) to make coverage across the site more comprehensive.

    Required Qualifications

    Typically 8+ years of editorial and reporting experience, preferably at the national level, and is recognized as an editorial and subject matter specialist with excellent competence in writing, editing and reporting. A qualified candidate will have a great interest in the field of Fantasy gaming. • Has advanced ability to follow and shape stories at all stages of development • Has a proven track record in leading an editorial endeavor, including managing a team • Has a proven track record of managing complicated editorial stories and packages, including a robust portfolio of stories, features, packages, etc. • Has advanced news journalism experience and keen news judgment; understands sports from a journalistic point of view and may have originally come from a print background • Has a good appreciation of popular culture, e.g., “what’s cool” and contributes to an understanding of the tastes of ESPN’s viewers • Has a good understanding of the market positioning and strategies of Fantasy-related content and properties. • Familiarity with most major internet search engines and fluency in electronic newsgathering techniques, including quickly navigating the Internet; • Has a advanced understanding of HTML and related web authoring tools and software • Strong understanding of some or all major sports, as well as a well developed knowledge of athletes, coaches, league operations and the like. • Bachelors degree or higher required in Journalism, Communications, or a related field.

    For consideration apply online at:

  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    Re: Living in a fantasy ...

    I can't help but think of the tiresome ESPN SportsCenter shtick, D.J. Stewy and other irritating aspects of ESPN when I read this.
  3. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Might be a tough fit if you don't think fantasy sports are cool. ::)
  4. WSKY

    WSKY Member

    Do you get to play as many fantasy games as you like? Personally, I think ESPN fantasy is pretty weak, I'd rank Sportsline first, then Yahoo before ESPN.
  5. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    ESPN's solid, but it crashes on draft day. Or it has for football. If you're into fantasy sports, and good with computers, literate, etc, it's a pretty good job.
  6. I know someone who works at ESPN.com. He likes it, but says Mike Greenberg is one of those guys who wanders around the locker room naked for long stretches of time (there's a gym on the ESPN campus).

    True story.
  7. WSKY

    WSKY Member

  8. cortez

    cortez Member

    If hired, can I make Danni Boatwright my assistant
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    That much experience is required for a glorified sports geek position?

    But apparently you don't need "a advanced" understanding of the difference between "a" and "an."
  10. Of course not, for two very good reasons.

    1) It's online.

    2) It's ESPN.

  11. Oz

    Oz Well-Known Member

    OK, that's a scary thought.
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