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Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by BrianM, Nov 25, 2012.

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  1. BrianM

    BrianM Member

    This is from Jjobs the other day. The first thing I notice is that there's no mention of pay. What do you think??


    Football.com is looking for writers to cover the NFL and college football in the West region.

    Writers will have some creative leeway and a national audience. Strong candidates will have the chance to become editors within a short time.

    We're also looking for a person or two to become our NFL draft expert(s). Think you could be our Mike Mayock or Rick Gosselin?

    The upshot: be a part of a new national football website at the ground level.

    The URL is great, but we need solid content to ensure football.com takes off, and that means we're searching for writers and editors. Experience is great, but good writing, thorough knowledge of college football or the NFL and creative ideas are more important.

    As the West Regional Manager, I'm looking for people to cover teams in the AFC and NFC West, Pac-12, MWC and WAC.

    This is an opportunity to be a featured writer with a national audience, the chance to contribute to the creative direction of the site and an opportunity to be one of the first involved. Help shape our reputation and you help yourself in the process.

    I've worked with the site's leadership for months now, and I'm excited about the group's vision and scope of experience.

    Please send your resume and clips to csmith@football.com, and indicate which of the NFL teams (Broncos, Chargers, Raiders, Chiefs, 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Rams) or conferences you'd prefer to cover.

    Feel free to contact Christopher Smith at 760-687-6553 with any questions.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. writingump

    writingump Member

    No mention of pay = red flag
  3. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Um, I Googled that phone number and came up with a personal ad on Adult Search.com from August.

    I do not meet the qualifications for *that* ad.
  4. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Upset of the year: the NFL didn't have football.com registered and under lock and key somewhere.
  5. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Another personal ad at http://terrehaute.backpage.com/BodyRubs/need-massage-from-beautiful-woman-tonight-26/5718091 has this number and the name Christopher who was looking for yet another woman with lips.

    The ad was from Feb. 12 - when was the Super Bowl?

    On the plus, if this is really the poster, he is very "generous," and "appreciative," though he can't spell "tonight".


    If the "Christopher" of the multiple ads really is the OP, I'd go out on a limb here and say perhaps women should stay away from this.

    Another plus: If it's the same Christopher, this gig must pay enough to afford prostitutes while on the road.
  6. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Looks like some soccerheads beat them to it:


    FWIW, it looks like several of the writers on that site have strong print or broadcast credentials.
  7. sportsnut

    sportsnut Member

    I wanted to know if it's just me or does this look like another examiner.com, bleacher report etc? The more you write the more money you will make and you may end up on the front page.
  8. JimmyK

    JimmyK New Member

    I talked to their "NFC North manager." No pay, and extremely unorganized (couldn't answer any of my questions). They're trying to "hire" a writer for every NFL team, and have aspirations of being as big as ESPN.com or NFL.com, lol. It seems the only thing they have going for them is that they were somehow able to purchase Football.com, and their entire pitch centered around that. Getting that URL is almost like a sexually inexperienced guy having Pamela Anderson sitting on his bed with a little smile on her face and having no idea what to do.
  9. If the ladies are looking for work, Christopher is looking for a rub-and-a-tug.
  10. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    There are plenty of these startup, fly-by-night websites. I understand it doesn't take much to start your own website these days. Getting people to actually view it is the trick.

    So, yeah, I doubt these people pay a dime to their contributors. And I suspect they get a lot of fanbois with too much time on their hands.

    So it is what it is. If you're itching to write, go for it.
  11. sportsnut

    sportsnut Member

    I think I will stay with Examiner.com.
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Will leave this thread up for those who have wanted more info, but this post is enough for our purposes. No pay = no dice.
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