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Freelancers needed to take stats for DFW HS football

Discussion in 'Freelance/stringer help wanted' started by AMZ, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. AMZ

    AMZ New Member


    The Dallas Morning News sports department seeks help to produce statistics and stories for high school football games in August, September, October, November and December. We are looking for candidates who already live in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

    The job includes:

    -- Traveling to a game with a laptop and wireless internet card (we provide those).

    -- Inputting live play-by-play statistics

    -- Writing a short recap on the game

    -- Taking pictures and video on their smartphone

    Candidates should have the following:

    — Understanding of high school football rules and statistics.

    — Fast, accurate computer skills.

    — Drive to get it right, get it quickly.

    — Ability to write effectively on deadline.

    — Ability to commute around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    — Be able to take pictures and video on their smartphone

    This freelance opportunity is open to college students and others with experience covering high school football. It is paid. To apply, send your resume and clips to SportsDayHS digital editor Avi Zaleon at azaleon@dallasnews.com
  2. Potsie Weber

    Potsie Weber New Member

    How does one input play-by-play statistics and take pictures at the same time?
  3. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Oh, my. Do not apply for an entry-level sportswriting position. And they might have let people off the hook there on tweeting.
  4. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    The only person who can take an action shot worth a shit with a smartphone is either the referee or umpire.
  5. AMZ

    AMZ New Member

    Hey all, the listing was not specific enough. We just want 2-3 shots before the game of the crowd or player warm-ups. Main priority is keeping the play-by-play stats. Hope this clears things up!
  6. ThomFain

    ThomFain New Member

    It's a bad idea. They have a bunch of frat daddies who'll take the good games while you get the 74-28 blowout between two mismatched teams in a strange suburb out in the middle of nowhere. Plus, one of the editors they have pulling the strings is of the foulest character I've ever come across in my 7+ years of Journalism.
  7. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    Loved my time in Dallas. Folks at the Morning News treated me right.

    What happened back in the day was the people who worked for the Plano Star chain had set up their own turf boundaries when it came to stringing games for the DMN. It was an impressive system. Everyone made money.
  8. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    "Everyone made money" is funny when you think about stringing.
  9. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    I didn't say we made "a lot of" money....
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So the Dallas Morning News supplies the laptop to the freelancer?
  11. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    I'll take the 74-28 games. Game story will be written before the game is over.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    The only strange suburb in DFW is Denton. But in a good way.
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