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High School sports reporter

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by John Bisognano, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. John Bisognano

    John Bisognano New Member

    The Palm Beach Post is seeking an innovative journalist with a large motor to help rebuild and reimagine our high school sports coverage. This reporter has the instincts and ability to create must-see content to read and watch on multiple platforms and the strategic knowledge and technical skills to reach and grow our audience.
    This reporter has the skills to develop sources, dig deep and become the go-to reporter for breaking news.
    We also want to develop this reporter as a personality in the Palm Beach County community with the ability to engage with readers and become a must-follow among high school sports fans.
    The best candidate will offer a plan to make our coverage distinct, interactive and essential.
    Of course, given where our high school sports audience lives, this reporter will be writing almost exclusively for digital; we'll figure out the print platform plan along the way.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Writing, breaking news and aggregating heavily on high school sports and recruiting.

    • Knowing everything involved in our high school landscape, from the best/most interesting athletes, coaches, schools, history and fans.

    • Coming up with solid story ideas, reporting them fully, writing them accurately and objectively, yet in an engaging, conversational tone, enriching them and knowing how and where to distribute them.

    • Must be fluent in social media — and using it in a way to reach our audience where they are. This includes Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, among others.

    • Must establish contacts and sources (athletes, parents, coaches, ADs, recruiting analysts) to give your stories depth and authority.

    • Must contribute to content-idea generation by meeting with editors to plan coverage. Must stay up-to-date with local, state and national high school trends and develop topical story ideas off those trends.

    • Must be comfortable on camera and in a podcast booth.

    • Must be knowledgeable and experienced in best SEO practices.

    • Must be able to monitor and analyze traffic.

    • Must be willing to work non-traditional hours, often including nights and weekends.

    • A four-year college degree, preferably with a focus in journalism or mass communications.

    • One year of experience writing about sports, either for a newspaper, magazine, website or blog.

    • Interest in all areas of sports coverage and various modes of storytelling, from live game stories to features and special sections.

    • Previous experience telling stories with social media.

    • Photoshop, photography and audio/video experience a plus.
    If you're interested, email John Bisognano at jjbisognano@gmail.com
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  2. Severian

    Severian Well-Known Member

  3. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    Seems Lichtenstein left a little while ago and then the other day tweeted: So, some #personalnews: Starting Monday, I’ll be joining the @SunSentinel as its new high school sports and recruiting writer, covering Broward and Palm Beach Counties. I’m looking forward to joining their great team and working with South Florida coaches and athletes again!
  4. Severian

    Severian Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I wonder what caused him to jump ship. Perhaps he saw greener pastures at the Sentinel while the Post flirts with a sale to the shredder that is GateHouse?
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2018
  5. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    Likely unrelated, but sports editor recently transferred to a newsroom night editor kind of job.
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