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Media Relations - Houston Astros

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by KJIM, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member


    The Houston Astros are looking for a hard-working, (You can't be stopped) high energy, (No energy drinks needed) team-oriented (How does this impact US?) individual with strong communications experience and skills to join our MEDIA RELATIONS team. While this position will assist with all aspects of PR and media relations, this IS NOT AN ENTRY LEVEL ROLE. There will be a heavy emphasis on strategic business communications and contributions to all of the club's PR and media efforts and publications. You will be the coordinator, facilitator and primary contributor to the Astros team magazine.

    In addition to baseball-related PR, as stated above, BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS will be a PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY for this role. This individual will be responsible for assisting the department’s efforts to promote our marketing initiatives, special pre-game and in-game promotions and baseball related events, ticket sales and programs, non-baseball Special Events, the Astros in Action Foundation and the Astros Community Affairs department, while creating and maintaining reliable communications with local and national businesses and related entities.

    This person will also be one of the primary writers of the office, while acting as a liaison with local and national media. Writing press releases will be just the start. The selected individual will be a SIGNIFICANT contributor to the Astros magazine, while monitoring media coverage, assembling media kits, developing and designing ideas and overseeing the brand will be part of every day. While the person who serves in this role may be involved with travel to Spring Training and on selected regular season road trips, the primary focus will be to support our business communications and PR. S/he must have STRONG relationship skills as you will need to develop and maintain strong relationships with players, media, and baseball operations personnel. This individual will also coordinate pre-game, on-field PR for media interview coordination and player requests, and will also assist with community events and with securing player cooperation for community and sponsorship-related appearances.

    In order to be considered you must be a personable individual (When we call, will people say they actually like working with you?) with an upbeat demeanor (How do you handle the tough days?) and able to handle the sometimes hectic and intense demands (How do you juggle 15 requests which are all #1 priorities to someone else?) of the position while maintaining a positive, professional attitude at all times.

    Last but not least, we are looking for a true team player. You must be able to show, by way of past work related examples and experiences, your ability to work exceptionally well with everyone!

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    BUSINESS PR (a top priority)

    *Handle the majority of business/non-baseball PR efforts.
    *Write majority of non-baseball press releases.
    *Proactively pitch stories and features to local and national media outlets.
    *Identify avenues to publicize ball club’s initiatives, branding and messaging (social media, newspaper, magazines, trade publications, television, web sites, etc.).
    *When appropriate, schedule interviews/appearances for players and front office staff.
    *Strong and consistent communication with Marketing, Sponsorship, Community, Sales, and Foundation to ensure messaging/branding opportunities aren’t missed.


    *Significant contributor to Astros Magazine serving as direct contact with design company. Also involved in editing, layout, writing, proofreading, creative.
    *Contribute to production of Astros media guide (editing, proofreading, writing, and creative).


    *Serve as main facilitator for season, daily and TV crew credential requests.


    *When necessary, ability to contribute to game notes, handle media interview requests and write baseball-related releases.


    *Strong writing skills.
    *Ability to meet short deadlines.
    *Ability to work with others - team player. (There’s that term again!)
    *Outgoing, enthusiastic personality.
    *Prior experience in PR.
    *Good knowledge of baseball is helpful. (Please don’t call our manager the coach…)

    Degree in communications, journalism or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of 2 years of experience PR or media relations experience is required. If that time is in professional sports, sports information or entertainment, you will be on your way to become a preferred candidate.

    Other Preferred Attributes:

    Experience in baseball (Major League, minor league or collegiate) is a definite plus, but not mandatory. Your success in developing and pitching stories and overall PR experience is much more important in this role. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  2. dog eat dog world

    dog eat dog world New Member

    As hard working as the AAA team they have on the field? lol

    These sites really want a rah-rah type....just like the radio teams, you can't call a spade a spade. ... or in this case, a team that stinks. lol
  3. It's a p.r. job.
  4. dog eat dog world

    dog eat dog world New Member

    Yeah but there's a fine line between what is truth and ridiculous. Not so much detected in politics or corporate America. Easier seen in the sports world.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Crowds like the last two nights, would've had a chance to great each fan personally.
  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Also, don't call the clubhouse the "locker room."
  7. JeffRoper

    JeffRoper Guest

    Or (my favorite) don't call a run a "point"
  8. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Had a photographer who would do that ALL THE TIME in cutlines.
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    If this is "NOT AN ENTRY LEVEL ROLE", it would be nice if the ad wasn't written for a 19-year-old.

    But still a gig.
  10. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member


    No the entry-level roles are on the 40-man roster.
  11. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty New Member

    (Please don’t call our manager the coach…)

    Demanding bastards.
  12. CarlSpackler

    CarlSpackler Member

    The only person in America qualified for this job is working in the Todd Akin campaign.
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