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Michigan beat writer -- MLive

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by boundforboston, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    The University of Michigan Sports Reporter reports on the University of Michigan football and basketball programs. Specific focuses include recruiting and the fan intrigue surrounding the biggest players and personalities within the programs.

    The reporter has a deep knowledge of the programs and teams, and a knack for going beyond the X’s and O’s. This isn’t about gamers and standard features. This is about surprising people every day with a unique perspective on heavily covered beats.

    Day to day, the reporter targets recruiting generally, identifying recruitment targets early on and following them throughout the process to ensure MLive.com is the leader in breaking news around recruiting. Success in covering recruiting depends on having strong relationships with certain high school programs and this reporter has a knack for building and maintaining them.

    The reporter also has a sharp sense of what personalities drive audience interest – like Jim Harbaugh -- and reports on them in an engaging way. This goes beyond traditional profiles, and the reporter understands that no item is too small to pass up. Understanding what plays on social media is a must and this reporter knows what angles to capture and tone to use to capture that audience.

    This reporter collaborates closely with the other University of Michigan Sports Reporter to ensure stories are not missed and pitches in on the beat elsewhere as needed.

    Required Education, Experience and Skills:

    •Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications or related field required
    •Minimum of 2 – 3 years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing required
    •Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience
    •Demonstrated capability in capitalizing on high-value topics by engaging audiences in frequency and urgency
    •Ability to work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
    •Experience building and maintaining key contacts for a beat
    •Solid understanding of news writing and journalistic ethics
    •Experience with search engine optimization practices
    •Experience capturing and editing photo, recording audio and video
    •Demonstrated ability using social media to source and promote content
    •Basic HTML or equivalent web language a plus
    •Proven ability to utilize a broad set of tools to tell stories and engage the audience

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1.Develop and nurture a beat around UM sports recruiting:
    •Identify UM recruitment targets and build a relationship with them and their networks to ensure MLive.com is competitive on breaking news around their decisions.
    •Follow top recruits from around the country whether or not they are obvious UM targets and provide fans with career highlights and other relevant coverage, aggregating as necessary to round out coverage.
    •Report on UM recruiting activity and recruit visits, bringing fans the latest on official visits and all levels of commitments.
    2.Report on the buzz surrounding Jim Harbaugh and other notable personalities and players:
    •Mine storylines for breakouts on Harbaugh’s moves, going beyond game coverage to highlight notable quotes, social media activity and other highly shareable items .
    •Create multimedia content (slideshows, videos, gifs) that suit the subject and give fans an alternative way to experience the content.
    •Quickly aggregate relevant coverage from other news outlets.
    •Monitor and engage in reader comments and social media to source ideas, and elevate comments and social media chatter into new posts when appropriate.
    3.Collaborate with UM beat writer as needed
    •Communicate effectively on coverage to establish and understanding of swim lanes and reach out proactively to coverage is not missed.
    •Provide backup coverage for games when situations dictate it, either attending games or working remotely.
    4.Maximize audience to content through optimization, promotion and tracking analytics
    •Closely watch analytics to gauge audience reaction and adjust accordingly.
    •Advocate for promotion of content on the website and social media and promote it via personal channels.
    5.Tweak content to capture the most traffic based on audience trends; smartly link, embed videos and photo galleries and craft headlines that will intrigue readers.

    JournalismJobs.com - Job Listing - The University of Michigan Sports Reporter
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    My (former) shop. Won't trash the place because lots of good people work there. PM me if you want more details. :)
  3. Ice9

    Ice9 Active Member

    Can someone clarify what is meant by this bullet?

    "Advocate for promotion of content on the website and social media and promote it via personal channels."

    Are they suggesting your would be obligated to promote your work on your own personal, non-work-related, Facebook/Twitter accounts? Because if that's a requirement I would have a problem with that. Especially if it would be on my own time.

    Also, what do they mean by "swim lanes"?
  4. Solana3620

    Solana3620 New Member

    Where does one apply?
  5. valpo87

    valpo87 Member

    Click "Apply Now" on the listing at JournalismJobs.com. It will redirect you.
    Solana3620 likes this.
  6. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    Well if you don't like it DON'T APPLY. There are plenty of applicants that would be HAPPY to do these things on their own time, MLive doesn't need to waste it's time with needly bigots like you
  7. Ice9

    Ice9 Active Member

    WTF bigot? What planet am I on?
    Batman and Adam94 like this.
  8. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    "waste it is time..."?
    BurnsWhenIPee and MiamiBoy like this.
  9. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    "Copy-editing skills also appreciated."
    HanSenSE and I Should Coco like this.
  11. pickles

    pickles New Member

    They conducted the first round of interviews for this position today
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