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Night And Weekend Sports Writer

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by yards555, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. yards555

    yards555 New Member

    Nighttime and Weekend Writer/Editor

    We are looking for a talented nighttime and weekend writer to produce sports related content on a part-time basis. The primary responsibility of this position is to write and edit breaking sports news for our major media partners with the aid of specific social media data points. The successful candidate will have the ability to quickly turn around high quality sports content targeted for an online audience.

    Responsibilities and Duties:

    • Produce and edit several stories each shift based on breaking sports news as identified by designated social media data points
    • Integrate search engine optimization techniques in writing in order to produce highly effective content
    • Monitor sports news through various media in order to anticipate when and how news may break at any hour of the day
    • Track the rank of published content on applicable search engines
    • Communicate with Lead Editor on a daily basis about general content strategy
    • Other related duties reasonably assigned

    Required Qualifications:
    • Ability to work remotely on nights and weekends
    • Bachelors degree in English, Communications, Journalism, PR, or other related field preferred
    • Proven track record of developing accurate and timely sports content for an online publisher
    • Deep understanding of sports and the online news landscape
    • Basic knowledge of Twitter as well as other social networks and how sports news is shared digitally
    • Excellent written communication skills and proficiency with AP style for online content
    • Experience utilizing search engine optimization techniques
    • Ability to work under pressure and at high speeds
    • Extreme attention to detail and the ability to self-edit produced content
    • Basic understanding of how to use various online content management systems
    • Some knowledge of HTML preferred

    For consideration please submit your résumé, cover letter and a one page writing sample via e-mail, with “Nighttime And Weekend Writer” in the subject line to: hr.usa@octagon.com.

    Octagon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO/AA.M/F/D/V.
  2. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    City, paper, etc.?
  3. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Isn't Octagon a sports agent/management firm, as in contracts, endorsements, business management for athletes?
  4. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Just looked it up. Billed as a sports marketing firm. I know they're heavy into Olympic athletes. They handle Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin and a number of high-level track and gymnastics types. Renaldo Nehemiah is one of their agents/executives.
  5. nmsports

    nmsports Member


    Hint on pay range would be nice.
  6. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    First hint: smaller than a bread box.
  7. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Octagon also has a ton of offices worldwide, so it'd be interesting to see where this position is located.
  8. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member


    Chuck Norris gives his stamp of approval.
  9. CarlSpackler

    CarlSpackler Active Member

    I would not be opposed to handling Natalie Coughlin.
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