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Red Sox Beat Reporter - Boston, MA

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Zads07, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    From jjobs.com
    JournalismJobs.com - Job Listing - MassLive seeks full-time Boston Red Sox beat reporter

    Company: MassLive.com
    Position: MassLive seeks full-time Boston Red Sox beat reporter
    Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Job Status: Full-time
    Salary: Negotiable
    Website: http://www.masslive.com

    This position offers you the "best of both worlds": the excitement of a company enjoying strong growth and the stability and resources of an Internet company with an established brand and a strong local audience. MassLive.com has a proven track record for delivering quality local news and information to a growing statewide audience across Massachusetts. We served 3+ million visitors last month* and are looking for a driven and self-directed Boston Red Sox Beat Reporter to join our editorial team. This position will provide daily news updates on the Red Sox and Major League Baseball.

    The Red Sox Reporter will work closely with MassLive’s Sports Desk to maximize audience growth and fan engagement. Specifically, the Reporter will be responsible for all aspects of original reporting and packaging digital content: writing, editing, as well as shooting photos & video. In addition, our reporter will be expected to maintain a consistent presence in the community, both in person and on major social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. You will lead discussions with the audience, answer questions, respond to comments, engage with social media - and potentially represent the company on TV or radio.

    To be a good fit for the Boston Red Sox Beat Reporter opportunity you will have:

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications or related field;
    • No less than 2-3 years journalism experience;
    • Ability to write iteratively and often;
    • Proven ability to report, write clean copy and copy edit (AP style);
    • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic standards and story structure;
    • Ability to aggregate from credible sources;
    • Ability to work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately;
    • Comfort level producing multimedia including digital photography and video;
    • Experience with SEO best practices;
    • Willingness to consistently engage audience on social media and MassLive comment streams;
    • Ability to work independently and remotely, while maintaining operational communication with editors;
    • Proficiency in MS Office Suite;
    • Experience in Movable Type or equivalent blogging software;
    • Early adopter of new technologies, new processes and best practices for creating and maintaining digital content to grow audience;
    • Results driven, with experience in a deadline-oriented environment;
    • Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills; and
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, holidays, and weekends.
    Duties and responsibilities include:

    • Drive digital innovation and audience growth;
    • Utilize web analytic tools to monitor audience trends and help inform coverage decisions;
    • Develop and implement specific content tactics aimed at increasing audience engagement.


    The Red Sox Reporter will work closely with a team of editors and reporters to cover day-to-day breaking news, team updates and features for a 24/7 readership. Participating in comments on MassLive and leveraging social media to grow audience engagement is critical to success. This is a digitally focused position and the ideal candidate should embrace alternative story forms and take a creative, dynamic approach to developing voice.

    Competitive compensation:

    In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer a comprehensive benefits program that includes medical, prescription drug, and dental/vision benefits; a 401(k) with a company match; life insurance and disability plans; Health Savings Accounts, and more.

    To apply for this position please send your resume and a cover letter to hr@masslive.com

    *Source: Omniture, January 2015
  2. mark.emery.1018

    mark.emery.1018 New Member

    Is this to replace Jason Mastrodonato or complement him?
  3. ^was wondering same thing
  4. My guess: to replace him. Hard to imagine them having two full-time Red Sox beat writers. Also, they probably would've mentioned the hire would be working in conjunction with the beat writer if the hire would be working alongside the beat writer.
  5. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    How much does this pay?
  6. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member

    Is it an entry level job? #oldmeme
  7. SportsWriter23

    SportsWriter23 New Member

    Has anyone gotten a response on this yet?
  8. Pcotton

    Pcotton New Member

    Nope, not yet. I've applied for a half dozen other positions in the meantime.
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  10. mark.emery.1018

    mark.emery.1018 New Member

    The verdict is in: Mastrodonato is switching over to the Herald.

  11. HardwoodHero

    HardwoodHero New Member

    Anyone hear back yet?
  12. jduball

    jduball New Member

    Per a blog post on ESPNBoston.com by Gordon Edes, who was running down the media presence at ST:

    "The Herald has added Jason Mastrodonato, who last season covered for Masslive.com. Jason joins Scott Lauber and Michael Silverman, with Steve Buckley and Ron Borges the columnists. .... Jen McCaffrey is in Fort Myers covering spring training for Masslive.com and looms as a logical successor there."
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