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Soccer reporter, Portland, OR

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by gravehunter, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    The Oregonian Media Group wants you.....(says journalismjobs.com)

    How to apply information is near the bottom.

    We are looking for the Landon Donovan of soccer journalists to become the authoritative voice covering Oregon's exciting soccer scene: the Timbers, at this writing, have lost only one game this season, and the Thorns may be new, but are already playing to big crowds. You will cover all aspects of the game at the professional and collegiate levels, including maintaining live blogs, tweeting, shooting video and otherwise engaging audiences across multiple platforms. Oregonian Media Group is a media leader that is combining cutting edge digital with a standard for journalistic excellence proven over 163 years. You will be part of an exciting initiative to take us even further into the digital space, but also join a team that already has solid multimedia savvy.

    Portland is often named to lists of best places to live (#5 on Business Week's 2012 list, for example) and lists of America's greenest cities (#1 on Mother Nature Network's 2013 ranking). The city offers something for just about everyone, from myriad microbreweries and coffee roasters to the lively and offbeat club scene to the area's natural beauty.

    To be a good fit for this opportunity you will have:
    Solid journalism experience, including a track record of success in sports reporting, particularly in soccer.
    Demonstrated familiarity with social media and digital tools of journalism.
    Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience in sports.
    Strong critical thinking skills and a focus on creating content for the audience rather than to promote particular teams, players or coaches.
    A proven ability to cultivate sources beyond the obvious ones.
    The ability to work independently and prioritize tasks appropriately under deadline pressure in mobile contexts.
    Strong reporting, writing and organizational skills.
    A solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure.

    Oregonian Media Group is a new, digitally focused media company that will launch on October 1, 2013 to expand news and information products in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Beginning October 1, the new company will operate OregonLive.com and publish The Oregonian and its related print products.

    Oregonian Media Group endeavors to make OregonLive.com accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact tdavis@dtoolbox.com.


    We want you to be as selective as we are! For a detailed "Insider's View" of this position and to submit your resume, please visit the following URL:


    If the link does not work, simply copy the complete URL and paste it into your browser's address line.

  2. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    PS: Must be willing to work for 1/2 the salary of Geoffrey Arnold, the quite capable soccer reporter we had last week.
  3. CNY

    CNY Member

    Job description has changed ... sounds like a backup position rather than primary soccer writer:

    The Reporter – Soccer will be a supplementary reporter and discussion leader during periods of intense traffic, adding depth and engagement on the hottest topics/stories at any given time to ensure an immediate and steady response to breaking news. This reporter will monitor websites for aggregation opportunities; cover breaking news as a general assignment reporter and provide in-depth analysis as needed; post supplementary content in coordination with related content reporters; monitor reader response through audience data, comment streams, social media reaction, while engaging with readers on all platforms; and record, edit and post topical video/audio/photos.

  4. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Geoffrey didn't get axed, but the add made it sound as if he'd be shifted to take up the beat work lost by the departure of Buker, Hunt and Beseda. Those guys wore a lot of hats and covered a lot of beats for the O over the years and their institutioional knowledge won't ever be replaced.
  5. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    What is this institutional knowledge you speak of? I read a newspaper obit somewhere that it was buried sometime around the mid 1990s.
  6. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Are math skills required? To quote radio personality Jim Rome: "It's soccer. All you have to do is count to 1!"
  7. Dog8Cats

    Dog8Cats Active Member

    You must be referring to a different Geoffrey Arnold than I have read in The Oregonian.
  8. If this paper hadn't switched the job, this would have meant the Timbers, who lead the league in goals and lost a match 5-3 last year at home to Los Angeles. Yes, math skills are required.
  9. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    I'd rather be the Tim Howard or Michael Bradley of soccer journalists. Landon is too fragile.
  10. JPsT

    JPsT Member

    But they won't mind when you take a couple months off just to clear your head.
  11. kkoczwara

    kkoczwara Member

    Anyone know the status of this position?
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