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Sports Content Coach, Detroit Free Press

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Kevin Bull, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Kevin Bull

    Kevin Bull New Member

    The Detroit Free Press is seeking a Sports Content Coach who will work closely with the Sports Director to direct the creation of sharp, forward-thinking digital and print content. The goal is to engage loyal followers more often and more deeply, while also building the overall audience.

    You will play a prominent role within a hard-working sports news-gathering operation that focuses on the Big Six: Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans -- while pushing for daily and in-depth coverage of other NCAA schools and Michigan’s robust preps scene. This is an opportunity to be part of a four-person management team in America’s greatest sports town.

    We want a strong leader and talented front-line editor who is digital-savvy and raring to make our products better. We’re looking for someone who wants to be part of a winning team, dedicated to producing sports content with impact, excitement and information. Media management experience is important, but we’re willing to take informed risks.

    Interested? Email Kevin Bull at kbull@freepress.com or apply at Career Opportunities: Content Coach, Sports - Detroit Free Press (81701)
  2. Southwinds

    Southwinds Member

    Stupid Gannett titles.
    Baron Scicluna and Potter like this.
  3. mediaguy

    mediaguy Active Member

    "How many timeouts do we have?"
  4. Ice9

    Ice9 Member

    Sports content "coach" is what we're going with here? Seriously? Is this the Detroit Free Press or a 12-step program?
  5. Kevin Bull

    Kevin Bull New Member

    Coach/Editor/Leader. Maybe this is more straight forward: Someone smart, ready to kick ass, have fun and change the world.
  6. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    A lot of people make fun of the Gannett "coach" title, and I get that some folks don't get what it means (especially if you're not inside journalism), but there are a lot of major (non-Gannett) publications and editors who have said in the past year that editors need to start working more as coaches to help improve the quality of their sections and their reporters.
    BurnsWhenIPee likes this.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Except that editors, if they're good ones, have been coaching reporters for the last 100+ years.

    Gannett just put the "coach" title on because they were 1. Changing job descriptions to allow them to shed some high-priced people, B. Tried to make it seem like they were doing something "innovative" just for the sake of appearance and III. Certain people did it to look busy to justify their salaries.
    Waldo9939 likes this.
  8. Sports Guy

    Sports Guy Member

    Looks like a good gig for the right person.
  9. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Cool. Doesn't change the fact that's where the focus of a lot of editors, regardless of parent company, is shifting.
  10. Cespedes

    Cespedes New Member

    Our company was recently purchased by Gannett from Digital First media. We love it. Cleaner copy and better benefits. I don't get all the hate on these forums.
  11. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    My paper doesn't need a coach so much as it needs a defensive coordinator.
    Home office keeps pushing a lot of offensive attacks our way.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    The Lions clearly need a better editor.
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