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Sports writer, Metro New York

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by MetroNY, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. MetroNY

    MetroNY New Member

    This will be posted on the other job boards soon. Anyone with questions can PM me.

    * Position Title: Sports writer
    * Name of Media Organization: Metro New York
    * Location: 44 Wall Street, 8th Floor
    * Job Status: Part-time
    * Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2007
    * Job Description: Want to break into the nation’s largest sports market? Already in the city, but looking for a change?

    Metro New York is looking for an ambitious writer/reporter who has the flexibility to move easily between beat reporting, features and the copy desk. There will be some copy desk work (10-25 percent) involved, but this is primarily a writing position. Position requires an average of 25-30 hours per week and will include regular coverage of MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, college basketball and other area sports. We have traveled for spring training, the MLB playoffs and NFL playoffs in the past. There is opportunity for advancement from this position.

    Metro New York is a free commuter daily that publishes five days a week and attracts a young, active, well-educated metropolitan readership. Our most recent Scarborough report indicated a circulation of over 300,000, with our editions in Philadelphia and Boston combining for another 300,000-plus. Metro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    * Qualifications: Talent is more important than experience. Familiarity with Quark or other page-designing software is a plus. So is experience covering some level of professional or major collegiate sports. But again, talent trumps. Car and a valid driver’s license are not mandatory, but strongly preferred as some facility locations are not easily accessible by mass transit.
    * Application Instructions: Send applications with cover letter, resume and three to five clips to:

    David Sandora
    Sports Editor
    Metro New York
    44 Wall St., 8th Floor
    New York, NY 10005

    About us: Metro is the largest and fastest growing international newspaper in the world. 71 daily Metro editions are published in over 100 major cities — including Philadelphia, New York and Boston — in 21 countries across Europe, North & South America and Asia. Metro has a unique global reach — attracting a young, active, well-educated audience of 18.5 million daily readers and 37 million weekly readers. Metro has an equal number of male and female readers and 70% are under the age of 45. Metro USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  2. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    You could do worse than this.
  3. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Note that it is a part-time position, so even though you'd be working on Wall Street, don't expect to be living on Park Avenue.
  4. WSKY

    WSKY Member

    And judging by the ad, won't have to adhere to AP style.
  5. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    I wonder if the landlord in the walkup would take part-time rent?
  6. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Look, it's not ideal. But where else could you cover some major beats in the top market in the country and get paid for it?

    If you're looking for something else to round out those hours, mags always are looking for fact-checkers. I won't say it's easy to find a job, but it's not horribly difficult.

    For someone with some balls who's willing to live without health insurance for a year or two and wants to put themselves out there, you could do far worse.
  7. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    So this is legit? Not some $20 per story internet freelancing thing?
  8. WSKY

    WSKY Member

  9. MetroNY

    MetroNY New Member

    No. We might not be making a bunch of full-time hires right now, but it is not some internet thing. This job actually pays real money. For most people, it probably won't be enough to live in Manhattan. But for someone looking for a break, a chance to make contacts within organizations and people at some of the bigger papers in the country, and interested in living in or around New York, this could be the right situation.

    And knowing AP style is a plus ;)
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    metro - how many full-time folks do you have on staff? a rough percentage if you don't mind.
  11. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Tom, they may only have one full-timer in sports. At least that's the way it is in Boston; an SE and several stringers/part-timers.

    David, is this gig eligible for any benefits?
  12. MetroNY

    MetroNY New Member

    Wicked is correct. At current, there is only one full-timer in sports in New York. We also use some regular freelancers and occassional contributions from writers outside the sports department to supplement what we do. Both the Philadelphia and Boston offices operate with one full-time and one part-time. There is also regular cooperation between the different bureaus.

    The good side to the small staff size (from the perspective of this position) is that even as a part-timer, you'll get plenty of choice assignments.

    Unfortunately, this position will not be eligible for benefits.
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