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Tim Stephens to CBS

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Don't know a lot of details and I haven't talked to him about it here at APSE yet, but I'm told reliably my friend Tim Stephens is leaving Orlando/Fort Lauderdale for a job at CBSSports.com.

    I know he enjoys his job, though the back and forth is difficult on Tim and his family so I'm happy that he'll be anchored in one location.

    I'm also going to bend his ear tonight at a baseball game!

    Congrats to Tim.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member


    And to get a plug in first ....

    I'm good enough to be sports editor of the Fort Orlando Sentinel-Sun-Sentinel, dammit!
  3. Cigar56

    Cigar56 Member

    Issues to think about in Orlando/Ft. Lauderdale:

    1. Papers currently in bankruptcy.
    2. Papers likely to be sold once parent Tribune emerges from bankruptcy.
    3. Numbers 1 + 2 = uncertain future.
  4. 2underpar

    2underpar Active Member

    who becomes the front-runner for Tim's gig?
  5. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I hate to be the one to ask, but ... was this Craig Stanke's position?
  6. Cigar56

    Cigar56 Member

    No. Stanke posted the job before he died.
  7. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Congrats to Tim!
  8. Cigar56

    Cigar56 Member

    Here is Tim's new job:

    Senior Product Manager, CBSSports.com
    « on: March 30, 2012, 12:42:38 PM »
    All: This isn't really an editorial job, but it's a critical one, so if you are interested, or know somebody who might be a good fit, please pass it along.

    This is, in SportsJournalists.com parlance, a "big-boy/girl" job, an extremely important position to us at this company.

    Job Title Sr. Product Manager
    Auto req ID 10982BR
    CBS Business Unit CBS Interactive
    Division/Station CBSsports.com
    Department / Business Unit Sports
    Location Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    Job Description Are you a passionate sports fan? Could you create the ultimate online and mobile destinations for other passionate sports fans? CBSSports.com is looking for you, the sports junkie and visionary to oversee all aspects of planning and execution in the development of content and products with a heavy emphasis on college football and basketball. Chosen candidate would touch all aspects of the consumer experience on every platform.

    Role and responsibilities:
    - Drive growth and engagement for college football, college basketball audiences.
    - Develop and implement content strategies for all major sports.
    - Lead teams of designers, developers, producers and editors.
    - Assess competitive sets, emerging technology, and user base.
    - Monitor traffic, unique visitors, consumption, referrers and other metrics, and develop growth plans.
    - Coordinate between product, engineering, editorial, design, sales and marketing groups.
    - Able to develop and mentor a staff, individually and on a macro level.
    Required Skills/Experience - Robust sports background, either at online property or publication.
    - 5+ years' experience in product and project management, with deep understanding of online media and mobile.
    - Strong managerial and organizational skills.
    - Operational savvy; adept at management of the moving parts.
    - Minimum of BA or equivalent training and experience.
    - The candidate should have an entrepreneurial sensibility and a track record of delivering products.
    - Accomplished facilitator who is able to understand/articulate input of engineering, editorial and video groups.
    *Must successfully pass a background check.

    The ideal candidate:
    - Sports nut
    - Experience with brand strategy
    - High social media IQ
    - Strong sense of user experience
    - Significant media industry and interactive experience
    - Understanding of design, editorial and development processes
    - Trustworthy, committed, considerate and skilled; high emotional IQ, good listener
    - Entrepreneurial drive with a hands-on, high-energy personality
    - Resourceful, efficient, and proactive approach
    - Ability to track details without losing sight of the big picture
    - Thrives on strict deadlines
    - Innovation and initiative to discover new ways to engage college sports audience
    Job Status Full Time

  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Congrats to Tim on the move. Have only heard of very good things/people at CBS.
  10. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Member

    Now that Tim is in a new gig, I wonder what he would say about the pros and cons of running two departments in two different cities simultaneously.
  11. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Is each paper now posting an ad for half a sports editor?
  12. Cigar56

    Cigar56 Member

    It really cannot be done effectively unless the bulk of the overall staff is in one place (likely impossible) or there are extremely strong and empowered ASEs in both places. Tim's one of the best in the business, but he is only one person.
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