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Trending Sports Enterprise Writer -- Buffalo News

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by JoshBarnett, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. JoshBarnett

    JoshBarnett Member

    The Buffalo News is seeking an aggressive reporter with an ability to tell great stories to serve as Trending Sports Enterprise writer.

    The ideal candidate will be able to go behind the news and newsmakers of the day by identifying smart, informative and innovative stories and quickly executing them. The writer needs to be passionate about the news and storytelling and demonstrate strong news judgment and initiative.

    The writer needs to be skilled in building and working sources as well as developing and reporting context-filled new angles on trending topics. Being versatile enough to write a news analysis or a lengthy takeout or an opinion piece backed by reporting is key. One day, you could be working on a Bills story, a Sabres story the next, or colleges or high school or anything within the sporting world.

    Among the key responsibilities and traits:

    · Identify stories with high audience potential and reach.

    · Report stories using interviews, documents and data, social media and original research.

    · Collaborate with beat writers and other colleagues in photo, social media, digital production and excel when working as a team.

    · Have a sense of curiosity that informs your reporting in new and unique ways beyond the usual institutional voices.

    · Manage your time well and be able juggle responsibilities.

    · Be comfortable using social media and engaging with readers.

    · Write clean, clear and accurate copy.

    Despite its Rust Belt reputation, Buffalo is one of the best places in the United States. The city is in the midst of a revitalization, young people are arriving to take new economy jobs and warehouses are being rehabbed into great apartments. (More than 100,000 students attend the region’s 23 colleges and universities.) The city has two professional sports teams, a philharmonic, a growing waterfront, 27 theater companies, a burgeoning medical campus and plenty of attitude. Buffalo also has some of the best summer weather in the world and great summer recreation on our two Great Lakes – Erie and Ontario. Not to mention Niagara Falls, Toronto and ski slopes all within a short drive.

    Interested candidates should email a resume, a letter outlining how you will manage your duties and writing samples that show the diversity of your work to Executive Sports Editor Josh Barnett at jbarnett@buffnews.com.
  2. Tweener

    Tweener Active Member

    This is a good job at a good paper. From my experience, Buffalo (and western New York in general) can be a cool place, if snow doesn't bother you.
  3. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    This job sounds a lot like Tim Graham.
  4. JoshBarnett

    JoshBarnett Member

    Tim is an outstanding writer and reporter and we are fortunate to have him.

    The primary distinction here is that this is more quick turn and at times shorter content whereas Tim writes longer term projects and almost exclusively long form. Tim also works on a lot of projects that are not derived from the "news of the day" as such. There are great stories to be told in Western New York that don't necessarily fit into any particular basket and he is excellent at telling them.
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I'd work for Josh Barnett in a minute, for whatever that's worth.
    Not in Buffalo, mind you. No offense to a fine city, just too far away from family for me.
    But in general? Yeah, get on this one.
    Tweener and JoshBarnett like this.
  6. Tweener

    Tweener Active Member

    Huge loss. Tim, like Josh said, is outstanding. One of the best in the business.
  7. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Could the right candidate negotiate to drop "Trending" from the title?

    (I kid; good job.)
  8. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

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  9. JoshBarnett

    JoshBarnett Member

    We had a lot of interest in this position (and our other open positions), so thank you to everyone who applied.

    We are excited to welcome Jason Wolf, who most recently covered the Titans for the Tennessean and has won a plethora of APSE awards in his several stops.

    Jason addressed his move on Twitter earlier.

  10. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    Right after he got a nice promotion in Nashville
  11. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Active Member

    Loyalty doesn't pay the mortgage.
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