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University of South Carolina beat writer, GamecockCentral.com

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Brian Shoemaker, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Brian Shoemaker

    Brian Shoemaker New Member

    GamecockCentral.com, an affiliate of Rivals.com, has an immediate opening for a writer to cover University of South Carolina athletics.

    The writer will be the primary beat for men's basketball and baseball, while significantly assisting with football. (Likewise, we have a full-time football beat writer who assists with the men's basketball and baseball, as needed).

    The writer will live in the Columbia area and work out of his or her home.

    Travel is involved as we cover every football game (home and away), every baseball game (home and away) and most men's basketball games.

    This a 24/7/365 position. The writer will be expected to provide the beat's most in-depth coverage – breaking news, practice coverage, gamers, notebooks and features.

    This is an employee position, not independent contractor. We offer competitive pay and limited benefits.

    To be an ideal fit for this job, the candidate will have:

    - A bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.

    - At least two years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper or sports website. High school or college beat experience is strongly preferred but not required.

    - The ability to self-manage in a remote work environment (we do not have an office).

    - Schedule flexibility to compete in a 24/7/365 work environment.

    - A working knowledge of college baseball, basketball and football. Knowledge of University of South Carolina and/or SEC sports is a plus.

    - Proven ability to turn around strong, clean copy in a deadline setting.

    - Working knowledge of social media to engage fans and promote content.

    - The ability to engage fans on GamecockCentral's message boards.

    We intend to quickly fill this position. Please send resume, cover letter, references and samples of (or links to) your best work to brian.shoemaker@gamecockcentral.com.

    No calls, please.

    Many thanks for your interest in this position. And thank you for allowing me to post on this forum.
  2. Tommy Deas

    Tommy Deas Member

    This is a very good gig for someone.
  3. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    Who is leaving? This sounds like -- and I could be wrong -- David Cloninger's job.

    Don't know much about the working conditions, but Gamecock Central does a good job covering the Gamecocks.
  4. ConorRevell

    ConorRevell New Member

    This sounds like a great gig. With Frank Martin down there, I expect the South Carolina program to improve.
  5. SirTypeAlot

    SirTypeAlot Member

    An alternative to being at a newspaper while still having newspaper responsibilities and more. Great gig for someone needing big-time sports experience. Columbia isn't the best town in SC, but it's nice enough and offers plenty. I'd go after it in a different life.
  6. Leo Mazzone

    Leo Mazzone Member

    Heard this was filled not long after this ad was posted.
  7. FreddiePatek

    FreddiePatek Active Member

  8. FreddiePatek

    FreddiePatek Active Member

    DC moved over to The State to cover the same beat
  9. Brian Shoemaker

    Brian Shoemaker New Member

    Hello everyone.

    Dave, after working at GamecockCentral for five years, is moving to another outlet. This is his last week.

    And it's true that we've already filled the position. Word spreads fast, obviously, but an official announcement is a week away.

    Many thanks to those of you who applied. I'm still in the process of replying to everyone.
  10. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    Good for Dave. He clerked at The State when he was in college, so I'm sure he's always wanted to return there. Congrats to whoever Gamecock Central hired. Look forward to reading his/her work.
  11. Brian Shoemaker

    Brian Shoemaker New Member

    In the event that anyone is interested, the hires are official now. The State announced today that it's hired David Cloninger. David worked for GamecockCentral for almost five years. In addition, we announced today that we've hired Ron Aiken to cover the men's basketball and baseball beats. Thank you to everyone who applied.
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