Do you like writing about the Cleveland Browns? Are you interested in being a front page contributor? Then we may have an opportunity for you. We currently have one opening available -- you would receive a stipend of $100/month upon agreeing to write 20-25 posts per month. Applicants should treat this as a committed hobby, with the potential to use the experience you gain on your resume in the future.
Here are the requirements and a description of the job:
- There will be a requirement of 5 posts per week, or 20-25 posts per month.
- Must be available to contribute at least one post on Saturday and one post on Sunday per week during the offseason.
- One of the primary duties of this position will require you to listen to taped audio segments online (i.e. 923thefan.com, espncleveland.com, or browns.com) and transcribe unique interviews from Browns players, coaches, and front office personnel. You should have the patience to download segments, and constantly pause and rewind the segments until you have an accurate transcription. The interviews to be transcribed will be assignment-based (request from Chris) and writer-initiated (on your own accord).
- Your remaining posts will vary depending on any other Browns- or NFL-related news you can turn into a post, either by assignment or your own accord.
- Although we appreciate hard-core, rufio- or Krupka-like analysis, it is not recommended that you apply for this position if that is the only thing you are interested in doing. Simply put, you will not be able fulfill the 20-25 post requirement because it would be too much work. If you feel like you can do a balance, you're still more-than-welcome to post analytical pieces, but just be aware of the time commitment involved with that. Generally, all posts should be at least 150 words in length.
- You can consider this an entry-level position in sports media. A journalism degree (or pursuit of one) or experience in sports media writing is preferred, but not required.
- Strong writing skills and the ability to edit your own work is required.
- Having a good grasp of presentational skills and technology in writing is preferred, but can be guided through training. Examples of this include knowing when to use paragraph breaks, bulleted lists, utilizing graphics, emphasizing text, and utilizing a posting interface.
- The desire to learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO) when structuring your headlines is required (don't worry, it's very simple).
How to Apply: If you are interesting in joining our staff here at Dawgs By Nature, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a relevant subject line. Here is what you should include in your "application" --
- First and last name
- DBN username (if you don't have one, put N/A)
- Cover letter - this should be two paragraphs in length. Examples of what you could talk about include your writing experience (if any), why you would like to write for DBN, what type of posts you could see yourself writing, etc.
- No formal resume is required. If you have writing samples (particularly in sports), please include a link to them or an attachment. This is not required, particularly if you have been a regular commenter at DBN over the years.
We will be accepting applications over the next week or so, but could start considering applicants sooner than that, depending on the volume and type of candidates who apply. We have a search committee of staff writers who will go through the applicants, narrow down the field of candidates, and then make final recommendations to me.
We will also accept applications for non-paid contributors and will consider outstanding candidates who want to post sparingly as a member of the DBN staff. However, we may choose to not add any non-paid contributors at this time.
UPDATE (6/12/14): Thank you to everybody who submitted applications. We will now begin our review process.