Do you love sports? Can you at least pretend that you love sports convincingly enough to fool our readers? Did you ace high school English? Or at least have a good reason for failing? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should apply to write for us here at The Sports Post!
Here’s what you need to do:
Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Your name, your favorite sports, and a brief description of why you’d like to join the team. Describe any journalistic, blogging or otherwise relevant experience you might bring to the table. Provide us with two writing samples, minimum of 500 words each, preferably sports-related.
Once you submit your samples, we’ll take between 3-5 days to look them over and make a decision. Once we’ve done that, we’ll be in touch with you about what to do next. If you’ve been hired, we’ll get you started right away.
Now, before you start your application, here’s a bit of advice on how to get accepted:
1) Proofread! Proofread!!!!! PROOFREAD!!!!!!
I don’t know if you’re a good writer, but I know you have the capacity to not be a bad one. Learn the correct way to use commas. Don’t throw around semi colons willy-nilly just because they look cool. And, most importantly, spell correctly! Nothing kills a submission faster than seeing something like “Payton Maning.” Please don’t forget about the basics.
2) Back up your arguments
If you think Tony Romo is the best quarterback in the NFL, you’re probably wrong, but you’re certainly not doing yourself any favors if you don’t at least base it off of something. Never make a claim you can’t back up. This is not ESPN First Take. We are not in the business of shock value unless it’s warranted.
3) Find your own voice
What do you offer that nobody else does? Look at it this way: if The Sports Post is a team, what is your role? Are you the Kyle Korver-like three-point shooter off of the bench? Do you hustle and play defense? Are you the floor general? Don’t get me wrong, we give our writers practically unlimited freedom to do what they like, but it certainly helps if you have a certain area of expertise that we can rely on you for, and more importantly, it helps to have a unique style of writing specific to you and only you.
4) Be creative
While things like game recaps and general responses to news stories are important, we recognize the importance of offering content that other sites aren’t providing. We write articles like zombie drafts, and we debate about which players are most likely to eat lunch in their cars. We are unique, and that’s what we’re looking for out of our writers. If you don’t have any crazy ideas, at least find a way to make the mainstream your own. There is no more valuable trait to us than creativity. If you have that, you have a future here.
Now that everything is out of the way, all that’s left to say is: good luck and we hope to hear from each and every one of you!