The Gainesville Sun seeks a full-time sports columnist to provide commentary and analysis on the world of sports in Gainesville, primarily the University of Florida.
This columnist must be able to write timely and compelling columns on tight deadlines; produce unique content for multiple Web platforms; and deliver insight and opinion on a wide range of local sports topics, with an emphasis on the Gators. The columnist may have to occasionally write a news story or feature and also will have the freedom to write columns on a variety of topics not exclusive to the Gators, from pro sports to high school sports.
The successful candidate will be well-versed with social media, able to engage readers through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, live chats, podcasts and video. They will be encouraged to be the face of our Florida coverage and consistently interact with UF fans, including getting out in the community via public speaking appearances. We want someone with a strong personality who will push the emotional buttons of our readers and viewers, making them think, laugh, cry or get angry.
In addition, the successful candidate will have a strong understanding of journalistic ethics, AP style, accuracy, sports rules d concepts, statistics-keeping, interviewing skills and relationship-building with sources.
To be considered for the position, applicants must have at least three years of experience as a sports columnist. Applicants must apply online; no phone calls or emails, please.
This is a full-time, exempt role. Benefits offered include medical, dental, and vision insurances; company paid life and long-term disability insurance; 401k; employee assistance program; and paid vacation, personal, sick and holiday time.
Interested and qualified candidates, please apply here and upload your materials combined into one single document with as much of the following as possible: your updated resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the position, and your portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. **It's important that these items be combined into a single document attachment/upload (preferably in PDF format). The application will only allow one document upload. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration.
In addition to a resume with references, please provide three samples of your sports columns, and a cover letter answering the following questions: What have you done to increase creativity as a sports columnist? What have you done to engage your audience? What unique skills make you the ideal candidate for this position?