Under the direction of SFGATE’s Managing Editor, the Sports Editor will be a versatile journalist with a deep understanding of sports in general (bonus points for having an equally deep understanding of Bay Area sports, but not necessarily required) and enough intellectual curiosity to want to tell stories that matter to both the people who aggressively follow Bay Area teams, and the people who only casually do so. The Sports Editor will be able to toggle between fast-paced daily stories and the well-sourced, deep-dive features that remind people there’s more to sports coverage than simply game recaps, box scores and YouTube clips. We want someone who will dig deep to cover teams in incredibly unique ways, and find stories that fans didn’t even know mattered to them.
What you’ll do:
- Consistently have ideas — you’ll be given a blank canvas to tell stories that matter across a broad range of sports. You need to have a constant stream of ideas to paint this. We are absolutely not looking for someone to write game recaps and sidebars. What we are looking for is someone who can apply ambitious creativity to sports journalism.
- Be autonomous — this position comes with a lot of trust, to both keep an editorial calendar, meet deadlines, understand analytics and communicate with the copy desk, photo department and illustrators. You have to be able to do all of these things, and do them well.
- Be consistent — not only is this an idea-heavy job, it’s a writing-heavy job, we want someone who can move the audience with their features, to give them smart, bite-sized sports news items to keep them informed throughout the week, and have the planning foresight to make sure they have something really great lined up for weeks to come.
- Find emotional connections — we don’t want a feature story on Kyle Shanahan. Everyone has already written features on Kyle Shanahan. We want a feature on the burger bar near the 49ers old practice facility that gave away free food to players and staff after every win in the ‘80s. We don’t want a statistical breakdown on why George Kittle is the best player in the league. We want you to camp out at the Santa Clara Panda Express that Kittle visits every Monday and see what non-media availability George Kittle is like. We don’t want a story about the Raiders new stadium in Las Vegas, we want one on the groundskeeper who has been responsible for transforming their old one back and forth between the A’s and Raiders for most of his adult life. We want ambitious journalism, not press conference transcriptions.
Who you are:
- You have 3+ years of relevant experience in sports writing and editing at a publication or in a digital media environment
- You have a deep knowledge of all sports that spans beyond just baseball, or just basketball, and you have an equally deep understanding of the sports landscape and what impacts it — this is where a lot of great stories come from
- You live in the Bay Area or are able to move here once it’s safe to do so
- You have a passion for journalism and telling stories
- You’ve read SFGATE and have an understanding of the brand and voice