The Oregonian/OregonLive is looking for a Sports Columnist to join its newsroom team covering pro, college and high school sports; sports gaming; and sports business.

 This position will provide commentary and perspective based on deeply reported facts and exclusive sourcing. The columnist will be part of a team that provides gameday coverage, recruiting updates, postgame analysis and enterprise reporting. This position involves working nights and weekends and sometimes requires extensive travel.

 The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to:

  • Build a vast and diverse network of sources
  • Write and report with distinction
  • Thrive on deadline
  • Produce columns at a frequent and sustained pace
  • Work irregular hours
  • Build and engage an audience through social media, text messaging and podcasting

Candidates should have a track record of reporting and writing interesting stories that promote social engagement. The ideal candidate is an excellent reporter with a distinct writing voice, someone who is equally adept and comfortable with hard-hitting accountability reporting, commentary, and human-interest features. Deep knowledge of sports at all levels and of all kinds is required, as well as understanding trends, issues, and industry norms.

This is a fast-paced beat in a dynamic, engaged community with passionate fans. The right candidate understands the importance of breaking news quickly and accurately, is versatile, and can add depth and a human perspective. Candidates should also be able to balance day-to-day column writing with longer-term enterprise projects.

 The Oregonian/OregonLive is a digitally-focused news and information company, paving the way for the future of digital news, yet remaining grounded in the ethics of solid journalism.

 Job requirements:

  • Degree in journalism, communications or related field or commensurate experience
  • Solid track record of accurate reporting and stylish writing
  • Proven ability to engage with readers respectfully
  • Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
  • Experience with search engine optimization practices
  • Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms
  • Understanding of social media and digital interaction

Contact name: Antonio Moore

Contact email: amoore@advancelocal.com

Contact phone number: 212-286-0822