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January 22, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Help Wanted: Writers, Editors


SoxProspects.com is seeking applicants for the positions of Staff Writer and Staff Editor for the 2016 season. See below for details.

Help Wanted: Staff Writer

Position Overview: SoxProspects.com is looking for a Staff Writer to join the staff through at least November 2016. The primary responsibility for the position will include covering breaking news stories during business hours, such as promotions, signings, the draft, and awards. The new writer might also be asked to contribute to our Weekly Notes feature. There also may eventually be opportunities for enterprising writers to attend games in order to write feature stories for our News Page.

Applicants must have some prior professional or collegiate writing experience and must be willing to take initiative and seek out tasks without a lot of managing from editors. Applicants must also have a reasonable amount of availability to write during business hours (Eastern Time). This is an outstanding opportunity for an aspiring writer to gain experience - members of the SoxProspects writing staff have gone on to write for ESPN.com, Baseball Prospectus, the Baltimore Sun, MLB.com, and MiLB.com, among other outlets.

Position requirements
  • Minimum commitment through at least November 2016.
  • Prior writing experience is necessary. College-level writing experience and/or writing coursework preferred. 
  • Strong attention to detail required.
  • Must have a professional attitude and demeanor.
  • Willingness and availability to post breaking news stories in a timely fashion during business hours.
  • Basic word processing skills necessary, basic web content editing skills a plus (e.g., formatting posts, linking to web pages).
  • Familiarity with AP style preferred but not required.
  • Proximity to Red Sox minor league affiliates useful, but not required.
  • A basic familiarity with SoxProspects.com and with the Red Sox minor league system is necessary. Top-to-bottom expertise is not necessary, but the more background the applicant possesses already, the better.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
Compensation
This is a volunteer position, as are all positions on the SoxProspects.com staff. However, we still expect professional-level applications.

Help Wanted: Staff Editor

Position Overview: SoxProspects.com is seeking applicants for Staff Editors to join the SoxProspects.com staff at least through November 2016. Primary responsibilities of the position will include scheduled editing the Cup of Coffee game recap every morning during the season in a timely manner as well as editing of other breaking news pieces that must be written at various times through the day and week. There may also be opportunities to work on pre-editing feature stories by our writers. This position could later be expanded to include writing on news and feature stories if the applicant has the desire and shows aptitude. 

Applicants will be required to show proficient ability editing for spelling, grammar, and style. Although editing experience and proficiency with AP style are not required, both are strongly preferred. This is a great opportunity for an aspiring editor/journalist to gain some experience and exposure in the field.

Basic Requirements
  • Minimum one-year commitment through November 2016.
  • Proficient writing and editing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with AP Style is highly preferred.
  • Basic word processing skills, including hyperlinking and adding images.
  • Must be able and available to review and edit the Cup of Coffee every morning prior to 7 am during the season.
  • A basic familiarity with SoxProspects.com and with the Red Sox minor league system is necessary. Top-to-bottom expertise is not necessary, but the more background the applicant possesses already, the better.
  • College-level academic writing/journalism coursework strongly preferred
  • Professional attitude and demeanor
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
Compensation
This is an unpaid volunteer position, as are all positions on the staff. That being said, we still expect all applications to be professional. 

If you are interested in applying for either position, please email chatfield@soxprospects.com by 2:00 pm ET on January 22, 2016. Please provide a basic overview of your skills and experience with respect to the requirements outlined above. Resumes and writing samples are not required, but they can't hurt either. We look forward to hearing from you!

 
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