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December 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Help Wanted: Web Editor & Copy Editor


SoxProspects is opening two positions for 2019! We’re looking for a Web Editor and a Copy Editor to join the Staff in January. We're seeking a commitment through at least the end of 2019, but ideally we’d find a couple new staffers who will want to stick around for the long-term if there is a mutual fit. 


Web Editor: The primary responsibility of the Web Editor will be updating certain pages of the site on a timely basis after transactions occur in the Red Sox system. The primary pages that need to be updated each transaction are the Transactions and Roster pages and each player’s page. Other pages occasionally need updating for a limited number of transactions, including the rankings pages, 40-man page, draft history and international signings pages, and the ex-players page. The hope is that the Web Editor will eventually take lead responsibility for these updates, with a handful of other web editors available to make the updates when needed. 

Applicants should have regular availability to perform the above tasks, including reasonable flexibility during business hours (ET) if needed. Overall, the estimated time commitment is about 3-4 hours per week during the season. The busiest time of year, by far, is from the June draft until the August 31 waiver trade deadline (extra backup is available during that time).

For requirements, we are primarily looking for someone with: (1) the availability and flexibility listed above; (2) a basic familiarity with SoxProspects.com and the Red Sox minor league system (you don’t need to be an expert); (3) a perfunctory knowledge of HTML or web editing programs; and (4) exceptional attention to detail. 


Copy Editor: The hope is that the Copy Editor will edit 3-4 Cup of Coffee columns per week and also about 25-35% of our other columns and features. In total, the commitment is maybe 2-3 hours per week during the minor league season, and much less in the off-season. 

Applicants should ideally have prior collegiate (or professional) writing or editing experience. It’s also very important that the applicant have a reasonable amount of availability to edit during business hours (ET), and the ability to edit the Cup of Coffee either early in morning (at or before 7 am) or late at night (often in the 11:00 pm hour) for 3-4 days per week. We also hope that applicants will have a very strong attention to detail, some knowledge of AP style, and a basic familiarity with SoxProspects.com and the Red Sox minor league system. Top-to-bottom expertise is not necessary, but the more background the applicant possesses, the better.


Additional Details 

For both positions, we’d love a go-getter that can work on their own without much hand-holding or oversight. The whole staff works remotely, so there is little-to-no face-to-face interaction, and we all have real jobs. So the expectation is that after some onboarding the new hires will take the bull by the horns and run with it.

Working for SoxProspects.com is an outstanding opportunity to gain experience! Members of the SoxProspects staff have gone on to write for ESPN.com, Baseball Prospectus, the Baltimore Sun, MLB.com, and MiLB.com, among other outlets! And other than the site’s founder, the rest of the site’s ownership group all started as volunteer staff members. 

These are both volunteer positions, as are all positions on the SoxProspects.com staff. However, we try to hold ourselves to a high standard. We will only consider applications that are thoughtful, organized, and professional. If you are interested in applying, please email info@soxprospects.com by 2:00 pm ET on January 11, 2019. Please state what position(s) you are interested in and provide a resume, a basic overview of why you are interested, and a note about your availability as it relates to the open position. We look forward to hearing from you!

 
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