Join the Scotzine First Team Squad: Bloggers, Students, Journos & Fans wanted!


bloggerThis season has seen an unprecedented level of coverage by Scotzine in Scottish Football. We have sent our match reporters and photographers to games across the country and at all levels, but next season we are looking to take our coverage to the next level and leave our so-called competitors in our wake.

Whether you are a blogger, a fan, a student journalist or a freelance journalist looking to comment on the game at any level within the Scottish game – Scotzine can provide you with a platform to reach on average 110,000 unique hits each month. Your work will also be showcased on the popular News Now network.

We have to point out first and foremost that all work is done on a voluntary basis, any money that is taken in by the site in terms of advertising revenue is ploughed back into the site to cover its costs. All work will be credited to the relevant author and we can provide references to those who are looking to take their career in football journalism to the next level.

Some of our previous contributors have gone on to bigger and better things. They now write for Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, STV Sport and New York Times for example. I do have to point out though that they were already talented bloggers, student journalists and freelancers, we were there to add to their experience and we thank them for their work.

Scotzine aims to expand their coverage further in season 2013-14, getting bigger and better. We know that we can always improve our product and certainly do not claim to be the best this or the best that – we let our readers make that distinction if they so wish.

So with that aim in mind, we have listed the roles we are looking to fill below. Whether you are a fan, a blogger, a student journalist or a freelancer – you are open to apply for any of the positions listed – although we do ask that you provide samples of your work when applying for the role that has caught your eye.

Positions vacant

      We already have two writers that preview both the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League, so we are looking for individuals to review the SPL and the SFL action. With games on Saturday and Sunday, we would be looking for the weekend/midweek round-ups to be published that night or the day after at the latest. We are not looking for match report length details in the round-ups, just the main talking points covered along with the score.
      We are looking for match reporters to travel to games across Scotland to cover SPL, SFL, Junior and Women’s Football. Producing match reports and interviewing managers and players after the game all to a deadline. Reports must be sent to us by the night of the game unless already pre-arranged to do so a day later.
      We already have several reporters who cover the Central belt and sometimes in Inverness/Dingwall area, but we are also looking for reporters to attend games up and down the east coast, down into Dumfries & Galloway, as well as the Highlands.
      Do you love the facts and the figures behind Football as much as the game itself? Scotzine is looking for individuals who can provide us with weekly articles on the stats behind matches and not only that but there is a monthly slot in our online magazine for a Stats column – it could be yours if you can prove that you are the right man or woman for the job.
      Given the rise of some quality tactical blogs on the net, looking at the way teams are set out, their strengths & weaknesses and how goals were scored or conceded. Scotzine is looking for individuals to produce regular content in regards to the tactical analysis side of the game. Again articles looking at a specific game must be published no later than the day after the game – to keep it fresh in the mind of the readers.
      We are looking for contributors who are not shy of asking questions, not to shirk away from the tough but yet important questions that the fans want to hear answers too. Do you love to write about the history of the game, legendary footballers or teams in the history of the game? Can you go out and secure your own interviews with football personalities who play or used to play?  Then why not become one of Scotzine’s Feature Writers? This role is a free-for-all position. We do not ask you to write articles on a specific subject, we allow our feature writers to select the issues they want to cover – subject to approval of course – then get on with it free from restriction.
      We are looking for fans to blog about their club. They do not need to be bloggers, they do not need to be student journalists or journalists at all. All we ask is that you are passionate about your club and can put that down into words for our readers. We are looking for our fan bloggers to write a minimum of one article per week – and not a match report – we are looking at specifically match reaction and opinion pieces.
      We already have a number of clubs taken by our bloggers already. We aim to have all club covered for the start of the new season. The following clubs are still free: SPL – Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell. SFL – Airdrie, Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Hamilton Accies, Livingston, Albion Rovers, Alloa, Arbroath, Ayr United, Brechin City, Forfar Athletic, Queen of the South, Stenhousemuir, Stranraer, Annan Athletic, Berwick Rangers, Clyde, East Stirlingshire, Elgin City, Montrose, Peterhead, Queens Park, Rangers, Stirling Albion.
      At present we have six dedicated match photographers. Because of the number of games that we aim to cover, they cannot cover all of them. So we are looking for Photographers who are looking to build up their portfolio by covering games up and down the country.
      The position is voluntary only, however we can provide access to football grounds across the country for you to provide Scotzine with match photos and to aid you with building that experience up. The images would stay copyrighted to yourself, however Scotzine can use said images for any aspect of our website. All photographers must adhere to the rules and regulations set out by the governing bodies in terms of commercial use of match photos.
      We do not provide the necessary equipment needed to do this role, so you must have the appropriate professional equipment. Along with your email you must tell us the type of equipment you have, so that we can verify that it’s not run of the mill digital cameras that folk take on a night out. We would also like you to provide us with some samples of your work.
      We have a number of proposed features we are going to roll out next season, one of these being regular video footage of games, interviews, press conferences, review shows, vodcasts and documentary-style shoots. So with all that in mind, we are in need of a crew with the necessary equipment to shoot, edit and produce our programmes. We already have a whole host of ideas that we are looking to implement, but anyone coming in to fill this role will have a major say in what we shoot and what we produce.
      If you are applying for this role please provide a sample reel or two that showcases what you can do.

If you want to know more about what we look for in the way of structuring and other general questions about producing articles for the site and magazine then take a look at our Write for Us page.

To apply for any of the positions listed above, please email Andy Muirhead – Editor of Scotzine – at editor@scotzine.com. Tell us a bit about yourself – the team you follow, how old you are, any experience in football and/or journalism – and more importantly you need to send in sample work for us to look at. If you have a blog please publish the link in the email also.


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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