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Positions vacant at Scotzine: Sports editor, Fan Bloggers, Vloggers & more

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Scotzine are on the look out for fans, bloggers and the next generation of sports journos who are looking to gain a platform to showcase their work and to promote their voice. But be warned some journos believe that online websites and those who write for them are no marks and extremists – can you handle the criticism?

We are looking for a wide array of contributors who are dedicated to covering the Scottish game across the leagues – not just the top flight.

So whether you want to write about the club you support, cover matches in the SPFL or even become our HFL, Lowland or Junior League correspondent – one thing is a must! You must be dedicated and meet deadlines that are given to you. We have dealt with far too many individuals who promise the earth but deliver nothing and we are having to be cutthroat now in who we select to work with us.

Some of our past contributors have went onto write for several mainstream publications in the UK and abroad – while we hate to see them go, we know that for many we are merely a stepping stone to greater things – especially if you want a career in sports journalism.

Can you produce features that draw readers in? Can you keep abreast of all the news in Scottish football and help keep Scotzine up to date with all the goings on? Can you debate the major issues? Are you opinionated on what is happening at your own club? Then you would certainly be welcome at Scotzine.

As a Scotzine writer, it is up to you to inform, to interest and to challenge the readers’ views and debate the issues in a reasoned and fact-based manner.

Positions vacant

Sports Editor

Scotzine’s sports editor will play an important role in the growth of the website. The successful applicant will oversee the Scotzine Sports site.

The Scotzine sports editor will make sure that the site has a consistent approach alongside our main football site, with a high standard of coverage that would help Scotzine Sport become the number one independent sports site in Scotland.

The ability to innovate and identify new opportunities editorially and commercially is a must. The successful applicant will report to the Editor for Scotzine.com and work closely with our team.

Position is voluntary, however commission is earned on advertising revenue brought into the website.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:

To oversee growth in audience traffic, profile, credibility and coverage of our sports site.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Manage and oversee growth of Sports site by developing a clear and concrete strategy.
Coordinate, develop, and implement content in collaboration with the existing editorial team and writers.
Manage all the editorial tasks – proofing, editing and publishing of work.
Work with our sales/commercial executive to maximize revenue opportunities.

KEY PERFORMANCE GOALS:

  • Build and maintain strong editorial team within the Sports site.
  • Meet agreed engagement levels for Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and other social media targets that will be key to driving traffic to the sports site.

PERSONAL COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Journalism experience, preferably online.
  • Previous management experience.
  • Strong communication skills, ability to manage remote teams.
  • Excellent news sense and journalism skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Sport.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Connections or ability to create connections within Scottish sport.
  • The ability to speak English fluently and write in English.

If you are interested please contact Scotzine editor Andy Muirhead at editor@scotzine.com for more information.

Social Media Assistant

Scotzine Sport is looking for an individual to play a key role in expanding our social media team. We are looking for a Social Media assistant to drive content, reader engagement and page impressions towards our website.

The candidate will report to the Editor of Scotzine Sport and liaise with the editorial and sales team with person’s main task to increase engagement, increase page views, followers and ultimately help increase revenue for Scotzine Sport.

The role is voluntary [unpaid]and ideally suited for a student looking for experience. You will be working as part of a team to ensure our coverage meets the needs of our readers.

Ideal candidate will need to have excellent spelling and grammar, along with being a fast but accurate typist. As assistant you will be attending sports events and press conferences producing content for the Scotzine Sport website and its social network platform.

If you are interested please contact Scotzine editor Andy Muirhead at editor@scotzine.com for more information.

Digital Media/Advertising Sales Executive

Hard working person with a good telephone manner required to sell internet, print and radio advertising for our sports website.

This is a home-based self-employed opportunity working on a commission basis only, tasked with generating new business and dealing with existing clients. The more revenue you bring in, the more you earn.

You should have similar experience either selling a digital product or media sales and you should be looking for a role where you take the lead with minimal supervision.

A great opportunity for a person with a flair for sales looking for more experience.

General

Must be results orientated and strive to achieve over-achieve targets
Needs to have a working knowledge of how websites are created
You must be able to negotiate and close deals
Must have longevity in their employment history
Will be polished, intelligent and articulate
Must be well presented

Areas of Responsibility

  • Meet and exceed Targets. You will need to generate web and sales related activities that will enable you to meet & exceed targets.
  • Liaise with customers regarding their contracts with Scotzine.
  • Arrange meetings with potential clients to negotiate and close deals.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with all key customers. To be active in minimising the risk of turnover.
  • Develop new ideas for website advertising opportunities.
  • To create and maintain database with accurate up to date information.
  • To provide regular feedback/reports to the Editor on a weekly/monthly basis. When required, you will need to attend and present relevant information.
  • Contacting customers to ensure prompt payment of invoices..
  • Maintain a sound knowledge of relevant issues within sports advertising markets.

If you are interested please contact Scotzine editor Andy Muirhead at editor@scotzine.com for more information.

Match Reporters

Scotzine has press access to the majority of SPFL clubs from the Premiership to League Two, HFL, Junior football and the womens game. With that in mind, we are looking to increase our match reporting section of the website and need professional and reliable individuals to represent Scotzine.

You will be producing match reports of the games you attend, along with post-match interviews with managers and players.

MUST have a digital voice recorder to do post match interviews.

Fan Bloggers

We are looking to build up a network of fans who can contribute a minimum of an article a week dedicated solely to the club they support.

Producing match reaction, opinion and feature articles.

All SPFL clubs need covered – so get in touch with Scotzine editor Andy Muirhead at editor@scotzine.com for more information and to send a sample article.

Vloggers

We are looking for video bloggers to produce content to help build our Youtube channel – covering SPFL, Scotland, HFL, Junior and Womens Football.

From interviews to press conference post mortems to opinion pieces and much more – we want to take our coverage of the Scottish game to the next level.

Scotzine cannot provide any equipment for this role so you must provide all the necessary equipment. No webcams and all footage must be of excellent quality, sound and lighting.

Get in touch with Scotzine editor Andy Muirhead at editor@scotzine.com for more information and to send some samples of your work.

As mentioned, we are not in position to pay writers for content. However, Scotzine been a starting platform for many fantastic journalists who have gone on to be very successful with their own sites, as well as work for publications and websites such as ESPN, FourFourTwo, Metro.co.uk, Daily Record and many more.

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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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