In January, Scotzine hit its tenth year but since the start of the new year I have been slacking somewhat due to starting a new job and with the site’s stats increasing month on month – it is now time that I open up the doors to the website’s editorial team to take the organisation to the next level.
First off the jobs on offer are not paying jobs as such, they are profit-sharing. So the more money brought into the site, the more we all earn. But at the end of the day, I do not cover Scottish football for the money but because I am a Scottish football fan.
You are going to make a full time wage off the back of these roles – I don’t. I work full time Monday to Friday with an international outdoor retail company on top of the work I do with Scotzine and for other media outlets.
Over the years contributors have come and gone – with some moving on to positions with media organisations such as the Daily Record, Scottish Sun, Four Four Two and many more.
We are not making any guarantees though that if you write for Scotzine it means you will get a job with mainstream media outlets – that is down to you and the work that you do. We just give you a platform.
So what roles do we have on offer? Well first of all, these positions need to be filled by dedicated individuals who will contribute to the site regularly – at least three or four articles each week. If you cannot commit to this amount of work then please don’t apply – this amounts to a couple of hours of work a week we don’t expect you to spend days in front of your computer.
Football lifestyle editor
We want to build up our lifestyle section. Reviewing the latest boots on the market, new kit launches, even the independent brands dipping their toes into the market of football gear.
We don’t want the mundane and usual review pieces you get on other websites with one or two images, we want an individual or maybe a duo who will resort to written reviews backed up with glossy hires images to video content.
You will take the lead in talking to brands and retailers across the UK and beyond to get your foot in the door to bring our readers the latest information and reviews.
Football culture editor
Personally I am a football man and don’t focus or think much of politics within the game, but that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored from Scotzine’s coverage. Our cultural editor will delve into the politics within the game, within the different fan bases. Tell our readers what the ultras movement in the game is all about, the issues they are facing and talk to those in the know. But this role encompasses a lot of issues within the game and as editor you will have control on what you write about.
On top of all that, you will be reviewing the latest football magazines, fanzines and books on the market.
Lowland League correspondents
The Lowland League has been in operation for two seasons now and while we have dipped our toes into it every now and again, we need contributors to tackle the league and bring match reports, interviews and features to the site.
The likes of Stirling University, Spartans, Edinburgh City and East Kilbride to name a few don’t get a huge amount of focus in the mainstream media and that opens the door for our coverage. It may not be the dizzy heights of the Scottish Premiership but it deserves its own coverage all the same.
Highland League correspondents
Like the Lowland League, the Highland League – especially in the Central Belt – does not get enough coverage and while some sites have flirted with the league more should be done for a league that has the same drama, controversy and passion in it as any other league in Scottish football.
Junior Football correspondents
Some Junior clubs have bigger followings than many SPFL clubs and it is a huge market that we are missing out on. There have been many websites out there that have covered the good, bad and the ugly of Junior football over the years and we want to increase our coverage of the league. Match reports, interviews and features are a must for this league.
Scotzine was built first and foremost as a fan blog. It has grown since those days in 2006 to encapsulate much more than just fans opinions – but we want to keep our roots thriving and are actively searching for Scottish football fans who love to give their opinion on their own club, its players, the opposition, the referees and our game in general.
A new feature we are looking to introduce and one that I have wanted to produce over the past few years. We want to produce the Scottish equivalent to shows like Redmen TV. While that is our ultimate goal we are initially on the look out for Scottish football fans who want to take their views and opinions to youtube and produce content on issues related to our game.
As I mentioned earlier, all positions are unpaid but there is a profit sharing opportunity. Advertising revenue brought in on the back of your content will see a significant percentage heading your way – so the more you produce, the quality of it will draw in the readers and that in turn will attract advertisers. So it is beneficial for you to produce quality regular work.
If you think we are missing something from our coverage and feel that you can bring something fresh to Scotzine then please get in touch with us with your ideas.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact page to tell us about yourself, what you have to offer and what you are interested in. We would also like to see sample work from yourself and anyone who cannot provide work will not be considered for any of the roles.
Do not send your CV in. We don’t want to know you worked in a call centre or had work experience at McDonalds as a kid, we are more interested in what you can produce in terms of articles or video content.
You don’t necessarily have to live in Scotland to contribute to Scotzine, but it does help so that you can attend games and talk to personalities in the game on our behalf.
Deadline for all roles are pretty flexible but we are looking to have every position filled for pre-season to begin our coverage with a bang.