The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is seeking a Sports Reporter. This person will cover University of Washington football and other topics as needed in one of the nation’s most competitive sports markets, and as the Huskies transition to the Big Ten Conference. This reporter will be a proven digital and print journalist who is a self-starter and equally adept at breaking news, analysis, storytelling and enterprise while building reader loyalty through thorough reporting and lively, authoritative writing. This position reports to an Assistant Sports Editor.
Schedule: This position requires a large amount of evening and weekend work, and the daily schedule varies. This position is largely remote, often at sports venues and with occasional in-office meetings or days. This reporter must live in the Seattle metro area.
Application link: https://seattletimes.applytojob.com/apply/sw75i3Wa5h/Sports-Reporter
- Prepare accurate, fair, balanced and carefully researched daily stories and longer-form enterprise stories to meet assigned deadlines. Seek a variety of sources for each piece.
- Write clear, focused and well-organized stories. Write with authority based on clear understanding of topic.
- Develop and maintain a strong network of sources at the University of Washington and within college football.
- Be a versatile reporter who can proactively report on breaking news, work on daily stories as well as long-range enterprise stories, and find stories off the beat that are relevant and engaging to our audience.
- Work closely with an Assistant Sports Editor and others to chart direction and make decisions on story topics based on our goals and priorities.
- Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in story choice, sourcing and framing.
- Use digital tools to monitor audience interest in stories and boost readership.
- Be willing to experiment, try new story topics and formats, and evaluate and learn from the outcomes of those experiments, always with an eye toward reaching audiences and driving subscriptions.
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom, and we encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.
- Experience: 2+ years of sports beat-writing experience at a daily newspaper or website required.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and experience.
- Must have thorough knowledge of, and deep interest in, college football and its history.
- Must have or quickly develop broad knowledge of University of Washington football and its history.
- Must have the ability to analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, fairness, etc., on deadline.
- Must have the ability to write clearly, accurately and creatively.
- Must be a proactive communicator who is organized and adept at planning.