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The Daily Player
Posted: April 21 2015
Company Location: Mercer Island, WA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 12 Part-time, Paid
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DescriptionThe Daily Player website may be in beta, but we already rank No 1 on Google for the 'sports snark' keywords. Look it up.
We're seeking interns to contribute items for our target market: males, 22-49, who have at least some college education, are upwardly mobile, and think for themselves.
One of our meta tags is 'sports with a twist of Onion,' which conveys our attitude. There are enough sites out there to detail scores and stats; we're more interested in presenting features from a writer's personal perspective.
Our items are usually short form, but our first rule is that there are no firm rules. Strong writing skills are essential, as are a biting wit and an aversion to cliches. A basic understanding of HTML for adding links, video, and graphics is a plus, but not required.
Check the site for format and sample items. Seriously. If you're not aware of what we do and how we present it, you have no business submitting an application. That's not us being arrogant; that's a fundamental industry prerequisite.
Writers can select their own topics and frequency of submissions.
This is a non-exclusive, work-at-home opportunity, and to be absolutely clear, it's an experience-over-money situation. It is definitely *not* a unicorns and rainbows gig. All writers are expected to prove themselves over time. We don't need to hear how much someone wants to be a writer; we need to see motivated, confident, prepared individuals who are ready to prove it and learn something in the process.
We'll e-mail detailed instructions once an inquiry is accepted.
ResponsibilitiesContribute creative items on a regular basis that show originality, credibility, and cleverness without being indulgent.
RequirementsImagine you're in a sports bar, reacting to what you're seeing on screen. Write that way. Feel free to add cultural references such as memes and entertainment clips; just know if you don't, we will.
While we prefer a conversational narrative style, we still expect the basic rules of grammar to be in evidence. Fluent research skills are essential, as we prefer backlinks to support an item's storyline in a sidebar manner, ie- providing additional information rather than being an echo of the story itself.
It wouldn't hurt to become familiar with Little Steven's Underground Garage via its website or Sirius channel. Our data has shown that this genre of music is the most successful in relation to our site. In short, when in doubt, go with the Ramones, what influenced them, and whom they influenced.
Our readers are well capable of free association as regards cultural references. Thus, writers have considerable latitude to be obtuse in the pursuit of satire or other forms of subtle humor.
This is an entry-level journalism opportunity. No formal experience is necessary. However, writers are expected to take note of edits made upon an item's posting and learn from the exercise. Editors' decisions will be final, of course, and they're available for explaining their decisions. However, they will not debate them.