The Hartford Courant, a Pulitzer-prize winning publication, is looking for a sports columnist who is ready to capture and chronicle the athletic world in state well known for its passions when it comes to basketball, hockey, baseball and other sports. The right candidate will be responsible for covering the diverse sports scene of Connecticut, the happenings of athletes and programs connected to the state and national conversations and trends around sports. The right candidate should understand how to find great stories and tell them with a strong voice. Previous experience as a columnist is a plus but not a requirement.
The columnist will help create premium content for Courant.com and other digital platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission. The columnist will bring expertise and knowledge to their coverage areas and able to create the most compelling content the newsroom has to offer in text and other forms, including, when appropriate, video, audio, podcasts, Facebook Live events, etc. They will have exceptional writing and reporting skills and be fluent in assessing audience through basic metrics and publishing on other platforms such as social media. They will be prepared to promote themselves, their work and The Hartford Courant through social channels, in broadcast media and at live events.
The columnist must be self-directed and consistently deliver superior work with little direct supervision. They often work long and irregular days and hours, sometimes on projects with demanding deadlines, and travel when necessary. The sports columnist must possess initiative; creativity; good news judgment; attention to detail; self-direction; the ability to multitask and meet deadlines; the ability and desire to work with a team; a strong command of the English language and a commitment to accuracy. They should have a sophisticated understanding of digital trends, social media and audience metrics.
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