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JOB OPENING: Writer of Major Sports, Blackhawks/NHL beat


The Chicago Sun-Times is a distinctly Chicago news organization, with a laser focus on telling stories that matter to the working people of Chicago. We are seeking an experienced sports beat writer to cover one of our city’s most storied franchises, the Chicago Blackhawks — a job that will require the successful candidate to break news, effectively use social media, embrace video reporting and podcasting and travel internationally.

Responsibilities

  • Provide factual, accurate, fair and balanced coverage of the Blackhawks organization, its players and the NHL
  • Break news, both on the Blackhawks and the NHL
  • Write a mix of stories, including “instant gamers,” analysis stories and long human-interest features
  • Be the face of our Blackhawks coverage, both in print and online through video reporting and podcasts
  • Work with the Sun-Times audience and visual teams to develop video, infographics and other interactive elements that engage both digital and print readers — with some of these elements to be used to promote stories on social media
  • Use social media to interact with fans, including during games, and to promote one’s work

Skills Required

  • Write clearly on tight deadlines and thrive in breaking-news situations
  • Produce multiple daily stories with multiple elements (text, photo, video)
  • Team player with excellent news judgment
  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field
  • Daily experience covering a major pro or college beat is a must, with daily NHL reporting experience preferred
  • Commitment to work long hours following team at home and on the road — and during weekends and holidays
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally (passport required)
  • Working knowledge of social media, including Twitter and Facebook

All candidates must submit three samples of work to provide evidence of the ability to excel in this position. Please send these clips or links to your work — along with a resume and cover letter with “Blackhawks beat reporter” in the subject line — to cdeluca@suntimes.com and jobpostings@suntimes.com. (No phone calls, please.)

Posted: 8/31/2018

This is a non-exempt (union) position. Sun-Times Media Productions LLC does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law.