Sports editor

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The sports editor will coordinate a staff of sports reporters (sometimes including a senior reporter) covering sports-related news (events and in-depth reporting), and will be specifically expected to:

  • Write a minimum of one story per week, along with a column
  • Put together large, special sections or supplements for home games, or as required
  • Work with reporters to generate story ideas during weekly sports desk meetings
  • Coordinate at least one enterprise story per reporter per semester
  • Line edit stories prior to publication to identify problems, such as libel, inaccuracy, wordiness or lack of clarity
  • Assist reporters in writing and improving their work
  • Become extremely familiar with the rules of Associated Press and Review style
  • Ensure that all areas of sports are regularly covered. At the minimum, the sports desk must regularly cover college intercollegiate athletics, Club Sports, and major professional and college sports, as appropriate
  • Coordinate with the photo and graphics departments to ensure as many stories as possible have a visual element with them by posting photo and graphic tip sheets, talking in person with the photographer or graphic artist and when appropriate, by sending reporters out with a camera
  • Issue blog posts and/or Twitter alerts as necessary. If sports news is breaking on a reporter’s beat but he or she is unavailable, the sports editor should disseminate the news.
  • Assign reporters breaking news stories, blog posts or Twitter alerts as necessary
  • Be available to line edit stories throughout the day as breaking news emerges and stories are posted to the Web site
  • Advise the editor-in-chief and managing editor on issues in assigned beat areas
  • Communicate to managing editor when stories fall through or coverage is changing
  • Meet daily deadlines and ensure reporters do as well
  • Assist in the finding of sports reporters
  • Ensure that all sports reporters are effectively utilized and receive ongoing training
  • Attend required staff meetings, and schedule and lead weekly desk meetings with reporters to discuss problems and plan coverage
  • Monitor the news daily to keep abreast of all issues that need to be covered and see that no pertinent news is missed
  • Set individual goals each semester to improve journalistic skills, and help others set goals each semester to improve their journalistic skills
  • Contribute to supplements as needed
  • Complete additional tasks as assigned

Direct supervisor: Managing editor