We have lots of positions available!
November 23, 2015 by Charlie Eisenhood in Other with 2 comments
Ultiworld is hiring!
Our reporting continues to become more in-depth as we grow as a website. We are looking to continue that trend as we expand our team by hiring some new staff. And, yes, we mean hiring — these are paid positions. If you are interested in getting involved with a fast-growing, high-quality sports journalism brand, we want to hear from you.
Currently we are most interested in filling the following positions:
Disc Golf Editor
Ultiworld is strongly considering the launch of a new disc golf-focused vertical. Disc golf is growing at as fast a clip as ultimate — perhaps even faster — and the vibrant disc golf community needs a news source that keeps up with it.
We are in search of an editor for our disc golf coverage. This will be a significant part time opportunity that may include paid travel. The ideal candidate may be someone looking to supplement another freelance or part time job, or someone looking for a flexible work arrangement.
The exact responsibilities are somewhat flexible, but will include some of the following:
- Vision: Help ensure that Ultiworld is covering the right stories, and guide our coverage.
- Writing: Ability to offer perspective on news and players of interest.
- Editing: Ability to guide writers on stories and direct our coverage at a high level. Copy editing a plus.
- Hiring: There may be some input on the hiring process for new disc golf writers, when the time comes.
- General strategy and consulting: This position will have a sizable influence on the website’s launch, featured content, and daily operations. The ideal applicant will be enthusiastic and knowledgable about disc golf.
In general, our current leadership’s knowledge of disc golf is not deep in the way it is about ultimate. We are looking for a candidate who is both an experienced writer/editor and a knowledgable disc golfer. Insight or interest in the disc golf news cycle (i.e. burgeoning pro tours, PDGA happenings, top tour pros) a plus.
Applicants should send a resume, 1-2 writing samples, and a short description of their potential availability; cover letter is optional.
Copy Editor/Fact Checker
We are in search of a talented copy editor that loves the gritty details of writing. This position will include grammatical and typographical copy editing, fact checking scores/teams/rosters, and making sure our copy is sparkling.
This is a perfect job for someone looking for some supplemental income that wants an extremely flexible schedule.
Long-Form Feature Writer
We are looking for one or two strong writers interested in working exclusively on long-form features, profiles, and reporting. The ability to interview a wide range of people on varied topics is a must. Experience writing 2000+ word articles or essays is a plus.
Writers should expect to work closely with Ultiworld editors to produce some of the best-written content that we publish. The ability to write on deadline is less important than the ability to tell a great story.
‘Improve Your Game’ Writer
This position is directed primarily at high school coaches, college coaches, or elite players in leadership positions that are well versed in teaching new or intermediate players how to play ultimate. The ability to distill teaching content into a clear, digestible format in writing is vital. Topics can vary widely depending on interest and skill set, from throwing to cutting to defense to training.
If you’ve been told you have a mind for the game, love watching video, or just think you can contribute to high level discussion of elite teams, we want you. As video becomes more pervasive and team strategy deepens, Ultiworld continues to invest in team breakdowns, tips for players, and analytic content.
This position doesn’t require any technical video experience or weekend availability; if you’re the right fit, then we can be flexible. Most of our analytical pieces are done in a longer timeframe, using a team approach to brainstorming and writing together. The end goal is clean, crisp, and polished pieces that bring offline Ultimate expertise to our online readers.
Requirements include a strong understanding of the game, individual initiative to explore video, and a natural dedication to create polished final products; a streak of perfectionism is a plus. Incentive-based pay for particularly well-crafted articles is available.
Applicants should include an outline or draft for a video analysis piece in their application. The outline, 100-200 words, should include the major themes that an article might address, specific plays showing the themes, and a couple video time stamps (from anything easily available online) that would correspond to the specifics. A narrow topic (i.e. why this particular reset system of Team X works) is much preferred to a broad one (i.e. the offensive schemes that Team X runs).
Feel free to share multiple ideas, but only one outline is needed. Send outline and any other relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Not necessarily interested in writing long pieces breaking down video, but still think you could contribute to Ultiworld’s analysis team? This position is for you.
We are looking for club coaches, cerebral elite players, or possible others that can break down a game and really explain why a team, player, or scheme is successful. Work could include assisting writers on analysis pieces, contributing to Ultiworld video broadcasts, writing analysis pieces,
Select Tournament Reporters
We are looking for smart, capable writers/reporters/editors who know their local Ultimate community well. This position will be a blend of writing, facilitating coverage on a regional basis, and helping develop Ultiworld around different parts of the country. Be on the ground during a weekend of competition and follow the stories, interview players, and write about the teams. This is the fundamental work we do at Ultiworld — become a part of it.
We are particularly looking for reporters to cover Men’s and Women’s college ultimate in the upcoming season. We need particular support in the Midwest.
The ability to travel on (some) weekends for tournament coverage is required. (All travel expenses are paid). Writing, reporting, or editing experience preferred, but not required.
Except as indicated otherwise, to apply for any of the above positions, please send an email to email@example.com with your name, your credentials, why you would be a good fit for Ultiworld, which position you are applying for, a journalistic writing sample if you have one, and three story ideas relevant to your position. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.
In general, we are looking for writers who can complete at least one piece per month, though obviously specifics may vary depending on position (analysis pieces may be less frequent, tournament or semi-pro coverage may include multiple articles in a weekend, etc.). If you think you could contribute to Ultiworld, but not specifically for one of the above positions, let us know! We are always looking for great people and new ideas.
Questions and comments can be directed to the same email address or left in the comments on this post.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!