Editorial Positions

Sports Reporter

About the Position

As a sports reporter, you will be tasked with covering one of Cal’s varsity sports teams.

You are the go-to person for a particular sport and will have the chance to interview both coaches and players. Reporters in the sports department receive press passes to events and have the opportunity to develop relationships with the campus’s student-athletes — some of whom have gone on to become Olympic gold medalists (Missy Franklin, Nathan Adrian and Alex Morgan, to name a few) and/or professional sports athletes (such as Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch and Jason Kidd). The job requires curiosity and a love of sports above all else, but it also requires dedication and a strong writing ability. Previous sports writing experience is not required but is taken note of.

We are looking to hire beat writers (covering a Cal team) and bloggers (covering outside sports), with the expectation of writing 1-2 articles per week.

Application Materials

  • Resume with writing/sports focus if possible (PDF)
  • Cover letter (PDF)
  • 2-3 past sports-focused writing clips
    • You may create 2-3 mock sports articles if you do not have clips.
    • Please either save your clips as PDFs or create a single PDF with links to your clips.
  • Interview (invitation only)

Work Requirements

  • Writing recaps, previews and one feature on an athlete per semester
  • Weekly sports staff meeting

Leadership Opportunities

Sports reporters continue to advance to cover more coveted sports each semester that they are on staff. A staffer may go on to become an assistant sports editor or the sports editor.

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