Editorial Positions

Sports Reporter

About the Position

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

During the academic year, 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).

During the summer, you are reporting on sports’ off seasons, reporting on the larger sports world, writing and reflecting about previous moments in Cal sports and working on the One Golden Moment podcast.

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 Bear Byte writers (The Daily Cal’s blog about the wider sports world), with the expectation of writing 1-2 articles per week.

Application Materials

  • Resume with writing/sports focus if possible (PDF, about one page in length)
  • Cover letter (PDF, about one page in length)
  • 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 and previews
  • Weekly sports staff meeting
    • Reduced workload option: The Daily Cal understands that some applicants may have disabilities and/ or extenuating circumstances that would prevent them from working a full workload, such as a necessary, paying job that takes up a significant amount of time outside of classes. If this is the case, applicants may choose to apply for a reduced workload position.

Leadership Opportunities

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