Senior Sports Writer

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talkSPORT
Published
July 29, 2022
Location
London
Category
Online  
Job Type
England  
Remuneration
Paid
Closing Date
2022/08/14

Description

Your team:The talkSPORT website is viewed by millions of people a month, while we have more than 1.8 million followers on Twitter, a Facebook page with three million likes and a YouTube channel with more than 1 million subscribers. 


Your role:

  • We’re looking for a writer with previous experience of working for a sports website or newspaper to join the editorial team at talkSPORT.
  • Reporting to the website editor, you will write engaging sports news and feature content on a daily basis.
  • You will predominantly write about football so a strong knowledge of the game is essential, while you will keep track of other sports news too and have the ability to turn your hand to a variety of topics.
  • You will suggest ideas around the latest talking points in sport, cover games and events in creative ways, assist with editing duties and help promote talkSPORT positively to a wide audience online.
  • You will possess excellent writing skills, a flair for storytelling and a strong desire to learn and develop. 
  • Flexibility and adaptability is key, with an understanding that live sport largely takes place at weekends and unsociable times.
  • This role will be based in our offices at London Bridge, although you will be able to work from home on occasion.

Day to day you will: 

  • Write breaking sports news stories quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Report on live football games and major sports events
  • Turn guest interviews on talkSPORT into engaging written content  
  • Generate fresh ideas for content
  • Conduct exclusive interviews with sports men and women
  • Edit work of junior writers
  • Follow trends and analytics and use data to inform story selection

What we’re looking for from you: 

  • Passionate about sports journalism
  • At least two years experience in a similar role
  • An NCTJ qualification or similar
  • Skilled writer with ability to edit and proofread
  • Excellent knowledge of football
  • Always up to date with the latest sports news
  • Creative mind and an ability to think differently
  • Strong understanding of SEO
  • Adaptable and willing to work unsociable hours

We are Wireless: Our people create award-winning national and local radio and podcasts which have become destinations for millions of listeners across the UK, Ireland and beyond. Our success is rooted in delivering content our audiences love. Since Chris Evans returned to his spiritual home at Virgin Radio UK almost three years ago, the whole schedule has seen record audiences, and we’ve launched three more Virgin channels: Anthems, Chilled and Groove.  This year Graham Norton joined us for weekend mornings and we launched our first pop up station, Virgin Pride.  talkSPORT is the world’s biggest sports radio station, partnering with the Premier League, UEFA Euros, British & Irish Lions and many others to deliver live commentaries and analysis from the best in the business. Times Radio launched in June 2020 bringing together the peerless journalistic expertise of The Times and The Sunday Times with the world-class speech radio and podcasting experience of Wireless.  talkRADIO is at the forefront of radio broadcasting innovation with many shows streamed live on youtube from our TV equipped studio.  From FM104 in Dublin, to Cork’s 96FM, our Irish local radio brands are distinguished by their connections with their communities.

Life at Wireless

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group. 

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at Wireless supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support. 

In addition we also offer:

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.