Philly.com’s health channel is launching a sports medicine/fitness section in September, and we are looking for a seasoned journalist to serve as editor on a contract basis. This is an ongoing assignment. Freelance in the Philadelphia area is strongly preferred.
Aimed at sports fans, weekend warriors and people facing sports-related conditions, this new section will provide:
• in-depth coverage of the latest research on prevention, procedures and rehab
• advice, tips and insight from a panel of world-class experts
• follow-up reporting on sports injuries among prominent athletes and celebrities in our region.
• a medical library providing detailed information on common injuries
• Resource guides to fitness tools, apps, gear and providers
• An active presence on social media generating conversation and engagement
At the center of the section will be a lively, active blog, combining advice from a wide-range of experts from the region, with news briefs and original reporting.
The sports medicine editor will take day-to-day editorial responsibility for this new area. The editor will be expected to work 20 hours per week. Pay will be $3,000 per month. Much of the work can be done from home, although her or she will need to come into our offices at 8th and Market Street in Philadelphia for weekly meetings. The editor will also need to be available for quick-turnaround blog entries.
Duties will include:
• Editing the blog that will be at the center of the initiative, including writing and reporting at least three entries per week and working with the expert contributors
• Overseeing posting of news coverage and other external content from the Inquirer, Daily News, wire services and other partners we plan to bring on board
• Developing and editing additional content around sports medicine, including feature articles, crowd-sourced initiatives and data/maps/charts
• Actively promoting the content internally and externally
• Other editorial tasks, as needed
The sports medicine editor will need:
- at least three years of experience in journalism as a reporter and/or editor
- strong reporting and interviewing skills
- interest in and experience with sports medicine and fitness issues
- experience working with doctors and other medical experts to produce compelling content
- understanding of social media and how to engage an audience
- ability to work well in a highly collaborative environment