The offseason is an excellent time to take a step back, evaluate what we have here, and determine what we need to make the site better. The past few years of Gonzaga basketball have been the most fun ever, and next year is looking to be even better. When I took over this site from Zach and Max, all I ever wanted to do was keep on keeping on, with the underlying goal of constantly improving to become the best gosh dang Zags resource on the internet.
Contributing at TSSF is a rewarding experience, especially if you are either in the camp of A) enjoy writing, or B) looking to build a portfolio to create a career in writing. Landing my day job (gasp, I know, this isn’t my day job) was greatly assisted by plopping this on my resume. I’ve been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and generally been assailed as a moron by random strangers. Trust me when I say this, I wouldn’t take it back for anything.
Ok we got it with the words Peter. What are you actually talking about here?
I want this site to improve, and to get it to improve, Keith and I need some help. We both enjoy kicking it around here, and I want to find writers who will join us in our endeavors. More voices typically equals more perspectives, and this is only a good thing. As such, I’m opening up a call for TSSF, specifically for the following:
- Writers capable of writing approximately 500-700 word features, generally focusing on analysis of the team, current happenings, game previews, recaps, etc, 2-3 times per week. This can be a time commitment, but it is interesting how enjoyable a deep statistical dive into Josh Perkins three point shooting can be one of the best ways to spend a Tuesday evening. Consistency is the key here: I want folks who want to be on staff, and can be relied to be on staff.
- Writers who are interested in helping us cover the women’s basketball team. We had one for a short while, and it was fantastic. One of the things I have wanted most to do since taking over the site was also provide a forum for the Gonzaga women’s team, who by all rights deserve a forum for their success. Contrary to what the common snide undercutting mentions on Twitter suggest, go figure, I don’t have the time to cover both the men’s and the women’s team to a level of quality I want. There is nothing wrong with asking for help: Help us write about the women’s team.
Both me and a friend are interested. How do we get in on this sweet gig?
First off, shoot me an email at email@example.com. If you have some writing samples, please provide some, because that helps let me know if you have a better handle on editing and grammar than I do. The writing samples don’t necessarily need to be about Gonzaga basketball, but it helps.
I heard writing on the internet is the most lucrative job out there. What is the compensation?
I like to say that writing on the Internet pays beer money. Not beer money at events beer money, but beer money buying a six-pack and drinking at home in the dark because the money doesn’t cover the electric beer beer-money. If you are looking for health benefits or money to provide food for the family, I am sorry, but I cannot offer you this. If you are looking for a small addition of funds to the wallet you can save over the course of 12 years to buy a ticket to Saint Mary’s in Spokane, this is the job for you.
So again, if you are interested, or know someone who is interested, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!