I have been at the helm of Beyond the Box Score for over a year and a half now, and I’m very thankful that this is the first time I’ve had to put one of these bulletins on the site. When I first arrived the site was dormant, but there was an extensive bench of talent to draw from to make my job easy. I made sparing hires along the way to fill a spot or two, and while some were better than others, I never found myself scrambling to find staff. As you yourself have seen on the site, we put out a pretty consistent stream of content given the limited number of writers we do have.
That being said, the time does eventually come when people en masse (aka more than one) decide to move on to greener pastures. We wish those people the very best, and we thank them for the time they spent with us and our readers. Now is the time to select a new crop of Beyond the Box Score writers and contributors, people who will hopefully create thought-provoking writing here for the foreseeable future.
Without further adieu, we have three current positions open, but they can easily be rolled into fewer than three if you show you can handle multiple responsibilities, and we are opening applications to existing staff as well who want to step it up:
- Staff Writer: The backbone of BTBS, for its history, has been the strength of its writers. We don’t have a history of seeding the baseball world with journalists, analysts, and actual baseball operations people without hiring the most talented analytical minds the internet has to offer. We are looking for two things: 1) being able to consistently write two analysis posts per week, and 2) being able to write well. I’ve seen both in my time here. There are people who write extremely well, but they aren’t really consistent enough to be a staff writer. There are also people who hit the deadline, but I spend an hour editing their typos. You need both to succeed and thrive here. This position will pay $90 per month.
- Social Media Producer: Even though we aren’t the biggest SBN site, we actually have one of the biggest Twitter followings of any of them; I’d say it’s weekly in the top three in terms of visits. A social media producer is responsible for tweeting thoughtfully and providing insight and driving up numbers, sure, but also being an engaging voice in the Twittersphere and can understand current events, memes, and online etiquette. I really do not want to find a Bad Tweet pop up, for God’s sake. They are also responsible for posting all articles and news items to Facebook and monitoring and engaging with commenters. This position will pay $100 per month.
- Editor: All of the above with regards to staff writer applies to Editor, who needs to coordinate with myself on staffing or scheduling or stories, edit multiple days worth of articles per week, and can write on their own as well, and can pick up the slack when one of the other editors is unavailable. This is a huge responsibility considering how small of a site we are, so consider the already-high standards for Staff Writer even higher here. This position will pay $105 per month.
Please send all resumes and writing samples to email@example.com by December 31st the latest, and we will contact as soon as possible to speak with you if we feel there’s a fit. Some of you have already preemptively reached out when I signaled this post would go up, so I didn’t forget about you, either. I wish everyone the best of luck and I hope to work with all of you soon.