Northern Football Writer

 

Location LEEDS, UK (HYBRID)

department CONTENT

Type full time

Minimum Experience MID-SENIOR LEVEL


ABOUT FOOTBALLCO

Footballco is the world’s biggest dedicated football content and media business. Reaching more than 400m football fans across the world each month, and with a growing roster of brands including GOAL, Voetbalzone, and Spox, no one else has our reach or depth of understanding within the game. With over 300 employees globally, we’re a young company with some established brands and serious investment behind us. Our future starts now…


What’s the role about?

We are hiring a Northern Football Writer. The successful candidate will focus on covering Manchester United and Manchester City, but be ready to turn their hand to the north’s other Premier League clubs when necessary. They will write news, opinion and analysis articles for the GOAL network, as well as make appearances across audio and video.

We need someone with the vision to shape the way we talk about club football and its personalities. It’s not enough to just be a beat writer—how do you use your unique position covering the club to make supporters feel a closer connection to the teams, the cities, and you?

This position is based around being close to Manchester - our nearest GOAL office is in Leeds, where you would occasionally come in. We offer competitive compensation and a bonus scheme.


HERE’S A BREAKDOWN OF WHAT YOU’LL DO (NOT ALL OF IT, JUST THE MOST IMPORTANT STUFF) 
  • Write news, opinion and analysis articles on Manchester United and Manchester City for publication on a daily basis and provide these for the GOAL network and local edition in line with agreed deadlines

  • Be prepared to cover big stories at Newcastle, Leeds and Everton as and when they break

  • Attend home and selected away matches, providing insights that you can only get from being in the stadium - in the form of the written word, but also social and video content

  • Embrace GOAL's network - so you can keep across Manchester United and City stories from around the world and also contextualise the clubs for an even wider audience

  • Promote your work and the best of FootballCo’s content via active engagement on social media channels


DO YOU HAVE THESE ESSENTIALS?
  • Experience covering a major football team up close - preferably Manchester United

  • Finger on the pulse of what Manchester United and City fans care about, and what the mood is around the clubs at any given moment

  • Creative, independent thinking to develop stories, as well as the ability to work within a team

  • Clean, accurate copywriting with an ability to write to deadline

  • An interest in analytics, data, and using data to drive insights and performance

  • Experience of podcasting and/or video work would be a significant advantage

You should include the following to apply:
  • Links to relevant pieces of content that demonstrate what you could bring to the role

  • A few short paragraphs explaining why you'd be a great fit for this position

  • A CV

Footballco is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, colour, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category. 

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