BRFCS is seeking a volunteer trainee journalist to join its news team. The position is for an initial six-month period with the possibility to extend for one year until the end of the 2013-14 season. Applications from candidates who intend to embark on a career in journalism are especially welcome.
BRFCS is the longest running and largest online community of Blackburn Rovers fans from around the globe. It serves its community through the BRFCS.com website and also engages in local community activities. BRFCS has as its motto By the fans, For the fans and has been run as a not-for-profit community project since 1996 by fans working on an entirely voluntary basis.
Although the site is run on a voluntary basis, BRFCS is fortunate to be able to draw on professional expertise to maintain its own servers, develop and run a high-traffic messageboard and create original, high-quality content for publication via its front page. The new volunteer trainee journalist will have the support of this network and will benefit from the expertise and the opportunity to get real-world experience of sports journalism at the cutting edge. In principle, no remuneration or costs will be provided for this position.
As a BRFCS volunteer trainee journalist, you will
learn from a respected and accredited investigative sports journalist
learn from an experienced editor
work with a team with many years experience in online publishing, media and advertising
work with our extensive network of contacts in the media world and gain professional experience
build a recognised portfolio of published sports journalism work on BRFCS
get help towards getting such things as full press accreditation.
The volunteer trainee journalist is expected to have solid writing skills and be familiar with social networking media and online media. Moreover, in order to take full advantage of the support available, it would be a distinct advantage to be resident in the Blackburn area. This will allow you to attend interviews, press conferences, etc., at short notice.
Suitable personal qualities are essential to working in an environment that requires initiative, a sense of purpose and an appreciation of the importance of fostering and maintaining good working relationships. The successful candidate should
have the ability to work independently
have the appetite to learn and develop professionally
have good morals
be reliable, trustworthy and discreet.
To apply for this opening, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday, 25 January 2013.
A cover letter, stating how your contribution would fit into your career plans
A sample article of around 500 words appropriate for the news section of the website on a Rovers-related topic of your choice (match preview, player profile, history piece, opinion piece, etc.)
The names and contact details of up to two referees
Interviews will be carried out shortly after the application deadline.