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Job Listing: Regional Content Contributor

Remote, U.S. base preferred

The GIST - Regional Content Contributor

Location: Remote, U.S. preferred

The GIST is a female-founded startup that is all about leveling the playing field. We create sports content, experiences and community that are by women and for all sports fans, mainly through our free, localized twice-weekly newsletter that gives you “the gist” of what’s going on in the sports world in an authentic, fun and female voice. Our vision is to become the go-to source for sports for underserved fans. 

Since launching in July 2018, we’ve grown our community to over 160,000 GISTers across North America, have worked with brands like DAZN, Columbia University and adidas, and have been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 2020

As The GIST continues to grow across North America, we’re looking for another kickass Regional Content Contributor and sports lover to join our small but mighty team. Reporting to The GIST’s Head of Content (HOC), you’ll be responsible for writing city-specific sections for The GIST’s twice-weekly newsletter (sent Mondays and Thursdays).

If you’re a self-starter with a passion for and knowledge of sports, a great sense of humor, an ability to work to a deadline, and a hunger to level the playing field in the sports industry, then this is the job for you.

What you’ll be doing

  • Writing city-specific sections for the Monday & Thursday edition of The GIST’s twice-weekly newsletter (which means writing Sunday & Wednesday afternoons/evenings) in accordance with The GIST’s editorial standards
    > The region will include writing for up to three cities by the end of 2021
  • Selecting which city-specific sports stories will be featured in the newsletter
  • Working closely with The GIST’s HOC, your regional editor, and the North American newsletter team
  • Contributing creative ideas to continually improving The GIST 
  • Occasionally participate as talent in video, audio, and event-based content for your region
  • Occasionally appear at (virtual) events on behalf of The GIST
  • Have the opportunity to write longer-form articles, guides, deep dives, and interviews
  • Have the opportunity to grow into a bigger role with The GIST

What you’ll need

  • Writing/communications experience of at least two years is preferred
    > Experience writing newsletters/short-form content is an asset
    > Experience writing in a brand voice is an asset
  • Undergraduate degree
    > A degree in Journalism, Editing, English, Sports Media, or a similar field is considered an asset
  • A flexible Sunday and Wednesday night schedule, because sports
  • Proficiency in writing with the American Style Guide
    > Strong writing, spelling, and grammar skills

We’re looking for someone who... 

  • Is calm as a cucumber under pressure and is able to react quickly to breaking news 
  • Has strong sports knowledge and intuition 
  • Is a sports fan who’s able to sift through the news and pick the most important stories 
  • Has a very high-level of sports knowledge coupled with the ability to contextualize sports news/rules/events
  • Has strong journalistic integrity including fact-checking
  • Has experience working toward a deadline, and can work quickly and efficiently 
  • Has a collaborative and sports-loving spirit 
  • Must value hard-work and teamwork
  • Passionate about leveling the playing field in the sports industry
  • A quick and resourceful learner who can thrive in a fast-paced, evolving startup setting and is able to grow with the company

This a part-time (two newsletters per week) three-month contract remote role (U.S. base preferred) with the opportunity to extend. 

What we offer

  • The opportunity to be part of a female-founded, hard-working, growing and fun team that is looking to level the playing field in the sports industry
  • An opportunity to write about and cover a broad spectrum of sports and cities 
  • An opportunity to grow as a writer and into a larger role with The GIST
  • Competitive wage 
  • Flexible hours
  • Flexible vacation 

Are you picking up what we’re putting down? We hope so. So, what’s next?

Write us a couple of newsletters. You read that right, you’ll be writing two newsletters to simulate what it would be like if you were our Regional Content Contributor. We want to see what your city-specific GIST newsletter would be like without our influence.

Send us a newsletter anytime between 6-11:59 a.m. ET on Monday, November 23rd AND on Thursday, November 26th (highly suggested you write the night before). 

Send the newsletter to thegistnewsletter@gmail.com with the subject line: The GIST - Regional Content Contributor - Your Name. 

After that, we’ll be requesting resumes from candidates who wrote our fave newsletters. Candidates with the best newsletters and most applicable resumes based on the qualifications above will be asked to do a remote interview the week of December 15th. The start date is TBD. 

Here are some newsletter-writing tips:

  • You choose the city you want to write for, but remember the city news should only be one section. The rest of the newsletter should be U.S.-based news that everyone in the country would care about. 
  • Use this recent newsletter as some sort of a guideline for you. We want to see if you can write in The GIST’s brand voice.
    > If you’re not yet, subscribe to one of our city-specific newsletters so that you can see what the newsletter looks like for an additional city-specific section. 
  • The newsletter should not be longer than 1,500 words. 

About The GIST

We started The GIST because as both casual and avid female fans, we often felt like we were left out of the sports conversation and community. The current sports media outlets made us feel like sports were only for an avid male sports fan. We wanted to change that because we think sports are, and should be, for everyone. 

This problem stems from a major lack of diversity in the sports industry — only 14% of sports journalists are females, only 4% of sports media coverage is on female athletes, female athletes receive only 0.4% of endorsement money and less than 5% of c-suite executives in sport are women. So it’s really no wonder why sometimes sports can feel like a guys thing. The GIST exists to change these stats. 

That’s #thegist of it. We can’t wait to read your newsletters and hope to meet you soon. 

P.S. any questions? Learn more about The GIST here or email us at hi@thegistsports.com