So here’s a story. I was a theater major in college. It was a lot of fun. I got to wear sweatpants to class, and instead of boring myself with useless subjects such as “Biology” and “Economics”, I took “Stage Combat” and “Clown / Physical Comedy”. I actually had three semesters of stage combat. I am certified to perform on stage with a quarterstaff, rapier and dagger.
“WHAT? WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? I NEVER ASKED FOR YOUR LIFE STORY,” you’re saying to yourself.
I’m rapping with you today because in my extracurricular time, I served as a broadcast analyst and eventually a color commentator and play by play broadcaster with my school’s hockey and baseball teams and gained incredibly valuable experience in sports broadcasting despite the fact that my school did not offer any majors or degrees in journalism. When it came time to leave college, I chose to enter into the field in which I gained extracurricular experience, not the field in which I earned a degree.
If you’re at all considering entering into a career in sports journalism, and you’re still in college, I’d like you to apply to serve as an LAKI intern / Kings beat writer for the 2013-14 season. As the exposition above notes, a journalistic background is welcome, but not necessary.
This is an internship for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful applicant must be enrolled in college throughout the entire 2013-14 season and will receive course credit, along with a leg up on their peers upon graduation. And graduation will come, by the way. College doesn’t last forever. :(
Advanced creative writing skills will be valued over any other ability. If you are a student that is not a member of your school’s newspaper, television or radio department, yet are still looking to enter a career in print or broadcast journalism, there is a door here open for you.
To apply for this position, click here.
-Providing comprehensive and objective reports and analysis as gained through interacting with players, coaches and other hockey figures at practices, morning skates and home games
-Developing a close and collaborative working relationship with LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen, as well as Kings employees and the broadcasters and writers that cover the Kings
-Gathering quotes during the team’s media availability and posting them along with multimedia to the LA Kings Insider platform
-Writing stories for LAKings.com
-Disseminating stories, reports and interviews via email and social media
-Assisting the digital team at LA Kings home games at STAPLES Center with photos, video, and other game day tasks when called upon
-Candidates must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and must be able to receive college credit for the internship
-Candidates must have knowledge of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Tumblr, Google +, Vine, etc)
-Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment
-Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and strong grammar
-Candidates must possess excellent organizational skills
-Ability to assist and learn 20 hours a week, including game nights
-Though a reporting background is not required, candidates must possess strong creative writing skills
-Basic knowledge of sports reporting ethics and rules
-Strong knowledge of the Kings and the sport of hockey