A good afternoon to you, Insiders, and safe travels through Thursday traffic to get to tonight’s State of the Franchise event. There are a pair of openings at LAKI HQ as Lindsay Czarnecki and Bo Hamby have moved on. Lindsay continues to get prime assignments at FOX Sports 1, which requires more travel than in the past, so she will be handing the Reign’s reins over to a new reporter, while Bo just began his first year at Columbia University, where he’s working towards a master’s degree in journalism. You’ll always be able to follow both – and please do! – at @LCzarnecki13 and @hamby_bo. That ne’er-do-well James Nicholson is also reachable at @ulyssesjim, though his timeline is largely related to alpaca shepherding.
So! There are two positions open, and they’ll be filled by late September. You can formally apply through Teamwork Online by following links on this page, but if you send your documents to jonnyrosen-at-gmail-dot-com, that also suffices as an application. Please be kind and attach a cover letter and resume if you are applying via email. Writing samples are always welcome.
Now, the next two weeks – THAT’S WILLIE’S TIME. I’m about to head on vacation and will take a look at some resumes and applications on the flights but otherwise will not regularly be responding to ORI/LAKIA queries. Focus will really shift to these two positions the week of September 4-8.
So, job descriptions. First, Ontario Reign Insider!
The LA Kings seek a multi-talented individual to operate a digital-based platform for LAKingsInsider.com and serve as a beat writer for the Ontario Reign hockey team on a part-time basis. The platform provides interesting, newsworthy and engaging stories on the Kings’ top farm affiliate with a structure similar to LA Kings Insider but with the reporter’s own, unique voice.
-Travel to Ontario for select practices and all home games to provide regular Ontario Reign “beat” coverage on a part-time basis
-Watch and cover Ontario Reign road games via AHL Live
-Write compelling features, news stories, game recaps, analysis, and blog posts
-Build and cultivate relationships with Los Angeles and Ontario’s hockey operations, business operations, reliable sources and readers
-Publish written, photographic and video content for LA Kings Insider, Ontario Reign Insider and LAKings.com
-Assist in LA Kings coverage and other duties assigned by LA Kings Insider beat writer Jon Rosen
-Previous sports reporting and/or beat writing experience required
-Candidates should have at least two years experience working for a print or online news organization.
-Excellent written, verbal and communication skills
-Strong knowledge of brand value
-Ability to produce quality high volume work
-Unrivaled knowledge and passion for hockey
-Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment
-Regular ability to travel punctually to Ontario, California
-High degree of professionalism when interacting with internal and external contacts
New Bo LA Kings Insider Associate!
-Developing a close and collaborative working relationship with LA Kings Insider, Ontario Reign Insider, Kings employees and broadcasters, and journalists that cover the team
-Downloading and transcribing audio files after practices, morning skates and road games via Dropbox
-Gathering quotes during post-game home media availability and posting them along with multimedia to LA Kings Insider
-Compiling, formatting and posting advanced stats such as zone entries and exits and scoring chances
-Posting links to stories written by the media of opposing teams on the morning after games
-Additional writing, broadcasting and storytelling duties as assigned by LA Kings Insider
-Assisting the digital and public relations teams at Kings home games at STAPLES Center with photos, video, and other game day tasks when called upon
-College Degree preferred
-Candidates must live in the Los Angeles area, have their own means of transportation and be available for the vast majority of the 41 home games and a heavy majority of all 41 road games, plus preseason and playoff games and most practices and morning skates
-Knowledge of social media use (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) in a professional context
-Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines and evolving responsibilities
-Understanding of the implementation of advanced stats in the modern game
-Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and strong grammar, along with 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 decorum
-Strong knowledge of the Kings and the sport of hockey
-May be eligible for college credit, subject to company guidelines