One of the things that separates WFNY apart from other Cleveland sports sites and blogs, is our commitment to continuing coverage on the weekend, when many, if not most sites and blogs go into hibernation. We are only able to do this thanks to our Weekend Crew, those special individuals that are willing to sacrifice a part of their weekend to post news and original features for our weekend followers.
Our Weekend Crew goes through changes periodically as life circumstances change. We’ve had six weekend editors since the sites’ creation. Some of our previous weekend editors have left after getting their Ph.D, getting married, new employment and so on. Shortly, we will be losing another weekend editor in Brendan Bowers as his circumstances have changed for the better as well.
We decided to post the position on the site and see who might be interested in joining the weekend team. Here’s what the position entails:
First off, this isn’t necessarily a paid position. WFNY does earn some revenue from it’s advertisers. That revenue is used in a few different ways. First, we pay the expenses of the site. This includes everything from hosting to design to whatever.
Second, we use some of the revenue to give back to readers and promote the site by way of prizes and giveaways. I can’t imagine a site in Cleveland that gives away as many prizes as we do. In fact I challenge you to find one. I imagine we are second only to major radio and media outlets, and some of their tickets are just handed to them by the teams to give away. We gave away 11 pairs of tickets for Cavaliers games this season, plus we’ve started giving away our 20 pairs of tickets to Indians’ games for the summer. We’ve given away books, shirts and so forth.
Finally, we do occasionally pay out what might be left among all the writers. So let me repeat, this really isn’t a paid gig.
We do it because we love Cleveland sports.
Our weekend editors are responsible for the content of one weekend per month. (They are not limited to this, but it is what we require.) On those weekends, they are responsible for:
- Two (1 each day) While We’re Waiting pieces, which are a place where we continue highlight the quality work of others, preferably op-ed type pieces that wouldn’t be replicated at WFNY but would still be solid fuel for discussion.
- Any time-sensitive breaking news or quotes worthy of headline posting (approximately 150 words).
- Box scores for all pertinent games, posted in a timely manner.
- At least one (1) feature piece of some sort each day.
What kind of qualities make a good weekend writer? First and foremost a passion to do it. Second, some ability to write. We understand that not everyone went to school for journalism. We didn’t either. Every day is a learning opportunity.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please take a look at our newly created “opportunities” page in the main header. We look forward to hearing from you.