As the Northeast Ohio Media Group looks to redefine their coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of long-time scribe Mary Schmitt Boyer’s retirement, the group that spearheads Cleveland.com and The Cleveland Plain Dealer are looking for a beat writer. But not a Cavaliers beat writer per se—a LeBron James beat writer.
James’ return to Cleveland has been the talk of the summer in the sports world. With standard, robotic, lede-quote-stats game recaps going the way of the rotary phone, NEOMG wants to make sure they’re ahead of the curve when it comes to covering one of the biggest stories in Cleveland. From the job description:
Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You’ll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You’ll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA.
Kudos to NEOMG for breaking the mold among newspaper-based outlets. The changes they have made to their Ohio State coverage has been noticeable. They’ve also started to break the mold a bit in their Tribe coverage. The intriguing aspect of this specific position, however, will be what sort of access, if any, is provided to said writer outside of the typical scrums and scheduled appearances. Here’s hoping it involves investigative, non-deadline, writerly items as opposed to the mere repackaging of others’ reports.
You know what they say: Prose over pose.1
- Actually, I’m not sure anyone’s ever said that. Ever. [↩]