To start, these positions will be unpaid. Down the road, there's a possibility of a (very) small stipend. Further down the road, your excellent work might just get recognized by someone with a mind to hire a person such as yourself on a full-time basis. (Though we can't pay you, we're going to get a lot of eyeballs on your writing.) That said, we also have room for people whose ambitions don't lie in the lucrative field of sports blogging -- although there will be a bare minimum expectation of one post per week for all of these positions.
Still interested? Here's what we're looking for:
Game day coverage. Game days are a busy time for us and we can use a wide variety of contributions. From writing game recaps to mining social media for pre-game injury news to moderating the game thread, there's no shortage of ways to pitch in. If you're the kind of person who watches every South Carolina game with your laptop open, ready to chime on Twitter (or in our game thread!), then you might be the person we're looking for.
Crootin'. We'd also like to augment our recruiting coverage. We already have coverage of commitment news and National Signing Day (although we could definitely use an extra hand or two). The main thing we need out of a new recruiting writer is the ability to leverage free resources (247Sports' recruiting data, Twitter, etc.) to round up recruiting news on a somewhat daily basis (frequency will likely vary throughout the year) and write longer analytical posts like this one or this one.
Hoops. While we have excellent basketball coverage here on the site, we could use another set of hands to help out. Basically, coordinating with our other writers to get previews and recaps up in a timely fashion, as well as helping us keep up with press conferences and other breaking news that takes place both in-season and in the off-season. So if you like Carolina basketball and want to write about it to a huge audience, we're looking for you to jump right in and help.
~~Mystery Box~~. Another thing we could use is someone to fill a role we don't yet know we need. If you've got a great idea for something we could be doing but aren't, let us know -- especially if you think you're the person for the job. This could entail anything from a weekly football feature to coverage of one (or many!) of the Olympic sports. One of the most beloved recurring posts on our site is someone describing what happens when he lets the computer play itself in a two-year-old video game. The possibilities are endless.
How to apply
Send a recent writing sample (preferably on the topic of sports) to connortapp [at] gmail [dot] com and gamecockman81 [at] gmail [dot] com. Include the vacancy you'd like to fill in the subject line. If you're not 100 percent sure that this is something you could commit to, writing FanPosts is a great way to test your stamina.
The last time we had a vacancy posting, we were looking for two fill two very specific needs. Many perfectly awesome and talented people applied but many of them didn't necessarily meet what we were looking for back in the spring. As you can see, we're a bit more broad with what we're looking for this time around, so if you applied last time but it didn't work out, apply again!