My name's Christopher Novak, the manager for Big East Coast Bias, SB Nation's Big East basketball blog and your source for everything about your favorite basketball conference and mine.
Over the past year, Big East Coast Bias has been growing a ton and as the year 2015 continues to roll on, we're looking to keep up that trend and make this the best possible place to write, read, and enjoy for community members and for our staff.
So with that said, we want you to help join our team.
What type of people are you looking for to join Big East Coast Bias?
That's a great question.
Right now, I'm looking for two different types of employees: Those who are interested in writing, and those who would be willing to help us win on social media platforms.
It's been proven across the SB Nation network that these two things are integral to success. For Big East Coast Bias, this is no different. In 2014, 16.5 percent of visits to our website came via social media (i.e, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). This was fourth amongst traffic sources, with organic searches, referrals, and direct visits coming in the Top 3.
However, through the first 13 days of 2015, there's been a change in the dynamics. 35.2 percent of visits to our site have been coming in through social traffic. It's a big reason why we've posted record-setting days for our site in 2015, and we believe with even more help from you, we can continue to dominate across the social media landscape and help our site grow even more.
If you happen to be someone that's super-duper interested in writing and writing only, I would love that. If you want to help us continue to net victories on social platforms, that'd be awesome too. If you're BOTH of that, then that would be a heck of an asset for us.
What does joining Big East Coast Bias entail?
Another good question.
If you're a writer, and strictly a writer, here are some of the responsibilities you may come across.
- Developing viewing guides for games
- Composing game previews
- Gathering halftime notes for games
- Generating recaps and in-depth analysis pieces for postgame reports
- Scribing interesting feature articles, focusing on players, coaches, the conference itself, etc.
- Putting up weekly awards/poll rankings posts
Also, it has to be said that these positions, currently, are unpaid. If you're in it for monetary reasons, I suggest you look elsewhere. Also, you may be granted access to collegiate events but it's not necessarily a guarantee. Telecovering events isn't all that much different from getting access at games. But of course, as with anything, it can be discussed at a later time.
Social media/shortform-er responsibilities
- Helping out with our FanShot/shortform game. It's a vital piece of the puzzle and it's where we've generated a ton of traffic in the past.
- What do these include? Tweets. Links to news articles. Instagram pictures and videos. Vines. YouTube videos. Pictures that are tweeted. Anything out there that isn't a major story. If you want examples of these, feel free to check out our FanShot section. If you're thinking to yourself, "Is this important enough to put on the website?" Chances are, more often than it is not, it will be important. The Internet is chock full of surprises. When in doubt, #PutItOnTheWebsite.
- You'll have to, no doubt, have a Twitter and/or Facebook account. Having Instagram/Vine wouldn't hurt, but since most if not all of the Big East teams' accounts are all public anyways, this isn't necessarily required. You'll mainly just need to be a very good scavenger.
- You will likely, if a team is to be generated, have to communicate with everyone involved before posting anything to the site to avoid confusion. So a "responsibility" that may have to be undertaken is to have strong communication skills developed so that you can let everyone know of what's going on. I might create a Google group for discussion on this if a team is in fact developed.
- If you're 'dominating' social media or the Internet as well, composing a daily links thread, like some other SB Nation sites do, may be helpful as well.
How do I apply?
Easy question. Send along an email to email@example.com. Feel free to send along some writing samples if you have them. If you don't have any, that's fine. But you might be asked to compose some, so just be prepared.