How important is LeBron to northeast Ohio? How important is he to the local economy? Well, he’s directly responsible for getting one journalist a full-time gig. The Northeast Ohio Media Group, which handles the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com, is looking for a LeBron James beat reporter. Basically, a 2014 version of Brian Windhorst or in other words, a professional LeBron James stalker.
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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.
You’ll be the expert on LeBron James and what he means to Northeast Ohio, working from home, the road, coffee shops and our Cleveland office, analyzing and reporting on James’ personal sports statistics, his mentoring of younger players and his relationship with his coaches as well as his non-basketball forays in business, entertainment and other enterprises. We are looking for someone who can react to breaking news quickly and with skill, and who is resourceful in finding information about a sports star who often is inaccessible
You’ll need to bring a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and five years of experience to the table. Because reporting on what cupcakes LeBron sent to his neighbors requires a veteran journalist, obviously. This is like Pedro Gomez following Barry Bonds that one year—except with much shittier weather.