FishDuck.com Sportswriting and Editing Positions
Are we paid for Sportswriting or Editing? Our volunteer Positions and Internships are an unpaid three to five hours a week working for an All-Volunteer site that promotes Oregon sports and has been nationally recognized by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Volunteers and Interns often get offered better opportunities and paying jobs from their time using FishDuck.com as a platform to show their skills. Learn more and join us!
What is FishDuck.com? Go to the “About Us” page on the site. (Top menu bar)
When do we start? We can start right away.
How long is the Volunteer Position/Internship? It is for minimum of two college terms, or six months, and students/volunteers can stay as long as they want. We put a ton of time into helping you learn the Media Technology, our way of being a successful sportswriter and editor, and how to improve your writing skills. We need enough contributions back in return for the volunteer hours given to help writers and make worth our investment of time.
Most of our volunteers are not students, but have full-time jobs, families, and other activities but give three to five hours a week to enjoy writing or editing for the benefit of our 50,000 unique readers that come to us every month.
Do we have to be in Eugene to be in the Volunteer Position/Internship? (Where do I go to do the work?) Most of these positions can be done online, as one writer filed his article from Vienna, Austria and another did from a remote area of Cambodia another time. We have writers and editors from West Virginia to British Columbia and from Quebec to Miami, (all over!) because online is from anywhere in the world.
You will be taught how use one of most prominent online website platforms, WordPress, used on over four million sites. This is valuable experience with media technology and not only do we teach it to you, but we also provide the pictures (thousands) videos, and documents that give advice. If you can work with a Word Document…then you can operate WordPress. (It IS that simple)
As a Writer–how do I submit articles? When? How often? We talk with you about the type of category of article to write, and how often you are comfortable writing them. We place you on the schedule and you will get a link to that schedule so that you can be looking ahead to plan your research and writing.
After you place your article in WordPress, an Editor will be looking it over to help with word flow, punctuation, and overall writing advice to help you improve your craft and who is passionate about helping writers improve by catching the little things that people miss.
As an Editor-how do I edit articles?
We talk with you about how often you are comfortable editing and we place you on the schedule and send you the link to that schedule so you can check it at any time.
After a writer you are assigned to loads her/his article into WordPress, you (the editor) will be looking it over to help with word flow, punctuation, and overall writing advice to help the writer improve. Recently we had a writer get linked by a huge sports site, and he stated that it was the editor who offered advice who was the difference. Fun to be a part of!
Do I have to do Fact-Checking…or major Rewriting of articles? No on both questions! If a writer is lazy and gets busted on a fact by a reader—he/she is on a short leash with us. It is the job of writers to get the facts correct as our editors do NOT have the time to look up their topic; editors are to do what they like to do—edit!
The editor is not to do major rewriting for the writer; when a new writer submits something that needs a LOT of work? It gets sent back with advice on how to improve; we also provide a “Common Errors” document where you can write in an email to her/him to “go to No. 19 in the document and apply it to the second sentence of the fourth paragraph.” This way you do not have to write out a long explanation and give examples…and do it every week. We have that written out already!
Editors are to help with punctuation, sentence flow, and the awkward combination of words that sometimes writers need help with. (Like me)
When is time to edit? I’m on Eastern time! No problem, as we have other editors in the Eastern time zone as well. Our deadline is 3:00 PM Pacific for an article that is to be published the next day, so an editor can go in any time after the writer has let him/her know that the article is loaded and finished.
Let’s assume that there are some items that need to be changed? You would send an email to the writer with the bullet points of changes and then you would call the writer to let her/him know to check their email. (This way emails won’t sit for hours) Then the writer goes in and makes the changes. All is to be done at 9:00 PM Pacific for publication the next day. If it is not—the writer has a problem after that, not the editor!
Do I have to manage or discipline writers? No…If a writer makes the same mistake three times—you let me know and we talk to the writer from there. If you are interested in Management at FishDuck.com over time—those opportunities are available as well.
What style of editing do you use? We primarily use AP style with a bit a FishDuck.com variations that we would inform you of in advance.
When do I edit? How often? Either one night or week or two, and we work around your schedule and editors trade nights for events /vacations, etc. that emerge. We’ll work with you!
When you leave FishDuck.com later….you will be a better writer or editor, a master of Media Technology, and you will have an online portfolio there to show employers at any time!
What is in it for you guys at FishDuck.com? Good question as we are simply a group of fans who are passionate about writing, editing, and our beloved Ducks and we want to share it with our readers!
How to Apply: Email Charles Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-915-4541. To apply, email a cover letter and resume indicating which position(s) you are applying for. Please highlight relevant experience . Applicants should also submit two writing samples if available for determining assignment of assistants.
For the Retired? The majority of our writers are passionate Oregon fans who have full time jobs, families, and other interests (Some are even retired) yet weave in some time to write about their beloved Ducks every two or four weeks.)
FishDuck.com has this all-volunteer site get help with Writing, Editing, Photography, Research, serving 50,000 unique readers a month and visitors from more than 50 countries who read our articles. We seek to educate and entertain our readers with Football Analysis, Opinion articles with an emphasis of feedback coming from those who have been or currently are being paid to coach football.
We have been interviewed and cited/quoted as a source by the Wall Street Journal, and twice have been featured in prominent articles in the Online Sports Section of The Washington Post for our contributions to fans and coaches wanting to learn about the Oregon Spread Offense. FishDuck.com has even been accredited by Google News as an official Oregon Sports news source. Our football instructional videos have been viewed more than a Million times and we are UO Media Credentialed, sitting on Press Row in the Autzen Press Box and Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.