This role reports to the Editorial Lead and works closely with our content editors, marketing team and sales team.
Gecko Five is seeking a remote, part-time writer to cover Football, Gaming and Culture. Day-to-day responsibilities include pitching and writing original reported football, gaming and culture stories (both short turnaround and longer lead), evergreen, service stories, and trend pieces about topics in Europe’s Top 5 major leagues, African football (national and leagues), esports and gaming, and general football culture.
A passion for football and what moves fans plus an innate ability to trend-spot in the fields are crucial. Examples of the kinds of articles you’d work on include this interview with top player Thomas Partey on opportunities for African football; this season hair trend piece; and how players are dealing with the lockdown.
The majority of stories will require the writer to find sources, conduct phone interviews, and cite peer-reviewed studies. A network of industry contacts and go-to experts (think agents, pundits, and footballers) is a plus.
Candidates must have availability to work 3 days per week during business hours, WAT. The writer will work remotely and communicate with the Editorial Lead throughout their shift.
Write 6 to 8 500-word stories per week comprising a mix of pitches and assignments
Stay up-to-date on the latest football trends and research and influential opinion leaders in this space to produce authoritative content
Manage ongoing assignments, including conducting interviews and follow-ups
Applicants should have at least 2 years experience covering youth/millennial themed topics at an online publication
Ability to turn in clean, well-sourced, accurate copy in a timely fashion
Comfort covering sensitive topics
A sense for what makes a Gecko story
Familiarity with SEO best practices
Excite and inspire with an infectious curiosity and optimistic approach.