Atlanta Falcons Beat Writer - Atlanta Falcons Football Club (Flowery Branch · GA)

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About the Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football club and member of the National Football League (NFL).  The team’s headquarters and practice facility are located on a 50-acre site in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  The Falcons’ NFL expansion franchise was awarded in 1965 and acquired by current owner Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot, in 2002.  Under Blank’s leadership, the Falcons have become one of the League’s premier teams on and off the field. 

About AMB Sports + Entertainment Group
AMB Sports & Entertainment is part of the Blank Family of Businesses comprised of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and PGA TOUR Superstore.
Who we are  
We use our core values as a compass to guide our decisions because they are our North Star.  If we live our core values daily, we know everything else will take care of itself.  We enjoy a culture rooted in giving back to others through our time, talents, labor, and financial commitment.  We are successful when we collaborate with and value each other like family, maintain a hunger to delight guests and continuously innovate, listen closely for even the smallest need for improvement, stand up for convictions, and genuinely own our responsibilities as if our name is on the outside of the building. 
Our Ideal Candidates
  • Actively Listen – Take an active role in listening by being present in the moment, using healthy body language, and ensuring joint understanding.  When we read between the lines and hear what others are saying and what they are not saying, we encounter amazing opportunities to go the extra mile in serving them.  
  • Collaborate – Realize that we are better together than we are alone.  We achieve much better results when others have the opportunity to add their diverse perspectives.  Be open to feedback and actively seek input from a variety of people at varying levels because the best ideas come from those who are closest to those we serve. 
  • Engage in Servant Leadership – Put others ahead of yourself even when it’s difficult.  Find opportunities to lead by example in the way you pitch in and help others.  Giving back to others is at the heart of what we do.  
  • Build Relationships – Cultivate trust in relationships by showing respect and sensitivity.  Invest time in helping others to continuously improve by listening to their ideas and helping them to continuously improve.  
  • Own Results – Own issues you encounter even when they are outside of your area of responsibility by taking action or seeking out the needed resolution. You are empowered and expected to take risks aimed at exceeding the expectations of our guests.  Take advantage of this rare opportunity by utilizing available resources.     

Position Summary
This is not a typical beat writer position for a typical team site. We are building to be the source for Atlanta Falcons news.

The Atlanta Falcons Beat Writer is responsible for creating daily, football-specific editorial and packaged content for Falcons digital, including the team’s official website and social channels.

This high-profile, fast-paced, and challenging opportunity requires organizational skills to help create a clear football story calendar. The Atlanta Falcons Beat Writer must be efficient writing clean, engaging copy under heavy deadline pressure. This person must pride themselves in delivering thorough coverage of the team, including every key storyline, to ensure that is a one-stop destination for the storylines fans are interested in. Our beat writer must also showcase a high degree of interest in football to provide in-depth analysis and to help establish credibility with our avid fans, yet identify when a bigger storyline emerges from a press conference that will draw more interest from a larger audience.

The Atlanta Falcons Beat Writer must be motivated by audience interests and stay on top of things that drive content performance and fan engagement. This person must have a strong interest in analytics and help play a critical role in getting more people to visit more often, and they must be able write in a creative, engaging way when the story calls for it - including search engine friendly headlines.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Takes great pride in that every key storyline is covered on, and first when possible
  • Helps create and manage a detailed editorial calendar for Falcons digital properties  
  • Aids in the growth of the Falcons editorial vision, voice, and strategy to help create more daily visitors and followers
  • Writes unique, compelling short- and long-form stories / editorials covering the Falcons, both on and off the field. Focus will be on covering press conferences, practices, games, individual players and coaching staff.
  • Maintains SEO best practices in creating content - written, video, or audio
  • Writes factual news reports with engaging storylines and headlines
  • Must build trust, strong relationships with players, coaches and football staff to find stories that others miss
  • Helps to shape and define a youthful Falcons football voice and perspective
  • Demonstrates aggressive growth in KPI metrics
  • Publishes articles, photos, and videos to the site’s CMS  
  • Covers key community relations storylines and activations
  • Links site metrics to overall communications and brand metrics for evaluation of strategy versus execution

Qualifications and Education Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 3-5 years' experience in journalism, media, editorial newsroom, or related field
  • Strong news judgement and editorial skills, including proven success driving metrics and engagement within digital / social media platforms
  • Ability to meet aggressive editorial deadlines
  • Experience working on multiple platforms, including podcasts and video, is preferred
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, InDesign, etc. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is helpful. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-paced, demanding professional setting
  • Experience with digital / web and social publishing tools. Knowledge of NFL CMS platform preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects and teams 
  • Candidates selected to interview must submit a versatile clips package (4-6 stories) demonstrating ability to ability to write breaking news, game coverage/analysis on deadline, feature profiles and outside-the-box stories
  • Some travel required

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.