As we slowly begin to prepare for the 2015-16 NBA season, Golden State of Mind is looking for passionate Warriors fans to join our team to help us with gameday articles and daily links posts.
I really enjoy working with the team we have and think we're poised for a great year, but I think we could use a little bit of extra help to fill in a few gaps after discussing everyone's expected schedules and availability. We're not in a place of dire need for writers right now, but I'd love to strengthen our team if there are talented writers out there in the world looking for exposure.
If you think you're a strong candidate, read on!
Who we're looking for
- Passionate Warriors fans who already spend time keeping up with daily news about the team.
- Fans with strong opinions and unique perspectives about the team, which you're able to defend in writing. Maybe even some (tasteful) humor?
- Team players who know what they want out of the experience and want to contribute to the continued growth of Golden State of Mind.
- Clear thinkers with the ability to find significant stories, synthesize information quickly, and concisely articulate the impact on the team.
- Emerging writers who want greater exposure for their work.
What we're looking for
- Help with gameday previews and recaps.
- Daily links to help increase community engagement.
- Short form content that will help to increase social media engagement.
- Short, sharp, snappy writing.
How to apply
To apply, follow these directions:
1. Click here to apply to join SB Nation-NBA.
2. Send me an email letting me know that you've applied with a brief explanation of why you're interested in writing for Golden State of Mind and what you'd add to our existing staff based on what you know about the site.
3. Use the subject line "GSoM application: [your last name]".
4. Attach a brief (300-500 words max) writing sample in response to any one of the following topics that you would hypothetically submit for publishing:
- At some point, the Warriors will have to make a decision on Harrison Barnes, who could become a restricted free agent next summer. How valuable do you think he is to this roster and, given salary cap constraints, what do you think they should do about Barnes?
- With a number of teams making changes this offseason, the Warriors are not the consensus favorite to repeat as champions. What (or who) do you think is the biggest threat to the Warriors repeating?
- The Warriors are planning to build a new arena and move to San Francisco, but have faced opposition from a number of groups and fans. As a Warriors fan, how do you feel about the potential move and what's the most compelling argument from the opposition against a move?
5. If you're already an active member of our community, please include your user name as well so I know who you are. And if you've previously written FanPosts here, definitely let me know so I can look back at those.
When we want to complete the process
The deadline to submit an application is September 11, 2015. I will respond to everyone who applies shortly after that date to let you know what we decided.
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Of course, we'd love to have people who listened closely to all of their elementary school teachers' sentence diagramming lessons and write pristine prose, but what we really want to see is passion, (tasteful) humor, and an ability to organize and defend ideas. There are no right answers or expectations of needing to be optimistic or pessimistic about things (you've probably noticed that our current staff runs the gamut in that regard) but originality is certainly preferred.
As stated in that official SB Nation application, these positions are unpaid but provide opportunities for exposure and advancement if the talent and desire is there.
If you've come this far, thanks for considering this and I hope you apply! But even if you don't want to frequently contribute to GSoM but have thoughts you want to share, you're always free to voice your opinions in a FanPost — there's always plenty to discuss about the Warriors and we want to make this a space that encourages the free flow of ideas about the team.