While there are sure to be some dark days ahead in the immediate future of the Memphis Grizzlies, there has arguably never been a time to be more optimistic about the future of the bears of Beale Street. Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and the rest of this young team have fans looking ahead to a real chance to compete for an NBA championship down the road.
Therefore, there’s never been a better time to have your voice heard on all things Memphis Grizzlies. And the best darn place there is to do just that, Grizzly Bear Blues, is officially taking applications.
I’m a bit biased, of course, but in the three years I have been at the helm of GBB I have been quite proud of the work of our staff and the growth we have seen. There is no place in all of Grizzdom where you will get a comprehensive variety of voices, a mix of quality and quantity of articles, an opportunity to explore multiple forms of sports blogging such as podcasts and also be given the chance to truly advance in this wild 21st century world of sports media.
Multiple former GBBers have taken their experiences here and turned it in to positions with local Memphis companies, college internships, and even full-time journalism gigs at reputable media outlets like the Daily Memphian. From no audio content at all to an expanding podcast network, from a limited media connection to multiple weekly appearances on local Memphis radio stations such as 92.9 ESPN and Sports 56 WHBQ, from GBBers old and young there has been rapid and impressive growth for our site both in terms of legitimacy and scope.
Want to be a part of what we are doing? Here’s how.
Starting Monday, July 8th, I will be accepting resumes and work samples at my personal email address, email@example.com. If you do not have a work sample, know that in order to be considered for a position you will need to prepare a FanPost here at GBB (I will give you details about that when I respond to your initial contact email). Within that interest email, and along with those attachments, please indicate which of the following positions you are applying for. There are three categories of openings-
I need a second in command. Someone who can help me during my busiest time of the year - football season - and beyond with scheduling, editing, and otherwise organizing various aspects of GBB. In addition to administrative duties, this person will be expected to write at least one post per week out of season (May through September) and two per week in season (October through April), to make appearances on our GBB Podcast Network shows GBBLive and The Core Four, and be available for radio and television appearances when needed. This position will also receive consideration for media access through the GBB press pass.
This is a paid position, and will require selection for an interview with me.
SENIOR STAFF WRITER-
This is another paid position, but does not have the editing/scheduling responsibility that the Associate Editor does, and therefore does not require as much of a time commitment. This person could still be eligible for podcast and radio/TV appearances, but will only be held accountable for one post per week out of season and two posts per week in season. This position will also receive consideration for media access through the GBB press pass.
This is a paid position, and will require selection for an interview from me.
This position, while unpaid, features the most flexibility. For example, the previous two job openings require a quota of work. This type of writer can come and go as they please, essentially making their own schedule. They also are able to write for any other blog they wish without consulting with me first, but all Grizzlies content must stick with GBB first. You still could work your way up from this position to being a podcast guest and senior staff writer (with the pay it includes), this just allows further room to develop and breathe as a writer at your own pace.
While unpaid, this position will still require selection for an interview with me.
I will be accepting resumes from Monday to Friday, July 12th. I will review resumes over the weekend and schedule interviews for Tuesday July 16th - Friday July 19th. Then, we will make decisions and begin to move forward with at least three, but no more than five, new GBBers. We are looking for passionate, opinionated, hard working people that want to help us take GBB to even greater heights as we continue to build upon the work already done in building this blog.
Thank you all for your interest in Grizzly Bear Blues. I began as a FanPoster myself years ago and over time worked my way up from an unpaid contributor to Site Manager. I have had the chance to meet and work with people I never thought I would ever speak to, much less consider colleagues and in some cases friends. I am not special - I worked hard, grinded away, and without any professional training have the opportunity to run the very best Grizzlies fan blog there is. I am excited for year four of my time as Site Manager to begin, and hope you will consider reaching out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org about the possibility of joining our team.
And we’re off! Remember, applications will be accepted through Friday, July 12th. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.