After 13 years of covering Leeds United home and away, Phil Hay is leaving us. That opens up a rare opportunity at the Yorkshire Evening Post for a chief football writer to cover the club from top to bottom. First and foremost, the ideal candidate understands the game and values the modern fan because without the respect and trust of the fans, you cannot succeed in this role.
That said, the Whites’ fan-base is amongst the most loyal in the game, and best in the world.
Once you’ve demonstrated your mettle, they’ll follow you as loyally as the team. The successful candidate must be a world-class digital journalist, equipped with all of the skills to keep fans up to date with everything happening in and around the club. We are looking for compelling copy packed with colourful insight, analysis and expertise. The ability to produce engaging and informative match reports, previews and intelligent commentary is essential. However, you will also need the maturity to build relationships around the club, given these are essential to your ability to break club exclusives, on and off the pitch.
Equally important is your ability to craft rich and engaging features by talking to people who share our long-held passion for the club, and not just in writing. You will also be comfortable creating video and audio packages. Ideally, you will be able to demonstrate interview skills with a contacts book full of Leeds United insiders, you will have an eye for a news story and an understanding of the club's history. Without understanding where this club has been, you cannot understand how important it is to the YEP and to the people of Leeds.
Vacancy: Chief football writer
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