Job Title: Researcher and Writer
Application Deadline: Midnight, June 28, 2015
Voxitatis has covered and written about high school varsity football in Illinois since the fall season in 2005. Our football pages, one for each of more than 550 varsity teams in Illinois, are some of the most viewed pages on our website.
Beginning in the fall of 2007, Voxitatis became an innovator in high school coverage, developing two statistics, delta (Δ) and alpha (α), used for predicting the winner of each game played between two Illinois teams during the regular season and the playoffs.
And beginning in the fall of 2012, Voxitatis again developed innovations in the arena of high school football coverage, designing and implementing box-and-whiskers plots for key performance statistics for every team during the season.
We are seeking to begin our next decade of high school football coverage for Illinois schools by bringing in a fresh voice. That fresh voice could be you.
As a freelance football researcher and writer for Voxitatis, you would cover more than 550 varsity teams in the state and monitor the IHSA website carefully for new developments in football that affect the entire state. Each week, you would write two blog-length stories: one about a team and one about a game. For the first three weeks of the season, the choices would be yours entirely. For the remainder of the season, our stats should tell you which teams are excelling, improving, falling behind, etc., and that should dictate your coverage.
However, you will be an independent researcher and writer, free to use other tools that may be available to you, provided you stay in contact with the blog’s executive editor, which is me.
Stories need to be posted on our blog and follow general Associated Press style guidelines for sports stories.
You need a computer for writing your stories and conducting your research, a reliable phone, a reliable Internet connection, and reliable transportation for travel to and from games around the state.
Voxitatis is honored to have covered marching bands in Illinois since we wrote about the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2000 and about the ISU championships in 2004 for the Southtown Star.
However, our coverage of Illinois high school marching bands, which count themselves easily among the best in the entire country, has been described as sporadic and missing the point.
We are therefore seeking to begin our next 15 years of high school marching band coverage for Illinois by bringing in someone who can rejuvenate our coverage. That key person could be you.
As a freelance marching band researcher and writer for Voxitatis, you will have access to our databases of activity on this and other music programs in the schools, plus a high-end editorial environment and team. But really, we’re hoping you can figure out how we can make Illinois the best-covered, the most talked-about, and the most exciting place for high school marching bands.
You will work as an independent researcher and writer, free to use other tools that may be available to you, provided you stay in contact with the blog’s executive editor, which is me. The expected output is one feature story and one story about a particular marching band each week, but this isn’t so much a requirement as a recommendation.
Stories need to be posted on our blog and follow general Associated Press style guidelines for news reporting.
You need a computer for writing your stories and conducting your research, a reliable phone, a reliable Internet connection, and reliable transportation for travel to and from performances around the state and possibly in other states.
You will receive a payment of $400 on the fifth of September, October, November, and December, 2015, provided your job duties have been fulfilled.
The total compensation will be, therefore, $1,600, and this amount will result in the generation of a Form 1099. You will owe taxes on this money, although we will not withhold any taxes on your behalf.
After the Dec 5 payment, our contract will end for this year.
The Application Process
Send an email message, written as a news story like you might write for us, describing how you would fulfill your job responsibilities as a member of our editorial team, including your personal views on the important role the activity plays in the lives of Illinois high school students, in the history of the schools they attend, and in the advancement of our greater communities.
Include any means of support you know about from those larger communities, including school officials, family members, friends, business owners or leaders, and other caring individuals.
You will receive an acknowledgement email from us, advising you of the complete application process, timelines, and so on. If you don’t receive the acknowledgement email from us within 48 hours, send your story again by email.
Email just a plain text story (no attachments) to email@example.com. Include as the subject either “Football researcher” or “Marching band researcher.”
The Voxitatis Research Foundation does not discriminate against employees, contractors, freelancers, or those who may at some point hold these positions with our organization on the basis of race, sex, creed, religion, color, or national origin. Nor do we discriminate against people on the basis of military service, political affiliation, family history, genetic information, sexual orientation, or the presence of a disease, disorder, or disability, unless such a disability would or could prevent the person from performing the job for which he or she was hired or contracted.
I realize many high school students thought writing would be an important skill in applying to college—writing essays and all. But we have here an opportunity to make writing an important skill in terms of paying for college. Good luck to all.