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Part Time Reporter - Researcher

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 734767BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business ESPN Date posted Jan. 10, 2020

Job Summary:

Our Part Time Reporter-Researchers play a foundational role on the ESPN Digital Storytelling Team. Whether assisting with reporting on long-form stories, editing short pieces, researching potential stories, or fact-checking stories to protect the credibility of our journalism brand, the Reporter-Researcher is an key entry role in the editorial group.

More specifically:

Fact-checking and research tasks will be one core element of the position, protecting the credibility of the brand by ensuring the accuracy of our long-form content. In the case of legally sensitive stories, Reporter-Researchers will be responsible for making critical decisions, working with sources and with writers and assigning editors to verify the accuracy of sourcing and information. To be successful requires independent and critical thinking skills, and resourcefulness.

Editing assignments will include story- or line-editing short pieces and for packages published online.

Reporting assignments may include data visuals and assisting more senior writers with reporting on larger features.

Writing assignments may include short features and pieces for

Generating story ideas, attending editorial planning and pitch meetings, and staying abreast of the news and current trends among sports fans and athletes will all be elements of this role, which is both creative and detail-oriented. We encourage candidates who aspire to editorial careers to pursue this position with the passion we want to see in future writers and editors at ESPN.


  • Rigorously fact-check long-form stories and other editorial content in accordance with editorial guidelines.
  • Accept editing and reporting assignments as needed.
  • Perform original research and reporting for stories and packages. Do supplemental data gathering on select stories as needed.
  • Participate in story development and brainstorming idea meetings with editors.
  • Backread preview links, along with the departmental manager, as a final step toward ensuring the accuracy of digital stories.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in journalism or a related field.
  • Prior fact-checking / reporting experience at a major circulation media outlet.
  • Passion for sports.
  • Experience in public records' research and resources.
  • Knowledge of basic libel law.
  • Facility with the Internet and knowledge of what sites are reliable and authoritative.
  • Understanding of media ethics and journalism standards

Required Education

  • High School diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent

Additional Information:

  • Relocation assistance is not provided for this role.

About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ESPN Magazine, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call ESPN.

ESPN Magazine, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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