Looking for an opportunity to help boost your career in sports writing? Applications are now open for the newly announced Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program!
Who are we?
We are a collective of women’s sports advocates, content creators and fans who for years have been left wanting more from mainstream coverage of women in sport.
Realising we could achieve more together than separately, we combined our skills, experience and knowledge to form Siren: A Women in Sport Collective.
Our mission is to elevate women’s voices, alongside other diverse and marginalised voices through in-depth storytelling, analysis and opinion, and deliver feminist content that challenges the status quo of sport media.
The Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program is one of the ways we are working to create opportunities for marginalised voices in sports.
Who is this opportunity for?
The Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program seeks to give those needing additional support and experience an opportunity to transition from higher education or other sectors, into the professional environment of sports media.
The Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program is for women or non-binary peoplewho are at the beginning of their sports media journey and are looking for opportunities to have their work published, build a portfolio and gain more experience and skills in the field of sports writing.
We encourage budding journalists and writers who are entering the sports media space to apply—whether you’re about to finish, or have recently completed a tertiary degree or short course in journalism or writing, if you are looking to enter the sports media space after spending time in another field or are just looking to get stuck into working in the space.
You must be over eighteen years of age and have an ABN (Australian Business Number) to apply. The Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program will be delivered online so you can be based anywhere in Australia and we encourage applications from those living in regional or rural communities.
The Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program provides a $500 stipend to the program participant. Siren: A Women in Sport Collective is absorbing the cost of funding the mentorship, workshopping and training costs.
Over a six week period, the program participant will produce the following pieces for publication on Siren to assist with their development in the field:
- 1 x commentary/op-ed/historical piece (topic to be workshopped by the program participant and Siren, working through the craft of pitching, approach to research and interviewing)
- 1 x interview/profile (this can be an interview the program participant sources or one that Siren assists with securing, with the program participant learning the craft of pitching, research and interviewing)
- 1 x commissioned piece (this will be a story that Siren commissions the program participant to write, learning the craft of writing to a brief)
Alongside writing 3 pieces for publication, the program participant will also receive mentorship and advice around the following topics:
- Finding and sourcing stories
- Interview preparation and interviews
- Writing in various styles
- Working with an editor
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Emerging Sports Writer Program Application’ in the subject line.
Your cover letter should address why you’re passionate about pursuing a career in sports media, what skills you’re keen to continue to develop and we’d love to know who your dream women in sport interview would be.
Applications close 5pm AEDT on November 3rd
We look forward to welcoming an emerging sports writer into the Siren Family!