State of the Zingers – Writers Wanted!

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Rockies Zingers has been a lot of fun and the response we’ve gotten from readers has been whelming. What, expecting overwhelming? Nah, we’re not overwhelmed. In fact, we want to provide more coverage, more analysis, more silliness… There’s just a problem with that… in order to provide more, we need more! Yes, you! Well, maybe you, depending on how you do on your application.

We are looking for additional writers provided there is a good fit. At Rockies Zingers, we tend towards lengthy posts (we average around 1500+ words per post) mixing in a fair amount of analysis with an emphasis on sabermetrics and some of the more advanced metrics. We also throw in a dash of silliness. That being said, we also realize that no one (myself included) can write that length on a daily basis. So, we’re looking to add a few more daily features as well.

Some of the general areas I am looking for (in no particular order):

People who are interested in doing daily Rooftop Deck Summaries. Yep, you’ll need a Twitter account. You’ll also need to be able to read and understand the articles that you link to and provide a little analysis on what you think og it.

People who are interested in doing Series Previews and Series Recaps with a sabermetric and silliness bent. Stuff put out by the Associated Press is all fine, but doesn’t quite fit our theme.

People who are interested in doing minor league coverage who would work with Ryan Hammon.

People who are interested in writing long-form posts with analysis and silliness.

And hey, if you want to pitch an idea as a regular feature, by all means, please do so!

I am pretty hands-on where I provide feedback on a draft with things that “must change” and “general suggestions”. That being said, writers have control over their topic choice and are encouraged to write about whatever topic that interests them so long as it pertains to the Colorado Rockies. The only “hard” rules are no profanity and no personal attacks against media organizations or individual members of the media.

This is an unpaid position and at this time, no media credentials are available since we are just shy of three months “old”. In other words, if you join us, it’ll be a labor of love or a good outlet to pacify any OCD tendencies you might have regarding writing and baseball. Rockies Zingers is affiliated with ESPN as a member of the SweetSpot network. Our articles are sourced and linked to MLB’s SweetSpot Blog as well as the Colorado Rockies Clubhouse on ESPN.com/mlb. We also do the comments section for the Colorado Rockies for the MLB Power Rankings and participate in Expert polls.

To apply, please send an email to me at rockieszingers@gmail.com Attention to Richard Bergstrom with the subject “Writers Wanted”

Please include the following information:

1. Your name and the city/state/country you live in.

2. A short personal bio that should include a bit about your background, education and interests in and out of baseball.

3. What baseball sites and Rockies blogs do you visit and why?

4. Describe, briefly and in your own words, what is the metric “FIP” as if I have no idea what FIP is. Explain what FIP is useful for.

5. Who is one of your favorite baseball writers and why?

6. What are your short-term and long-term goals in sports writing?

7. Why are you interested in writing specifically for Rockies Zingers?

Please attach a resume or curriculum vitae and any writing samples you wish to submit which you think shows a style that blends well with Rockies Zingers.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

About Richard Bergstrom

Originally from Chicago and after an extensive tour of most of the western United States, this is my second stint in Denver. I've lived here since 2004 and go to quite a few Rockies games, especially Rockies fireworks games! When I'm not writing about baseball, I enjoy karaoke downtown, a bit of poker and a bit too much of my iPad.
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