Join Our Team and Cover Virginia Tech Football

The Key Play has multiple opportunities available to cover the Hokies.

Orange and Maroon Media, LLC / The Key Play is seeking hard working and self motivated people to contribute to the coverage of Virginia Tech football at Thekeyplay.com. Ideal candidates would join our team ASAP. If above all else you write well, self-edit like a boss, and are passionate and knowledgeable about Virginia Tech football, then keep reading.

These are not positions for full-time, salaried employees, but we can pay you competitively for your work. If you are a student looking for first-hand experience, we can offer seasoning as well as credit hours — the latter provided you're a Virginia Tech Comm student and meet the department's prerequisites. In any event, writing for The Key Play is an opportunity to feature work to 50-60k unique readers per month and an engaging community.

Football Reporter

Do you want to cover a game from Lane Stadium's press box, or ask Tim Settle about his practice reps at punt returner, and write about it. TKP needs people to cover Virginia Tech football media opportunities and games in-person throughout August camp, the 2017 football season, and beyond. Virginia Tech usually makes its players and coaches available to the media after practice on evenings, after games, and once a game week (usually on Monday) around lunchtime for a press conference. Football games occur (mostly) on Saturdays in the fall. TKP intends to cover all such events, so a flexible schedule is a must. These are examples of the quality of work we are looking for.

An Ideal Candidate:

  • Is an excellent writer;
  • Is a self-editor (requires no outside editing) with excellent command of English;
  • Doesn't bury the lede;
  • Has journalistic instincts and interview skills;
  • Is self-managed;
  • Has experience writing practice reports and gamers;
  • Can accurately transcribe interviews and quotations;
  • Can communicate intelligently about football, and has more than a rudimentary understanding of Virginia Tech's schemes, personnel, and strategies;
  • Can manage their time, work efficiently, independently, but also collaborate in an online environment; and
  • Laughs.

To Apply: Email a resume, cover letter, and writing samples to joe <AT> thekeyplay [DOT] com. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2017.

Recruiting Ninja

Is national signing better than Christmas? Do you know what the 757 is, and why it's important to the Hokies' success on the field? Is #NC2VT your jam? TKP needs one or more people to cover Virginia Tech recruiting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct and publish interviews with prospects and high school coaches;
  • Write new commitment posts;
  • Post updates from around the web in the recruiting forum;
  • Manage an internal recruiting targets board;
  • Stay up to date with all the twists of recruiting and provide updates on TKP; and
  • Help manage @TKP_Recruiting to network with and interview prospects.

An Ideal Candidate:

  • Is an excellent writer;
  • Is a self-editor (requires no outside editing) with excellent command of English;
  • Doesn't bury the lede;
  • Has journalistic instincts and interview skills;
  • Is self-managed;
  • Can accurately transcribe interviews and quotations;
  • Can leverage social media and online contact to interview recruits, their family members, and coaches;
  • Can communicate intelligently about football, and has more than a rudimentary understanding of Virginia Tech's schemes, personnel, and strategies;
  • Has outstanding people skills;
  • Can manage their time, work efficiently, independently, but also collaborate in an online environment; and
  • Laughs.

To Apply: Email a resume, cover letter and writing samples to joe <AT> thekeyplay [DOT] com.

Couch Columnist (Blogger)

No, you don't have to write exclusively from your couch, although you can if you want to. This is unpaid opportunity. It's best suited for those who want to share well substantiated thoughts and opinions on Virginia Tech football and athletics with a large audience. TKP will provide the platform and megaphone. Hot take specialists need not apply.

An Ideal Candidate:

  • Can carve out a niche of expertise and/or perspective;
  • Is an excellent writer;
  • Is a self-editor (requires no outside editing) with excellent command of English;
  • Doesn't bury the lede;
  • Is self-managed;
  • Can communicate intelligently about football, and has more than a rudimentary understanding of Virginia Tech's schemes, personnel, and strategies;
  • Can manage their time, work efficiently, independently, but also collaborate in an online environment; and
  • Laughs.

To Apply: Email a resume, cover letter, and writing samples to joe <AT> thekeyplay [DOT] com. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2017.

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at times like this I wish I was, um, you know, good with words and stuff.

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An Ideal Candidate:

  • Is an excellent writer;
  • Is a self-editor (requires no outside editing) with excellent command of English;
  • Doesn't bury the lede;
  • Has journalistic instincts and interview skills;
  • Is self-managed;

Not going to lie, I very much appreciated how you listed "doesn't bury the lede" 3rd in that list.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

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