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 one or more 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 for your work. If you are a student looking for first-hand experience, we can offer seasoning as well as credit hours 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 as well as 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 one or more people to cover Virginia Tech football media opportunities and games in-person throughout spring football, August camp, and for the 2017 football season. Virginia Tech usually makes its players and coaches available to the media after practice on evenings, after games, and once a game week 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;
  • 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 thekeyplay [DOT] com. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2017.

Recruiting Ninja

Is national signing day your Christmas? Do you know what the 757 is, and why it's important to the Hokies' success on the field? 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;
  • Stay up to date with all the twists of recruiting and provide updates on TKP; and
  • Help manage @TKP_Recruiting account 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;
  • 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 thekeyplay [DOT] com.

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I'll keep an eye out next time for "Lead Humorist" as that will be the most applied-for position in history. We all think we can make great jokes about soft metals.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Soft metals

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

omg

HokieJeep and hokie07ME be like

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

PLAYIN, PLAYING WITH THE BOYS

PLAYIN' WITH THE BOY-OOOO-OYS

And now that will be in my head all day.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Waiting for the drunk dude that occasionally pisses people off with his posts position to open up, though I will have a lot of competition for that one methinks...

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

I'd like to apply for the tailgate food and bourbon critic position.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

We actually used to have a guy who would post awesome tailgating recipes that always had a theme for that week's opponent. Hokiewolf if I remember correctly.

"I promise you I will keep getting back up as long as you keep pushing forward." -Michael Brewer
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I have about 2-3 personal bomb-ass recipes. Definitely not enough to make it through an entire season. I was just looking for an excuse to get free food and bourbon.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

We need a bracket for tailgating recipes.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Spoiler Alert: bourbon wins

We put the K in Kwality


Recruiting Ninja

I'm a wiz on flight aware and I sometimes look at CB's as if they're credible. Is that good enough?

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Resume For Recruiting NINJA:

I lurk in the darkness, with the seedy and unwanted of the recruiting world. I cover myself in shaved head allegiance to recruits and fat man mayo neck.

But have no fear for I rise from this swamp of tweeting at players and deliver gifts from this nether region of stay in mommy's basement 30 year olds.

I AM BAGMAN and #Sauces is a weapon of hesitation. I am given a responsibility to only give crumbs or my powers of knowledge will be taken and I will once again return to my day job.

via GIPHY

I would love to follow recruiting as a "job" but my real job keeps me from being more then what I can deliver.

Love what we have here and would love to see it keep growing

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

The guy on the left seems like a good fit.../s

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Joe should hire him just so he can fire him.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

The editing of said posts alone would double or triple Joe's workload

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.

Please allow me to introduce myself. I go by Jym with people that I know in person, but on every Hokie website I am VamPIre. I am no longer allowed to post on one that I registered for in 1997 and have had over 10K posts since 2000. There is no ill will there with their ownership, but they felt that I was disturbing the peace with my agressive posting style. I highly recommend their work and am still a strong supporter of the site. I currently live in NOVA and my income is from SS Disability. That gives me tons of time to focus on my Beloved Hokies. My degree was in Accounting but I "studied" VT Sports. I am deep thinker that struggles with spelling an grammer. I do not believe in badmouthing any current, former, or perspective student atlete, or proven coach but the athletic department is fair game. I wanted to ask how my discontent with how VT and The ACC run like bottom line businesses instead of public trusts will fly here. My ideas of how things should be done are unorthodox, however I can almost always "show my work". I am supremely confident in my convictions, which can be taken as obnoxious arrogance. It is cool when others say I am being a dbag, but get I pissed getting called one. Disagreements should not get personal. My goal is to be in a Hokie Community were I can keep it . It would be an honor to be a staff member. No payment is needed and I am will to tackle any assignment that can be done from my home. If my work is not up to snuff just tell me and I can try to use it in other ways. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I can write on all day about VT if you desire. #HokieHi

If you need someone to post Emma gifs and drink Yuengling, then I'm "an ideal candidate." All those other bullet points look a little too much like work.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

God Dammit dude, we still have enough Yuengling to last us well into the next century.

Shout out to Koma and Coogan being used as examples of quality works. I know we joke around a ton but you guys knowing your shit and writing killer articles really brings a lot to the place. I hope we can get another 5* get after it reporter.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic.

I right good. Give job me. Ask good questions to for interview. Can't loose with me.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

loose

somethings wrong their/S

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

oddly enough it doesn't bother me nearly as much when I know it is intentional

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Choppin where have you Been? Missed some insights from Jugs.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Been a busy few months with new kids on campus and a few oldies that are uh being difficult.

I should be back now that Spring Break is around the corner.

Charlie Kelly, is that you?