Warning: Here comes an extremely biased article. Or at least that’s what I anticipate.
The Bleacher Report is a website created for amateur sport writers to go and write about sports. If you apply to write for the bleacher report and are accepted, a writer can begin publishing work for the site about their favorite sport teams.
Its a great way for writers to get their names out there. And yes, you probably could have guessed from the intro of this post that I am a writer on the site.
I just started writing for the bleacher report in mid January, after applying after classes started up again here at Eastern. I figured that it would never hurt my portfolio to sign up for a site and write articles for them on a consistent basis.
I had heard about Bleacher Report’s past… It was a company that we “couldn’t trust” when posting on forums. They would allow anybody to post their and make articles, so long as they signed up. It ruined the credibility of the site, as people didn’t believe they could trust any of the opinions on there.
Because of that, the bleacher report made drastic changes to their site. In 2010, they installed new programs to make their site better, more credible and more popular.
Now, not just any random person can sign up and write an article. They have to register, apply for a job by answering questions on experience, and then submit a piece of work through their writing. Only the very best writers are accepted, they say. About 5% of the people that apply each week.
Now, the site is extremely credible and fun to browse. Opinion articles are well articulated by authors who have been accepted and are good writers and news is reported quickly. The growth and turnaround of the site has led to recongition from many websites and lists. Among those:
Named one of Time Magazine’s “50 Best Websites of 2011,”
Selected by Adweek readers as 2011’s “Best Sports Media Brand.”
Forbes.com singled out as a web site that is “doing it right”.
The new programs are fantastic. While I haven’t gotten around to completing them myself, I’ve broswed over them and they are ways to help make writers better at their craft, not just for the site, but for the outside world. In a world where only the most qualified are employed (or at least that’s what we hope), its exciting to be able to write for a website that is helping you get better at your craft.
As of this post, I have 15,669 reads on my articles that I have published (13) and I have contributed to other articles with 69 comments of my own. It’s crazy to think about how quickly you can get into a site and how much you can help yourself by doing so.
It’s cool to have a place where your name and your opinions are getting out to the world. And it’s even cooler to see that your articles are being “liked” on facebook or “tweeted” out by other people. It’s an extremely cool feeling.
If you want a career in sports journalism and need a place to get started, kick off here.
Eh, maybe it wasn’t too biased. Give me some thoughts in the comments section would you?