Assistant News Editor

BloodHorse LLC, Lexington, KY

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Do you have a passion for sports, particularly horse racing? Do you love journalism and writing? Then join us at BloodHorse, where we enthusiastically cover the Kentucky Derby, “The greatest two minutes in sports,” and other great races, plus equine breeding and sales.

BloodHorse LLC, the leading provider of information and news for the Thoroughbred industry, has an opening for an assistant news editor based in our Lexington, Kentucky office. This is not a remote opportunity.

ABOUT US

BloodHorse LLC is a dynamic multimedia company that produces the BloodHorse Magazine; an industry-leading website at Bloodhorse.com; and BloodHorse Daily, a PDF and mobile news service providing analysis and all-day updates for racing and breeding professionals. BloodHorse also manages a broad range of social media platforms. It publishes a range of other respected Thoroughbred industry-focused publications as well.

THE LOWDOWN ON THE ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR OPPORTUNITY

The assistant news editor will write articles on various aspects of the Thoroughbred racing, breeding, and sales industries, including race previews, recaps, and features for BloodHorse.com, BloodHorse Daily, and BloodHorse Magazine. In addition, the assistant news editor will be responsible for providing news coverage of Thoroughbred racing, breeding, and sales, while coordinating with fellow BloodHorse staff members and freelancers.

Tell me more, you say? Sure.

The assistant news editor will work with the BloodHorse.com news editor on editorial production of the website. The assistant news editor will further spearhead production of the industry-leading BloodHorse Daily newsletter multiple times per week.

Besides writing and editing, BloodHorse Daily production responsibilities include:

  • Planning a schedule of articles to appear in BloodHorse Daily, gauging placement based on news value and other considerations.
  • Reading BloodHorse stories for accuracy, clarity, and proper grammar.
  • Finding engaging photos for each article, writing cutlines according to style, and accurately recording photo usage.
  • Troubleshooting issues that may arise while production is ongoing that may pertain to layout, design, or advertising.
  • Additional responsibilities include:
  • Coordinating with team members to continually improve product quality and increase engagement in BloodHorse platforms and products.
  • Writing original copy, while also posting and editing industry releases.
  • Conducting interviews with sources, high-profile industry members, and government leaders.
  • Establishing relationships with key industry figures; attending racetrack and other equine events for editorial coverage.
  • Attending or assisting in coverage of special events, such as the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup, and major horse sales.
  • Analyzing pedigrees and race records of horses in races and sales.
  • Regularly promoting BloodHorse content on social media, providing news and human interest information on Twitter and/or other platforms.
  • Keeping website and social media platforms current.
  • Writing stakes, regional reports, and features for BloodHorse magazine.
  • Recording videos and interviews for online distribution on BloodHorse+.

 KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to meet deadlines, cover news, and communicate well with industry participants and BloodHorse team members.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills and a proficient knowledge of grammar and AP style, plus the ability to produce clear, thorough, and clean copy quickly.
  • Know how to cultivate sources within the industry and how to collect information through interviews and online records.
  • Strong attention to detail, plus organization skills and creativity.
  • Must be comfortable working under pressure and on tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment while juggling multiple assignments.
  • Be self-motivated, but also a team player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to work alone and cooperatively with editors and other writers as needed.
  • Accept and complete assignments cooperatively with a “can do” attitude.
    • Have the ability to make 11th-hour decisions regarding breaking news and must possess good news judgment. Must understand the urgency in handling breaking news and the appropriate ranking of major and minor news stories.
    • Help ensure BloodHorse content is of highest quality.
    • Participate in social media outreach, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

    • Possesses journalism experience and/or a journalism degree.
    • Brings a passion for writing, hard work, and horse racing.
    • Knows the equine industry, such as how to read past performances and race charts, plus understands horse racing terminology. (A furlong is what distance? A juvenile is what age?)
    • Approaches work with a desire to be a little more efficient, a little more creative, a little bit better of a writer and editor, than the day before.

 ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Evening and weekend work is required.
  • Knowledge of the Thoroughbred industry is required

BENEFITS:

  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

SCHEDULE:

  • 5×8
  • Evening shift
  • Weekend availability

EXPERIENCE:

  • Journalism: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Thoroughbred industry: 1 year (Preferred)

WORK LOCATION: Hybrid remote in Lexington, KY 40503

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