Sports Reporter

Eugene, OR, USA ● Oregon, USA Req #24567
Thursday, July 21, 2022
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Sports Reporter


The Register-Guard/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is looking for an experienced sports reporter to cover the University of Oregon, primarily Ducks football program.


This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced journalist to tackle one of the most successful, interesting and well-funded college athletics programs in the country.


The University of Oregon produces nationally ranked teams in ‘major’ sports such as football, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, softball and baseball, not to mention its status as one of the pre-eminent track and field programs.


The football team has won the Pac-12 Conference title the past two of three years and consistently has a Top 10 recruiting class. The team is at an exciting juncture as it heads into its 2022-23 season with a lot of buzz, a new coach and new strategies on the field.


Covering the Ducks requires a reporter who’s comfortable writing about a variety of sports in a digital-first environment, which includes competition from statewide media, national media and sites devoted to recruiting and all things Ducks, to grow our digital subscribers.


The ideal candidate is comfortable and experienced using social media to engage and build a following with the dedicated Ducks fans, enhance reporting and promote stories. They also are adept at creating video and curating newsletters to enhance their coverage.

Located in the Willamette Valley, Eugene is about an hour from the beautiful, rugged Oregon Coast. Head north on Interstate 5 to reach Salem, the state capital, in under an hour, or Portland in two hours.


The Eugene Airport is just 10 minutes from downtown, and Amtrak rolls right into the city center.

Eugene, a robust and vibrant college town, is known as TrackTown USA for its outdoors-minded community with miles of urban forested trails for hiking and running.


As a culinary destination, Eugene offers an abundance of locally grown, raised and produced food and beverage products. Together with neighboring Springfield, the city of Eugene provides a quality of life affirmed and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.



  • Produce content in a variety of formats that connects with readers and grows our audience and digital subscriptions.
  • Break news quickly in a competitive market.
  • Establish themselves as an authority on the athletes they cover.
  • Engage and interact with Oregon sports fans on social media and use those platforms to help reach potential readers.
  • Develop sources for deeper dives into important topics and issues related to the beat. 


  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience covering collegiate sports, particularly football.
  • Strong command of AP grammar and style.
  • Strong copy-editing skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
  • Comfortable and experienced using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to enhance reporting and promote stories.
  • Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
  • Excels in a fast-paced sports news environment and understands the digital-first mission.
  • Works weekends and nights as needed.
  • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
  • This role requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check, motor vehicle record check & drug screen.   

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:


  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.


It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.




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  • Job Family UNION
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience
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  • Eugene, OR, USA
  • Oregon, USA