All About the Jersey is looking for someone to preview and recap Devils games

Opportunities come whenever they open. In hockey and sports and sometimes in life, you can help make this happen. This is one of those occasions when outside troubles have led to a change. As you may have noticed over the past month, Jared has transitioned from writing game previews and recaps to writing weekly. This is because Stephen has agreed to a mutual termination as he has good things going on outside of the site. That means there’s a spot available on the All About the Jersey list, ready to be approached by one of you, the People Who Matter.

The position

The position is to provide game preview posts that prepare readers for game day matchups and game summary posts that summarize what happened in a game along with your thoughts on what happened. This is a role currently shared between Chris, Matt and myself. The person occupying the position is responsible for determining which dates you can preview and recap a game, communicating if you need guidance or assistance, and providing the previews and recaps in a timely manner. The position is remunerated with a small monthly salary.

The requirements

#1) Be one New Jersey Devil Fan. Again, this is a Devils blog for Devils fans by Devils fans. So be a Devils fan.

#2) Be registered and not blocked user. If you have not yet registered for AAtJ, please register as soon as possible. It’s free, it gives you access to about 300 other blogs on the network and their respective communities. If you’ve been banned, this probably won’t work. If you can’t follow the rules, I don’t understand how you can follow instructions, how to post, or when things on the site need to be ok.

#3) Write reason and write well. You don’t have to be a perfect writer – I’m definitely not – but you do have to take this seriously to some degree. No one comes here to read what standard clichés some mainstream reporter is throwing out, or to hear from some lame expert who keeps telling the same narratives. One of the main reasons why AAtJ is so highly regarded is that the articles are written well enough, arguments are backed up with facts (shortcut to your sources/references), the writing is respectful to the reader (and the player, you note that it’s not just “defense sucks”, it’s “defense sucks because…”), and the content will be posted regularly. You don’t have to write exactly like me, Chris or Matt. We want your voice in your posts. We want effort to be made to ensure that everything we say is based on something.

#4) Stick to the schedule. I allow Chris, Matt, and previous previewers/reviewers to choose mid-month which games they want to cover next month. This allows everyone involved to choose dates that fit their schedule. Any spots that remain open will be either filled or advertised separately closer to next month. It is expected that if you make an appointment for a preview or summary you will do so unless there is an emergency.

#5) Be willing to be active in the community. Unlike many other platforms on the internet, the comments section is not your enemy or some kind of feedback channel. Readers are prepared to argue and behave in good faith. Likewise, I want the writers to be willing to engage and interact with the other people that matter through their posts and other people’s posts. We might not all agree that we want the devils to be great, but in general we get along. That’s what makes a site like this so different from just a series of essays.

#6) Being able to communicate. Since you will be part of a blog on the internet, it is important that you are easily reachable via email and can communicate openly with me and the other writers. Occasionally there may be things that all writers need to discuss, or maybe there is something I or someone else would like to share with you. Maybe I have something to tell you, so I need to know if you will see and recognize that. Maybe something happened and real life requires the blog to be ignored (which I would understand), so I’d like to know that instead of skipping a commitment, you’d actually tell me.

#7) Be prepared to put your real name on your posts. If you are selected for this position, I would like you to write under your real name. When writing something worth reading, it pays to know who wrote it. It’s better if the world recognizes your work by name than by a pseudonym. Don’t worry about your account, changing your username is easy.

How to apply

My goal is to fill the position quickly, with a start date in January at the latest. This will give me ample time to review all participants, set up anyone I choose, walk them through the process, and get them up and running. Since this is a game preview and round-up position, this is the way you should submit an entry for this opportunity.

  1. Choose a game of your choice in the 2023 Part of this season and write a game preview for it. For any stats, injuries, comments on current form, feel free to use up to date information as this submission is for my eyes only. (Hint: writing “As of now” will help your concern.)
  • In the preview, make sure that accurate transfer information is included.
  • You can and should link to any data source, tweet or article referenced, and so on.
  • Since this is a game preview, the goal is to enlighten the reader of a Devils blog about the matchup. I don’t want to tell you exactly how to write it; but as you write it, keep that goal in mind. Would this preview prepare a Devils fan for the game tonight? Does this preview help me understand who the opponent is, what should I look out for, what the Devils should/shouldn’t do against them, etc.?
  • I’d recommend reading some of the other game previews in our archives for inspiration.

2. Email me the preview with the following subject line.

2022-23 AAtJ Game Previewer/Recapper – (your All About the Jersey username) – (headline)

My e-mail address is in the imprint of the page. Please respect the format, otherwise I may miss your submission.

Please use the same email address for your account here so I can reconcile the account and confirm your status with All About the Jersey.

Also: Please do Not send me any attachments. Keep the preview in the email. If your preview is in an attached file, it will be rejected.

3. I strongly advise you not to hesitate because I could very well take the first game preview submitted that impresses me and the person confirms its availability. But I don’t want to take the very first one I get either. To that end, I will not review anything until then 11/27so you all have a little time to think about whether you can and want to do it.

I would like to thank everyone who makes an entry in advance. Even if you don’t end up being selected, I appreciate your willingness to join us at All About the Jersey. That’s another reason I call you, the readers, the People Who Matter. Thank you and good luck to all who apply. For those in America, have a happy and grateful Thanksgiving.

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