Sports Reporter – Pedestrian Jobs

Company Description

Life at Nine.

Nine’s strategy is to create great content, distribute it broadly and engage audiences and advertisers.

We are Australia’s largest locally owned media company – the home of Australia’s most trusted and loved brands spanning News, Sport, Lifestyle, and Entertainment.

We pride ourselves on creating the best content, accessed by consumers when and how they want.

Nine’s assets include the 9Network, major mastheads such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review, radio stations 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR, digital properties such as, 9Now, 9Honey, Pedestrian.TV , Drive, subscription video platform Stan and a majority investment in Domain Group.

Job Description

The Sydney Morning Herald is seeking applications for the role of sports reporter.

You will have experience in identifying breaking sports stories and will have a versatile writing style, from news and live blogs to explainers. You will be skilled at quickly writing crisp, clean copy, including live match reports, and filing stories to a high standard.

The role will focus on rugby league but experience and knowledge of other sports will be an advantage.

The role will be office-based in Sydney but you will also be expected to attend training sessions, press conferences and matches. You will need to have a flexible approach to working, as the role will involve working when the sports news happens, which often means evenings and weekends.

Day to day you will:

  • Identify and react to breaking stories, issues and trends with smart and engaging ideas
  • Have your finger on the pulse of everything that is happening in sports, particularly in the NRL
  • Monitor social media and online networks for trending stories
  • Pitch, write and file stories to a high standard, including match reports, breaking news, long-form analysis and live blogs
  • Deliver to tight deadlines
  • Provide innovative ideas for compelling storytelling across print and digital
  • Cultivate a strong network of sports contacts
  • Perform other duties as reasonably required


Enough about us. Let’s talk about you!

In order to succeed, you will have:

  • A minimum of three years’ experience as a sports journalist
  • Proven expertise in writing about sports
  • An understanding of different ways of engaging our audiences, particularly in digital
  • An abundance of ideas and energy and the ability to work well as part of a team
  • Excellent writing skills

Additional Information

What you’ll get in return at Nine.

  • Career development and quality training
  • Up to 16 weeks paid primary carer’s parental leave
  • Discounts on lifestyle, entertainment, and leisure memberships, including health insurance, dental and gym
  • Access to Future Women – a movement to help women connect, learn and lead through unique content and events.
  • Hybrid Working / Flexible working
  • Discounts on products and services with corporate partners including Samsung, Apple, JB HI-FI, HP, Hertz Car Hire and TFE Hotels

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

At Nine, we are committed to fostering a workforce that embraces all aspects of diversity and inclusion and where practices are equitable to ensure our people experience a sense of belonging. From day one, you’ll be encouraged to bring your whole self to work and will be supported to perform at your best. Should you require any adjustments to the recruitment process in order to equitably participate, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, and of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds and cultures.

Nine’s Workplace Condition of Entry:

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Nine has introduced a Workplace Condition of Entry – COVID 19 Policy that requires all workplace attendees and participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering a Nine workplace (unless you have a valid medical exemption). You will be asked to declare your vaccination status as part of the application process and provide evidence of this. This information will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

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