We're looking for new people to join our editorial staff here at 7500 to Holte and we are especially interested in bringing aboard writers who will broaden our worldview. Women.People from other parts of the world. People with disabilities. Basically: we’re looking to encourage diversity on our site.
That said, our ultimate objective is to work with the best Aston Villa writers around, no matter what.
The positions below are open right now. If you want to apply, please fill out this Google form. If you'd like to write for us but don't fit one of the available slots, fill out the form and let us know what you would like to do. It should go without saying that the number one requirement for all of these positions is a passion for Aston Villa.
Additionally, we want to be upfront about compensation. None of these positions are, at least at first, paid positions. And while there is the possibility for advancement, nobody who writes here makes a living off of it. If you're looking to do this for the money, I'm afraid we aren't for you. If you're looking to do it because you love writing and you love Aston Villa: welcome! What we CAN offer is a massive platform and the opportunity to work with a site that has a huge presence on Facebook, Twitter, the web, and in podcasting. We understand that getting your work seen is of huge importance. We can give you the opportunity, tools and skills to give you a boost and the perfect portfolio
In addition to providing features, opinions, and commentary, 7500 to Holte aims to be the Aston Villa fan's go-to site for all of the latest Aston Villa news. To that end, we are looking to bring aboard some dedicated news writers who are willing to work quickly and accurately to publish the daily goings-on of the club.
Responsibilities: News writers will be responsible for covering daily and breaking news surrounding Aston Villa. This can range from transfer rumours, to injuries, to news of whatever it is Tony Xia is tweeting about in a given day. Writers will need to get a story published promptly and accurately, and should also be able to add their own perspective on the story. We strive to go beyond simply reporting what has happened and let our readers know why it matters.
Qualifications/Requirements: News writers must be comfortable writing quickly and with minimal editorial oversight. They should have a history of writing and a passion for all things Aston Villa. Additionally, they will need to be available with some regularity to write. While we strive to cover Aston Villa every day, every writer need not be available at all times. They should, however, be available when they have said they will be.
Aston Villa Ladies writer
Aston Villa have a women's club in the second division of the FA Women's Super League. They're an exciting bunch of players, but coverage of them is limited. Unfortunately, reporting on them is tough to do without seeing them in person. It is, however, one of this site's highest priorities to cover the team.
Responsibilities: The AVLFC writer would write match reports of the club and any other news surrounding the team. Match reports would need to be on the site within 24 hours of the completion of the match. Additionally, if it can be worked out, they would be responsible for feature coverage of the team.
Qualifications/Requirements: Since AVLFC are not broadcast, we need a writer who is willing to attend matches regularly. If you can commit to attending AVLFC home matches, we will buy your season ticket. If you want to attend away matches, too, let us know. We can figure something out (though I can’t guarantee we can pay for EVERY away match, we’ll get it sorted).
We deal mostly in words here. It's what blogs have done since, well, forever. But we'd like to start exploring new ways of telling stories. Infographics and strong graphic design can make compelling stories even better, or they can stand on their own.
Responsibilities: The graphics specialist would contribute images that could be used either in stories or on their own. They would work in concert with our writers to craft images that add to the conversation for our readers.
Qualifications/Requirements: Proficiency in graphic design software.
Social media folks
Our Facebook page has more than 110,000 likes, second only to Aston Villa itself among Villa-centric pages. Additionally, Facebook is one of our biggest sources of traffic. But running the page takes a concerted effort. We want someone to help us grow our Facebook page even further. If you want to show off your #content to a huge audience, we can give you that chance.
Responsibilities: At a bare minimum, every story that goes up on 7500 to Holte needs to be posted to the Facebook page. Ideally, we would post additional content from around the world of Aston Villa and football in general.
Qualifications/Requirements: A strong work ethic that will enable you to keep up with our posting schedule and a willingness to wade into the Facebook waters.