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Interested in Writing for KSR?


A few weeks ago I wrote on here about how this is going to be the “Summer of Transition” on KSR as we move to some new endeavors and expand what we do on this site. We are very excited about the changes and looking forward to announcing new additions to the site in the months to come. One of those additions is bringing on some new writers, a couple of which are names from the past (BTI and John Wilkinson), some new names you don’t yet know and a couple of folks you do know that you will be excited (and surprised) to see in the KSR environment.

But along with that, it is time to once again cast a net and add some new writers to the KSR family from our readership. It has now been 2 1/2 years since our last blogger contest and in these 30 months, we have not added on any new writers from outside the KSR world or the KSR College environment. This summer that changes. Over time, the most important names at KSR have come from either the Blogger contest or writing on separate blogs and then joining Kentucky Sports Radio. Now we will set out to look for the new Beisner, Drew Franklin and Tyler Thompson from our KSR Readership. So we are asking you, do you have what it takes to write for KSR.

Here is What We are Looking For:

1. Creative Writers to Cover UK Sports: You know the KSR style. Do you think you can do it? If so, we would like to read your submission. If you decide to apply for one of these positions, make sure and let us know what sports you would focus on and what you consider your expertise. Remember, most will say basketball and football, so if you have an interest in another area, please let us know. You can be any age, any walk of life and have any profession…just a desire and ability to write at a high level about Kentucky sports.

2. College Students: Many of our best writers have come from KSR College and we are continuing another year of that starting in August. The form of KSR College will alter slightly and the posts will be integrated into the main site as part of the redesign. But if you are interested in joining the KSR College group, you should apply for this position. This involves actual covering of UK games, press conferences and events (last year writers from KSR College were able to cover the John Calipari Fantasy Camp). We prefer to have students who can be in the Lexington area for events, although this is not required. If you are a college student, this is the best position to apply for and we have had a number of writers coming from KSR College land full time sports reporting jobs after their time with us.

3. Creative non-UK Sports Writers: Part of our new endeavor will be to create a “Culture” page, similar to what Bill Simmons has done with Grantland that will include writing beyond the world of UK sports. Some of our best writers, such as Tomlin, Drew and others will be writing extensively here. If you think you are particularly capable of writing about interesting, non-UK topics (movies, politics, pop culture, long features), this is the position for you and you can be part of building a spin-off phase of KSR going forward.

These are the three main types of writers we are now seeking. We are adding a KSR Photographer, but she has already been picked and will be joining us in June. What we are looking for now are great writers and I know you are out there. If you come down this path, it can literally change your career, just as it did for Thomas Beisner, Drew Franklin and Tyler Thompson. And now is the time for you to try as as well.

To Apply, EMAIL [email protected] with this information:

— Reference in SUBJECT OF THE EMAIL as to which position/s you are interested in

— A couple of paragraphs on who you are, where you live, what you do for a living, why you are interested…a biographical look at the person applying. Make sure to use this as a time to sell us on you as it will be (at least until we interview you) our only chance to know who you are as a person.

— At least 2 WRITING SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK. This can be created specifically for this application or something you have done elsewhere. But we are interested in seeing your writing ability.

— Contact information and schedule availability. If you are chosen, how often, and when, would you be available to write.

Our vision is that you will join us as a secondary hobby to whatever career you are pursuing now, but with the possibility of advancement, just as other KSR writers have done before. We need your submission by TUESDAY MAY 28 at 5 PM. We will spend some time reviewing the applications and then be in touch by mid-June. This is an exciting time for KSR and we are eager to pursue the next phase of the site’s growth this summer. We hope to have you a part of it and look forward to reading your submissions. Thanks!

Article written by Matt Jones

50 Comments for Interested in Writing for KSR?

  1. So_you_Fired_Corey
    10:12 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink


  2. Courtney
    10:16 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Have you considered expanding on KSR college to have interns cover national sport events? Would love to apply but I study sports journalism two hours away from Lexington 🙁

  3. Smart Person
    10:27 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Courtney apply anyways, worst thing that can happen is they say know.

  4. Smart Person
    10:28 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Good thing spellin and grammar is not a requirement

  5. tdogg40330
    10:31 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    how bout giving a long time KSR reader and die hard UK fan a chance
    w/o going through the craziness?? I’m sure there are some good ones
    that would love to be a part ….

  6. Haven
    10:33 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Uggg! If you’re going to cover politics, please keep it off the main page. People read this site for sports – not Bachelor updates, and definitely not politics. I don’t read because its way to political. Don’t ruin your blog by mucking it up with political B.S.

  7. Mushmouth
    10:33 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Ebba habba meeda pottie ommiba Fat Albadda.

  8. tdogg40330
    10:37 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    by the way, my vote goes to SnNH to be the next KSR writer !!!

  9. Kevin
    10:38 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    What kind of writing samples are you looking for?

  10. SMH
    10:39 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’m glad to see you’re going with creative writers in the future. It’ll be a nice change of pace.

  11. curiosity
    10:40 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Any information on salary?

  12. Dee W.
    10:43 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    6 – have to agree with that…the few times it has come up have been disappointing. This is the kind of place where we all come together to get away from that sort of thing.

  13. sorryCat
    11:21 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    if we do politics, will Obama turn the IRS on us?

  14. Rupp
    11:27 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Have Jay Hostleter(sp?) write about potential recruits
    and their performance each week!!
    We fans crave info about the new Cats!!!
    AAU, high school, back seat of car, anything!!!

  15. MikeCasey
    11:33 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Have that Santa guy at the bottom of the page write something.
    What’s he afraid of?
    Elves? Rudolph? Mrs. Santa Clause?

  16. that guy
    11:34 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    Why are you all hating on KSR for putting this on the site? They’re giving anyone the opportunity to write on this site that we all love coming to and reading. That’s a great opportunity for someone to finally get to express their love of sports and have a big fan base see their posts. So quit and continue to read.

  17. IRS
    11:37 pm May 20, 2013 Permalink

    #11, yes we want to know about salary. We need our take.

  18. Crizzle
    12:01 am May 21, 2013 Permalink

    BTI is perfectly crosseyed in this picture.

  19. Crizzle
    12:02 am May 21, 2013 Permalink

    Sh!t wrong thread

  20. chipper
    12:27 am May 21, 2013 Permalink

    Since only looking for college students to join in, I guess that’s your target audience so as a 32 year old college graduate I will stop reading and move on to something different.

  21. To 20
    1:02 am May 21, 2013 Permalink


    Where does it say they are only looking for college students? I think you misread.

  22. Wildcatsteeler
    5:01 am May 21, 2013 Permalink

    OMG, callin out to all morons. I hate the Bobcats, MKG who? Goodwin sucks, he played his ass off for who? Mays rules, he won’t play anywhere on the globe? Wiggins nonstop every second on the second, oh he didn’t even come here? We have 5 forwards already? Keeneland! Huh? What? Who?

    I’m clearly qualified.

  23. SexnNursinHomes
    6:42 am May 21, 2013 Permalink

    8- haha let’s not get too carried away.

  24. kentuckyjoe
    8:21 am May 21, 2013 Permalink

    Jay Hochstetler would be great on national and world events, culture, and politics. And I believe there has to be spots for all the great writers over at KSRc.

  25. kentuckyjoe
    8:29 am May 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with tdogg in wanting to see SnNH make the jump from lowly commenter to full-fledged blogger. He could start with a major expose of what really goes on in our country’s nursing homes. There must be a former UK player in a nursing home somewhere; he could use that connection to justify this important piece appearing on KSR.:)

  26. Jay Hochstetler
    4:04 pm May 21, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for the recommendations, Rupp and Kentuckyjoe! For now, I’ll keep my recruiting banter on KSR College, but I hope to make it to the big leagues someday!

  27. kentuckyjoe
    7:30 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    JH, that day will be sooner rather than later.

  28. SexnNursinHomes
    2:39 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    25- haha I do want to start a nursing home that has escorts and strippers. Gonna call it “Splatz”.

  29. Laker Cat 18
    2:44 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Another vote for SnNH for the next writer. There has to be a popular demand for this stuff. I’m sure there are old people having sex in nursing homes all the time.

  30. TJCATZ
    2:44 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Will we get an e-mail in june regardless of whether we were chosen or not?

  31. GoForIT
    2:50 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Dont you have enough writers? How about hiring a marketing person, sales, IT for new website design. Good money to be made on here, dont waste it on writers. You have your main 3. Now make everyone else do it for an internship and they will.

  32. Rockfield, KY
    3:01 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Why don’t you have readers contribute articles and ideas and then just publish the best ones. That’s what Clay doesn on OKTC and it seems to work.

  33. Duck Fuke
    3:11 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    This is a great way to get free content during a slow news time

  34. me
    3:36 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’m going to Morhead State University this fall, I’m going to study journalism and hoping to become a sports journalist one day. Hopefully KSR will have an opening in 4 years after i get my BA then i will apply. This would be my dream job as i love all UK sports and to me, would be a honor to cover.

  35. Uh Oh Mistake!
    3:48 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    To clarify, “2. College Students: Many of our best writers have come from KSR College and we are continuing another year of that starting in August.” is incorrect.
    There has yet to be a good writer brought in from ksrcollege. They are the worst writers on the site and it isn’t even close.
    That was the only error I saw.
    Good read.

  36. Chuckles
    3:55 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    The infamous website re-design…heard that before.

  37. rockatao
    4:07 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    i will apply for the proofreading and fact checking job that is so sorely needed.

  38. UKfan
    6:15 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink


  39. Frew Dranklin
    7:00 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Drop this contest and get the Boone’s Boone’s Butcher Shop girls employed by the site. It’s not often that talent that special falls from heaven.

  40. Ed Davender Friday News and Views
    11:05 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    Ed Davender’s legal defense fund will be auctioning off a pair of football and basketball season tickets
    Bidding will start at $10,000

    11:17 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    SNH suggests whitedangers!

  42. Ole Seven
    9:05 am May 24, 2013 Permalink

    I would put a horseshoe pit right there in the middle of the lawn…

  43. bung
    9:01 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I was hoping during the off season you might expand the ky basketball coverage to include more stories from the last 80 years of our basketball history. It would help new fans to understand the tradition…

  44. O T I S
    9:03 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I am interested

    Here is my writing sample. I will write the same thing for every topic

    2-10 in football, NIT first round loss to Robert Morris in basketball in a high school gym

    It was there Super Bowl

  45. Duuuuuude
    9:11 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    May I suggest an idea……that you open one time slot per day to a random fan. Each day, I am sure there are things on the minds of fans that KSR writers have not thought to put in print. Some fresh content could be produced daily by writers who are just random fans, such as myself who submit some content with photos in an email to be selected once per day by Mrs TT.

  46. Arrogant Blue
    9:16 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Well OTIS

    Judging by your name, at least you know your place.

    I mean their 1 win equals the same amount OTIS has against us in their last 5 trys. Not to mention that one win came the same year you got yours.

    Thank god I don’t have to root for a team that forces me to brag about other teams achievements.

    Thanks for the laugh

  47. beach bum
    9:28 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I vote for quality over quantity. PLEASE NO MORE WRITERS. In fact, you need to let about 5 go.

  48. TT's Fake Boobs and Rat Face
    10:08 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    @47 I agree, amen…let at least five go. And OTIS, please stop being so damn stupid. You are embarrassing the other Tardinal Trolls that come over here. One more thing, please learn the difference between “their” and “there”.

  49. Berg
    10:54 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I 100% agree with 47. Wayyyy too many mediocre writers on this site, and it has diminished the quality of posts by a lot. Nichols, Roush, Geil, Schuette, just a few that have got to go. Don’t add any more mediocre writers, I used to check this site to read the funny articles written by good writers, now I just seem to check it out of habit.

  50. Yup
    1:04 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    49- and don’t forget Stuart Hammer. I would certainly cut those 5 loose. They don’t have the skill to write for a jr high school paper, let alone a popular sports blog.