If you’ve wanted an opportunity to cover the NBA and LeBron James, you may want to consider applying to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The owner of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com and several smaller Ohio newspapers is looking for a beat reporter to cover LeBron James and LeBron James only.
This is similar to when Brian Windhorst left the Cleveland Plain Dealer to join ESPN to follow James during his Miami Heat years. And while Windhorst will remain with ESPN, the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com wants someone to shadow LeBron throughout his time with the Cavaliers.
From the job description:
“You’ll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You’ll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA.”
And to top it all off:
“…if you’ve got the chops to write about basketball, business, charity and community, this could be the right role for you.”
And one more:
“You will need to be flexible enough to work many nights and weekends, particularly during basketball season, and to travel across the nation to cover games.”
So if you’re the successful applicant and get the job, you’ll follow All Things LeBron, from his practices, games, off-the-court activities, charitable events and anything else that is applicable. If LeBron goes to the movies, you’ll report on which flick, which theater and maybe even if his popcorn is buttered or plain. If he goes to a restaurant, you could report which establishment he frequented, the dish he ordered and whether he left a generous tip. And if LeBron travels abroad, you may have to follow him to another country.
This is quite a comprehensive position and one that will require a lot of travel, but you will see a lot of the United States and plenty of NBA cities.
So if you’re willing to travel and follow just one man as part of this beat, then the LeBron James beat reporter is totally for you.