NEOMG looking for LeBron James beat reporter

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As the Northeast Ohio Media Group looks to redefine their coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of long-time scribe Mary Schmitt Boyer’s retirement, the group that spearheads Cleveland.com and The Cleveland Plain Dealer are looking for a beat writer. But not a Cavaliers beat writer per se—a LeBron James beat writer.

James’ return to Cleveland has been the talk of the summer in the sports world. With standard, robotic, lede-quote-stats game recaps going the way of the rotary phone, NEOMG wants to make sure they’re ahead of the curve when it comes to covering one of the biggest stories in Cleveland. From the job description:

Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. 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.

Kudos to NEOMG for breaking the mold among newspaper-based outlets. The changes they have made to their Ohio State coverage has been noticeable. They’ve also started to break the mold a bit in their Tribe coverage. The intriguing aspect of this specific position, however, will be what sort of access, if any, is provided to said writer outside of the typical scrums and scheduled appearances. Here’s hoping it involves investigative, non-deadline, writerly items as opposed to the mere repackaging of others’ reports.

You know what they say: Prose over pose.1



  1. Actually, I’m not sure anyone’s ever said that. Ever. []

  • JHop

    Where’d you guys find this posting? Brian Windhorst’s mailbox?

  • RGB

    Current and former ESPN acolytes need not apply.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    BW3 needed! Poor guy he takes a beating in NE Ohio.

  • RGB

    He needs to write his own letter before we accept him back.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I think unlike LBJ Windhorst ain’t comin’ home!

  • DT91nmj

    Seems like they’re looking for less of a reporter and more of a Stalker!!

  • There seems to be little reason to believe the person who fills this role will gain any more insight or access to LeBron than any other beat reporter. After all, why would they? It seems far more likely that they will be filing TMZ-type “stories” about people standing outside LeBron’s house, morons who run on the court and the like.

    I’m sure the PD has a Manziel beat reporter position all queued up just waiting for the Browns to name Manziel the starter.

    I could be wrong … but I’m probably not.

  • mgbode

    why would they wait for JFF to start games?

  • It would be unseemly to stalk a backup QB. They have standards after all. Maybe.

  • mgbode

    I’ve been told that position is always the most popular guy in town though.