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Sports Writer (London)

The Athletic

The Athletic

Marketing & Communications
United Kingdom
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024
About Us
The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.
About this Role
The Athletic is seeking an explainer journalist to work with some of the best sports writers in the world and a talented team of editors to produce exceptional explainer articles that inform and entertain our readership on a daily basis.
The right candidate will have entry-level experience working in the industry, a brilliant quality of copy and the ability to quickly gather facts and tell stories.
They will have a deep knowledge of American football, basketball and baseball in particular, as well as interests in other sports such as tennis, football, F1, golf, boxing and Olympic disciplines.
This is a hybrid role and we would ideally like the successful candidate to work from our London office at least three days a week. Applicant must have the right to work in UK to apply.


  • Writing, editing and publishing explainer articles.
  • Quickly understanding challenging concepts and breaking them down in an intelligent, concise manner.
  • Curating the best content from social media.
  • Working with reporters to produce copy.
  • Collaborating with senior editors to expand ideas across formats.
  • Understanding SEO and best practices.
  • Understanding of trends – both on search and social media.


  • Ideally 2+ years of experience in sports journalism, with experience on a national sports desk or media.
  • Expert knowledge of American football and basketball.
  • Must be flexible and collaborative.
  • Willingness to work unsociable shifts around weekends, evenings and big events.
  • This role will be based in our London office.
The Athletic offers unique perks and benefits to all full-time employees based on their country of residence. Our comprehensive US benefits package includes:
- Highly competitive, employer-contributed medical, dental, vision, basic life and disability insurance plans.
- Savings accounts for medical, wellness, and childcare expenses.
- 401k retirement savings plan and employer match.
- Paid time off including paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, 15 days of accrued vacation to start, and up to 20 weeks of Paid Parental Leave.
For international candidates: Our global benefits packages offer similar benefits and perks, competitive to the local market.
The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.
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