Join the Team!
The GIST is a female-founded startup that is all about connecting and empowering women through sport. We create sports content and experiences that are by women and for women and our vision is to be the number one source for sports for women.
As The GIST continues to grow, we’re looking for a kick-ass content contributor and sports lover to join our small but mighty team. Reporting to The GIST’s Head of Content, you’ll be responsible for writing The GIST’s twice-weekly newsletter (sent Mondays and Thursdays) from start to finish. If you’re a self-starter with a passion for and knowledge of sports, a great sense of humour, a hunger to roll up your sleeves to be part of a startup and a deep-burning desire to level the playing field in the sports industry, then this is the job for you.
What you’ll be doing
Writing the Monday & Thursday edition of The GIST’s twice-weekly newsletter (which means writing Sunday & Wednesday afternoons/evenings) in accordance with The GIST’s editorial standards
Selecting which sports stories will be featured in the newsletter
Working closely with The GIST founding team, including writing and editing with The GIST’s Head of Content, The GIST’s Content Editor and The GIST’s Social Media team
Contributing creative ideas to continually improving The GIST
Occasionally participate as talent in video, audio and event-based content
Occasionally appear at events on behalf of The GIST
Have the opportunity to write longer-form articles, guides, deep dives and interviews
Have the opportunity to grow into a bigger role (i.e. full-time writer) with The GIST
What we’re looking for
Significant writing experience of at least two years is preferred
Experience in writing newsletters/short form content is an asset
Undergraduate degree is an asset
Proficiency in writing with the Canadian Style Guide
Strong writing, spelling and grammar skills
Ability to quickly learn how to write in a specific brand voice/tone
Calm under pressure, able to react quickly to breaking news
Strong journalistic integrity including fact-checking
High level of sports knowledge and ability to contextualize sports news/rules/events
A sports fan who’s able to sift through the the news and pick the most important stories
Collaborative and sports-loving spirit
Must value hard-work and teamwork
Passionate about leveling the playing field in the sports industry
A quick and resourceful learner who can thrive in a fast-paced, evolving startup setting and is able to grow with the company
This a part-time (two newsletters per week) three-month contract role located in the GTA with the opportunity to extend.
What we offer
The opportunity to be part of a female-founded, hard-working, fun team that is looking to level the playing field in the sports industry
An opportunity to write about and cover a broad spectrum of sports
An opportunity to grow as a writer and into a larger role with The GIST
Are you picking up what we’re putting down? We hope so. So, what’s next?
Write us a newsletter. You read that right. We want to see what your GIST newsletter would be like without our influence. Send us a newsletter anytime between 6 a.m. -9 a.m. ET on Monday, June 17th AND on Thursday, June 20th (highly suggested you write the night before and schedule your email to be sent the following morning). Yes, you’ll be writing two newsletters to simulate what it would be like if you were to be The GIST’s Content Contributor. Send the newsletter to email@example.com.
While we love a beautifully formatted newsletter, we understand it can be difficult without an account to an email software. No worries if your newsletter is not formatted.
Your newsletter should be similar to ours in that it is covering current events in sports, writing for the same audience and has a similar brand voice. Check out our prior newsletters on our website for reference.
While a writer located in the GTA is preferred, the majority of the role is going to be remote so don’t let that be a deterrent to you applying.
Don’t forget a cheeky subject line!
After that, we’ll be requesting resumes from candidates who wrote our fave newsletters. Candidates with the best newsletters and most applicable resumes based on the qualifications above will be asked to interview on June 26th and 27th in downtown Toronto. Keep your calendars open. Start date is July 7th.
About The GIST
We started The GIST because as both casual and avid female fans, we often felt like we were left out of the sports conversation and community. The current sports media outlets made us feel like sports were only for an avid male sports fan. We wanted to change that because we think sports are, and should be, for everyone.
This problem stems from a major lack of diversity in the sports industry — only 14% of sports journalists are females, only 4% of sports media coverage is on female athletes, female athletes receive only 0.4% of endorsement money and less than 5% of c-suite executives in sport are women. So it’s really no wonder why sometimes sports can feel like a guys thing. The GIST exists to change these stats.
That’s #thegist of it. We can’t wait to read your newsletters and hope to meet you soon.