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Help wanted at PSP

Ever wondered what it was like to watch an MLS match from the press box?

Ever wanted to shoot photos of a professional game from the sideline?

Got smart opinions or analysis to share?

Want to help?

The Philly Soccer Page needs volunteer writers and editors.

If you’re interested, please email dwalsh@phillysoccerpage.com and pandrews@phillysoccerpage.com. Please send 1-3 writing/photography samples, tell us about your soccer and writing/photography backgrounds, and let us know what interests you at PSP. As PSP is run fully by volunteers, we demand only as much time of you as you have to give.

PSP is a volunteer publication, of course, but we strive to put out high-quality, professional work. Many of our writers and photographers have gone on to exciting new experiences as a result of their time at PSP. (One of our alums is now employed by the Union and is one of the best writers in American soccer today.)

Here are some of the topics we know we want covered, but there is plenty more than this. Basically, if it’s soccer and linked to the Philadelphia media market — which stretches from Delaware and Cape May on north to Trenton and the Poconos and west to Harrisburg — then we’re interested. And just because you start with us writing about one thing, it doesn’t mean you’ll always do that. All our top Union writers started off writing about other things.

Here’s what we need.

  • Videographers

Longtime PSP videographer Daniel Gajdamowicz is stepping back from video duties with PSP, which means that we’re looking for one or two folks to anchor PSP’s video coverage. PSP videographers attend Union home matches and shoot the post-game press conference, interviews with the players, and the post-game show with PSP writers and guests. In the past, videographers have also conducted pre- and post-match interviews with fans down at Talen Energy Stadium and covered other area soccer events. Videographers also manage video editing and uploading the finished product to YouTube. The role is very much what you make of it.

Prospective videographers should have their own equipment and some proficiency with video editing software.

  • Writers & columnists

We’re looking for writers interested in joining our general rotation of writers. Generally, this entails covering Philadelphia Union and Union II, Reading United, Ocean City Nor’easters, and other local soccer clubs and events such as the U.S. Open Cup. It also means handling other regular features, such as Player of the Week and local, grassroots soccer coverage. We generally start writers on the Union II beat and mix in Union opportunities once you have some experience. We’ve been at this for years and can train you so that, by the time you do your first home game alone, you’ve already taken some test runs alongside one of our veteran writers. Location in the Philadelphia area and the ability to attend training and midweek press conferences is a plus, but not required.

If this kind of coverage doesn’t sound like your speed, don’t fear.  We’d also like to add a few columnists to write weekly or biweekly columns about MLS, Philadelphia Union,  and other soccer topics tied to the Philadelphia region. By “column,” we mean pieces that are commentary, analysis, and/or opinion. This can include writing our regular post-match analysis feature that runs after every Union match. Columns run about 500-800 words. We’re looking for smart, independent writing. One post per week on average.

  • Photographers

PSP seeks a photographer to shoot photos at Bethlehem Steel FC home games and line up as a backup photographer for Philadelphia Union matches. Photographers shoot from the sidelines and have up close access to the matches. This person would logically line up as the first potential replacement on Union games should one of our three lead photographers step aside. Also, this person would potentially be in line to shoot U.S. national team games that take place in the Philadelphia area.

  • Other

Got an idea that you’d like to see added to PSP? Pitch us! (That’s where, for example, the SEBA feature that ran for several years on the site came from.) If it’s soccer-related and Philly-related, we’d love to hear what you have in mind.

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