Birds 24/7

Overview:

During the fall 2014 semester, I interned at Philadelphia magazine where I worked exclusively on the Birds 24/7 blog. I served as an assistant to NFL beat writers Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus who covered the Philadelphia Eagles.

Every one of my published posts can be found on my Philadelphia Magazine author page.

Over the course of the internship,

  1. I produced weekly content:
    • What They’re Saying About the Eagles
    • Eye On the Enemy
    • Who’s Picking the Eagles?
    • Weekend Reading
    • Weekly Newsletter via iContact.com
    • Updated Schedule/Score Page
    • Moderated comments on posts via Disqus.com
  1. Completed tasks on game days:
    • Produced live chats via CoverItLive.com
    • Moderated live chats and posted scoring updates
    • Uploaded photos to WordPress for in-game articles
    • Edited in-game article posts
    • Updated marquee post on Phillymag.com
  1. Launched a blog store:
    • Produced a blog store using Shopify.com
    • Processed and shipped all orders
    • Kept a log of all purchases with relevant information
    • Served as customer service representative

Weekly Schedule:

Monday: Produced a What They’re Saying post, Sent out weekly newsletter, Compiled a photo gallery from the past weekend’s game, Updated schedule/score page, Produced a shell for the following morning’s Eagles Wake-Up Call post, Moderated blog’s comment sections, Posted links to new articles on social media outlets.

Wednesday: Produced a What They’re Saying post, Created and scheduled a Birds 24/7 Live Chat, Produced a shell for the following morning’s Eagles Wake-Up Call post, Moderated blog’s comment sections, Posted links to new articles on social media outlets.

Friday: Produced a Who’s Picking the Eagles? post, Produced an Eye On the Enemy post, Sometimes produced a Weekend Reading post, Moderated blog’s comment sections, Posted links to new articles on social media outlets.

Game Day: Launched Birds 24/7 Live Chat a half-hour before kickoff, Moderated comments in said chat, Uploaded photos to WordPress, Edited in-game articles, Updated marquee post on Phillymag.com, Produced a shell for the following morning’s Eagles Wake-Up Call post, Moderated blog’s comment sections, Posted links to new articles on social media outlets.

Content Samples:

The first What They’re Saying About the Eagles is a Monday/Tuesday version. This post includes both national and local media coverage of the past weekend’s Eagles game.

The second What They’re Saying About the Eagles is a Wednesday/Thursday version that only includes national links and focuses on where the Eagles are in each site’s ‘power rankings.’

Weekend Reading became somewhat of a weekly post towards the end of my internship. This post would be published on Saturdays or Sundays.

Who’s Picking the Eagles? was a weekly post that compiled links to national sports writers who made predictions for each NFL game.

Eye On the Enemy took a weekly look at how each team in NFC East division was doing.

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