Now Hiring: Beat Writer

Dylan Burkhardt

Joe Stapleton is completing his third season (2011, 2013, 2014) as our beat writer at UM Hoops and will be moving on after this season. Joe has been an invaluable asset, but it’s time to start thinking about replacing him.

We are looking for a new beat writer who will attend media sessions (usually weekday afternoons) throughout the season and cover every home game (along with choice road games). While the job is not full time, it is paid and an opportunity to expand your skills and gain valuable experience covering a top-25 basketball program.


  • Attend media availability sessions, all Michigan home games, and select road games.
  • Write game stories, previews, columns, Five Key Plays, and other stories as demanded by the beat.
  • Attend select AAU tournaments and high school games featuring Michigan recruiting targets.
  • Conduct phone interviews with Michigan basketball recruiting targets.
  • Help monitor comments and message board posts in the UM Hoops community.


  • Love basketball.
  • Writing and interviewing experience covering sports.
  • Working knowledge of Michigan basketball and the college basketball landscape.
  • Dress and act professionally.
  • Ability to be on time and meet deadlines.
  • Schedule amenable to job demands (media sessions, home games, away games).
  • Live in the general Ann Arbor area.


  • Basic understanding of tempo free stats and an interest in sports analytics.
  • Basic HTML, CSS, WordPress or other CMS experience.
  • Experience covering high school basketball or recruiting.
  • Basic Photoshop skills (or interest in graphic design), basic video editing skills (or interest).
  • Understanding of basic search engine optimization (SEO) concepts and principles.

How do I apply?

Send me an email at with your resume, writing samples, links, and anything else that makes you a good candidate.

Don’t hesitate to apply if you meet just a certain portion of the criteria. We are looking for help across the board and are certainly open to mixing and matching, if required.

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  • jlustig22

    Sorry to hear Joe is leaving but good luck in your future endeavors. You have done a great job along with Dylan in writing for the site. Whoever replaces you will have big shoes to fill but hopefully Dylan will find someone who is up to the task of providing great content on Michigan basketball.

  • mistersuits

    The most important question is with this change being announced mid-season, how is it going to affect recruiting???

    All kidding aside, good luck Joe!

  • gobluemd16

    Well, that sucks.. Good luck Joe, I am sure you are moving on to bigger things! Update us if you are so inclined, but you will be missed by the UMHoops community! Your writing for this site is absolutely top notch and much enjoyed. Fa sho!!

    • Just a clarification: he’s not leaving today or tomorrow.. Just after the season is all wrapped up!

      But +1 to everyone on what a good job he’s done.

      • gobluemd16

        Yup, I knew that! Just wanted to wish him well for the future

  • Anonymous

    High Dilan,
    How do eye aply 4 ur positen?

  • mazs

    Joe has set the bar pretty darn high.

  • MLaw

    Good luck and thanks for all the great work Joe. Mighty big shoes to fill.

  • Job well done Joe – here’s hoping you’re with us through the first Monday in April. If I were 22 again I would be all over this gig.

  • Rich74

    Joe, I have enjoyed reading you articles and analysis over the last couple of years. I hope you are going to continue with sports related journalism after you leave here. Hope this years team can extend your employment to the final four.

  • jemblue

    Best wishes and good luck to Joe – you’ve done a great job.

  • DingoBlue

    Joe, I look forward to reading the rest of your articles and tweets. Hopefully you can be brought in on podcasts next season to offer your “expert take”. You have been an invaluable addition to the site. I know that I watch each and every video posted to the site for pressers and game reactions.

    Best of luck in whatever may follow this season of Michigan basketball and Go Blue!

  • Jay Z

    I’d apply but being the best rapper alive is too demanding.

  • Mattski

    I hope that the basketball program also appreciates the lean, mean, incredibly knowledgeable core of Michigan fans that you and Dylan have helped to create, Joe. I’d say we could hold our own, thanks to you guys, with any fan base in the country–Dukies, Sparties, or Rockchalk Jaywalkers be damned. You will be missed!

  • rlcBlue

    So does Joe get a bouquet of flowers on Senior Day?

    Thanks for all the great work and good luck in your future endeavors, Joe. And good luck with the search, Dylan.

  • jakelam2116

    Best of luck, Joe! You’ve done fantastic work. Especially gonna miss you on the podcast and your ‘Fo Sho’ mentions.

  • Joe Stapleton

    Hey everyone, just wanted to say I’m touched by all your kind words. This is truly a great community of knowledgeable basketball fans and good people. I’ll be working through April, but it’s been a real blessing to work on this site with Dylan and serve all of you. Thank you!