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Communications: Media/Public Relations Servicing
Manager, Media Relations - Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago, Il)

Chicago Blackhawks Position Description

Updated: 11/16/2015

Department:                        Communications

Position Title:                     Manager, Media Relations

Reports To:                          Senior Director, Communications & Community Relations

Supervises:                          Full-time intern and game-night staff

General Responsibilities:

Coordinate day-to-day hockey media relations efforts, including writing all game notes and press releases, game credentials and overseeing the press box operation on game nights. Also assists with effective off-ice media exposure for team marketing and business initiatives with community relations, tickets, youth hockey and corporate sponsorships. Some travel and other duties as assigned by the department.

Specific Duties: 

·         Assist the Senior Director, Communications & Community Relations as well as the Director, Public Relations with all responsibilities.

·         Write and distribute press releases and media advisories for all on-ice and off-ice activities, including games, ticket sales, marketing, corporate sponsorship, youth hockey, community relations.

·         Compose media notes for all games (home and away) and produce/distribute Blackhawks Game day document.

·         Work as media relations representative on road games and other off site events to insure proper media presence.

·         Manage media servicing, including press lounge on practice and game days, and press box on game nights.

·         Manage credentialing operations for all Blackhawks events, including but not limited to practices, games, Prospect Camp and Blackhawks Convention.

·         Track media coverage of all Blackhawks events and announcements through daily news clippings (distributed to front office staff electronically) and news clippings archive.

·         Compose media notes for all games (home and away) and produce/distribute Blackhawks Gameday document on game days.

·         Coordinate all hockey information services for media including daily maintenance of the Blackhawks media website and distribution of hard copies of statistics/news clippings/game notes on practice and game days.

·         Pitch non-traditional and human interest stories to media contacts.

·         Manage media for public appearances by Blackhawks players/coaches, both in advance of the event and on-site at the event.

·         Manage all full-time and game night interns for the Media & Public Relations department.

·         Manage television/radio broadcast recaps for each game.

·         Other projects as assigned.


·         Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Public Relations or Communications.

·         Must have 5 years of experience with a pro sports team in media or public relations.

·         Strong local and national media contacts required.

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·         Strong knowledge of hockey, including but not limited to, rules, history, stats, etc.

·         Strong skills in Word & Excel.

·         Must have strong working knowledge of social media.

·         Attention to detail; team oriented.

·         Ability to travel on a regular basis.

·         Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as directed by game and events schedule.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have media relations experience with a professional sports team?

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