WHAT IS THE STRIDE REPORT?

The Stride Report (or TSR) is a new media platform founded in March of 2017 that is dedicated to the coverage of cross country and track & field. By providing analytical articles, features, rankings, predictions, recaps, and statistical breakdowns, we hope to show that competitive racing can be so much more than just times. 

What AREAS DO YOU COVER?

We have greatly expanded our coverage since 2017. We currently cover men's and women's Division One, Division Two, and Division Three. In the past, we have had contributors who covered NAIA.

Because our site is so young and operating with limited capital, we can only cover so many aspects of our sport at the moment. However, over time, we hope to expand our focus to both men and women at all collegiate levels (D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO). 

What Inspired The Creation OF TSR?

The running community has always been underrepresented in the sports world. Despite excellent coverage by news outlets like Citius MagLetsRun, and Flotrack, there was still a lack of relevant analysis and meaningful content. We took notice.

After reading through The Ringer and FiveThirtyEight.com, there was a realization that nothing like that existed for cross country and track & field. This led to months of designing and constructing the site you are currently on.

How Often do you post articles?

As college students and recent post-graduates, we have limited time when producing articles. Unless stated otherwise, The Stride Report will try not to go longer than 2 days without an article or major site update. If you're interested in writing for TSR, scroll below to learn more. 

HOW can I Support TSR?

Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your teammates. Tell your coaches. Tell your dog. Tell your cat. Quite simply, tell anyone who will listen.

Go to the HOME page and sign up for The Weekly Briefing, a once-a-week email that delivers all of TSR's articles and site updates straight to your inbox. Don't worry, we won't spam you.

Go to our FEEDBACK page and respond to a few questions.

Talk to some of your favorite brands and let them know about us.

 

Follow us on Instagram. Follow us on Twitter. Share and retweet our articles. Any click is a good click.

This site has been growing and thriving because people believe we produce quality content. We don't want that belief to change. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, ideas, or feedback, just shoot us an email at contact@thestridereport.com. You can even message us through Instagram or Twitter. 

What is it like to Advertise with TSR?

TSR's focus on collegiate distance running allows us to capture and maintain a diverse audience with similar needs and interests. Our readers range from high schoolers who just started running, to NCAA national champions, to Olympians. We even have plenty of parents, coaches, teams, and professional runners reading our site. Simply put, our audience covers the entire distance running spectrum.

Some sites generate traffic by utilizing live streams. Others use discussion/forum type platforms. The rest typically just generate news. However, at The Stride Report, we are producing analytical articles, rankings, and projection tools with detail and explanation that no other site has. We are changing the way we talk about our sport.

When advertising with us, there are multiple ways you can promote your brand. You can...

- sponsor one of our projection tools such as Kolas or the Scratch Tracker

- sponsor our DATA page or certain parts of it

- work with us to create a social media plan on Twitter and Instagram

- enter an article/rankings sponsorship plan over a period of time

- advertise directly on our front page or article streams

TSR's website analytics and metrics will only be released to those interested in sponsorship opportunities via email. Advertising rates and payment plans are negotiable and may vary.

The Stride Report holds the right to reject any and all advertising requests that conflict with our vision and the expectations of our readers.

How can I become a CONTRIBUTOR for TSR?

The Stride Report is a site that is constantly growing in viewership as well as reputation. Our goal is to consistently provide high quality and detailed articles to all of our site visitors.

EXPECTATIONS

Here are some of the expectations that we have for our contributors...

  • Produce at least one article a week (unless agreed upon otherwise). This cannot be stressed enough.

    • Failure to produce at least one article a week will result in a warning ​

    • A 2nd failure to produce at least one article a week will result in the removal from TSR's writing staff

  • Submit articles with strong sentence structure and limited errors/edits

  • The articles are timely and the topics are relevant

  • The length of the articles are usually over 1200 words

  • Most articles you will be writing should contain some type of argument. You'll need to defend that argument with examples, previous results, subjective speculation, and/or historical data.

  • Communicate and discuss ideas with other writers and the Admins.

Please understand that writing for TSR is a commitment. The expectation is that you will consistently write at least one article a week. This is not a hard goal to accomplish. 

TYPES OF CONTENT

In regards to the types of articles that you would be writing, the topics are rather flexible. It will be up to you to figure out what you want to write about (sometimes this is the hardest part). Here are the types of articles that TSR typically publishes or would like to publish...​

  • Predictions + Previews

  • Features + Interviews

  • In-depth analytics that examine historical trends, data, and averages (see our Digits articles)

  • Development of a ranking system that is consistently updated

  • Reacting to news and commenting on it's potential impact

  • General commentary on teams, individuals, meets, events, etc.

  • Potential podcasts (?)

 

We encourage you to adopt a writing style that is casual and light in nature, while also discussing subjects that are analytical and meaningful. You should avoid writing articles with titles like, "Which Distance Runner Would Win In A Slam Dunk Contest". We also ask that you avoid writing articles with political commentary. All ideas will need to be cleared by an Admin.

 

A TSR Admin has the right to reject any article that they believe does not reach the quality standards of the site. A TSR Admin may also reject any article that they believe does not match the expectations of our readers.

 

In order to spark article ideas and creativity, we suggest that you look at other speculative and analytical sites such as FiveThirtyEight, The Ringer, and Bleacher Report. We do not encourage you to copy these articles, but we do suggest that you look into these sites to spark ideas for how you can cover and discuss our sport in a more confident and intelligent way.

COVERAGE ROLES

TSR is still young, but we are seeing some encouraging growth. Although we are very happy with the content we are producing, we acknowledge that we must cover different aspects of our sport to continue our success.

 

Below, you can check to see which areas of coverage you might be interested in getting involved with. Keep in mind that due to a limited budget, we cannot immediately fill all of these positions at once. 

 

Please note that these roles may have varying levels of compensation.

 

Some roles may not have any compensation at all.

The top two roles in our priority list are paid roles (similar to the pay structure mentioned below).

 

Ranked by priority...

  1. Social Media (Media)

    • Experience with multiple social media platforms (required​)

    • ​Experience with either Canva, Photoshop, Visme, or other graphics tools (preferred)​​

    • Aim to increase exposure, engagement, and social media following

    • Capable of accessing social media platforms intermittently throughout the day

    • Extremely attentive to sentence structure, proper grammar and correct spelling

    • Highly self-motivated, consistent, and quick to react to news

    • We will entertain the idea of 3 to 4 month internship opportunities if appropriate

  2. Men's + Women's distance running (General) (D2)

  3. Podcasts (Audio) (All Levels)

    • Do you have a podcast focused on collegiate ​distance running or something similar? Send us an application via email to join our TSR Podcast Network and gain all of the exposure that comes with joining.

  4. Men's + Women's distance running (General) (D3)

  5. Men + Women's distance running (General) (JUCO or NAIA)

  6. Boys + Girls distance running (Scouting + Recruiting) (HS)

COMPENSATION

Yes, we pay you for the articles you write! For every article you write and publish, you will be paid $2. The most you can make in a single week is $8 (four articles a week). Writers will be paid via Venmo at the end of every week (Sunday).

TSR may include further incentive plans or payments based on number of views or exceptional effort.

APPLYING

In the early stages of our development, TSR originally restricted current collegiate athletes from writing. However, after being cleared by multiple NCAA compliance offices, we have decided to open our writing opportunities to ALL collegiate athletes. However, we still suggest that you talk to your NCAA compliance team to confirm that you'll maintain your eligibility.

 

It's important to note that you did not need to have run in college in order to write or contribute for TSR. 

If you are in college and are not on an NCAA roster, you are still more than welcome to apply. 

 

All interested candidates must have finished high school prior to applying.

If you meet our criteria for writers / contributors and are still interested in joining the crew, send us an email at contact@thestridereport.com. In that email, please list your...

  • Name

  • Running background

  • Any content creation experience you have (preferred, but prior experience is not required)

  • Pictures, videos, and podcast links can also be sent in as samples

  • A 300 to 500 word writing sample that a reader would expect to find on TSR​​

    • Topics can be about whatever you would like as long as it is relevant to TSR's coverage

    • Please check for any grammatical errors or confusing sentence structure

    • This writing sample can be attached via Word Doc, PDF, or typed into the email

  • For the social media, you can send anything that you believe is relevant to the opening

We will respond to all interested candidates as well as anyone who has questions.