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Want to be the next Matthew Berry, Stephen A. Smith, Bill Simmons, or Peter King?

We’re looking for contributors to cover over 200 high schools in South Carolina for the 2019 season. Contributors will write features, game previews and recaps, interview coaches and players, and take photos during games for the high school of their choice. They will be the eyes and ears on the ground, observing and reporting everything football-related at their respective school.

Interested in becoming a contributor? Email assistant sports editor, J. Scott Sewell, at jscott@theitem.com with a letter of interest. The letter of interest should explain why you’re interested in a career in journalism, express which team you wish to cover, and describe your passion for sports.

Overtime SC was created in August 2019 by The Sumter Item as a way to provide South Carolina high school football fans with the most comprehensive and in-depth coverage while simultaneously providing a platform for budding high school and college journalists to gain valuable writing and photography experience.

The Sumter Item is an award-winning daily newspaper located in Sumter, South Carolina. It was named among the 10 newspapers in the nation featured in an annual list of “10 Newspapers That Do it Right in 2019” by Editor and Publisher magazine.

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