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Writers Wanted!

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CARBONITE will soon be getting a dedicated news section - not as part of the forums, but an actual news page. We will be needing some writers and reviewers, and if you think you have what it takes please continue reading.

Positions Currently Available:
  • News Writer (multiple openings)
    This is a position to be filled by someone with a passion for the industry, and a good general knowledge of hardware is highly advantageous. You will be writing articles on current affairs, news about upcoming hardware and the like. Given the requirements for the position, sourcing such news should not be difficult for you at all. An above average grasp of the English language will count in your favour, but as all submissions will be proofread and copyedited before being posted it isn't too large of a requirement.
  • Reviewer (single opening)
    Vast technical knowledge is a must for this position, and having a current platform (such as AM4, LGA1151 or LGA2066) will count quite heavily in your favour. A decent enough camera (or even a cellphone camera on most higher end phones) will be advantageous, but if push comes to shove you should be able to get copyright-free images from the vendors' websites. While we will assist in getting hardware for you to review from time to time, for the most part you will be reviewing your own hardware or that of friends and family. Once you have established a decent name for yourself I will be able to assist in getting review samples delivered to you.
  • Press Release Editor (single opening)
    This is a very straightforward position, but can be a good entry point to becoming a News Writer in the future. You will be sent press releases from the various vendors, and from time to time you will come across some which are very poorly worded, have incorrect punctuation or, in extreme cases, are barely readable. This position entails rewording the really bad press releases into readable English. Very little technical know-how is required as all needed facts should be in the press release, with just rewording required. A brilliant grasp of the English language will count heavily in your favour, as these will not be proofread or copyedited.
  • Tutorial Writer (multiple openings)
    This is a position for someone who loves to tinker. Whether it's how to build a headphone amp, how to make a level for a game, how to replace keys on a mechanical keyboard, how to tweak a Windows installation for benchmarking, or almost anything else you can think of, this is the position for you. You will need to be sure that whatever you're writing about does indeed work, as people may be following your guides step-by-step. You will not be required to offer support for your guides, but if you'd like to you can. A good grasp of the English language is helpful, and a decent camera for showing step-by-step instructions is advantageous.

How often do I have to write something?
We fully understand that this is something you would be doing in your spare time, so our requirements are not extreme. For News Editors, 1-2 articles per week should be fine. Reviewers will have no expectations, as reviews can only be posted as-and-when hardware is available to review (bonus motivation for them - if you're good at what you do we will do what we can do assist with obtaining review hardware). Press Release Editors will also have no requirements, but given that it is a very easy task should try to do at least 2-3 per week. Tutorial writers will have a minimum requirement of one article per month - this should provide opportunity to think up new and unique ideas.

All of these requirements are flexible, so don't be discouraged if you don't think you'll be able to stick to the above.

What do I get out of this?
At first it will be establishing a name for yourself. It is also a creative outlet with a massive audience which has already been established over the last ten years. Should you make a name for yourself, you will start to be introduced to key industry contacts and possibly (if a reviewer) access to review samples so that you can play with the latest and greatest around the time of release.

How do I apply?
Email me on [email protected] with the name of the position you'd like as the title for the email. In the body of the email please include:
  • News Writer - Write an article of between 250-300 words about a current affair in the IT world. The exact topic is left open for you to decide.
  • Reviewer - Write a review of between 400-500 words. You MUST have the hardware in your possession at the time of you review - it cannot be a subjective opinion formulated on press releases and other reviews.
  • Press Release Editor - Rewrite this press release in your own words. Do not remove or add any facts - everything you need is already there.
  • Tutorial Writer - Send through a tutorial or guide that you have written on how to build or change something. It doesn't matter what the something is, provided it is interesting.
Sign off the email with both your full name and Carbonite username.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a mail.
 
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