Writing Gig Op: Lifehacker is looking for a staff writer

One of the web’s top sites is hiring, kids. Somebody’s going to get this high profile gig, why not you?

by Melissa Kirsch

Are you full of strong opinions on the right way to do things that you’re dying to share with the world? Do you geek out over everything from how best to pack a suitcase to the finer points of cell phone etiquette? Do you give incredible advice, if you do say so yourself? Are you also a smart, curious, witty, detail-oriented writer who wants to help people improve their lives?

Then we want to hear from you.

Lifehacker has an immediate opening for a staff writer. This is full-time position with competitive salary and good benefits, working out of Gizmodo Media’s New York City mothership, where you’ll pitch and write stories, star in videos, go on adventures, and bring our audience of tens of millions the best-in-class service journalism they clamor for/for which they clamor.

We’re looking for someone with a minimum of two years writing for a consumer-focused outlet.

Sound good? Apply!

We are also hiring a social media editor, so if you think you should be paid to write clever tweets about sous vide cooking, drop us a line.

We can’t promise that this is the gig of a lifetime, but Lifehacker is on this TVWriter™ minion’s Feedly must-read list and has been helpful as hell. If you do go the gold here, please let us know how it went, win or lose. Who knows? We may publish your experience as an article right here.

Writing Gig: How-To Geek is Looking for Writers

Actually, the headline above is a tad generic. What How-To-Geek, one of the top tech sites on the interwebs, specifically seeks is “writers focusing on movile (Android, iOS, wearables, etc.). You know, stuff like this:

by Cameron Summerson

As mobile technology grows and expands, so does our coverage. We’re looking for experienced, professional, and knowledgeable freelance writers to help take our mobile content to the next level.

What We’re Looking For

We’re looking for experienced writers to help cover news and editorial explainers related to mobile technology. The ideal candidate will be well versed in Android, Chrome OS, iOS, and wearable technology, though we don’t expect you to be an expert in all of those categories—having a “specialty” is fine, but you must be willing to learn and write about all mobile tech.

This is a freelance position where you’ll be responsible for writing news topics that are assigned to you in a quick and timely manner, while focusing on finding that unique How-to Geek angle—we explain complex topics in a way that are clear and easy to understand, and expect nothing less from our news coverage.

In other words, we’re not looking for someone to rehash the same news that everyone else is sharing—we’re looking for that unique angle that helps people make sense of what’s happening with each particular piece of news.

To summarize, ideal writers will possess the following qualities:

  • You must be a geek at heart, always looking to learn more about technology and make your gadgets work better.
  • You must be able to explain complex topics in a way that is clear and easy to understand, even to non-experts.
  • You must be creative, and have the ability to generate article ideas, take suggestions, and make topics interesting and exciting.
  • You must be at least 18 years old and have your own computer.
  • You must have solid English writing skills. It’s a shame we even have to mention that one.
  • You should have some basic screenshot and image editing chops. HTML skills are a plus.
  • Morning availability will be preferred for news writers (we’re operating on US time here)—most news hits before noon, so being able to stay ahead of the curve is important.

To give you an idea of what’s expected, here are a couple examples of the type of work we’re looking for:

Read it all at HowtoGeek.Com

As usual, TVWriter™ isn’t recommending the job, its duties and environment, et al per se. We’re just telling you it exists. But if you decide to apply, we’d love it if you would please let us know what the experience is like.

Hey, did we really just write a sentence ending in two different Latin phrases? Good on us!

Writing Gig: ‘Review Geek’ Is Looking for a Freelance Product Review Writer

This could be a good one. And you know we don’t always say that. In fact, we never have, til now:

by Jason Fitzpatrick

Think you have the perfect combination of product knowledge and writing skills? We’re looking for a few experienced freelance writers to join the team at Review Geek.

What We’re Looking For

We are looking for freelance writers who can research products across a wide spectrum of topics—don’t worry, you’ll be researching products newer than the typewriter above—ranging from travel pillows to tablets and everything in between.

One day we might be looking at external hard drives, and the next we might be looking at Bluetooth-enabled rice cookers. Is that a thing? It’s probably a thing—and if we hire you it might be your job to find the best one.

The work is freelance, with per-article or per-hour compensation depending on the position, where you set your own hours and write articles for us on your schedule. But we aren’t looking for people who simply want to write an article now and then—flexible schedule or not, you’ll need the free time to write consistently.

Interested in applying? You’ll need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • You can write in coherent standard U.S. English. Think it’s silly we have to spell that out? If you read some of the applications we get, you’d put it at the top too.
  • You’re creative and can come up with article ideas, workshop ideas with your colleagues, and contribute to the team culture. Further, and importantly, you can handle feedback and editorial oversight professionally.
  • You must be at least 18 years old and have a computer.
  • You’re good at editing images of all sorts including everything from quick screenshots to product photo touch ups—we’re all about pretty pictures, and you’ll be in charge of stocking your articles with them.

Here are a couple of examples of the types of articles you’d be expected to produce:

Get the rest of the info, including the all-important stuff about how to apply at Review Geek

Writing Gig: ‘Cards Against Humanity’ is Looking for Writers!

by munchman

This just in.

Cards Against Humanity, one of our favorite non-video games, is looking for new writers. In case you’ve played it, or, worse, never heard of it, here’s the bottom line about the game as expressed by the manufacturers themselves:

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game itself is very, very simple. A player draws a black card and read a question from it out loud. After which everyone else answers with the funniest phrase they can find on one of their white cards. Hilarity – or at the very least greatly entertaining snark, results.

You can learn all there is to now about Cards Against Humanity (including how to make your own deck) HERE

And, just as importantly if you’re looking for some paying work, you can find out all you need to know about becoming a contributing writer to the game HERE

Don’t just sit there, click forth and conquer. And don’t forget to tell everybody that TVWriter™ sent you. And that a certain dood here who calls himself munchman is a “hot single dad.” (Um, see, the site you’re going to says that they’re also looking for hot single dads, so, er, you know….)

Embarrassed but not ashamed,

Hi, I’m munchman! If I was working at Cards Against Humanity, that would be a black card in my mouth.


Oh, lest I forget: If you give the gig a try, please let us know how it goes. And, as we say all the time because our mealy-mouthed lawyers insist, “this post isn’t to be construed as a recommendation of the potential employer. We’re just passing on some info we think will be of interest to our visitors.”


Showbiz Gig: Current Series Manager @ DreamWorks TV

This TVWriter™ minion has an admission to make. I have no idea what the job we’re about to show you really entails, but given the employer and the, well, “genre” it’s in, I’d take it in a minute. (So y’all better act fast!)

There’s more, of course, and you can read it all at MediaBistro.Com HERE

Here’s another appetite-whetting pic:

You know the drill. TVWriter™ isn’t recommending this gig. We’re putting it out there for you to see and use your own judgment about. If you do answer the ad, please let us know what happens!

We’re rooting for ya!