To be precise, Amtrak is offering what it calls “social media residencies,” which do indeed involve writing – on, as you’ve probably already figured out, social media. Here’s what they have to say about it:
The #AmtrakTakeMeThere Social Media Residency aims to showcase how people from different walks of life travel by rail. By way of social media, our chosen residents will share their individual experiences aboard our long distance trains while engaging users through their respective online communities.
The idea here is that AmTrak puts you on a cross country AmTrak train for free – and even pays a $1000 stipend to cover travel expenses! – and you record your trip in whatever creative way you usually – and, because you care about your audience -best do that kind of recording and publish it via your FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. accounts.
They’re very clear that:
We’re not looking for glitzy influencers with millions of followers who quit their day job to travel the world
So that means that real people like those of you who hang out over here at TVWriter™ from time to time have a real chance of making this happen.
But why take our word for it when you can get the deets and fill out the application form HERE?
Oh, and for the record, although we aren’t guaranteeing that this will be the greatest gig ever, we do want to say that it seems like one of the absolutely coolest “I’ll do anything to be a writer!” ops ever.
If you apply, please, please, please, let us know how it goes. We love bragging about our visitors, you know?
Break a leg!