Neowin: Now hiring driven and motivated writers - EU edition

Neowin has several news poster positions available. We are primarily looking for writers based in Europe who can submit articles between the hours of 8am and 2pm GMT or those in Australia/New Zealand who are able to write during those hours. However, we will of course consider writers based elsewhere too!

If you have a passion for writing informative and inspiring news articles, Neowin might be the right place for you.

What are our expectations?

  • Be active: We require no less than 4 articles a week, but the more the better. We pay our writers per original article depending on the comments/hits. This won't replace your full time job, but is an easy way to earn extra cash for an MP3 player or copy of Windows 7.
  • We expect all articles to be originally written, and we have strict guidelines for approvals. You must be proficient in English and grammar. We understand no one is perfect, but we do have high standards in order for a post to be approved on the main page.
  • You need to be able to bite your tongue when negative criticism occurs. It happens from time to time, but remember you represent Neowin on and off this site.

We do not assign people to different areas unlike other established news sources. Our writers can choose to write from a variety of different categories.

Here's a general idea of what we cover here at Neowin:

  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Linux
  • Gaming
  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Gadgets
  • Mobile Devices
  • Editorials & Reviews
  • And anything else that's related to technology

Think you have what it takes?

You can apply by visiting www.neowin.net/contact/apply.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to reply to you instantly.

Thanks and Good luck!

Update: We removed the requirement for a native English speaker

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I know I usually post random and useless comments, but I'll be serious this time. If you guys ever consider (and I believe you should) making a spanish edition of Neowin (like Engadget has done as well as ReadWriteWeb), I would be up for the job. I currently own 1 blog where I do news on my own, but working for a spanish edition of Neowin would be great, especially for you guys. Latin America (please, for people who don't know, Latin Americans don't speak Latin, they speak spanish) is getting more and more into technology everyday, and its looking quite good. You should take the chance to cover information in, what, the second or third most spoken language in the world? Before original spanish blogs do, which are already doing (but not getting very far, they prefer sites like Neowin and TechCrunch still). You guys have the upper hand, I would recommend taking advantage of it. And as I said, you can contact me if you need native spanish speakers and writers, I live in Puerto Rico (commonwealth/territory of the USA).

Dear Neowin. Get a new press release for the application, that Microsoft one is annoying as hell, and so boring I don't want to write about it. If that's what Neowin's news is based on, I certainly won't be applying...

d4v1d05 said,
Dear Neowin. Get a new press release for the application, that Microsoft one is annoying as hell, and so boring I don't want to write about it. If that's what Neowin's news is based on, I certainly won't be applying...

I think that's kinda the point... Sometimes you have to write about something you're not that interested in.

d4v1d05 said,
Dear Neowin. Get a new press release for the application, that Microsoft one is annoying as hell, and so boring I don't want to write about it. If that's what Neowin's news is based on, I certainly won't be applying...

Well with an attitude like that, I'm thinking they are glad you haven't applied. The PR probably was chose to be challenging and hard to write, what better way to gauge talent.

alero said,
Well with an attitude like that, I'm thinking they are glad you haven't applied. The PR probably was chose to be challenging and hard to write, what better way to gauge talent.
More like boring, uninteresting and not challenging in the least; that's the problem. Ah well, I'm a developer, not a writer, I just used to write on the side...

Andrew Lyle said,

That's all we hire.

A fair few stories are just re-wording of engadget articles though? I know some people wont read engadget here so you still need to report it. I love the editorials though (but hate all the fanboy hating they often attract)

Borix said,
Hmmm, would like to write for neowin, but I cant stand negative criticism .

Dont read the comments, you wont be the first to do that on staff

I wouldn't mind playing the role of news editor... despite the attempt at maintaining standards, I often find news posts with grammatical/spelling errors or poor syntax.

Any chance of opening up applications for a position like that?

dewaaz said,
I wouldn't mind playing the role of news editor... despite the attempt at maintaining standards, I often find news posts with grammatical/spelling errors or poor syntax.

Any chance of opening up applications for a position like that?

Typically you start out as a news writer and get promoted to editor, id reccomend applying and we can go from there.

Julius Caro said,
Europe+Native English = uk, ireland and malta.

Malta's official language is not english, it is Maltese, which seem to have a mix of italian and arabic words, written in latin characters

this leaves only uk and ireland...

Julius Caro said,
Europe+Native English = uk, ireland and malta.


While this is true for the most, there are a lot of people who emigrated to EU foreign countries or are based in e.g. US military bases in Europe.
So if you made this Britain+Malta only this would end up being unfair towards those native speakers who're located elsewhere.

Glassed Silver:win

ramik said,

Malta's official language is not english, it is Maltese, which seem to have a mix of italian and arabic words, written in latin characters

this leaves only uk and ireland...

English is also an official language in Malta. I trust teh wikipedia on this one

Glassed Silver said,

While this is true for the most, there are a lot of people who emigrated to EU foreign countries or are based in e.g. US military bases in Europe.
So if you made this Britain+Malta only this would end up being unfair towards those native speakers who're located elsewhere.

Glassed Silver:win


No, I made it to show how unfair it is for those non-natives that speak perfect English, but whatever.

English as native language?
Whoaw... I'm out... Especially because the times are a bit weird, I mean searching IN EUROPE for that time frame?
Way to tell basically all workers/students to move on.
I for one would probably be active even though in those hours, because my schedule is lax, but seriously... Native only?

I do posess an IELTS certificate (band 7 level) though and English is not like my "fun language".
In fact I use it for 70-90% of the websites I frequent and to just make the list longer: I'm studying English as main subject at college.

I feel left out. I've been wanting to apply before and did not do so, I know, but that was due to moving to another town, last few weeks of a job to finish and preparation for college/moving/IELTS certificate.

I'd be happy to hear that I might still apply, because I actually would love to contribute just more and news is a great way to do that.
I love the part about original content, really happy to see that Neowin is pushing it any moment now and moved away from copying other sources. Neowin is much more fun to read nowadays than it used to be.

Cheers

Honestly, take a stab at applying. The problem we run into is that if native language isn't English we find that the writer will have a hard time 1) turning out breaking news quickly 2) they will have some odd sentence structure consistently in each news piece. We don't have time to re-write a news post because the writer doesn't grasp some basic English writting concepts. It's a ruthless industry, slip up a word in a piece and the comments rail on that error.

If you feel that you are extremely proficient in English, then go for it,

Having English as your native language doesn't mean you are any good at it, often schools don't teach proper structure and grammar (I know all half of my English lessons were on poetry, so I didn't listen). People who learn it as a second language potentially get a more thorough base.

Turning people away because they have English as a second language is ridiculous when you are searching for Europeans.

And when these non-native speakers get brought on and have a flurry of issues that hits the front page, are you going to stand behind them and say "well its ok, Enlgish isnt their primary language"?

I guess we can agree that every poster needs to have a solid language base in English - native or not.

And thank you bdsams for supporting my wish to apply.
I'd love to give something to the Neowin community.

Glassed Silver:win

bdsams said,
Honestly, take a stab at applying. The problem we run into is that if native language isn't English we find that the writer will have a hard time 1) turning out breaking news quickly 2) they will have some odd sentence structure consistently in each news piece. We don't have time to re-write a news post because the writer doesn't grasp some basic English writting concepts. It's a ruthless industry, slip up a word in a piece and the comments rail on that error.

If you feel that you are extremely proficient in English, then go for it,

Well, let's see. You're on the news team, an editor no less, and I can spot a number of spelling/grammar errors in your reply (you might argue it's just a reply and you rushed it, but that would be the case for "breaking news" as you call them, though I haven't seen much of those on neowin's FP).

I am not a native english speaker, it's not even my second language, but I sure as hell won't make some of the mistakes I see on the front page frequently.

The reasons you cited to rule out non-native speakers are irrelevant given there's already an application process. The sample articles submitted as an application would be enough to see if the person is or is not suited for the job. Native or not, that's beside the point.

This whole reasonless "English must be your native tongue." thing is leaning to be quite racist, don't you think?