Now Hiring: Neowin Writers

This autumn, Neowin has several news poster positions available. 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, 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.
  • Although not mandatory, living near a convention/tech hotspot such as LA, Seattle, New York, or Tokyo would be a plus.

We do not assign people to different areas unlike other established news sources. Our writers will 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

If you feel you have what it takes to be a news reporter here at Neowin please send an application with the following:
  • Your forum name (If applicable)
  • Your full name
  • Your location
  • Your previous blog you have wrote for, paid or unpaid (If applicable)
  • A sample of your writing, preferably an article with at least 220 words

All applications should be sent to editors [at] neowin [dot] net. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to reply to you instantly. Please give us at least a week to reply to you.

Thanks and Good luck!

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I'm interested, but would only have time to do maybe one per week?

I'm an editor for my college's newspaper too. Oh well.

I was very excited for applying to the selection some days ago, but I gave up. I'm afraid my articles wouldn't pass easily as I can be very provocative at times. But... I think I'm gonna try it once.

The reason you don't have any writers is because you don't pay them nearly enough. Are they officially employed? What about minimum wage?

You need to pay writers on the time they spend working, not on how many comments or hits their article gets (that can be a bonus).

Good luck.

Popcorned1 said,
The reason you don't have any writers is because you don't pay them nearly enough. Are they officially employed? What about minimum wage?

You need to pay writers on the time they spend working, not on how many comments or hits their article gets (that can be a bonus).

Good luck.


We've never had any complaint about the amount of money we pay our writers. We have guidelines in place to ensure everyone makes something off every article they write for us. If you'd like more information on the subject, please shoot us an e-mail and we'd gladly explain in detail.

Looking for more details on how writing works. Are writers required to find the stories? Does Neowin provide sources and then you write? Thanks

SoulEata said,
Looking for more details on how writing works. Are writers required to find the stories? Does Neowin provide sources and then you write? Thanks


We can provide sources and lists to start you off, but yes, we usually like writers to work on their own to find sources/articles.

Every now and then if an editor or member comes across a news tip, we will let posters know, but that happens only occasionally.

Four original articles a week eh? So where are all these articles now? Say you've got a staff of as few as five, that would put out at least 20 original articles a week. What I'm wondering is where I can find these original articles? I'd love a position such as this, however I don't need the money, nor do I live anywhere near a large metropolitan area.

Why would that be a recommended qualification by the way? Ever heard of this great invention called a plane?

The words "not mandatory" should clearly indicate it is not a requirement. They're merely saying it would be a plus - and if you were to think about it without the smart ass comments, you'd see why it would be considered a plus. You'd also see why it's not exactly reasonable for your average Neowin writer to pay out of pocket for a plane ticket to some Tech Convention.

Seems to be getting hard to find writers thesedays!

I was going to say good writers - but we have those :P

Shadrack said,
What you need to be a writer for Neowin:

A good article written on another site and a thesaurus.

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I keeeed, I keeed.

hehehe

Shadrack said,
What you need to be a writer for Neowin:

A good article written on another site and a thesaurus.

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I keeeed, I keeed.

Well if all articles were purely exclusive to sites/services then I guess AP would put a whole lot of high profile journalist services out of business.

I'm a college student, mass media/communications & CS major(s), desperate for cash lol this could be fun. So I am curious as well about the pay. Any estimates or someone in charge with an answer?

Seems like there's always a shortage of writers.... Too bad there's no shortage of mods, now that's something I would apply for

Rudy said,
Seems like there's always a shortage of writers.... Too bad there's no shortage of mods, now that's something I would apply for ;)

heh i was thinking the same thing.

Rudy said,
Seems like there's always a shortage of writers.... Too bad there's no shortage of mods, now that's something I would apply for ;)


writing is much more rewarding, modding...well it can be depressing!

bdsams said,
writing is much more rewarding, modding...well it can be depressing!

I understand that....but I'm not much of a writer so I can't contribute that way

Rudy said,
Seems like there's always a shortage of writers.... Too bad there's no shortage of mods, now that's something I would apply for ;)

Writing 4+ articles a week is unrealistic unless it's a full-time position which pays accordingly. A shortage of quality writers isn't surprising.

denne said,
Writing 4+ articles a week is unrealistic unless it's a full-time position which pays accordingly. A shortage of quality writers isn't surprising.


youre kidding right? 4 250 word articles a week is a full time job? It takes me about 30 minutes to write something up for the front page, so your looking at about 2 hrs to make minimum requirements, make it three to compensate for new hires to get used to the system...its fun to write, its by no means work

Glendi said,
Being a mod is a piece of cake. The only thing it needs is time and patience.

Piece of cake... until you get hit with verbal abuse or are trying to be impartial in moderating.

That 4 articles/week clause is the deal breaker for me. I am a professional freelance writer, but I have college and stuff. There would be times when I won't be able to contribute for a week or two. 15 articles/month is much more reasonable IMHO.

rm20010 said,
Piece of cake... until you are trying to be impartial in moderating.

rm20010 and impartial? lol. That's an oxymoron if I ever saw one!

bdsams said,
youre kidding right? 4 250 word articles a week is a full time job? It takes me about 30 minutes to write something up for the front page, so your looking at about 2 hrs to make minimum requirements, make it three to compensate for new hires to get used to the system...its fun to write, its by no means work


+1!