Hiring: GN is Looking For Hardware Writers

By Published January 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm
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Following the publication of our two larger, analytical articles on SSD lifecycles and CPU cooler engineering, we've been at odds with an unfortunate complication in life: Time. Luckily, recent partnerships mean that we're feeling comfortable enough to branch-out and take risks, which means potentially contracting more editorial staff.

Here's our dilemma: Our high-quality standards have secured us quite a surge in traffic, and at this point, the demand is simply not something we can keep up with (this is a good problem to have); add to that the overwhelming amount of products we've got queued for review and it becomes clear that we can't equalize the coverage spectrum in a satisfying manner.

 

I need another writer or two to fill a contracting role—this is at least a temporary position, though it could bridge into something long-term if things work out. If you need a visual representation of the site's growth over the past year, here's a chart that compares 2011 to 2012.

growth-trend-siteOrange represents 2011; blue represents 2012. The far right is December, so the far right orange dot (Dec 2011) is occurring just before the far left blue dot (Jan 2012).

Yeah. Triple the traffic, roughly. It's really quite insane. The hard part is maintaining this surge and continuing the upward trend, of course. Our team is too small to do that as it stands now.

Here's what we'd like to see from you (or your friends you're recommending to this page):

  • Confidence in your abilities! First and foremost, we need to see that you're confident (and competent) enough to recommend hardware to thousands of readers. People will buy components based on your words.
  • Cohesive writing ability and an understanding of computer hardware. You don't need to understand voltage load regulation, you don't need to know the in-depth on how a GPU works, and you don't need to know the in-and-out of CPU microarchitecture fabrication, but if you happen to specialize in any particular area of computer hardware, electronics, or semiconductors, we need you! Generalization and specialization are both important. If you are generally competent with hardware, well, that opens the door to different article topics from, say, specialization in thermal dissipation (my specialization).
  • The ability to complete long, in-depth content (see previously-linked CPU cooler article). I will put you in contact with experts from manufacturers/suppliers as necessary.

 

Here are some perks:

  • Money. We can talk specifics via email.
  • Press access to large conventions (to include PAX, CES, TGS, GDC, etc.). If things work out, we can arrange to have your travel paid for and grant free access.
  • Access to experts in hardware.
  • I can set you up with some hardware samples if you need it for research or review purposes.


Requirements: 

  • There are no education requirements.
  • A sample (or several) of your best writing. It is ideal if the writing sample(s) are related to computer hardware so that I can judge your level of technical understanding. If you haven't written anything in a professional capacity but feel you are a competent writer and have a solid hardware understanding, please send academic writing samples; we can then discuss hardware via phone/skype/email to determine what elements you are comfortable with.
  • No previous publication requirements, but it certainly helps.
  • Ability to deliver on a deadline. Deadlines are often loose, but tighten up around conventions or when competition is fierce. Generally, the articles you'll be writing are of the "how it works" or "how to" or "analysis of ____ design/engineering" capacity, meaning they aren't time-sensitive. My CPU cooler article, for instance, was not a time-sensitive piece.
  • If you're able to come up with your own article ideas and pitch them, that's a massive bonus. We do have an extensive list of article subjects, though.
  • Remember, these articles will be in-depth features, so they're by no means easy to write. These often require research and peer review among GN staff, so it's not just a quick news blast or review; these are very in-depth and require a working knowledge of the subject. Again, generalization or specialization are both welcomed.

 

Enough of all this. Interested? Please send your inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cheers,

- Steve.

Last modified on January 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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