The Tech Report is looking for news writers

It's that time again. The Tech Report is looking for fresh news writers to help shape our broad coverage of the PC hardware and wider technology industries. If you're passionate about building, maintaining, or creating and gaming with PCs, and you want to share your passion with the world, our news desk is just the place to do it.

Interested applicants must have an ironclad command of the English language. They should also be ready to quickly digest the raw material of a new product or breaking event and turn it into a well-structured story with clean copy. We appreciate folks who are motivated to learn under fire, as well. We try to move fast at The Tech Report—our news articles often go from genesis to front-page post in under an hour. You should be comfortable turning out high-quality work under that kind of time pressure. As many TR alums will attest, you'll become a better writer thanks to our infamously high-powered editorial microscope and our sharp-eyed commenters, too.

News writers will operate as part-time contractors for us. You should plan to spend about two to two-and-a-half hours per day writing for TR. We're hoping to fill out our mid-day and late-afternoon coverage, but you should apply regardless of the part of the day in which you're available. A flexible schedule for coverage of the occasional major live event like an Apple keynote is a plus, but not a requirement.

To apply, send an email to jobs@techreport.com with a short introduction telling us why you'd be a good fit for this role. You should also include a résumé and your take on a TR-style news post about this product, with images included (best composed in Microsoft Word or the rich text editor of your choice). We check for originality, so make that post yours. Your work will not be published on the site.

Because of the volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant individually. If we think you're a good fit for the job, we'll follow up with you to arrange an interview and talk next steps. Thank you in advance for applying.

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    • taisserroots
    • 3 years ago

    Is this application open to Great Britain?
    I will spend 6 years in Medical school and this seems like a great job opportunity if I could apply; especially considering that an American late-afternoon is my evening.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 3 years ago

      We work with writers around the world. Feel free to apply.

    • modulusshift
    • 3 years ago

    oh my gosh, the promo shot of that case is horrifying. It’s already got that horrifying angle in the front, and then they take the picture from an angle that feels like a fisheye lens. I’m going to need to lie down from this headache.

    • lycium
    • 3 years ago

    *Gets ready for massive downvoting*

    > Interested applicants must have an ironclad command of the English language.

    How can one’s command of the English language can be ironclad? As in, well defended against attack.

    > You should be comfortable turning out high-quality work under that kind of time pressure.

    Turning out? Surely this should be “churning out”, or “turning in”. A turnout is an audience.

    > As many TR alums will attest,

    Alumni.

    > you’ll become a better writer thanks to our infamously high-powered editorial microscope and our sharp-eyed commenters, too.

    It’s really infamous, as in having a poor reputation?

      • Klimax
      • 3 years ago

      I think you just demonstrated why they want ironclad command of English from applicants…

      • Redocbew
      • 3 years ago

      I suppose if I called you a “stick in the mud” you’d complain about your present location lacking small fragments of wood embedded in earth saturated by dihydrogen monoxide.

        • lycium
        • 3 years ago

        I suppose you’d like to believe that someone being able to write well means they’re boring and humourless… sure, of course they are ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Redocbew
          • 3 years ago

          Le gasp! Improper spacing around an ellipsis!

      • modulusshift
      • 3 years ago

      I don’t think poor reputation is correct, more a reputation for being “bad”, from the writer’s perspective. And that “bad”-ness is being hypercritical.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 3 years ago

      Go to your favour US news aggregator and type in those words and phrases. Turning out in that sense and Alums are both in common usage.

      As pointed out by modulusshift this post is aimed at writers, so something that catches all mistakes may be infamous because it’s embarrassing.

      As for ironclad, using your understanding of the metaphor, something is well defended if most of the possible attacks on it don’t work. That’s an easy concept to apply to language use.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      This is a horrible way to say you want a job!

        • lycium
        • 3 years ago

        Good thing that’s not what I was saying ๐Ÿ™‚

          • tipoo
          • 3 years ago

          I must say, this is the most unorthodox job interview I’ve ever given!

      • ludi
      • 3 years ago

      You submitted your application, right?

        • lycium
        • 3 years ago

        Negative, I’m really not looking for a job. Actually some years ago I offered to write for TR for free (I write OpenCL and CUDA 3D rendering and fractal applications), they weren’t interested tho. Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      HA I UPTHUMBED JUST TO SPITE YOU!

      SPITE SPITE SPITE!

        • lycium
        • 3 years ago

        It’s been quite an upvote and downvote ride, little sprinklings of ad hominem here and there… good times!

      • Crackhead Johny
      • 3 years ago

      Actually “turning out” is a pimping term.
      The “pimp hand” is the hand without rings (or with small rings). This is what you slap writers with when they hold out on your or do not write the story in a way that pleases the customer.
      The “ring hand” is of course the hand with a large weight of big gold rings on its fingers. This is what you slap the writer with when they have not learned from the pimp hand.

      When the average school student knows nothing about pimping.. what is the world coming to?

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        Normally I’d question you.

        But then I saw your user name.

        I’ll go with it.

    • Laykun
    • 3 years ago

    Can I just get paid for my writings in the comments sections? Thanks.

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago

    Hopefully somebody impressive will step up to the plate.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      I see what you did there.

    • Luminair
    • 3 years ago

    > You should also include a rรฉsumรฉ and your take on a TR-style news post about this product [url<]http://www.x2products.com/media/news/x2-introduces-the-empire-aluminum-chassis/[/url<] if I were you I'd hire people who are the opposite of the people interested in writing about that "product"

      • Captain Ned
      • 3 years ago

      Why do you think it was the test?

    • TwoEars
    • 3 years ago

    So – how much do I have to pay for this privilege?

    • Raymond Page
    • 3 years ago

    Jeff forgot to mention that you get to see the prowess of a man wielding the world’s smallest article-butchering chainsaw everyday!
    My writing greatly improved under that editorial microscope and this was an astounding group to work with. Like Captain Ned say’s “If only it weren’t for this thing called a ‘day job’.”, I’d be back at it.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Aw, bummer that you’re giving it up.

      [quote<]say's[/quote<]

    • gerryg
    • 3 years ago

    This is a six-figure job, right? I couldn’t do it for anything less.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Since we of course count the salary in pennies for precision, the answer is yes.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 3 years ago

        Chuck says “we.” That seems to imply he’s associated with TR more than just the resident Intel PR person. Is that true?

          • sweatshopking
          • 3 years ago

          No.

            • chuckula
            • 3 years ago

            There’s no sense in feeling bitter since I muscled you out.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 3 years ago

            Arm wrestled or bicep curl contest?

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 3 years ago

            Thanks, bro. I was concerned.

            • Redocbew
            • 3 years ago

            Best SSK post ever.

            • ronch
            • 3 years ago

            Short. To the point. Most of all, NO CAPS LOCK. Yep, best ever.

      • Fieryphoenix
      • 3 years ago

      Absolutely, you can be expect to make at least 100,000ยข a year!

        • iBend
        • 3 years ago

        not bad… if all you need to do is write 1 article each day…
        with a chance of.. ehem.. getting review unit and keep it… (freebies..)

    • Captain Ned
    • 3 years ago

    If only it weren’t for this thing called a “day job”. Meh.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      time to retire!

        • Captain Ned
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, right. Shipped daughter off to freshman year in college 2 weeks ago.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          You may never retire then.

          • albundy
          • 3 years ago

          my condolences to your bank account. hopefully your kids get great jobs and hopefully pay you back a little bit.

            • Captain Ned
            • 3 years ago

            Just the one, and between what I’ve put away and what her grandfather has generously gifted her over the years, we’ve got 4 years at her current college covered. It’s any potential grad school thing that makes my wallet cry.

            The best gift I ever received was a college degree with no associated student debt. It allowed me the space to complete the “growing up” that began in college but didn’t really set in until several years later. I really want to pass that same gift on to my daughter as I know that she will need several years post-college to complete that process.

            My earliest full-pension date is 10 years down the road. My goal is to have the daughter through college and out of the house for the last time by then so that the wife & I have options.

      • Waco
      • 3 years ago

      Yep, those pesky things do get in the way. I guess if you lived on the other side of the world you might be able to get away as a TR News Editor by (your) night, and regular guy by day! Behold…Bat Intern!

      • anotherengineer
      • 3 years ago

      Indeed, and 2 little children, and a wife, and 2 old falling apart vehicles and an old home under renos and repairs, and the list goes on and on………………

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Day job?? My goodness. What’s that???

      Heh. I feel better now.

    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    “purportedly”. There we go, hire me

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      True story: the first time I had the chance to use “[url=http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purported<]purportedly[/url<]", the draft I submitted said "[url=http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alleged<]allegedly[/url<]" because I was trying to avoid the word. It got changed, because "purportedly" was the correct word. There's a differences between purported, reported, alleged, supposed, and so on, and you should use the correct word. If I had a nickel every time someone typed the phrase "words have meaning" during my stint, I'd probably get a Snickers bar or something. I mean, I wouldn't be rich. I don't exactly regret giving up working for TR, because the path I chose has been super cool, but I wish I could still do it. I wish it so hard. :-/

      • gerryg
      • 3 years ago

      They would need to hire somebody else to translate your articles for social media…
      _______________
      Currently listening to:
      [i<]Word Crimes[/i<], by Weird Al

      • ThatStupidCat
      • 3 years ago

      So you’re purportedly applying for the job?

      • NTMBK
      • 3 years ago

      Seriously though- if you folks want a UK correspondent to go pester ARM and Imagination, get in touch.

      • LostCat
      • 3 years ago

      You’ll get a blank check every week! Not signed or anything!

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]As many TR alums will attest, you'll become a better writer thanks to our infamously high-powered editorial microscope and our sharp-eyed commenters, too.[/quote<] Oh, you.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    Little-known fact: the guy in the lower-right corner of the screen is Bruno. He still reads newspapers.

      • LostCat
      • 3 years ago

      He reads what? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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