We are looking for a freelance news writer!

We are looking for a freelance news writer!

PCGamesN is looking for a full-time news writer to find and cover the biggest computer games news stories. This is a full-time service that pays £25,000 a year through regular monthly commissions, and is best suited to someone who is already comfortable writing news.

You will work alongside another experienced writer to cover current events in the gaming industry during our evening shift, from 4pm to midnight UK time, or 8am to 4pm Pacific. The timing would be perfect for someone based on the West Coast of America, although we take applications globally as long as you can work hours. Expectation is five stories per shift, unless otherwise agreed with the news editor.

With a talent for writing and knowledge of computer games, you’ll be able to find the story in everything from a press release, to a live broadcast, to a Reddit comment thread. You will understand and be able to write an exciting copy of the latest and long-time favorites of Triple-A games, specialized PC gems, trade transactions and all the weird and wonderful things that gaming communities do. You will also know where to find these stories, and you will be able to write them in a timely, reliable and accurate manner. You’ll be able to learn the site’s style guide and SEO guidelines, and apply them to every story you write.

Although you will be working outside of the normal working hours of Network N Media in the UK, you will be an essential part of PCGamesN and make an important contribution to the success of the site. You’ll receive regular feedback to help you improve, plenty of support to get you up to speed, and qualify for non-news opportunities like reviews and occasional featured work. As such, we are looking for someone who is able to make an equal commitment, and who would prefer not to do independent outside work. You will participate in our virtual office through Slack and Asana, and report to the News Editor and Editor.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, although we are particularly keen to hear from writers from BIPOC, LGBTQ, neurodiversity, and other underrepresented backgrounds.

Role: Evening News Writer, PCGamesN
Site:
Wherever your computer is
modified: £25,000 per year
Registration deadline: October 7, 2022, although we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing daily news about new and old computer games
  • Identify opportunities for more coverage or alternative angles for popular stories
  • Keep up with industry trends and talking points
  • Discover, follow and research opportunities for original news investigations
  • Request feedback from developers, publishers and PR
  • Coverage of occasional events and attendees
  • You will have occasional opportunities to write outside the news, including reviews and other features
  • Make CMS, transcription and other individual functions as requested by news editor, deputy editor or editor

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Ability to write proficiently and quickly and assignments across a range of disciplines, with a focus on news
  • The ability to find the most interesting angle in any given news story and cut it into an eye-catching headline
  • The ability to find relevant and timely news stories as they spread online (and beyond)
  • Ability to write at least five news stories per shift unless agreed otherwise
  • Ability to learn and apply site style and SEO guidelines
  • Strong interest in computer video games and good knowledge of them
  • Efficiency with Google Suite
  • Proactive, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Previous experience writing news or features regularly, preferably online
  • CMS experience (ideally with WordPress)
  • Previous work in major magazines or websites, especially news coverage

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your experience and why you made a great addition to the PCGN team, as well as at least one news story, to [email protected]using the subject line: “Evening news writer’ application. We look forward to hearing from you!

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