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Working at WoW Insider

WoW Insider's staff of contracted freelance writers creates one of the largest World of Warcraft blog, news and information sites on the internet. We are always on the lookout for good work and occasionally have staff openings. Here you can find out more about how to become part of the WoW Insider team, what contributing to WoW Insider is like and the answers to frequently asked question about the entire process.

Our contributing staff

WoW Insider contributors are divided into four groups.

Contributing editors The first group of contributors are called staff writers.  They are under contract through AOL. These writers post the latest news and opinions every day.

Columnists The second group of contributors are called columnists.  They too are under contract through AOL.  These writers post at least once a week in their given area of expertise.

Senior Editors Editors are senior staff members at WoW Insider who post content on the site, work on long-term projects and coordinate the daily activities of other staff members.  We are not hiring editors or other managerial staff.

All contributors are paid for their work. We do not accept volunteer non-paid work. Please do not send unsolicited submissions, we cannot accept them and they will be immediately deleted without review.

 

Life as a WoW Insider staff writer and columnist

WoW Insider staff writers and columnists are responsible for helping the site expand its coverage in numerous areas. Each day, there are multiple stories to be told and posts to be made based on the latest WoW news and views happening around the community. Working as a team with the various writers on staff, staff writers are often the very first to know about things happening in the World of Warcraft universe, and have a passion for getting this information out to WoW Insider's large audience.

Staff writers and columnists are freelance contractors of AOL, and they often work at other jobs in addition to writing for WoW Insider. Because of that, they have the flexibility to work on the site at any time of the day or night. When they've written a piece that's ready to be go, staff writers and columnists then work with one of the editors to publish the piece on WoW Insider.

Our publishing process is very collaborative and has extensive review. It helps us all create some of the best World of Warcraft content around.

 

Current openings

Contributing Editors
  • None
Columnists
  • None

Contributing Editor application process

Read all instructions before submitting your application.  If you cannot follow instructions, you cannot write for WoW Insider.

Basic requirements

Please be sure you possess the following basic requirements before applying as a staff writer.

 
  • Solid writing ability Basic spelling and grammar are required. Leetspeak and obsessive use of acronyms is not acceptable.
  • Commitment to writing We need people who can commit to writing on a regular basis. For staff writers, this means we need people who can commit to a minimum of 50 posts a month. This works out to about 1.5 posts a day.
  • Basic tools Possess a computer and a reliable internet connection. Have the software and knowledge to create and do basic manipulation of photos and screenshots.
  • Blogging know-how Know a little bit about HTML. Our content management system is all WYSIWYG, but you may occasionally need to make minor tweaks in the source code.
  • Age and residency You must be at least 18 years of age or older, and you must be able to legally work where you live.
  • Availability Be reachable outside of Azeroth -- email, IM, Skype, phone, etc.
How to apply

 
  • Send your completed application to wowinsiderapply@gmail.com (yes, a GMail box)
  • Absolutely no attachments. Please include all information in the body of your e-mail.
  • The subject line of the email must be formatted as YOUR NAME -- Contributing Editor (example: John Doe -- Contributing Editor)
  • Do not format your email with different fonts, text size or images. You may use bold and italics to separate sections of the application.
Include the following in your application:
  • Full contact information, including:
    • Full name
    • Full address
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Any instant messenger names we can use to reach you
  • World of Warcraft background
    • Main character armory link (include any other level 90 characters you have as well)
    • When did you start playing?
    • What are you doing in game now?
  • Three sample posts about World of Warcraft, in the style of a typical WoW Insider post
  • Three links to posts on WoW Insider that you feel exemplify our best content
  • Three suggestions for improving WoW Insider
Once you have completed your application and sent it in, WoW Insider managers will review it.  Because of the number of applications we receive, we cannot respond to requests for verification of receipt or application feedback.  If you are not selected for the open position, you will find out when we make a post with the selection results on WoW Insider.

 

Columnist application process

Read all instructions before submitting your application.  If you cannot follow instructions, you cannot write for WoW Insider.

Basic requirements

Please be sure you possess the following requirements before applying as a columnist.

 
  • Solid writing ability Basic spelling and grammar are required. Leetspeak and obsessive use of acronyms is not acceptable.
  • Commitment to writing We need people who can commit to writing on a regular basis. For columnists, this means we need people who can commit to writing at least one 1,000- to 1,500-word column each week. Columnists can write other posts on WoW Insider if they are able to continue their weekly column at a high level.
  • Basic tools Possess a computer and a reliable internet connection. Have the software and knowledge to create and do basic manipulation of photos and screenshots.
  • Blogging know-how Know a little bit about HTML. Our content management system is all WYSIWYG, but you may occasionally need to make minor tweaks in the source code.
  • Age and residency You must be at least 18 years of age or older, and you must be able to legally work where you live.
  • Availability Be reachable outside of Azeroth -- email, IM, Skype, phone, etc.

How to Apply

 
  • Send your completed application to wowinsiderapply@gmail.com.
  • Absolutely no attachments. Please include all information in the body of your email.
  • The subject line of the email must be formatted as YOUR NAME -- Columnist Position (example: John Doe -- hunter columnist)
  • Do not format your email with different fonts, text size or images. You may use bold and italics to separate sections of the application.
Include the following in your application:

 
  • Full contact information, including:
    • Full name
    • Full address
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Any instant messenger names we can reach you at.
  • World of Warcraft background
    • Main character armory link (include any other level 90 characters you have as well)
    • When did you start playing?
    • What are you doing in game now?
  • Ten sample topics you will explore.  For each topic, include a sentence or two explaining what the topic is and why it's compelling content that WoW Insider would want to produce.
  • A sample first column of around 500 words. Even though we require our columns to be at least 1,000 words, 500 words will allow us to get a feel for your writing. We get many applications -- please do not write a novel.
  • Write a 500- to 1,000-word pretend letter to the WoW designers enumerating the changes you'd like to see happen to your area of expertise. While the letter will not be sent to them, we are looking for professionalism, no "QQ" in the letter, and clear thoughts and ideas concerning your area of expertise.
Once you have completed your application and sent it in, WoW Insider managers will review it.  Because of the number of applications we receive, we cannot respond to requests for verification of receipt or application feedback.  If you are not selected for the columnist position, you will find out when we make a post with the selection results on WoW Insider.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

How much do you pay? For staff writers and columnists, payment and other contract details are disclosed during the contracting process and are considered confidential terms.

How old do I have to be to contribute to WoW Insider? You must be at least 18 years of age to contribute to WoW Insider either as a staff writer or columnist.

Have you received my application? Can you tell me how I did? Each time WoW Insider announces an opening for a staff writer or columnist, we receive hundreds of applications. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to all of these or acknowledge receipt. If you sent your application to wowinsiderapply@gmail.com and your email did not bounce back to you, you can be assured that your email was received and reviewed by the WoW Insider management team.

Do you seek out individual authors to write guests posts for WoW Insider? Occasionally, WoW Insider will contact individual authors whose work we are familiar with for one-off writing opportunities.

I'm applying for a job as a staff writer or columnist.  How often am I required to post? If you are contributing a column to WoW Insider, you are generally required to write one edition of your column a week. If you are writing general news and information posts as a staff writer, you will be required to post daily.

I have other questions. Where can I ask them? Feel free to leave a question in the comments of the post that directed you to this page.

Last Updated: 8/8/2013

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