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Joshua Topolsky
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Joshua Topolsky
January 21st, 2010
Want to write for Engadget?
Oh sure, you love gadgets -- but do you have the chops to write about them? We'd love to know if you think you do, because we're looking to actually pay humans to do this stuff. Professional writing experience isn't necessary (though it doesn't hurt), but what we really care about is that you can write skillfully about gadgets with wit, concision, and authority. And being obsessed with Engadget is good, too. So here's what we're after:
  • Mobile editor - Part or full-time (freelance), must be based in New York City (or nearby).
  • HD editor - Part or full-time (freelance), must be based in New York City (or nearby).
  • Weekend editor - Part or full-time (freelance), must be based in New York City or the San Francisco area.
  • Cameras editor - Part or full-time (freelance), preferably based in New York City (or nearby).
  • West coast editor - Part time (freelance), based in San Francisco (or nearby).
Want to apply? Read on.

Here's what you to do to apply (and just a heads up, if you don't follow the rules, you really hurt your chances):


  • Three sample posts written in the Engadget style.
    • "The Engadget style" doesn't mean a generic-sounding blog voice -- think about how your own writing style and voice can shine through while still fitting Engadget.
    • These sample posts can be about whatever you want, but they should seem like they could have been written by one of our writers (but without all the typos and gross inaccuracies). Avoid making up products or stories -- keeping it real helps us see how you might handle an actual news item.
    • Make sure these are germane to the site you want to write for.
    • We won't be using these on the site, we just want to get a sense of how well you can do this stuff.
  • Your favorite related gadgets (and why).
    • If you're applying for Engadget classic, list your fave gadgets of all time.
    • For Engadget Mobile, only list your three favorite cellphones or mobile technologies.
    • For Engadget HD, tell us about your home theater setup, or list your top HD products.
    • For cameras editor, tell us about your rig or favorite shooters.
  • Give us a few words about how you think Engadget differs from other technology pubs out there.
  • For Mobile and HD, your sample posts should be exclusively on mobile or HD topics -- and don't be afraid to get technical. We want to see some expertise!
  • For the cameras editor position, you should be a total camera nerd. Wow us with your homemade light box.
  • If you're applying for the weekend editor position, be prepared to spend your weekends working. If you don't think you can give up Saturday and Sunday, don't even bother.
About You
  • A few words about yourself. (Please note, due to legalities we can't hire minors.)
  • Your contact info.
  • How much time per week you can commit to blogging. If it's less than twenty then you probably shouldn't bother, and keep in mind we're looking for folks to be on as much as humanly possible. But be realistic, okay?
  • Any other questions you may have about the gig.
What not to do
  • Don't just send us stuff you wrote elsewhere, we're not asking for clips.
  • Don't send attachments or resumes.
Note that we will only review fully complete applications, and remember to put the name of the position you're applying for in the title of your email.

We also apologize, but the sheer volume of applications makes it difficult to respond to everyone. If we're interested we'll get in touch, and thanks in advance!

To apply to Engadget, please send us an email at jobsATengadgetDOTcom with the phrase "January jobs" (no quotes) in the subject!
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