Shanghaiist is looking for a few good men and women to round out its staff of talented contributors. If you think you can help make Shanghaiist just that little bit more fabulous, read on! You may be the one that we’re looking for…
What We Can Offer You
Liberty. Free at last. Contributors on Shanghaiist get to do what they want to do, and do it on their own terms. We edit the content of posts sparingly, and you won’t be pigeonholed into doing any one thing for us –– say, only writing about music –– unless that’s what you want. (Having said that though, we do have a pretty urgent need for contributors to take care of the following segments –– Arts, Fashion, Parties, and Sports).
Glee! It’s actually fun work, if you can believe it: aside from the sweet reasons for your joyousness mentioned above and below, you get accreditation to media events, interviews with your idols, party and conference invites, and you get to work with our pretty terrific staff!
Order. Liberty without order is chaos. We’ll keep you sane.
What We’re Looking For In A Contributor
Talent. You’re really good at what you do. You love sharing information with the people around you. You understand that quality always trumps quantity. You have your ear to the ground and know when cool and interesting stuff is happening.
Commitment. You should be able to contribute quality work consistently and regularly. We’re looking for people who can post, in the very least, two times a week. And if you have agreed to take ownership of a certain segment or column, you will not flake out on us.
Enthusiasm. You really, really, really care about Shanghai, and you really, really, really want to write for us.
Speed. Uh…not the drug. You should be able to write (or photograph or illustrate or what have you) quickly without being sloppy. And you learn quickly and don’t have trouble adapting to changes.
What You Get From It All
Exposure. Shanghaiist has become an alternative media force to be reckoned with, in Shanghai and around China. With an average of 5,000 unique readers everyday, we’re one of the most popular English-language China blogs around, and all sorts of cool people — newspaper and magazine writers and editors, students, musicians, bloggers, photographers, designers, whatever — read us every day!
An excellent platform. You’ve been dreaming about becoming the world’s best known art reviewer? Food critic? Sex columnist? Gossip blogger? Use us, by all means, to carve a niche and make a name for yourself.
Shanghaiist business cards! And oh yeah, a Shanghaiist email account to call your own.
Invitations and press passes to some of the most fabulous art openings, parties, media events, product launches in town!
Your own bio on our staff page after a month of consistent, regular, and quality output.
Open doors. Many Shanghaiist contributors have gone on to better jobs and greater things in life (which is why we need more fresh blood now).
Money. Alas, none of the English-language China blogs has seen any real money yet. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, for more than two years, it’s been a labour of love from our wonderful team of Shanghaiist writers who have been informing and amusing readers since day one. In return though, you get lots of love and a load of good karma for your next life.
What We Want When You Apply
Tell us about yourself. We want to know about you! What are your interests? How long have you been in Shanghai? Do you already keep a blog? What are some of the blogs you read? Do you know something about Shanghai or China that no one else does? Do you have a special network of contacts that will give you access to a certain type of stories?
Some post ideas. We’re trying to get a sense of the kind of work you’d do for us. If you were on Shanghaiist staff right away, what would you post about? Is there any one thing that you specialize in covering, or are you multi-talented? What new ideas and new kinds of content can you bring to Shanghaiist? Would you want to write a regular column or have a regular feature?
Some samples of what you do. We want to get a feel for your style. Your blog (or online writing/drawing/photo portfolio, or Flickr account, etc.) works, as do clippings. If you’ve never written something that you think would fit on Shanghaiist, that’s cool too –– write us an example post.
How To Apply
To apply, send an e-mail to us at [email protected]. There is no closing date for applications; we’re accepting them from this point forward.
(Oh, and please don’t be offended if we don’t pick you; we receive hundreds of applications, and we still love you. Promise. You are, in fact, all quite awesome.)