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Friday, December 18, 2015

Calling All Freelance Music Journalists: We Want You

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM

KAREN ROMANO YOUNG
  • Karen Romano Young

Hey, you. Yeah, you. You're either reading this because a) you're bored; b) you're an extremely diligent, comprehensive reader of our publication; or c) you're a freelance music journalist. If you're the latter, then let's talk. (And if you're the two other options, well, we wish you luck with finding something entertaining to occupy yourself with and we have much love for you for reading us). 

Here's the deal: SF Weekly is in the market for San Francisco-based freelance writers to help cover the Bay Area's diverse music scene for our print edition and music blog, All Shook Down. 

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Monday, January 7, 2013

We're Looking For Talented Freelance Music Writers

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

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SF Weekly seeks San Francisco-based freelance writers to help cover the city's incredibly diverse music scene for our print edition and music blog, All Shook Down.

We will pay you money -- more like beer money than rent money, but still -- to go to shows, interview artists, and tell our readers what's worth knowing about in San Francisco music and what's not.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

We're Looking For Smart Local Writers to Review Concerts. Is That You?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:30 AM

You should also know who this fellow is.
  • You should also know who this fellow is.

We're looking for a few talented, musically literate freelance writers to help cover the incredibly diverse Bay Area live music scene for All Shook Down. We will pay you money -- more like beer money than rent money, but still -- to go to shows, write down your opinions, and tell our readers what happened at the club last night.

First, though, here's what we don't want: We don't want fawning fanboys and girls who will gush at every show they see, or who are afraid to come out and say when something fails. We want informed critics -- writers who can cleverly explain why something is good and/or bad. You should have an opinion, be able to support it with evidence, and be confident enough to remain calm when anonymous commenters inevitably say you know nothing about music and suck at life.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Seeking Music Writers with Talent, Experience, and Decent Personal Hygiene

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 2:01 PM

First test: Do you know know who this guy is?
  • First test: Do you know know who this guy is?

Well, we don't care that much about your grooming habits (some might say that's because we're in no position to). But the music department here at SF Weekly is looking for experienced, opinionated, reliable freelance music critics to review shows, interview artists, make new discoveries, and generally have the kind of freewheeling fun that music writers have -- while turning in clean copy and hitting deadlines.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to Be a Sound Guy (Without Electrocuting Anyone)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM

So you wanna be a sound guy? Get paid to go to all those shows? Control how everyone in the room hears the band? Sounds pretty sweet, huh? Bay Area native Nick Malgieri has been doing sound since he was 15 -- for clubs, festivals, conferences, and, oh, yes, churches. He works as a crew chief for events and concerts for McCune Audio, and can often be found behind the desk at Thee Parkside. For those of you interested in doing a profession that involves something called "gig butt," here's how to be a sound guy (without electrocuting anyone).

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Do Not Injure Yourself or Your Audience
"Other than falling off a 40-foot speaker tower or being electrocuted by a 400-amp power service, this is a pretty safe job. But -- maybe you never thought about this before -- you know the 8,000-pound speaker cluster hung above your head at the arena concert? I put that up there at 6 a.m. when I was hungover, after four hours of sleep. Alarmed? Well, if you truly want to never feel safe at a concert ever again just go to Google Images and search "Justin Timberlake truss failure" or "Elton John stage collapse." I'm just kidding ... kinda."

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We're Looking for Talented, Dedicated Music Writers. Is That You?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM

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SF Weekly seeks San Francisco-based freelance writers to help cover the city's incredibly diverse music scene for our print section and our music blog, All Shook Down.

We will pay you money -- more like beer money than rent money, but still -- to go to shows, interview artists, and tell our readers what's worth knowing about in San Francisco music and what's not.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SF Weekly Seeks Electronic, Dance, DJ, and Nightlife Writers

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Are these your people? Is this your place? Then hit us up! - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Are these your people? Is this your place? Then hit us up!
Are you a literate club rat? Can you describe the next headliner at Mezzanine or Mighty without descending into impenetrable jargon? Can you translate the vibe on a dancefloor into words? Can you take a decent photograph?

Yes? Really? Then we want you.

To bolster our coverage of the city's thriving DJ/electronic and nightlife scenes, SF Weekly is seeking experienced, dedicated freelance writers to contribute to both the print newspaper and the All Shook Down music blog.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SF Weekly Seeks Experienced, Dedicated Freelance Music Journalists

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Dear experienced music journalists and critics: We want you. 


SF Weekly needs talented, musically literate San Francisco-based freelance writers to help cover the city's incredibly diverse music scene for both our print section and our music blog, All Shook Down. We will pay you money -- more like beer money than rent money, but still -- to go to shows, interview artists, and tell our readers what's worth knowing about in San Francisco music and what's not.

Before you get too excited, here's what we don't want: We don't want fawning fanboys and girls who will gush at every show they see, or who are afraid to come out and say when something sucks. We want informed critics -- writers who explain why something is good and/or bad. You should have an opinion, be able to support it with evidence, and be confident enough to remain calm when anonymous commenters inevitably say you don't know anything about music, life, or anything else.

We also want you to have experience writing for a publication -- professional experience, ideally, although talented college paper alumni and music bloggers are encouraged to apply. At SF Weekly, you will be expected to turn in clean, well-written copy on time and without fuss. If staying up until 3 a.m. finishing a piece on deadline sounds like your idea of hell, this probably isn't the gig for you. That won't happen all the time, but if you're the kind of writer we're looking for, you'll do what it takes to do the job as well as you can.

Now, what we are looking for: writers who have experience with a variety of genres and ideas about how to cover them locally. We're especially looking for writers who are knowledgeable about local electronic/dance music, hip-hop, and rock. Who have new ideas about how to write about them. Who go to shows a lot. Who live in San Francisco or, if they live in the larger Bay Area, come to events in San Francisco regularly. (Writers outside of the Bay Area should not apply.)

If this is you, send an email with a brief cover note, a resume, a list of three shows you've seen lately, or three recent records you're loving, and three published clips to Ian.Port@SFWeekly.com.

Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown and @iPORT

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

SF Weekly is Hiring a Music Editor

Posted By on Sat, May 8, 2010 at 8:27 AM

We have an immediate opening for music editor. This is a full-time position. The music editor oversees the All Shook Down blog and our weekly print section.

Applicants should have at least five years' experience writing about music and boast the clips to prove it. We want someone who goes to shows regularly, is knowledgeable about a variety of genres, and likes to cover both indie and mainstream acts. (No rock snobs, please.) We don't want a cheerleader; we want a critic. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to be critical of musicians and others in the music industry.

The bulk of the job is spent producing content for the Web, so we need people who are savvy about Internet culture and social media. We'll consider it a plus if you're already active on Twitter.

Email your cover letter, resume, and clips (or story links) to andy.wright@sfweekly.com.  

 

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Friday, January 8, 2010

All Shook Down Looking For College Writing Interns

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM

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Do you have strong opinions about music? Are you fanatical about hip-hop, electronic music, the DJ/club scene, metal, punk, pop, noise or any combo/offshoot of the aforementioned genres? Are you out and about in the local music scene while also keeping tabs on what's happening nationally? Do you have clips to display your tastes and your way with the written word? Are you unafraid of writing critically? Are you funny? Do you know your way around the blog world? Are you still reading this?

Then All Shook Down would love to have you as our intern. You'd be assigned live show reviews, band interviews, and other ways to spread that music knowledge out to the masses. The one hitch is that you must be enrolled in a college level program that offers credit for internships.

Previous journalism, and particularly blogging, experience is a plus, as is being handy with a digital camera. Please send a cover letter, resume, and a couple music writing samples to Jennifer.Maerz@sfweekly.com. Thanks.


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