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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


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.

Here's what we don't want: Fawning fanboys and fangirls 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 can show why something is good and/or bad. You should have an opinion and 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 get the job done as well as you can.

We're especially looking for writers with the following qualities:

  • Knowledge and experience with electronic/dance/DJ music and the local club scene.

  • Experience with hard news reporting -- writers who are able to take a tip, make a few phone calls, and turn in a thoroughly reported, accurate piece on a tight deadline.

  • Interest in reviewing live shows around S.F. -- note that our live reviews usually require the writer to take a few pictures, and are due by 8 a.m. the morning after the show.

If you're up for the adventure of covering music for SF Weekly, send a brief bio, resume, three published examples of your music writing, and your top 3 records of the year so far to Ian [dot] Port [at] SFWeekly [dot] com.(Please try to keep any attachments small -- our inbox is very full.)

If we're interested, we will contact you. Please understand that we're often writing on deadline, buried in e-mail, out at a show, or otherwise unable to respond with the timeliness you might like. If you're a good match, you'll hear from us.

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