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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

click to enlarge 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. 

We're looking for innovative, enthusiastic writers who love music and know how to write about it. We want writers with a strong voice, a rich vocabulary, and a hatred of cliches. A background in journalism is a must and a penchant for crafting unique, well-reported articles is also a must. We like risk takers and innovators, and are down with the weird and experimental (so long as your grammar and syntax aren't weird or experimental).

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 also don't want lazy writers who think Q&A's are acceptable articles or "quote ploppers" who are unfamiliar with the fine art of paraphrasing. 

We pay per article — not much, but enough to pay for your dinner — and you also get perks like going to shows, interviewing artists, and having a pulpit from which to share your music knowledge with the world. 

If you're up for the task of covering music for SF Weekly, send a brief bio, resume, three published examples of your music writing, and three upcoming shows you'd like to review or preview to If we're interested, we will contact you. Please understand that we're often writing on deadline, buried in e-mails, 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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