If you’re 18 or older and you’re looking to break into gaming journalism, look no further! The Nintendo Wire team is looking to expand and we’d love to hear from you. Read all of the requirements stated on this page to get the full scope of what you need to apply.
Make sure you meet all the criteria listed below. Then send us an email and tell us a little about yourself in a short bio. The email will serve as your application, so it’s important we get to know who you are in it. What’s your name? How old are you? Where are you from? What’s your background in writing? How long have you been gaming? What other hobbies do you have? Get creative! We want to get to know you and your writing.
And finally, include the two requested writing samples with your application. Simply attach the samples as two separate documents, titling them appropriately. Before submitting an application, make sure to read all the information below.
- Ages 18 and older
- Availability at a variety of hours throughout the day
- Regular availability throughout the week
- Longterm availability in the foreseeable future
- Avid online communicator (Skype, Slack, Twitter/X, Facebook, etc.)
- Extensive experience with Nintendo products
- Experience with journalistic writing
- Familiarity with online gaming communities and forums (e.g., Reddit, IGN, GameSpot, etc.)
No official writing degrees are required to apply. Everyone on the NW team simply needs to know that you have a professional style and a good amount of experience using Nintendo products. It’s also important that you keep yourself up to date with Nintendo news on a regular basis.
We’d like to note that it’s critical you think ahead before applying. We’re asking that writers have availability both now and farther down the road, so please consider your future schedule (along with possible changes and/or conflicts that may arise) between now and roughly one year from now; and make sure you’ll have time to dedicate to contributing to a fast-paced media network.
Regarding the preferred availability above, we’re asking that you are consistently on hand and able to contribute to the team. If you apply and we choose to move forward with an interview, we can discuss specific hours that you can commit to for the team.
Please note: While this is not a full-time position, we are offering a paid writing opportunity.
Keep in mind that Nintendo Wire stands for quality in gaming journalism. That’s why we’re also asking that you include two writing samples with your email application. These will help us get an idea of your personal voice in writing and how you apply your writing skills in gaming journalism.
Sample 1: Write a review of any current Nintendo game. Make the review as in-depth as possible by fleshing out all of the game details.
Sample 2: Write a personal article that’s Nintendo related. Think of a unique angle that represents who you are as both a journalist and a creative writer, and use that in this piece.
No specific word count is required for either sample. This is where your judgment as a writer comes into play!
(Feel free to use previously written articles for the samples if they meet the criteria.)
- Look over previous and current articles on NintendoWire.com to get a feel for the writing tone and style. We want to maintain professionalism in a friendly way. That’s important to keep in mind.
- Pay close attention to detail when following directions in this contributor request. (More specifically, please make sure to follow directions!)
Submitting your application
Email your application to the managing editor: [email protected]
Title your email: Contributor Application (Fall 2023)
Attach: Two writing samples, as described above
Include in the content of the email: A short bio that introduces yourself, as described above
All applicants will be reviewed in the order their emails are received. We’ll contact you if we feel you’re a good fit for the team! Please note that not all applicants will receive responses due to the high volume of applications that are submitted.
Keep in mind that there are multiple contributor positions open during this expansion period, so we’ll be keeping applications open until we’ve reached a happy place with writers. We’ll then make a formal announcement that the application cycle is officially closed.
Many thanks in advance to all those who apply!
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