The Call for Writers is something of an annual tradition over here at AnandTech. As anyone who follows the site knows very well, the list of things we have to review/cover easily exceeds our available time. So the call for writers gives us a chance to find new talent and new opportunities to grow, be it into new coverage areas entirely or just covering more of the existing products our readers have come to enjoy over the years.

The ultimate purpose of the Call for Writers is to find new talent. To continue to grow and improve our content, we need your help. We're looking for writers with a true passion for the technology we cover, a deep understanding of what's out there and a thirst for more knowledge.

We're looking for contributors to help out both with reviews as well as our short to medium form Pipeline coverage. The areas in particular we're looking for help with are listed below:

  • News/Pipeline
  • Networking
  • GPUs (US-only)
  • Systems/Laptops (US-only)
  • Mobile/Smartphones (US/Canada & Europe)
  • Podcast Editor
  • Memory
  • Community Manager (US-only)
  • Monitors
  • Home Automation/IoT
  • Professional Graphics/GPU

If you find yourself at the intersection of knowledge and passion about any of those areas, and have some time to contribute, you're exactly what we're looking for. These are paid, part-time positions that we're looking to fill, with most positions open on a world-wide basis, and certain positions primed for a quick promotion to full-time. What I need is a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to talk about any one of these topics. Your sample can be in the form of a review, a pipeline post or an analysis piece - it should be something that looks like it would fit in on AnandTech.

Once you've produced it, send it on over to callforwriters@anandtech.com. Please also include a description of what subject(s) you would be interested in writing about, and some basic information about your background and where you're located. We'll read through all samples, but we can't guarantee a reply due to the sheer volume of submissions we tend to receive. If we like what you've sent and there's a potential fit on the team, we'll be in touch.

I'll conclude this post with a passage from our About page:

In the early days of technology reporting on the web the focus was almost exclusively on depth. We had a new medium for content that didn't come with the same restrictions as more traditional forms. We could present as much data as we felt was necessary and we could do it quicker.

As the web grew, so did the approach to gaining readership. In many cases, publishers learned from the tips and tricks of more traditional media to growing their audience. The focus shifted away from ultimate understanding of what was being reported, to producing content significantly motivated by increasing traffic, or revenue, or both. Thorough observations were out; sensationalism, link baiting, and the path to shallow 10-o'clock-news reporting were in.

While I believe it's definitely easier to produce content by going this route, I don't believe it's the only way to build a well read website.

If the above resonates with you and you'd like to help by being a part of something different, I'd encourage you to submit a writing sample.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old do I need to be to work for AnandTech?
A: You need to be old enough to legally work in your country of residence without significant restriction. Otherwise we have no specific requirements so long as you can do the job well. Anand started the site at 14, after all...

Q: Do I need to be located in the United States to work for AnandTech?
A: Some positions do require that you be in the US for logistical reasons, and those specific positions are noted. However unless otherwise noted, most positions are open on a world-wide basis.

Q: Do I need to supply my own products for testing or contacts at companies? (i.e. do I need to be an insider?)
A: No. Assuming for the moment you have a computer to write on, then you already have the most important piece of equipment that you need. Meanwhile you will need some knowledge of the field at hand, but we will introduce you to the people you need to know for your position at AnandTech.

Q: Can I really work for AnandTech even though I don't have a Ph.D in electrical engineering?
A: Yes! We are first and foremost looking for people with a passion to learn, and the knack to make it happen. There's a certain degree of baseline knowledge needed for any given position, but if you can read existing AnandTech articles then you're already half-way there.

Q: Is there a submission deadline?
A: We have a tentative end point for the end of March

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  • beatingmech - Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - link

    i would love to read anandtech's in-depth take on SBC. that would be fun/inspiring/educational. Reply
  • Aries1470 - Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - link

    @Billy Tallis, Well, you have to start somewhere and create a couple of articles and make easily findable on the website and then get "word of mouth" out there.
    If you are referring to SBC as RPi, OrangePi etc, then you can purchase them cheaply from direct suppliers (in the case of RPi) instead of "corner" shops if you are on a tight budget.
    This will lead in to another area though, that is add-on boards, and this is where you will need at least a couple of people to collaborate on, especially if we're talking about Pi HATS, i.e. Audio etc.
    This segment can come under IoT, of which is a large field, and then under that header, to be separated in to two main categories, MCU and SBC. MCU are your Arduino etc, and SBC are your RPi and clones and then a 3rd one that can be a separate one too, would be expansion boards. Most of the boards can be used on the SBC but not all can be used on the MCU.
    A good starting point would be to also get some of those starter packs that contain a fair amount of sensors. Maybe in the future, once it becomes a little mature, you can then add a how-to section and a feedback area of what people would like to be reviewed or assessed.
    That’s my 5¢ worth of feedback ;-)
    p.s. Inflation caused the increase from 2¢ to 5¢ :-)
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  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - link

    Ryan, yes, SBC = Single board computer.
    Billy Tallis. If you don't have any reviews yet the vendors might not want to send you any products thinking that you don't review SBCs.
    Here's a nice list of "Open Source" ones (The quotes are due to the various definitions that vendors choose for the term):
    http://linuxgizmos.com/catalog-of-122-open-spec-li...
    You'd probably want to choose from that or a similar list so that you can provide sufficient details of the board and potentially trouble shoot them (SW wise), without having to wait for a vendor fix that will never arrive.

    At a glance, these appear to be the best cheap models based on processor core count, memory in GB and GPU revision:
    Processor Mem Price Name
    8xA53 2G $75 NanoPC-T3 Plus
    4xA53 1G $20 Orange Pi One Plus
    4xA53 2G $35 NanoPi K1 Plus
    2xA72+4xA53 1G $45 NanoPi Neo4
    2xA72+4xA53 2G $60 RockPro64

    I'm uncertain if you'd want to test any additional peripherals. I'm not asking for it but it would be more interesting.
    You might need a heatsink, PSU, or other peripherals to operate these SBCs. These companies try to cut costs a lot for the end user at the expense of inconvenience.
    Also, RAM capacity REALLY increases the pricing.

    Disclaimer: I neither own, am employed, or have any relations with the above products/manufacturers. I might purchase the above or other products at a latter date.
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  • beatingmech - Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - link

    uh, ok. good for tl_wanna_read Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, March 05, 2019 - link

    Here's wikipedia's list of SBCs:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_single...
    Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Monday, March 04, 2019 - link

    I'd be interested in a editing role, if there's any openings for that. If there isn't, you really should consider opening some. :) Reply
  • Xyler94 - Monday, March 04, 2019 - link

    What do you mean by Networking?

    As someone who's currently learning Networking, and is holding a CCNA currently, I could personally talk my buns off about Routing and Switching easily, but not too sure what to talk about exactly. I could talk about enterprise routers vs home stuff, or I could also talk about setting up a home lab using GNS3 or even how I have my UNRAID set up going, and how I use OwnCloud to do some stuff, but without knowing exactly what you guys mean by "networking" I wouldn't know where to begin...
    Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Monday, March 04, 2019 - link

    Consumer products, with maybe a bit of small & medium business thrown in. Reply
  • @DoUL - Monday, March 04, 2019 - link

    In a side question, Ryan, any chance of reviving the great The Business of Tech articles? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Monday, March 04, 2019 - link

    Oh wow, I'm honestly a bit surprised anyone remembers those.

    These days that kind of analysis tends to permeate our other articles. Plus we do quarterly earnings articles for the major chip makers. So I don't know if we'll ever see that particular series come back. But if there's a subject in particular you'd like to see us covering, then please ask!
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