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.

Like many other publications, the coronavirus pandemic over the past year has thrown a wrench in our coverage plans – both in terms of content and staffing. But now that we're finally starting to turn the corner on the pandemic, we're preparing to resume staffing up, expanding our coverage, and training the next generation of AnandTech editors.

To that end, 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 (PC)
  • News/Pipeline (Mobile)
  • Networking
  • Storage (Inc. Solid State)
  • GPUs (US-only)
  • Systems/Laptops (US-only)
  • Mobile/Smartphones (US/Canada & Europe)
  • Machine Learning/Neural Networks
  • 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.

And even if we aren't, please don't hesitate in trying again next year; anyone who has applied before is welcome to apply again. 2019 was a banner year for us, for example, and we had many more good submissions than we could realistically respond to.

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: Do I need a computer or engineering-related degree to work at AnandTech?
A: We are first and foremost looking for people with a passion to learn, and the knack to make it happen, regardless of experience or qualifications. 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: Why would I want to work for AnandTech?
A: Besides offering a paying job, of course, working for AnandTech is a chance to look at the cutting-edge of hardware, inform an audience of millions about what's new in the world, and help shape the tech industry for the better. Past that, over the last 24 years many of AnandTech's writers have gone on to take important roles in (or adjacent to) the tech industry, spanning everything from developing the next generation of products at companies like Samsung and Apple, to heading up investment funds, developing electric cars, and even shooting rockets into space!

Q: Is there a submission deadline?
A: We have a tentative end point for May 10th

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  • Cellar Door - Monday, April 26, 2021 - link

    Hopefully the complete lack of GPU reviews will be addressed - as is, Anandtech is missing out on a rather large reading audience.

    Frankly it's been puzzling to see this large segment completely ignored for a year now.
    Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - link

    Even years ago, GPUs like the 960 were never reviewed. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - link

    Obligatory comment about how AnandTech sucks now. Don't know the exact timing but it was definitely downhill after Anand and Brian left.

    I know it's hard to find good people, so it's not all your fault.
    Reply
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - link

    Eh, so your point is they should just close up shop and not try to improve it? I don't think it's obligatory, at all! Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - link

    Hmmmm... is that what I wrote in my post? Reply
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - link

    Well, then put it in your own words: please tell us what Anandtech should do and how your post contributes to that, or what other effect you intended it to have.

    In spite of its shortcomings, AT still has some really strong content. That's why we keep coming back. And I know the contributors put significant amounts of work into it. So, even though I'm sure they're as keenly aware as anyone how the site could be better, I'm sure it still doesn't feel good to see snarky comments by us freeloading readers about "how AT sucks now". I think we at least owe it to them to keep our criticisms constructive.

    I look forward to your thoughtful reply.
    Reply
  • Linustechtips12#6900xt - Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - link

    that's really not true at all AT at its core is still great just with a few spelling errors Reply
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - link

    I hope you guys are advertising somewhere else, besides just here.

    It'd be good if you found some way to reach out to some university journalism & comp sci departments. Or even maybe some online job sites and social media?
    Reply
  • Linustechtips12#6900xt - Thursday, April 29, 2021 - link

    not a bad idea i do have to say, aybe they could go to some local colledges for extra credit hrs or smth Reply
  • mode_13h - Thursday, April 29, 2021 - link

    In the age of online... everything, I'd imagine it wouldn't be hard to post jobs to some online listings or even participate in an online career fair. And because it's online, you can reach out to better universities -- the needn't be local. Reply

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