AnandTech is Looking for Writersby Anand Lal Shimpi on December 23, 2009 7:44 AM EST
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Next April AnandTech will celebrate its 13th anniversary. Like many review sites that started in the 1990s, I started AnandTech by reviewing motherboards. And boy did I review them. I believe by the time I handed off motherboards to Michael Andrawes, I had written just over 200 board reviews.
Motherboards soon paved the way to video card reviews, hard disks, cases, and just about everything that went in, around or near your PC. These days we're even writing about things like the backstory of ATI's RV770, reviewing the Palm Pre and even posting about Epic porting the Unreal Engine to the iPhone.
In the past couple of years, SSDs have become my passion - one of many it seems. But I need help. We've kept a very small but focused team at AnandTech throughout the years, which was reflected in our coverage. I always wanted to strive to be the best at what I did. Now I believe it's time to expand what we do.
The PC market is expanding, but not in the way you'd expect. Processing power and storage are ridiculously cheap today. The result is devices like smartphones, set top boxes and even TVs can have the processing power of a PC from several years ago. In the quest to make everything easier to use the devices around us are getting more complex.
And it's not going to stop. While we're not quite looking for people to review x86 toasters quite yet, we do need passionate, motivated and informed people to help us cover it all. Hence today's call for writers.
With the new site launching in Q1 2010 (it wouldn't be fair if we faulted hardware companies for being late and ourselves were able to launch a new product on time :)…) we are looking for new writers to help cover some of the segments we're looking to address.
What I'm looking for is one of the following:
1) A sample of a product review you've written. This can be any product in the categories mentioned below, the review can follow any format and be of any length. Ultimately your content would live on AnandTech, so take a look at our reviews and how we do things and keep that in mind as you submit your sample. You don't need complete testing. If you don't have things to compare the product being reviewed to just outline how you would test, what tests you'd run, what you'd compare to and how. Obviously the more complete your sample is, the better it looks :)
2) A sample guide. This can be a how to, a tutorial, or anything of the sort. I'd caution you against submitting a guide to building a PC, try to do something a bit more unique.
3) A sample analysis piece/column/editorial. This would be something similar to our iPhone 3GS Hardware Analysis, an analysis of how Cool n Quiet works or how SSD wear leveling works. Again, these are just examples, think of something creative on your own :)
4) A sample set of blog/news posts. We're looking to bring back some tech news to AT with the new site. Submit a handful of interesting stories along with your brief analysis. These can be product announcements, interesting revelations around the web, drawing attention to a forum post, etc...
We're looking for folks to help cover the following categories:
- Gadgets & Smartphones
- General Tech
Take your pick from the article types and categories above and send us something :)
Send all submissions to callforwriters AT anandtech DOT com. In your submission be sure to let us know what country/region/state/planet you're from (AT writers are global) and give us some background about yourself - your interests, what you're passionate about or anything else you'd like us to know. I've always found that the best writers are those who are passionate about the subject they're covering, and that's exactly what I'm looking for. It's passion that kept me going for the past 13 years, and I expect it holds true for anyone else doing this kind of work.
We won't be able to respond to all submissions but if we like what you've submitted and there's a fit for you on the team, we'll be in touch :)