Update: we’ve received so many applications that we’re going to set a deadline of midnight Friday, May 30, for submission. I apologize to anyone who can’t make this, but I need to have time to give each one the consideration it deserves. Thanks for your understanding.
Do you love Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Orlando, or Disney Cruise Line? Want to write about it? Want to get PAID to write about it? We’d like to hear from you.
In addition to having a passion for the destinations we cover, we’re looking for folks who:
- Can write clearly within the style of our blog with few to no grammatical or spelling mistakes.
- Are able to commit to at least one 500-1000 word article per week for the next 6 months.
- Have a love for fact-based articles about theme parks.
- Are able to write candidly and objectively about Disney or Universal without veering off into hyperbole.
- Are willing to not just write, but answer questions from readers in the comments section of an article after it’s published.
- Are interested in or have experience with Google Analytics – we measure the viewer metrics for all our authors and encourage authors to focus on articles that appeal to our readers.
- Maintain a professional, friendly presence on social media (both your own and for TouringPlans).
- Understand SEO and know why it’s important.
- Know how to produce articles in WordPress or are willing to learn.
- Are comfortable with photography. You don’t need to have a huge camera, but you should be able to compose and edit a photo that doesn’t look amateurish. Camera phones are fine.
- The ability to produce short videos is a plus.
- Payment per article at a flat rate based on the effort involved in producing it. It’s not a huge amount (up to $25 per article), but, if you write regularly, you can make enough money to defray some of your travel costs.
- Reimbursement for anything we ask you to review – a tour, meal, show, etc. We do not reimburse for travel expenses, hotels, or park admission unless we send you somewhere.
- A huge audience for your work – we are one of the biggest Disney/theme park focused sites out there.
- Fun. You’ll be writing about theme parks – what’s better than that?
Q. I blog for another site or my own site, can I keep doing that?
A. Of course. If we send you to review something, we expect the article to run on our site first. You are free to promote your own theme park-related site in your bio and within reason in your articles.
Q. Do I have to live in Central Florida or Southern California?
A. No, but we expect that you will travel often enough to the theme parks to be able to provide current information and photos.
Q. Do you have any other job openings right now?
A. No, we don’t.
Send your resume and a writing sample that includes photos to email@example.com with the subject “May 2014 Job Openings.” You may send the writing sample as a Word or Pages doc, a link to a Google doc, or a PDF. Don’t send it as inline text in your email. Include your contact info on the writing sample. You may also send us a link to a specific article on your blog that showcases your best work. Do not send a link to the home page of your blog and say “hey, just read my blog to check out my writing style.” Resumes should be sent as attachments. We encourage you to have someone proofread both your writing sample and resume before you send it to us.
In your email, tell us a little about yourself and why you’d like to write for us.
Finally, include in your email a paragraph that shows the correct use of “its,” “it’s,” “there,” “they’re,” and “their” and expound on the subject “The Oxford Comma, a Case For/Against It.” This is not a joke.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know someone who would be a great writer for this site, please send them a link.
If we’re interested in your application, we’ll contact you with the next steps to apply. We hope to bring people on by June 15, 2014. We may not be able to reply to everyone interested in blogging for us.