Well hello there! If you've stumbled upon this page, chances are you're interested in writing about video games, and Gamnesia can provide you with exactly that opportunity. It just so happens that the same is true of our sister site, Zelda Informer! Besides being able to do what we love every day in keeping up with gaming news, Gamnesia and Zelda Informer staff have several opportunities each year to attend events such as E3, PAX, and even meet and interview famous faces in the gaming world.
At Gamnesia and Zelda Informer, we hope to create an inviting, supportive, and educational working environment to foster interest in the gaming world and encourage writers both new and old to never stop improving. If you're interested in working with us as a hobby or even a passion, then apply today!
Writing for these sites is a serious time commitment. Please keep that in mind while considering applying.
Gamnesia: Two News Editors
Gamnesia: Two Columnists
Gamnesia: Two Copy Editors
Zelda Informer: All Positions
Junior Editors are essentially the fresh crew of faces on the news team who have either written very little or never before. Junior Editors are strongly encouraged to post only news and required to show their work to higher staff before posting it to the site. Junior Editors often graduate to a higher position on the staff within a few weeks.
- Junior Editors must post at least once every two days
- Junior Editors must post at least five news stories per week.
- Junior Editors must show their work to a Senior/Copy Editor or an executive before posting it directly to the site.
- Junior Editors may only write reviews, editorials, and other features under supervision from an executive.
- Applicants must have a basic understanding of the English language and a ready willingness to learn and grow as a budding writer.
Associate Editors are the bulk of our news team. Associate Editors are encouraged to focus primarily on news, but are welcome to expand their horizons with bigger projects with executive approval.
- Associate Editors must post at least once every day, six days a week.
- Associate Editors must post at least fifteen news posts in total per week.
- Associate Editors may post news freely.
- Associate Editors may post reviews, editorials, and other features, but an executive must approve the final draft.
- * These larger assignments will count as three posts towards the weekly and monthly posting requirements.
- Applicants must have a have a good understanding of the English language, a basic understanding of HTML, and decent writing experience.
Senior Editors are the most seasoned writers on our staff and are welcome to post whatever they please, within reason. Having proven themselves as capable writers, Senior Editors are well-trusted and free to follow their posting requirements when and how they please.
- Senior Editors must post at least two news story per day, six days a week
- Senior Editors must post at least fifteen news posts in total per week.
- Senior Editors may post reviews, editorials, and other features freely.
- * These larger assignments will count as three posts towards the weekly posting requirement.
- Senior Editors may arrange and conduct industry interviews under supervision from an executive.
- Senior Editors may correct large mistakes in other articles such as broken links, broken images, or poor formatting.
- Applicants must have a strong grasp of the English language, good understanding of HTML, and plenty of writing experience.
Columnists and Contributors
Columnists and Contributors are strong writers who don't worry about daily news. Columnists and Contributors focus on major assignments such as reviews, editorials, retrospectives, and other fun and unique content.
- Both Columnists and Contributors may post major assignments, such as reviews, editorials, or otherwise elaborate articles. Whether or not Columnists and Contributors may post without executive approval will be determined on an individual basis.
- Columnists must post at least one major assignment per week.
- Contributors may post major assignments at their convenience.
- Both Columnists and Contributors may post news when and if so desired.
- Applicants must have a strong grasp of the English language and plenty of writing experience.
In order to provide top-notch coverage of our favorite games, we need to provide walkthroughs of them as well, don't we? Walkthrough Editors' primary focus for now will be Zelda Informer as we take on future projects and work on restoring our past content. Afterwards, Walkthrough Editors will be warmly welcomed to the Gamnesia staff.
- Walkthrough Editors must provide walkthroughs of games' main quests.
- Walkthrough Editors must provide guides for all sidequests, collectibles, enemies, and more.
- All content provided by Walkthrough Editors must be cohesive, in-depth, and easy to follow.
- Walkthrough Editors must meet deadlines in a timely manner on a chapter-by-chapter basis.
- Walkthrough Editors must be able to structure all content in an easily navigable manner.
- Applicants must have a strong understanding of the English language and a verifiable history of writing walkthroughs. Applicants are also recommended to have a deep understanding of HTML.
- Applicants must also provide at least one sample walkthrough he or she has written in the past. Links to already-published walkthroughs on GameFAQs, IGN, etc. are preferred, but attached documents are also acceptable.
- If you would like to apply but have no prior experience, please spend some time writing the first few chapters of a sample walkthrough before applying.
While we strive to train the rest of the staff to post top-quality content as autonomously as possible, mistakes do occasionally slip through the cracks unexpectedly, and that's where Copy Editors come in. Copy Editors are responsible for ensuring that all posts are grammatically correct and free of spelling or syntax errors, as well as making sure that the category and tag system are working properly.
- Copy Editors must ensure that all posts are sorted into all proper categories.
- Copy Editors must ensure that all posts are tagged with relevant and sufficient terms.
- Copy Editors must proofread each new post at least once for mistakes that slipped past the author and correct said mistakes if found.
- Copy Editors must then make at least one daily trip around each of the site’s new posts to proofread once more and further ensure that spelling, grammar, and style are all up to snuff.
- Applicants must have an exceptional understanding of the English language and a basic understanding of HTML.
**Note: Being an unpaid, volunteer job, we understand perfectly well that there are some days where writing is just hard, be it for time constraints, emotional stress, or other various reasons. Thus, all requirements are enforced yet lenient. So long as shying away from the minimum requirements does not become a regular habit, there are no dire consequences for missing goals.**
Now that you're familiar with the various staff positions and their roles on the site, the next step of the process is actually deciding which position best suits you and sending us your staff application.
**Before proceeding, please note that writing for Gamnesia is volunteer work, and there is no payment involved. As you grow as a writer and spend more time with the site, opportunities and incentives will open up, such as free review materials, invitations to press events, and more.**
To apply for a position on the site, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your full name
- Your desired position
- Your Skype username (If any)
- Your HTML experience (If any)
- A brief description of your writing experience (If any)
- Your area of gaming expertise (Nintendo, Sony, PC, RPG, etc.)
- Alternative talents (if any) and samples of your work, including comics, videos, music, or what-have-you
Alongside this information, we ask that you provide us with at least one writing sample so we can better assess your talents. Lengthier and stronger samples always look better on your résumé — especially for those applying for higher positions — but there is no rigid requirement. This writing sample can cover a recent news story, detail an opinion or argument, or anything you may see fit.
When writing your sample, please look to these previously-published stories for reference:
- Regular News Post: Team Meat Wants Meat Boy in Super Smash Bros.
- Long News Post: IGN Confirms Several Durango "Rumors"
- Editorial: Can Video Game Movies Recover?
- Review: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Review
If your preliminary application is accepted, you will be invited to Skype for an interview conducted through text, and if all goes well in the interview, you'll be welcomed into the staff with open arms. Best of luck!