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Enlist in the Indie Armada! IGM Needs News Writers

IndieArmada(Facebook)Indie developers already know this, and I’m betting most of our audience does too, but it can be really hard to get noticed in this industry. There are thousands of games being made every month (every month!), and that’s usually just the mobile stuff. Our top priority here at Indie Game Magazine has always been to help spotlight the games that otherwise go unnoticed. But, in a world where indie games are becoming increasingly popular, and everyone and their mother is almost literally becoming a game developer (thanks to the increasingly low barrier of entry), it’s becoming nearly impossible to cover even a tiny fraction of the #indiedev scene.

Until IGM succeeds in my goal of taking over the worl- I mean, giving every rescue pup a good home, we simply don’t have the people power to write more than a handful of stories per day. Currently, that means we have to skip over hundreds of news stories from deserving developers we’d love to spotlight every week. Of course, we’ll never be able to cover everything, but I’d like to let the community know we’re now searching for a handful of volunteers to help us cover the indie news scene, and raise awareness about worthwhile indie games that are being lost to the endless void of incoming email submissions.

Those interested in applying to be a news writer for the website should send an email to vparisi@indiegamemag.com with “Indie Armada Enlistee” in the Subject Line. You don’t need any experience working as a reporter or journalist, but you will need experience as a writer of some kind. For those who would like to apply, please provide the following items in your email:

  • A resume mentioning any relevant writing experience (does not have to be game journalism-related)
  • A writing sample (either a link to a portfolio/blog, or you can create a short ~200 word sample news story)
  • An estimate of your writing availability (i.e. How many stories would you be able to write per week?) Ideally, we’re looking for folks who can contribute 5 news stories (~250 words) per week. Stories can be assigned and do not need to be found by writers. They typically take about a half hour to write and format, so it’s ~2.5 hours of work per week.
  • A brief description of who you are, and why you’d like to write for IGM.

That’s it! If you’re passionate about the indie gaming scene and would like to help more developers reach our audience, feel free to apply. If your word-fu skills are impressive enough, you’ll even get the chance to be published in our monthly Magazine! Please leave any general questions in the comments section, and I’ll answer them there, that way others who may have the same questions can see them answered below.



Vinny Parisi graduated from the Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in Journalism. No stranger to the industry, Vinny first picked up an NES controller at the tender age of two-years-old and hasn't stopped gaming since. RPG and Action-adventure are his genres of choice, but there isn't much he hasn't played. His thoughts and shenanigans are displayed for all the world to see @Vincent_Parisi


  • Bhernardo Viana

    Hello!
    When do you intend to start answering the e-mails? Will you get in touch with people even if they’re not selected?

    Thanks!

  • Hi Bhernardo,

    I’ve already begun looking over our applications, and I’m responding to applicants one at a time. I’m not looking to turn anyone down just yet, but I’ve reviewed a large number of resumes and have reached out to the best candidates.

    I will certainly try to respond to everyone, even those that are not selected. It may take some time, but those that have reached out so far will hear back from me either way.

  • LB Whittington

    Hi! :) I have sent off my information. I did not include a professional resume as I do not have much experience writing for indie games, however I am actively involved in the gaming community. Please let me know if you need a formal resume and I will gladly put one together or answer any questions you have about myself and my work. This would be an amazing opportunity and a dream come true.

  • Hey to you, too! A formal resume isn’t required, so long as you have a few writing samples just to show off your style and give me a sense of how well you can write. I haven’t gotten to today’s applications yet, but I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for your comment!

  • Bhernardo Viana

    Thank you, Vinny!

    I applied but now I realise I forgot to include my writing availability. How can I send it again? As a reply to my first application?