Normally when magazines need writers and decide to post on Craigslist, they put up some info about what they are looking for and an email address. Writers will email the editor clips, a resume and maybe a pitch. It’s all very…usual.
Then there’s this:
Date: 2009-11-22, 4:22PM PST
Reply to: email@example.com
Oomph Magazine is a new magazine based out of Downtown Los Angeles. We are currently looking for writers. Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oomph-Magazine/197153407222?v=wall and send us a message for a quick response.
* Location: LA
* it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
* Compensation: Based on skills.
So Oomph Magazine has decided to post ads on Craigslist for writers (there’s another one for models), asking them to message on their FB page, which has resulted in nearly 20 gig seekers posting on the fan page. Which when scrolled through is like a virtual unemployment line.
Is this benefiting the magazine? Are they trying to beef up their brand by offering vague work? Because it doesn’t seem like a legitimate way to find writers in Los Angeles.
We emailed the “magazine” for a response, but we’ve yet to hear back.