Entertainment News Writer / Editor

Location
Sierra Madre
Posted
May 30, 2013
Closes
Jun 29, 2013
Contact
Bryan Crain
Duration
Full Time
The Entertainment News Writer / Editor is responsible for finding the most relevant, interesting, and timely celebrity / entertainment news stories on the internet every day, and rewriting them to make them conversational for use on radio.


Candidate must have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, a strong sense of humor, the ability to write for a specific voice, and web research expertise. If you do not live and breathe all things pop culture, you can't do this job. Deadlines are extremely tight, and since you'll be working from home, the ability to be self-motivated is required.


Candidate must have a college degree or equivalent professional journalism experience. A background in comedy or humor writing is a plus.


The job is five days a week, Sunday through Thursday, and goes from the late morning Pacific Time through the evening.


Please send a resume and, optionally, writing samples showing both "hard" news writing and comedy writing. Any candidates less than five years out of college must include GPA.


In order to find serious, interested and motivated candidates . . . and candidates who can fit in quickly with the company . . . we are also requiring one writing sample in our voice and style.


Below are three stories that are written in the Wise Brother "voice":

Kim Kardashian is Yesterday's Skank . . . Farrah Abraham's Tape is Drumming Up Way More Interest

Watch Kanye West Bang His Head into a Street Sign, Then Freak Out on the Paparazzi

Bill Clinton Buries His Head in Hillary's Cleavage . . . In An Upcoming Movie Called "Rodham"


After you've read the stories above, please select one of the following three stories and write it in a comparable voice.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/rod-stewart-steroid-addiction-shrank-manhood-article-1.1343771

http://gawker.com/would-you-pay-2-million-for-this-painting-of-naked-bea-506571160

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_16-5-2013-10-40-49#fni-5


We only have two tips for writing in the Wise Brother "voice":


1. Keep everything completely conversational.

The goal of the story is to make it so conversational that a DJ can read it right off the page and sound like they're just talking. So after you write it, read it out loud. Does it sound cool and spontaneous? If it doesn't sound like you're telling the story to a friend, tweak it. (One good example: When you're talking to a friend, you wouldn't say, "Beyonce was performing in Europe. The former Destiny's Child singer was spanked by a fan." You'd say, "Beyonce was performing in Europe and she was spanked by a fan." Those are the conversational nuances to look for.)


2. Don't try to be funny.

Nothing is worse than someone trying to be funny. The stories have an overall comedic tone, and they're not supposed to be hard news . . . but they're also not supposed to be written for Weekend Update or The Daily Show, where everything is a setup and a punch line. If you have a good joke - one that's legitimately funny, not obvious, corny, or funny-ish - include it in bold italics at the end. We always tell job candidates this (and they never listen) but no joke is better than an unfunny joke. We'll say it again: NO JOKE IS BETTER THAN AN UNFUNNY JOKE. What matters more is - is it interesting? Is it well-written? And most importantly, is it conversational?

Please include a cover letter with your resume.

Submissions lacking the requested writing sample will be discarded.