The basics of looking for an online game reviewing job

(The following is an excerpt from the e-book Getting Started in Freelance Video Game Journalism)

The online game journalism world is filled with thousands of publications. The vast majority of them are small blogs dedicated to a few specific topics, but there are mid-sized and even a few large outlets who keep the writing world alive and kicking.

When you’re just starting out, you’ve got to aim for the little guys. It’s disheartening, we know, but it’s how things work. Actually, the reason VGJobs exists is to showcase gigs for freelancers who are just starting out. Dozens of openings appear on the front page each week, ranging from volunteer to paid, hobby blogs to sites like HubPages, Gamezebo and EGM. It’s a good place to start your search. Honestly, it is!

A quirk of the online journalism world is that websites tend to post job openings on their own sites, not necessarily on job boards. This is partly out of sheer convenience, but it also lets publications target people they know will be a good fit for their site. Namely, people that already read it!

This makes your job hunt a little more complex. You can’t just sit on VGJobs or Monster and click “apply” on every game writing job you see. Instead, you’ll need to keep tabs on your favorite gaming sites for that fateful day they put out a call for writers. You should be reading a bunch of news/reviews sites anyway, so this problem takes care of itself.

Blind Google searches sometimes yield great results, just plug in phrases like “hiring game writer” or “game writer wanted”. Most sites don’t specifically ask for “game journalists”, so stick to phrases that include writer/writing. Also keep tabs on generic freelance writing job boards and places like craigslist. Competition from actual game writers on these sites is low, so you might be able to grab a great job without much effort.

Like what you see? There’s plenty more in the complete e-book. Check it out!

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