Train2Game News: Writer opportunity at Ready Up

Ready UpReady Up, the UK’s biggest community games media website, is recruiting to fill two News Team positions and one staff writing position. For any Train2Game student who enjoys writing about games, this is an incredibly valuable experience and a great way to get recognition in the games industry and make some good contacts.

Ready Up is staffed by industry professionals and passionate amateurs, each bringing different skills: writing, photography, web design and professional gaming, to the site. With daily updates to the website’s blog and review pages, Ready Up’s staff work closely together to produce fresh, topical content, with a personal slant and with passionate style.

Applicants looking to join the three-time GMA-nominated team must have solid spelling and grammar, be well informed, dedicated and have strong knowledge of both video games and the industry.

Requirements

News Team
Successful applicants will be responsible for researching, writing and editing your own topical stories, one day a week. Previous experience in news writing would be an advantage but is not essential. News writers will work within a small team and be expected to contribute to conference calls and regular online meetings.

Staff Writers
Successful applicants will regularly blog, pitch feature ideas and write reviews, producing lively, clever copy, that’s current, accurate and informative.

What they can offer you

If you’re looking to make your break into journalism, Ready Up offers you the chance to build up a body of work, benefit from the coaching and support of established journalists. You will have the opportunity to attend industry events where you’ll have the chance to spend time with game developers and other industry insiders.

How to apply

If you’d like to apply for a position, email Ready Up at recruitment@ready-up.net with the following information.

  • Tell them about yourself and your background.
  • A brief statement on why you think you will make a good addition to the team.
  • A link to your online profile(s) – Blog/Tumblr/Youtube/Twitter/LinkedIn/Facebook.
  • News applicants should include an example news story in Ready Up’s house style. It should be no longer than 200 words and include a headline and strapline (one sentence summing up the article).

All applicants should include examples of relevant work, either attached or linked.

You have to be 18 years old or over to apply. Ready Up is a non-profit organisation and as such there is no payment for work. For updates on the recruitment process follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.

Train2Game News is looking for a full-time blogger!

We’re sorry to say Train2Game News Editor Danny Palmer is moving on to pastures new as he’s landed himself a staff writer position within a top end publisher – Danny will be leaving us at the end of this month.

However, this also gives us the opportunity to offer the open position of blogger for Train2Game News.  Applicants should be within easy commuting distance of Luton/London, with the successful candidate working from home, with a laptop and mobile provided by the company.

This is a full-time position and you’ll be working as a part of the Head Office Online team which spans many European countries. Full training and guidance will be given and on-going. You’ll need exceptional English and be able to demonstrate you have the experience and skills to write blogs, manage social media, report from event and represent the company in an exemplary way. A passion for the games industry is obviously a bonus.

Other skills you will be taught or ideally should already have some experience with are a flare for audio editing, good writing skills and the ability to be self-motivated.

Interviews will take place in Luton at the online team head office. Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter explaining why you are the best candidate for the job to recruiting@train2game.com The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 6th July. 

More information is available on the Train2Game forum.