Hardware Staff Writer
Reporting to the Global Editor-in-Chief, you will primarily be responsible for writing articles and updating buying guides on PC hardware technology for primarily PCGamer.com, along with also making monthly contributions to Maximum PC magazine and performing other editorial work as required. You may also be required to assist with the production of video-based articles, podcasts, and event coverage.
You will be given a schedule of regular articles you will need to create and update. You will be responsible for meeting all your deadlines and liaising with editors to ensure you produce high-quality content that meets the needs of the readers.
You must also respond to reasonable requests from senior members of the editorial team to help create any of the department’s output, including its websites, magazines, video, and social media.
Example of content types you will be will be responsible for: in-depth buyer’s guides relating to choosing the best products, reviews of products, hardware guides, video guides.
Other responsibilities you will be responsible for: managing freelancers, developing new and strengthening existing relationships with hardware vendors.
The job requires attention to detail, good organisation skills, a calm approach, self-discipline, and a passion for building and maintaining gaming computers.
PC Gamer's Hardware channel is managed day-to-day by a Lead Editor. Everyone in the team is expected to work with those around them to create efficient working practices to minimise the need for extra resources, such as external freelance help. In order for the editorial team to be effective, all members need to be pragmatic, collaborative and communicative.
Key role responsibilities
Deliver quality, relevant and well-written copy to set deadlines as directed by the team editor and/or other senior editorial staff
Understand and deliver on readers’ needs
Take responsibility for managing your own workload, liaising with editors in order to meet all your deadlines
Generate appropriate feature/reviews leads and ideas
Collaborate with the art team to ensure your articles look great and are coherently presented
Develop and maintain productive industry, PR and commercial relationships
Be responsible for and deliver any administrative tasks set by senior staff
Contribute social media content to an agreed schedule
Record video-based content as and when directed by the Group Content Manager or other senior editorial staff
Attend events when required
Under the direction of the Group Editor-in-Chief, all editorial staff may be asked to work on any of the creative output of the Group. The workload will be measured and sensible.
Essential skills and experience
Fantastic writing skills
Experience of writing for print and online
A good knowledge of the technology industry, particularly regarding PCs and their peripherals
Ability to explain complex subjects in a clear and easily understood fashion
Strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent spelling and grammar
Work on own initiative
Ability to deliver copy to tight deadlines
Excellent time management skills
Confident reviewer of PCs and hardware (graphics cards, monitors, CPUs, SSDs, etc...)
Desirable skills and experience
Postgraduate-level journalism qualification
Knowledge of libel law
Expert knowledge of the technology industries – PCs, hardware, graphics cards, storage, monitors, SSDs, processors, etc.
Expert knowledge of the hardware market space – vendors, online retailers, price points, on a global level, etc.
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