The Young Folks is looking for writers.
We’re looking for individuals who love pop culture as much as we do and are interested in having their work published on TheYoungFolks.com.
Currently, our writing positions are on a volunteer-only basis, meaning we can’t pay you to write for us. We try to reward our writers with free review copies, swag, free access to events, interviews, etc. as much as we can. If you review TV or film, you will be a Rotten Tomatoes critic for The Young Folks. Also, all our positions are available as internships. Depending on your college, you can earn credit for one semester.
We give you the freedom to write and give your opinion on entertainment. Yet of course, we have some rules. For example, massive profanity would BE an issue. (The occasional F-bomb is not a problem, but dropping 20 F-bombs will not get your point across, so try to keep it all PG-13.) We also don’t regularly publish satire; so, unless the rare occasion arises where our editors deem a satirical piece appropriate, always keep our sincere tone in mind.
As a staff writer, you can help us update the site with exclusive and newsworthy articles and reviews of the latest in film, music, books, TV shows, video games. We also accept individual pitches, more info on that below.
– Write/produce news stories & reviews
– Collaborate with the TYF Staff on various articles and projects
– Learn how to use and navigate a content management system
– Integrate optimal SEO techniques in all articles
– Event Coverage: Depending on your location, we’ll assign the staff to cover local entertainment events.
– 2 posts per month minimum (Max: As many as you like.)
– Age 13 years or older (If under 18 years, please make sure your parents/guardians are cool with this.)
– Proficient in English Grammar
– Proficient in using new internet technologies, web-based platforms and social media networks.
– VERY familiar with both current and past entertainment and pop culture
BOOK STAFF POSITIONS
The Young Adult Book Reporter/Reviewer will help us update TheYoungFolks.com with exclusive and newsworthy articles about the latest news and reviews of Young Adult books. Whether you want to express your love of a book with GIF reaction review or write a passionate editorial about the importance of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, we are looking for a creative variety of ideas to express our opinions on YA lit. Opportunities to interview YA authors and cover book events may arise. The Young Folks receives great number of advance reading copies to help assist with review coverage.
The Comic Book Reviewer/Reporter will help us update TheYoungFolks.com with exclusive and newsworthy articles about the latest news and reviews of comic books and graphic novels. Here’s an opportunity to tell our audience what you think are the best indie comics or why an underrated title should get the TV show treatment. Opportunities to cover comic conventions may arise.
The TYF Booktuber will record, edit, and produce weekly video content on books for TheYoungFolks.com. We are looking for creative, short videos to publish on the website and our social media pages. If you enjoy making fun videos, like book hauls, review reactions, interviews and more, this position is an opportunity to grow an audience. Opportunities to interview authors and cover book events may arise. The Young Folks receives great number of advance reading copies to help assist with review coverage.
VIDEO GAMES STAFF POSITIONS
The Video Game Reviewer/Reporter will help us update TheYoungFolks.com with exclusive and newsworthy articles about the latest news and reviews of video games. Here’s an opportunity to tell our audience what you think are the best indie games or why video games rarely make great movies. Opportunities to cover gaming conventions may arise. The Young Folks receives quite a few indie game review copies to help assist with coverage.
The TYF Gaming Vlogger will record, edit, produce or live stream weekly video content on games for TheYoungFolks.com. We are looking for game play videos, as well as live streaming for our Twitch channel. If you enjoy making gameplay videos, this position is an opportunity to grow an audience. Opportunities to cover gaming conventions may arise. The Young Folks receives quite a few indie game review copies to help assist with coverage.
MUSIC STAFF POSITIONS
The Music Reviewer/Reporter will help us update TheYoungFolks.com with exclusive and newsworthy articles about the latest news and reviews of music. Here’s an opportunity to tell our audience what you think are the best indie bands or why Carly Rae Jepsen is an underrated pop artist. Opportunities to cover music festivals and interview artists may arise. The Young Folks receives a few album review copies to help assist with coverage.
TV STAFF POSITIONS
The TV Reviewer and Features Writer will help us update TheYoungFolks.com with engaging, thoughtful, and timely reviews, features, and listicles about television. It’s the Peak TV era so there’s a lot out there, but we are looking for someone with strong opinions about the TV shows they watch, is passionate about character development, what makes a good show tick, and can write reviews that aren’t simply recaps of an episode’s events. If you enjoy making top lists, ranking and breaking down episodes, or discussing why a show has made an impact, then The Young Folks is the perfect opportunity. Opportunities to interview talent may arise. The Young Folks may also receive advance screeners to assist with coverage.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your info (Name, Age, Preferred Pronouns, Location, Desired Position), a writing sample of your work, and briefly explain how you found out about The Young Folks. (A sample related to music, film, TV shows, books or video games would be a plus!) If applying for the Vlogger position, please include both a writing sample and a link to previous video work.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask us! If anything, you can tweet questions to @TheYoungFolks too.
THIS IS OPEN TO WRITERS WORLDWIDE, so don’t be shy! Just remember that all articles should be written in English!