So So Gay is always on the look out for fresh talent. We’re a diverse and vibrant team – if you feel you have what it takes to become part of it, contact Lee, our Editor-in-Chief at [email protected]. At the moment we are particularly keen to hear from people with an interest in writing news and current affairs stories – as well as features and interviews. We are also looking for sub-editors.
We ask that all contributors write at least three contributions per month, including one on our monthly theme.
Due to the large number of applicants we get, we ask that writers sign up to work for one section for a period of one month. You will receive personal mentoring from a member of the Editorial Team. Upon successful completion of that trial period, you will be invited to write for other sections.[box_light]Please note we are unable to pay any contributors other than agreed expenses.[/box_light]
The following roles are within the editorial and management team.[toggle_box title="Sub-editor" width="100%"]You will be responsible for ensuring the highest quality editorial is published by So So Gay. This will include fixing spelling and grammar mistakes, minor reworking of material to ensure it flows well and providing feedback to contributors about the problems with their work, so they can work on their weaknesses. You should have to make only minor corrections – Where work is of a low quality and it would take a lot of time to improve it, you will return the article with notes to the contributor to ammend it themselves.
You should have the ability to research any given subject area, able to quickly check facts. You should also have a good sense of what looks good on a page – whether an image looks too large and needs resized or have its position changed.
You’ll need to have a very good eye for detail, and be able to have a deep familiarity with our style guide.
You will help evaluate new contributor applications, where writers submit samples of their work. We can only accept writers who can turn in high quality copy and adhere to the style guide.
As a behind the scenes role, this can be an unrewarding task, but you will be an integral part of the team and report directly to the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor.
To apply, please email [email protected][/toggle_box] [toggle_box title="Newsletter Manager" width="100%"]So So Gay aims to publish a weekly email newsletter highlighting the best of our published content. You will work with the editorial team to highlight stories to be featured, collate excerpts and produce supporting editorial text introducing each. You will pull all content into a template and use our email management system to send it out to our subscribers list.
You must have strong HTML skills and the ability to edit images (resizing and cropping). You must have a close eye for detail as you’ll be responsible for the emails being sent to hundreds of subscribers each week.[/toggle_box]
For roles within the content team, please click to see fuller job descriptions and for contact details of the section editors.[toggle_box title="Film & TV reviews" width="100%"] We are asked to review a large number of films either at screenings (usually shown in London), on DVD or on a private online stream. We also publish TV reviews alongside series popular with our audience (recent examples include Glee, Smash and Game of Thrones). If you are interested in reviewing films or TV series, please submit a sample of your work (pick a recent release) to our film and TV editor. Successful candidates will be asked to either rewrite or submit a new review adhering to our style guide. We’ll keep on those who can demonstrate the ability to follow the Style Guide – we simply don’t have time to do detailed edits to every review we publish. See, we’re tough, but practical!
Film & TV Editor: James Waygood [email protected]
[/toggle_box] [toggle_box title="Music reviews" width="100%"] Music is by far the busiest area on So So Gay; we receive dozens of press releases, Twitter messages and phone calls about new artists, new releases from established artists and music events and get invited to preview or attend far more than we can cover. By becoming part of the music reviews team, you’ll have the opportunity to review a wide range of musical releases (usually provided over Soundcloud or a YouTube video or occasionally an old-fashioned CD), and attend launch parties and gigs.
Music Editor: Elliot Robinson [email protected]
[/toggle_box] [toggle_box title="News reporters" width="100%"] Although primarily featured-based, we do like to cover the latest LGBT interest news when we can. For this role, you need to be able to respond to emails at short notice, and be willing to pick up the phone to call press offices to get or check quotes and make enquiries.
Ideally, a bit of technical knowledge so you can record audio to help produce podcast segments or enhance our reporting would be an advantage but not essential.
A high standard of English is required, as news stories are published very quickly, without sub-editors having time to fully check them.
News, Current Affairs & Politics Editor: James Moore [email protected]
[/toggle_box] [toggle_box title="Features" width="100%"] So So Gay is the UK’s fastest growing features-based online LGBT magazine. We pride ourselves on researching, planning and writing features we know our readers will enjoy and engage with.
As a features writer, you will work with our Features Editor who may suggest topics for features. However, we are keen to hear from people who can bring their own ideas to the table.
An excellent command of English and a passion for writing are essential.
Features Editor: Liam Murphy [email protected]
[/toggle_box] [toggle_box title="Travel" width="100%"] So So Gay is the UK’s fastest growing features-based online LGBT magazine. We pride ourselves on researching, planning and writing travel pieces we know our readers will enjoy and engage with.
As a travel writer, you will work with our Travel Editor who will bring opportunities to your attention. This might include travel guides or even trips away to review hotels.
An excellent command of English and a passion for travel writing are essential.
Travel Editor: Young Tan [email protected]