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Call for DVD Critics and TV Bloggers

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Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
We're looking for writers to pen reviews on recent DVD releases, as well as to write feature articles on aspects of film and TV culture and history.
PopMatters is looking for talented DVD critics and TV bloggers.

DVD CRITICS

We’re looking for folks to pen reviews on recent DVD releases, as well as to write feature articles on aspects of film and TV culture and history. 


We’re looking for reviewers who can submit a review every week or every two weeks.  You can choose your frequency among those two options. Writing for PopMatters gives you a chance to showcase your talent to an international, media-savvy audience of more than 1 million readers a month.  You will receive free DVDs, screeners, film passes, and the occasional opportunity to interview a range of directors and actors.


Reviews should run at least 700 words and provide smart and engaging cultural analysis of movies or TV, rather than simple thumbs up or down judgments or plot summaries.  Features run in excess of 1,200 words and should be in-depth and display stylish writing.


Please send an e-mail describing your background, two recent film or TV-related writing samples, and one review or feature that would be your first published piece at PopMatters if you are accepted, to:


  • Karen Zarker, Senior Editor at: zarker at popmatters dot com.

The subject line should read: PopMatters DVD Critic Application.


 


BLOGGERS

We’re seeking bloggers for two PopMatters blogs, Channel Surfing and Mixed Media. Channel Surfing applies our patented, smart, deep look at culture within the more informal blog format. We’re looking for writers to critique new shows and episodes as well as highlight old favorites, to select and highlight some of the best TV writing on the web, to analyze trends and events in the television world, and to generally come with lots of creative ideas to be a part of the blog’s continued growth into a vital community area on PopMatters. Mixed Media is a more newsy forum, devoted to showcasing the best and most interesting new videos, songs, trailers and more with brief commentary.


In blogs, we are recruiting for people who can commit to at least two posts per week of varying lengths and keep up with tight deadlines.


For Blogger Consideration:


Please send a e-mail describing your background, along with two recent TV-related writing samples that display the depth of your thinking and the best of your abilities, and two posts that would be your first published PopMatters blog posts if you are accepted, to:


  • Sarah Zupko, Editor & Publisher at: editor at popmatters dot com.
  • Karen Zarker, Senior Editor at: zarker at popmatters dot com.



The subject line should read: PopMatters TV Blogger Application.


Note: We are unable to pay you for reviews at this time, but you will not go entirely without compensation; your ‘pay’ is the opportunity to address our readership, currently more than 1 million unique readers per month and counting. Some of our writers have been called upon for their opinion by such media outlets as the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, Radio Australia, and VH1. Also, USA Today.com, Alternet.org, Google News, and Movies.com regularly pick up links to PopMatters articles and post quotes from PopMatters writers.

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