By on September 8, 2020

Bartek Zyczynski/Shutterstock.com. News Editor/Typewriter

As you saw last week, our news chief Steph Willems left the daily news grind behind to pursue an opportunity outside of automotive journalism. That leaves us looking for our next news guru.

We’re in need of someone who can write 3-5 blog posts a day while editing and scheduling the rest of our daily content. We need a person who can write factually accurate, engaging, clean copy that is free of typos and grammatical errors and also write engaging, factually accurate headlines. The ideal candidate should likewise be a sharp-eyed copy editor.

Our ideal candidate would have a strong familiarity with all aspects of the automotive industry, including but not limited to: new product, classic cars, regulatory, business/finance/sales, supplier, manufacturing, technology, and the aftermarket. He or she will be able to quickly gather news and write copy that goes far beyond parroting the press release. Familiarity with TTAC’s unique voice will be immensely helpful.

This is a contract position that will be paid monthly. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and this position is not eligible for benefits. This position will be remote, open to anyone living in the United States or Canada. That means you’ll need a reliable laptop and Internet connection. The hours will be early morning to afternoon, Eastern time. Some night and weekend work will be required.

While this is primarily a news gathering/writing/editing position, there may be opportunities to attend media launches and auto-show media days (once the pandemic ends and launches and auto shows resume) and/or to review cars loaned to you.

Other duties will include monitoring and moderating comments, working with our contributors on editing and scheduling, and some very basic photo editing and shooting skills. The ideal candidate will have no major blemishes on his/her driving record.

Qualities that are preferred but not required would be social-media savviness and being comfortable with speaking on a possible future TTAC podcast or in video segments.

If you’re interested, please send your resume, a brief introductory note (no need for the formality of a cover letter, but we’d like to know a bit about you and your background/experience) and 3-5 sample clips to [email protected] with the subject “News Contributor”. It’s OK if your clips are journalistic in nature but cover a different industry. We’d prefer published clips, but samples are OK if you don’t have any.

The deadline for applying is 5 pm Central time, Monday, September 21. We expect a high volume of applications, so we will only be able to respond to those we plan on interviewing.

If you have questions, email me or comment below.

[Image: Bartek Zyczynski/Shutterstock.com]

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13 Comments on “Housekeeping: Are You TTAC’s Next Top News Contributor?...”


  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Best of luck. Most Millennials and Gen-Z don’t care about cars. Besides mainstream journalism is dead, since it has been co-opted by neo-communist activists for purely propaganda purposes.
    :-/
    (BTW TTAC’s copy is remarkably good compared to the horror that is Buzzfeed, Vice, and Vox.)

  • avatar
    Cicero

    Please, no 27 year-old journalism majors. They don’t know a thing.

  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    I nominate Mikey. He has proven over many, many years to be on top of all things automotive and production related.

    He has on several occasions in the past submitted links and breaking news stories to ttac for which he received NO credit, nor mention.

    At least when someone submitted a breaking news story or hot-link to Farago, he made mention of it, especially if Farago had missed it himself.

    Things have changed.

    In a community like ttac’s B&B, it should be customary to share links and news stories for the benefit of ALL.

    We’ve already lost so many faithful readers since the days of Farago, let’s hope we don’t lose more.

  • avatar
    mikey

    @HDC….Thanks for the vote.

    My mother taught me to read when I was four, and I do that quite well. Grammar, sentence structure, cohesive writing, punctuation etc ….Not so much.

    Yes, in the past I fed a lot of info/ back to TTAC. With the exception of the VW salesman, and the present EIC, I always received a “tip of the hat” ..

    Yes TTAC did have some great writers . We also had some great debates amongst us. For the most part it all remained civil .

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      If we’ve ever neglected to give you a hat tip, my apologies. I don’t know if I personally have had a hat tip from you (feel free to email me to dispute that) but I’ll make sure the guys give you that in the future, and I will also give credit to you next time. Mea culpa!

  • avatar
    Matt Foley

    Speaking of hiring…not sure what it would cost, but have you made an offer to David Tracy? His stories are the only thing worth reading over at Jalopnik these days. You snag Tracy, you snag at least 30% of Jalop’s readership.

    Top four stories at Jalop right now:
    1) EV Subsidies Work (eco-drivel)
    2) You Idiots Are Going To Kill People (statist drivel bemoaning the uptick in speeding)
    3) Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Was a COVID Super Spreader Costing Billions (junk science drivel)
    4) This Toyota Pickup Is So Rare That Jalopnik Has Gone 15 Years Barely Mentioning It (what’s this? A positive article about cars/trucks? From David Tracy, of course)

    Tracy seems to be center-left politically, which means he’d fit in here. At Jalopnik, he’s like George Will in grease-soaked coveralls.

    • 0 avatar
      R Henry

      @ MattFoley

      I don’t know who you are, but GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!! You have written my thoughts verbatim.

      As for the piece about Sturgis infections, the “study” cited is based upon “anonymized cell phone tracking data”…and a few heaping spoonfuls of political hay-making. How shocking that a univeristy (SDSU) would allow its professors to use such flimsy, unreliable, and essentially meaningless “research” to support some fabricated pre-ordained conclusions. I truly HATE election years!!!

    • 0 avatar
      R Henry

      @ MattFoley

      I don’t know who you are, but GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!! You have written my thoughts verbatim.

      As for the piece about Sturgis infections, the “study” cited is based upon “anonymized cell phone tracking data”…and a few heaping spoonfuls of political hay-making. How shocking that a univeristy (SDSU) would allow its professors to use such flimsy, unreliable, and essentially meaningless “research” to support some fabricated pre-ordained conclusions. I truly HATE election years!!!

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    Dream gig but for two issues: 1) I don’t have the time, and 2) Once bitten, twice shy. To wit: I wrote copy for a few companies a few years ago. It started with landing page stuff ( ‘The Future Is Always Happening!’ and assorted brilliances… ) and progressed to S.E.O. by way of fleshing out some blogs on a regular basis. N.D.A.s and threats about working for anyone else followed. The best/worst part was that my contact at one company, Traci-with-an-i in H.R. or whatever she did there, instantly became my editor. She’d send my copy back peppered with examples of ‘you know’ and ‘It’s like’ and enough exclamation marks to leave a potential customer breathless. I am in no way intimating that the editors of this august publication would be the same as Traci was, mind. Damn you, Traci.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Maybe Bertel Schmidt will come back

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