New Staff Writers Revealed!

So 2010’s big recruitment drive is over and we have picked our new staff writers, yay! The last time that we advertised for writers through forums, universities, magazines and the Xbox Live dashboard we had an avalanche of applications and this time it was just the same. Working our way through the hundreds of blogs, CVs and published works of budding games journalists proved more difficult this time though. For starters the number of applicants who keep blogs has risen dramatically in the space of a year. While the last time round I’d say about one in five who applied for a Ready Up Staff Writer position kept a blog, just a year later we’re finding it’s one in two. Twice as many applicants were studying or had a degree in journalism. Those that didn’t have experience made a far greater effort to provide us with example work written specifically for Ready Up, which just shows how much more aware applicants have become of what it takes to break into the industry.

Although we were treated yet again to the incredible talents of all the wildly different individuals that want to be a part of Ready Up, it was their hard work and dedication to honing their skills that really impressed. Things are definitely changing. The Games Media is not the cottage industry we once knew. It’s a highly competitive environment now but the incredibly high standard of applications we received shows that you are more than up to the task.

Given how awesome you all are, whittling it down to just a few was nightmarishly difficult. So many great writers who are more than qualified won’t be getting a place on the team this time round. I can only urge you to keep writing and keep applying for stuff. There were six people though who we simply could not pass up. We are really crazy excited to have them on board. Over the coming week you’ll be able to read their first blogs so keep an eye out for those. So without further ado here they are – the secret six finally revealed!







10 responses to “New Staff Writers Revealed!”

  1. Albull avatar

    That Giles chap is an awfully handsome brute. I make this statement under no form of duress… *whimper*

    Congrats to all!

  2. Lauren avatar

    Awesome! Spartan Six ๐Ÿ™‚ Great pics chosen, thats my serial “Dexter” killer look ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Mark P avatar

    We have a third ginger writer? AWESOME.

  4. Giles avatar

    I’m mighty proud to be a part of the team!

    And Albull – your cheque’s in the post. ^_^

  5. Dean avatar

    Mark P, are you a ginger too? We must exchange gamer tags and continue to advance the cause of the rootless ginger nation. Soon the world will be ours! Mu-haw-haw!

    Thanks for the intro. Its really nice to be part of the team. I’d like to point out that i’m not as much of a twat as i look in the picture. i was doing a Bond villain pose.

  6. Amber avatar

    Awesome, just awesome. :o)

  7. Ninja avatar

    Congrats you lot. Looking forward to seeing what you all have to say and stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Iโ€™d like to point out that iโ€™m not as much of a twat as i look in the picture. i was doing a Bond villain pose.”

    I thought it was a cool pic in an evil sort of way. Bit Mephistophelean, you know? Props for allowing me to use that word especially as I can’t even pronounce it. Yes, I just tried.

    P.S: Kami – Dominik Diamond resemblance? Or is it just me?

  8. Duncan avatar

    Warm fuzzy hugs to all the new bloods! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thank you for accidentally adding to my veterancy blog-by-blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. TeldurUK avatar

    A massive well done to the above folk!

    Look forward to your future blog posts.

  10. Dave Irwin avatar
    Dave Irwin

    Congratulations to all of you. Look forward to reading your material soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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