Gaming Non-Profit is Looking for Volunteer Journalists/Writers!
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Do a Barrel Roll
A few hours per month
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Do you love to write?
Have a story to tell?
Do a Barrel Roll is looking for you!
Who are we?
We're Do a Barrel Roll (http://www.doabarrelroll.ca), a new registered Canadian non-profit dedicated to driving positive social change through gaming of all types. We run on a rotating thematic cycle, focusing our programming and projects on a particular subject every few years. Until 2021, Do a Barrel Roll is targeting its efforts on Community and Belonging.
What are we doing?
Do a Barrel Roll is working on a project to challenge endemic narratives about gaming by highlighting how it can be a vehicle for positive change, pro-social behaviour, community development, inclusion, acceptance, belonging, and healthy living.
We are looking for personal stories, thought pieces, and contributions by gamers all over the world. We think of gaming in the broadest possible sense: video; arcade; table top; mobile; AR/VR; LARPing; and, plenty of other categories. In particular, we are interested in stories that showcase how gaming has been a means by which gamers have found a sense of belonging, acceptance, inclusion, friendship or developed a community. Stories are the most powerful means of communicating this message.
And as a volunteer Journalist, we need your help!
What are you going to do with us?
As a Do a Barrel Roll Journalist, you would be leading our push to tell the stories of gamers often left out of the news. In particular, you would be responsible for the following:
- Researching and sourcing interviews with gamers;
- Contacting potential interviewees;
- Conducting interviews;
- Work closely with our Content Coordinators to transcribe interviews;
- Writing 1-2 articles per month, profiling or showcasing a gamer and their story;
- Pitch additional content ideas beyond stories to Do a Barrel Roll’s Executive Director and Content Research Officer;
- Editing and submitting copy; and,
- Verifying, as required, statements and facts.
Our project asks for contributions of all types - writing, audio, video, images, poetry, etc, which will be published on our website. You should be comfortable working in at least one of these areas.
Who you are:
You should be an excellent writer and copy editor.
You should have a good ability to source and contact interviewees.
You should be able to draft interview questions based on a participant’s profile.
You should be comfortable conducting interviews with all types of people, asking the right questions and knowing when to let a participant speak.
You should understand the principles and ethics that guide good journalism.
You should know how to use social media platforms to source leads.
You should know how to research effectively.
Please note that this position is remote/virtual and does not include any financial remuneration. As such, we accept applicants from any country.
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