Reference number gomw-478

Employer Gearpatrol LLC
Location New York, USA
Job type Full time

Gear Patrol is seeking a talented and ambitious full-time Associate Staff Writer to join its growing editorial team.

Associate Staff Writers play an integral part in shaping Gear Patrol’s editorial coverage and bringing our product journalism mission to life. Gear Patrol is seeking a writer who is knowledgeable and highly engaged in the world of cars to cover new releases, explainers, buying guides, interviews, in-depth reports and more. The ideal candidate should live and breathe products and be passionate about producing world class stories. They should also have big ideas about what’s next in transportation and car culture. Finally, candidates should be comfortable in a fast-paced, digital news environment; and work collaboratively with the Branded Content studio team when needed. And like all Gear Patrol team members, applicants for this position should be self-starters, maintain a nimble and positive mindset and lead by example.

The candidate will report directly to the Associate Motoring Editor while working closely with other stakeholders including the Deputy Editor and Social Media Editor.

Responsibilities:

  • Write and produce regularly assigned motoring content across Gear Patrol’s properties including our digital and print magazine.

  • Pitch and produce original motoring content that helps position Gear Patrol as a leading voice in product journalism.

  • Help produce original photography and videos as part of a multimedia approach to our motoring coverage.

  • Meet regularly with the motoring desk team to coordinate content planning and production.

  • Peer edit motoring desk stories produced by other desk team members.

  • Leverage content analytics and other data sources to help guide strategy and achieve motoring desk goals.

  • Help maintain desk editorial calendars and ensure content is in line with our editorial guidelines.

  • Continually monitor information resources such as competitive publications, PR contacts and social media for new story ideas.

  • Lead outreach for various editorial efforts including outside expertise and product requests.

  • Attend desk-relevant PR and media events.

  • Collaborate with the Gear Patrol Studios team and support production around marquee native advertising projects.

  • Collaborate with Gear Patrol’s social media team to produce and promote relevant editorial motoring content for various social platforms.

  • Work alongside Gear Patrol’s commerce team to help manage and produce relevant affiliate and store content.

  • Serve as an ambassador for the company while attending select motoring press trips and trade shows.

Requirements:

  • A passion for products and service journalism.
  • A strong knowledge of grammar and writing fundamentals.
  • At least 1 year of experience writing and reporting in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented editorial environment, ideally for a car publication or enthusiast forum.
  • Must possess a keen interest and understanding of the motoring industry.
  • An active driver’s licence and the ability to drive stick.
  • Familiarity with online content management systems such as WordPress.
  • Familiarity with other content production and creation tools such as Google Apps etc.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Must work efficiently under pressure and take feedback constructively.
  • Must apply a solutions-first approach to projects, responsibilities and challenges.
  • BA in English, writing, journalism or equivalent experience
  • A strong sense of urgency
  • A basic knowledge of photography
  • A willingness to travel and work odd hours as the assignment or news cycle dictates.

How to apply

Send your CV/resume, writing samples and a link to your portfolio, LinkedIn profile link, and cover letter to  with the subject heading: “Associate Staff Writer, Motoring.”

  • A brief introduction of yourself and why you’re passionate about cars.
  • One writing sample under 100 words, like a Today in Gear entry.
  • Please include tearsheets or links to motoring writing samples in the 500-1000 word review range, one long form (2,000+) report or review.
  • Links to any other previous work applicable to Gear Patrol.
  • A draft of your own Staff Favorites Story describing your favorite products (this can be a condensed version.)

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Please regard your résumé as received unless your email bounces back.

Please mention gomw.co.uk when applying!