Build your writing portfolio as a Sidelines Contributor!

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Posted: July 07 2015
Company Location: San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 50 Part-time, Unpaid

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Are you considering a career in sports, entertainment, or lifestyle writing? Looking for ways to gain more exposure and build your portfolio? Have you been looking for a way to break into the field of writing? Do you absolutely love to talk with your intellectual peers? If so, then Sidelines is designed for you! Engaging with intelligent colleagues will help you improve your writing, analysis, and social media skills and help you build your writing portfolio.

This is the perfect opportunity for students looking to build their writing portfolio or anyone just looking to hang out and talk about your pastimes and passions! Internships (credit or non-credit) available.

We've built a troll-free community of intelligent, fun, and engaging contributors who love to write and talk about everything from the evolution and increasing popularity of women’s sports to backpacking across the US National Park system to the use of practical special effects in Mad Max: Fury Road.

What that means is that there are no trolls hiding behind different throwaways, waiting to make your life miserable. No idiotic arguments between commenters screaming at each other in all caps. No one gets downvoted into oblivion for having an unpopular opinion

We are searching for passionate, intelligent people to join community as new contributors. These are initially unpaid positions that offer the opportunity to develop into per-post compensated MVP and Campaign writing positions as well as part-time Senior Writer and Editorial positions.

Sidelines is a platform for contributors to create, find, and participate in high-quality conversations about Entertainment & Pop Culture (, Gaming (,
Lifestyle (travel, food, fashion, politics, and design) (, Parenting (, and Sports (

The posts created on Sidelines are distributed to our partner sites, acting as short form, collaborative, stand-alone, or supplementary content that people actually find entertaining and educational. You can read a Sidelines conversation on your phone while waiting for the bus and learn something.

Why should I become a Sidelines Contributor?
• Training and Exposure - Through Sidelines' unique distribution system and network of partner sites, roughly 15 million readers will see Sidelines discussions this month. We publish both short-form conversational writing and long-form magazine articles. We also offer one-on-one training with our team of editors, with everything from office hours and post draft reviews through workshops, seminars, and the Sidelines Academy, an intensive multi-week writing program that will work on both your long- and short- form writing.
• Community - Tired of troll-infested forums or spammy Facebook posts? Sidelines communit


- Comment on and start conversations in your communities. Length can vary widely, but Sidelines posts (short-form) average 200 words and magazine articles (long-form) about 1000 words.
- Participate in Sidelines events and series (e.g. NBA Finals live blog, Fourth of July post series, Sidelines Showdown Debates)


Must haves:

A passion to write, read, watch, and talk about music, film, fiction, sports, travel, food, or (really) nearly anything else!
Good grammar and a professional attitude to debate and discussion.
The ability to develop arguments using evidence drawn from primary and secondary sources. Mere opinion is less convincing than a well-developed argument.
An open mind and a love of debate.

No previous experience required!

Additional traits of an ideal Sidelines contributor:
An interest in: music, science fiction, soccer, women's sports, budget travel / backpacking / camping, animé/graphic novels/animated movies, or food and cooking.
Experience in on-line text-based communities such as Reddit or in forums.


Required - Article Writing, Basic Computer Skills, Internet Access, Internet Culture
Preferred - Film Criticism, Literary Criticism, Copy Editing, Sports Writing, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Computer Gaming, Console Games

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