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We Want YOU: Call for Community Reporters

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The Tom’s Community Team is expanding!

We are now seeking volunteer community reporters to join up and flex their writing and news-hounding skills on the forums.  Have a knack for finding the latest hardware headlines and hot topics?  Put your talent to use by bringing our community together with interesting, exciting new discussions and news items about hardware, software, gadgets and everything in between!
 
Tom’s is looking to bring on 5-10 new Community Reporters to add to our top-notch team.  The mission of a Community Reporter is to keep our forums full of lively threads, posting news-type threads and hot topic discussions at about a 50/50 ratio.  As a volunteer community reporter, you’d be asked to:
 
·         Be a competent writer
·         Be an active, knowledgeable member of Tom’s forum community
·         Be willing to hunt down news and popular discussions outside of the Tom’s Network.
·         Be able to dedicate at least 3 hours a week to writing/posting new threads.
 
Does that sound doable?  If so, fire off an e-mail to Community Manager Joe Pishgar at jpishgar at bestofmedia.com with “Community Reporter” in the title and the following info-
 
1.       Real name
2.       Email Address.
3.       Forum username.
4.       Rate your tech knowledge from 1-10, 1 being awful, 10 being epic.
5.       What forum section do you want to serve as a Community Reporter?
6.       What would make you a good Community Reporter?
 
All Community Reporters will receive the special title “Community Reporter”  in the forums as a special designation.  Good luck to all applicants!
 
Joe Pishgar
Community Manager

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    snoogins , August 20, 2010 8:31 PM
    Well here is your chance - all of you who complain/critique/whine about the articles in the comments.

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    grieve , August 20, 2010 9:26 PM
    You lost me @ "volunteer"
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    kin3000 , August 20, 2010 9:15 PM
    You guys should probably add:

    - Be able to run spell check and review your work before publishing.

    Maybe we'll get some spelling/grammar error free news articles this way. I'm not saying all articles have errors in them, but the amount that do is proportionally higher than what should be acceptable for a professional news reporting site.
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    snoogins , August 20, 2010 8:31 PM
    Well here is your chance - all of you who complain/critique/whine about the articles in the comments.

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    jonpaul37 , August 20, 2010 8:45 PM
    Done and done!
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    lauxenburg , August 20, 2010 8:47 PM
    Trying to be like OCN, eh?
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    kin3000 , August 20, 2010 9:15 PM
    You guys should probably add:

    - Be able to run spell check and review your work before publishing.

    Maybe we'll get some spelling/grammar error free news articles this way. I'm not saying all articles have errors in them, but the amount that do is proportionally higher than what should be acceptable for a professional news reporting site.
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    grieve , August 20, 2010 9:26 PM
    You lost me @ "volunteer"
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    nielnield , August 20, 2010 9:29 PM
    working for free? must be joking.
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    tghunt , August 20, 2010 9:32 PM
    Umm, I suspect you get what is paid for....
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    Gotbeef , August 20, 2010 9:37 PM
    Working for free?
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    jonpaul37 , August 20, 2010 9:57 PM
    kin3000You guys should probably add:- Be able to run spell check and review your work before publishing.Maybe we'll get some spelling/grammar error free news articles this way. I'm not saying all articles have errors in them, but the amount that do is proportionally higher than what should be acceptable for a professional news reporting site.


    I was soooooo looking for an error in your post but found none, :(  kudos!

    /start brown-nosing

    As for the rest of you who are complaining about working for free... Really???

    I don't think you'd be too sad if the next COD title was free to download or perhaps all the "free" music people download these days...

    Just saying, 3 hours a week to help out a community that gives plenty and possibly expand your horizons at the same time... sign me up pronto!

    /end brown-nosing

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    dedhorse , August 20, 2010 9:59 PM
    snooginsWell here is your chance - all of you who complain/critique/whine about the articles in the comments.


    This is for the forums, not the main site. So for the vast majority of Toms visitors, who do not visit the forums, your work will largely be invisible unless you find something juicy enough for the editors to rewrite and post in their news feed.
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    tu_illegalamigo , August 20, 2010 11:51 PM
    I`m for it, just for the fun.
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    dEAne , August 21, 2010 2:26 AM
    If only I have a time for that why not?
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    oxxfatelostxxo , August 21, 2010 2:40 AM
    Quote:
    I was soooooo looking for an error in your post but found none, kudos!


    Guess ill have some fun with it then, heh.. 1 maybe..

    Quote:
    I'm not saying all articles have errors in them, but the amount that do


    Now i could be wrong... English comp was quite a few years ago for me, however im pretty sure you technically arn't supposed to use a comma before "but"..

    =/... sigh i hate grammar police.
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    kingnoobe , August 21, 2010 8:51 AM
    You can use a comma before but it's usually to seperate between two sentences though. With that said I think people who whine about grammar and other stupid shit. Simply are to anal or have way to much time on their hands.
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    TemjinGold , August 21, 2010 12:06 PM
    oxxfatelostxxoGuess ill have some fun with it then, heh.. 1 maybe..Now i could be wrong... English comp was quite a few years ago for me, however im pretty sure you technically arn't supposed to use a comma before "but"..=/... sigh i hate grammar police.


    Wasn't going to say anything as the guy's post was mostly error-free. Since you guys insist at poking at it:

    1) "Amount" is wrong as it is used with uncountable items, which "articles" is not. The proper term is "number."

    2) "Error free" should be hyphenated like I have above.

    You can use a comma before words like but/and if they join independent clauses (clauses that can stand alone as a sentence) OR if the sentence could be misread without one due to how it's phrased.

    Anyway, I'm not here to nitpick on grammar--only posted since that guy was curious.
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    descendency , August 21, 2010 6:43 PM
    To be honest, I'd love to have a job like journalist for a tech publication (even if I did junk articles), but my writing style and grammar are awful compared to a journalism school graduate.
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    tlmck , August 22, 2010 12:17 PM
    Wow! Tom's gets to make money off of content they did not pay for! What a deal!
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    randomizer , August 22, 2010 1:00 PM
    tlmckWow! Tom's gets to make money off of content they did not pay for! What a deal!

    People post hundreds of times in the forum every day. They are hardly making extra income by having some of the garbage replaced by useful posts.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 22, 2010 2:54 PM
    snooginsWell here is your chance - all of you who complain/critique/whine about the articles in the comments.
    Yeah, I can't wait to see this. lol
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    Pyroflea , August 22, 2010 11:54 PM
    Everyone is complaining about working for free, yet they're on a FORUM, a place where people provide free tech support. Hmm..
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