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Tom's Hardware Wants You!

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The editorial team here at Tom’s Hardware is looking for a few good men and women who are passionate about technology, comfortable in front of an open test bed, and eager to write for an audience on a freelance, contractual basis.

More specifically, we’re looking to expand our coverage—beginning with the stories you’ve thought up that would make our community more comprehensive, more informative, and more interactive. Have you ever had an idea you wished we’d cover but never did? Now’s your chance to share that information with the rest of the world!

An ideal candidate is someone who already runs their own benchmarks, just so they know how their hardware performs. You don’t get any bonus points for doing it at three in the morning surrounded by Rockstars and pizza boxes, but at least you’re in good company, because we do, too. Be familiar enough with results that you’re able to analyze data and identify possible issues/work with vendors to get answers. Know enough about Microsoft Excel to create and format charts in a way that readers can easily interpret for themselves.

Equally important are creative writing talent and English proficiency. Technology can be painfully dry if you let it. We love covering the latest and greatest, though, and want to work with folks who share our passion for comparing processors to automotive engines and Macs to masonry bricks (just kidding, Tuan). Moreover, if you’ve ever complained in the comments section of a story about our inability to write proper English—you know who you are, and we still love you—then now’s your chance to show us a true master at work.

If you’re interested, please send an email to Chris Angelini at cangelini at bestofmedia dot com. Please include relevant technology background information, any links to published work, and a brief writing sample that covers what you’d hope to contribute to the site.

And as always, please feel free to send your feedback along at any time. Thanks for reading.

Regards,

Chris Angelini
Managing Editor

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    fonzy , March 17, 2009 11:10 PM
    Now here is a chance for all you haters to show you can do a better job.
  • 11 Hide
    JeBuSBrian , March 17, 2009 11:50 PM
    Hire a proof-reader instead.
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  • 14 Hide
    fonzy , March 17, 2009 11:10 PM
    Now here is a chance for all you haters to show you can do a better job.
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  • 8 Hide
    megamanx00 , March 17, 2009 11:28 PM
    I guess they are missing Ben and Rob more than I thought
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    7amood , March 17, 2009 11:31 PM
    I am not a hater... and all I have for tomshardware.com is addiction :3
    I don't think I wanna contribute, I wanna read mooo
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    mrubermonkey , March 17, 2009 11:45 PM
    I no contribute. I read.
  • 11 Hide
    JeBuSBrian , March 17, 2009 11:50 PM
    Hire a proof-reader instead.
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    jsloan , March 18, 2009 12:02 AM
    at least somebody wants me ;-)
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    eddieroolz , March 18, 2009 12:12 AM
    Man, this would be so awesome if I wasn't 19.
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    kewl munky , March 18, 2009 1:09 AM
    Let me be a proof reader >_>
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    ispyamoose , March 18, 2009 1:10 AM
    This is an interesting idea, but it would be great if the job requirements and background were included.

    Just a few ideas here:

    1) Age requirement.
    2) Location requirement (Do we need to be near the office?).
    3) Required hours per week.
    4) Exact role (author or editor?).
    5) Do we get paid?
    6) At what times do articles need to be submitted? Are there deadlines associated with this job?
    7) For benchmarking - are we required to do this? If so, are we responsible for buying the hardware ourselves?
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    eklipz330 , March 18, 2009 1:20 AM
    omg i think they've finally gave in to all those 'ive read this already two week ago' people
  • 4 Hide
    dconnors , March 18, 2009 1:29 AM
    Megamanx00I guess they are missing Ben and Rob more than I thought


    RIP, Second Take...RIP
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    seboj , March 18, 2009 1:41 AM
    Quote:
    Know enough about Microsoft Excel to create and format charts in a way that readers can easily interpret for themselves.


    Lawl. There's a running joke amongst us IS people about how the world lives and dies by Excel..

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    sacre , March 18, 2009 2:01 AM
    dconnorsRIP, Second Take...RIP



    Honestly, I didn't even know they were gone. The second takes were a bit to foolish for me and their opinions and thoughts always seemed to go against my own which increased my dislike.

    But aside from personal thoughts, why did they leave? Just got bored?
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    ahslan , March 18, 2009 2:12 AM
    i didnt know they left either!...damnit, that sucks...i actually looked forward to their videos...wow...toms is getting less and less attractive the more I find out about their changes...*sigh*
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    Tindytim , March 18, 2009 2:20 AM
    Wow,

    I wonder if they didn't make this just to shut people up. I mean, I think I could do better than Mr.Parrish (at least when it comes to reporting news, I'm sure his brand of simile and metaphor would be better suited to more creative writing), but they seem to need people ready to benchmark hardware. And I don't read any news sites as consistently as I read Tom's as of late.

    sacreBut aside from personal thoughts, why did they leave? Just got bored?

    Tom's Games got axed.
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    mdillenbeck , March 18, 2009 3:02 AM
    As a student who works to pay my way through college, I just wouldn't have the time. Also, my job is dry enough as is to go into writing reviews of products based on benchmarks - I read those types of articles because I don't have the time or money to do it myself.

    However, I hope their call for help comes up with some good talent and results in a lot more content. (Of course, unlike others, I like the indirectly related content... ones that pertain to the environmental sustainability of computing, energy issues, and alternative technologies.)
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    city_zen , March 18, 2009 4:03 AM
    Yay for renovation! :) 

    I confess to writing comments about the usage of English in a couple of articles .. but you now it's mostly true. The style is sometimes cliché and the proofreading is apparently optional

    Too bad that I'm not a native English speaker, that I live 5,000 miles from the closest Bestofmedia office and that I don't have easy access to the latest hardware :( 

    Anyway, I hope someone picks up the gauntlet and writes it, since I've read some very well written and thoughtful comments on this site
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    cangelini , March 18, 2009 4:50 AM
    ispyamooseThis is an interesting idea, but it would be great if the job requirements and background were included.Just a few ideas here:1) Age requirement.2) Location requirement (Do we need to be near the office?).3) Required hours per week.4) Exact role (author or editor?).5) Do we get paid?6) At what times do articles need to be submitted? Are there deadlines associated with this job?7) For benchmarking - are we required to do this? If so, are we responsible for buying the hardware ourselves?


    Ispy,

    There is no age requirement, there is no location requirement, there are no required hours per week. As stated in the news clip itself, I'm looking for freelance, contract-based writers. Yes, authors get paid. Deadlines and story requirements are discussed on a case by case basis--if benchmarking is required (and it most often is), then yes, this is part of the job. As far as having testable hardware in-house, bonus points if you have access to much of what we're writing about here.
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    fudgeboy , March 18, 2009 5:44 AM
    shame theres no toms hardware in AUS! otherwise i would've gone for this one without a thought...
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    cangelini , March 18, 2009 5:56 AM
    Do Aussies not speak English? :) 
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