Update 2020/04/02: Thank you to everyone who has applied to our call for writers. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, a great deal has quickly changed in the world and in the news publishing business. As a result, I've had to drop our plans for the time being to expand the AnandTech team.

I appreciate everyone who took the time to apply and submit samples for the job, and I hope that this current pandemic will resolve itself soon. In the meantime I have gone through the applications, and if we're in a position to resume hiring again later this year, I will be using those applications to reach out to candidates.

-Ryan Smith


The Call for Writers is something of an annual tradition over here at AnandTech. As anyone who follows the site knows very well, the list of things we have to review/cover easily exceeds our available time. So the call for writers gives us a chance to find new talent and new opportunities to grow, be it into new coverage areas entirely or just covering more of the existing products our readers have come to enjoy over the years.

The ultimate purpose of the Call for Writers is to find new talent. To continue to grow and improve our content, we need your help. We're looking for writers with a true passion for the technology we cover, a deep understanding of what's out there and a thirst for more knowledge.

We're looking for contributors to help out both with reviews as well as our short-to-medium form Pipeline coverage. The areas in particular we're looking for help with are listed below:

  • News/Pipeline (PC)
  • News/Pipeline (Mobile)
  • Networking
  • GPUs (US-only)
  • Systems/Laptops (US-only)
  • Mobile/Smartphones (US/Canada & Europe)
  • Memory
  • Community Manager (US-only)
  • Storage (Inc. Solid State)
  • Monitors
  • Home Automation/IoT
  • Professional Graphics/GPU

If you find yourself at the intersection of knowledge and passion about any of those areas, and have some time to contribute, you're exactly what we're looking for. These are paid, part-time positions that we're looking to fill, with most positions open on a world-wide basis, and certain positions primed for a quick promotion to full-time. What I need is a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to talk about any one of these topics. Your sample can be in the form of a review, a pipeline post or an analysis piece - it should be something that looks like it would fit in on AnandTech.

Once you've produced it, send it on over to callforwriters@anandtech.com. Please also include a description of what subject(s) you would be interested in writing about, and some basic information about your background and where you're located. We'll read through all samples, but we can't guarantee a reply due to the sheer volume of submissions we tend to receive. If we like what you've sent and there's a potential fit on the team, we'll be in touch.

And even if we aren't, please don't hesitate in trying again next year; anyone who has applied before is welcome to apply again. 2019 was a banner year for us, for example, and we had many more good submissions than we could realistically respond to.

I'll conclude this post with a passage from our About page:

In the early days of technology reporting on the web the focus was almost exclusively on depth. We had a new medium for content that didn't come with the same restrictions as more traditional forms. We could present as much data as we felt was necessary and we could do it quicker.

As the web grew, so did the approach to gaining readership. In many cases, publishers learned from the tips and tricks of more traditional media to growing their audience. The focus shifted away from ultimate understanding of what was being reported, to producing content significantly motivated by increasing traffic, or revenue, or both. Thorough observations were out; sensationalism, link baiting, and the path to shallow 10-o'clock-news reporting were in.

While I believe it's definitely easier to produce content by going this route, I don't believe it's the only way to build a well read website.

If the above resonates with you and you'd like to help by being a part of something different, I'd encourage you to submit a writing sample.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old do I need to be to work for AnandTech?
A: You need to be old enough to legally work in your country of residence without significant restriction. Otherwise we have no specific requirements so long as you can do the job well. Anand started the site at 14, after all...

Q: Do I need to be located in the United States to work for AnandTech?
A: Some positions do require that you be in the US for logistical reasons, and those specific positions are noted. However unless otherwise noted, most positions are open on a world-wide basis.

Q: Do I need to supply my own products for testing or contacts at companies? (i.e. do I need to be an insider?)
A: No. Assuming for the moment you have a computer to write on, then you already have the most important piece of equipment that you need. Meanwhile you will need some knowledge of the field at hand, but we will introduce you to the people you need to know for your position at AnandTech.

Q: Can I really work for AnandTech even though I don't have a Ph.D in electrical engineering?
A: Yes! We are first and foremost looking for people with a passion to learn, and the knack to make it happen. There's a certain degree of baseline knowledge needed for any given position, but if you can read existing AnandTech articles then you're already half-way there.

Q: Is there a submission deadline?
A: We have a tentative end point for March 21st

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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Could you explain why don't you want voting? I was slightly skeptical at first, but being able to squelch trolls with a barrage of -1's has done wonders for the quality of comment threads over on Ars. Reply
  • mrevanmccann - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Agreed on the trolls. I love the articles on Anandtech, but the comment threads would be so much better with voting. Reply
  • Dr. Swag - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    While voting does have those positives, there are also negatives that come with voting. While it might hide trolls, voting can also easily hide opinions that don't agree with the group limiting discussion. While in theory, voting should only be used for relevancy to weed out trolls, in reality this is not the case, with many people using it as an agree/disagree button. This problem can be especially apparent on reddit, where in big threads it's very easy for all the top comments to be basically the same opinion with less popular opinions being harder to find, even if the people stating those opinions are making good arguments.

    There's certainly advantages and disadvantages to both approaches, but I think that in a tech environment where there are bound to be opposite opinions on everything it's probably better to not have upvotes/downvotes
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  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    Dr. Swag's response pretty much sums up my own thoughts on the matter. The amount of bandwagoning/groupthink that it has encouraged at other sites leaves me of the opinion that voting would not work well on AnandTech. Reply
  • Threska - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    To show that I agree with this opinion I'll give it a vote. :-P Seriously "crowd wisdom" (which community voting depends upon) is overrated. A good PAID (yes, I think moderators should be paid) is far more effective. Reply
  • Cullinaire - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    I wholeheartedly support leaving out editing also, and every time I see someone complaining about the lack of it (and still continuing to post) I have to smile. Reply
  • alphasquadron - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - link

    Sorry Dr.Swag I'm gonna have to disagree. For example your statement:"voting can also easily hide opinions that don't agree with the group limiting discussion"

    This is a good thing, when there is a lot of different opinions flying around, I don't know which one is correct and upvotes have always helped me on that and since we don't have any here, it's all just confusing.

    This is why reddit is nice, you don't have to go around thinking about which one is the correct answer, other people have already pointed it out for you. It's very relaxing to read unlike this site.

    Another good thing if we had the voting system is I could downvote your comment because I don't like it.
    Reply
  • back2future - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    ... and there's that problem with personal dislike that goes into comments downvoting, even if the comments strong points are to be regarded.
    If voting was to be enabled, only allow upvoting.
    Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    Yeah, and make the upvotes not do anything. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    What the hell is going on here? You guys all want mass censorship, Jesus fucking Christ... "Ya but it doesn't have upvotes and downvotes......" Dear God, I hope not! Reply

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