Joining the Dying Scene team as an Album Reviewer or News Writer

Alright.  You’ve realized by now that Dying Scene is by far the best punk news site on the web, and now you want to be a part of it.  Very well.  We’re always looking to add passionate new writers who can help us spread our wealth of punk knowledge to the online masses.  We welcome you with open arms.  BUT FIRST!… you gotta prove you can write.

If you want to join the illustrious ranks of the Dying Scene staffers you need to submit at least one of the following two assignments:

1) Album Review (for those who want to join the Album Review team):

Please select an album that has NOT already been reviewed on Dying Scene.  This should go without saying but choose an album by a band that can be qualified as “punk” or one of punk’s sub-genres.  If I have to explain here what should go into an album review, you’re probably not ready to take on this assignment.  *NOTE: Writing album reviews is HARD.  If you haven’t written an album review before you should go read at least 100 reviews in a row before even attempting it.

2) Three News Stories (for those who want to join the News Writing team):

Write 3 stories on punk bands. They don’t need to be long; if you read Dying Scene you know our stories are usually not more than 6 or 7 sentences.  They can be as simple as a band streaming a new song on their MySpace page, or a band announcing the release date of a coming album.  If you can’t find real stories, just make up fake ones.  Try to write them as close as possible to how you think it would be written on Dying Scene. Pay close attention to things like our line spacing and story title structures.  Make sure you include a title with each story.  The purpose of this exercise is to see if you can string together sentences coherently and that you can fit all relevant info into concise paragraphs. Being witty is always a bonus but typos and improper punctuation don’t help you so proof read before sending!

If you want to join both the Reviews and the News teams, then you can submit both assignments.  Send your submissions to contact (at) (subject: “I wanna work for Dying Scene!” or something to that effect).  If you haven’t already done so, include a little information about yourself, specifically what city you live in, why you want to join the team, and why you think we should hire you.

Good luck.

Johnny X

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