FAQs: Can I intern for DiS? Can I write for DiS? (Part 1)
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DiS is frequently asked a lot of questions, most of which are asked by a tonne of other people too. So here are some answers to the ones we're a bit sick of repeating the answers to...
Q: Are you looking for interns? Please may I do work experience?
Yes. Here's an ad we've run elsewhere:
From mid-October, Europe’s biggest and most influential online music mag and community, http://drownedinsound.com, is looking for “space-age gunge-slingers.” This is an opportunity to get experience within the walls of one of the trailblazers of web journalism and online communities.
We’re looking for highly self-motivated individuals, of a slightly geeky persuasion, with what some people would consider a deranged passion for music, to come help us. The role will include everything from finding new bands to partaking in brainstorming sessions about the future of the site to organizing post, writing news and potentially a lot-lot more. We'll also be asking you to blog about your experiences to give our readers an insight of what happens at DiS.
This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to boot down the door of the music industry and gain experience from our in Paddington, London. DiS will cover some expenses.
Please send your CV and a cover letter stating your availability, why you want to do this, what music you love and anything else you think we should know that separates you from the pack to sean AT drownedinsound DOT com.
Q: Dear Conor McNicholas Esq, I would very much like to write for Kerrang. Please find attached a sample of writing I did three years ago of a band I was somewhat indifferent about and a list of things I would like to do to their singer. Can I write for you?
OH HAI!!!!! Thank you for including us in your copy and pasting of emails to as many people as possible. Lulz. No, sry. Thx.
Q: How do I put myself forward to write for DiS?
Hello eager beaver. Thank you for your message. DiS is often on the look out for the most passionate and knowledgeable music fans, who have an undeniable way with words, to join our ranks.
However, before you get too excited, we are about as picky about writing as we are about music. Over the years we've increasingly increased the gulf between authoritative opinion and annoying amateur first-time writer. We're all for brave ideas and the un-tested, which has been one of the reasons this site has established itself as a fresh, trusted and discernible voice in modern music. We're looking for people who cannot just classify what something _is_ but expand upon it, without things being lost in translation. It may set a high bar but we're looking for the modern Nick Kents, Lester Bangs and/or Richard Meltzers.
If we could make you stand in our porch for three days and nights (like in Fight Club), we would but this is the interweb and we don't have a virtual porch. However, if you don't already run your own blog or haven't written for publications of a similar style to DiS, we'd like you to do the following:
Please sign-up for a DiS user account
Once you've signed up you'll find that you have the ability to post user reviews of gigs you've been to and of records you own. Please take some time to submit some reviews in this way or direct to your user blog if we don't have things listed. Ideally these reviews should be about two things you really love and one thing you hate or feel indifferent to.
Once you've submitted 3-5 examples of your penmanship please drop an email to sean AT drownedinsound DOT com, with a link to your user profile
Alternatively, if you're looking to write a regular column about your local scene, new music, the charts or anything like that, please submit an example or two to your blog and we'll take it from there.
We do try to get back to as many people as possible, however, this is very much a don't-call-us-we'll-call-you scenario. We get thousands of submissions a year and try to spread out the team as wide as possible in terms of geography, taste, and specialism.
_That's part one, we hope this answers some of your questions but please comment below if you require clarification. Coming soon, part two focuses on sending in material to review and how to make a nice cuppa tea. _