Looking for Writers

The Podtacular staff aren’t only crazy about everything Halo, but we are also college students working to our careers. It takes a good amount of time and effort to stay up on current events in the Halo and Xbox communities, and it takes even more to produce a podcast and manage a community. A lot of time has been pulled away from Podtacular recently because of the approaching end of the school semester. As a result of all of these factors, we aren’t able to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest all the time. This is where you come in.

News happens very fast today primarily because of the internet. Once a story pops up in one place, it usually propagates to other similar news sites within an hour. People are able to keep up some of these developments, but they usually appear on obscure or not-so-popular news sites. On top of that, there are few people who can actually digest a story and create a comprehensive summary in a short amount of time. Now we’re not asking for anyone to be a fantastic journalist: if you were, you’d probably seek an actual job (we would appreciate you anyways). With that said, our first opening to take on writers has come with the Noble Map pack. We are looking for a couple of good reviews (since everyone else has one). This is just one of many opportunities and more will come. If you are interested in becoming a writer for the site, here are the criteria:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must submit at least two news stories a week during the evaluation period
  • Articles may be of any topic relating to Halo, Xbox and other gaming news significant to Podtacular.
  • Articles and summaries must be of adequate length reflecting the size of the original content. For example, reposts of articles from other sites should be around 100 words, summaries between 200 to 300, and articles between 400 to 500.
  • Articles should maintain an adequate level of professionalism and be free of spelling and grammar errors.
  • Articles should be send to duststorm@podtacular.com. During evaluation, articles may be posted on the Podtacular news feed, at which point the content becomes property of Podtacular. Author will be given due credit for the article.

This set of criteria is not final and may be revised.

Things to consider for the Halo: Reach – Noble Map Pack Review

  • Layout and visual aesthetics of the maps.
  • Uniqueness of maps
  • What games types best suit each map and how do map characteristics affect gameplay?
  • Areas of the map that are of significant interest or important for game play and team dynamic.

Deadline for the Map Pack Review is Friday, December 10th.

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10 Responses to Looking for Writers

  1. Wade H says:

    The age thing disappints me, I feel it would be a good way to help get me into the industry…

  2. Karl/Doc120 says:

    They want people who are over 18 because those people are more mature and articulate. I’d be willing to write some stuff, but I don’t really play Halo much anymore, I can write about pretty much anything though. You guys have read my lyrics and poetry. Hit me up

  3. adswellfit says:

    il give it ago no promises though im not a great writer so i understand if i dont get picked

  4. ChuckieJ says:

    Good luck everyone! This is an awesome idea to get more people involved :)

  5. Karl/Doc120 says:

    So i’ve been playing that new Valve MMO, Vindictus, if you guys want something written about taht, I can do that for sure, I’ve been playing it nonstop.

  6. Fungus Oz says:

    I’d love to write for you guys and I have written reviews for movies, music and the like before and I’m really Into game journalism but unfortunately I am only 14. Hopefully you could consider me anyhow, maybe just evaluate me if no one else shows much interest. I’d love to do this for Podtacular.

  7. Dust Storm says:

    Well, no one sent anything in for the Noble Map Pack Review, kinda proves my point that there’s no community involvement or initiative.

  8. Giffyboy92 says:

    I honestly didn’t see this till today…i would have sent something in I’ll work on somethin tomorrow Dusty…if its not too late already. I am 18 and I am willing to write a review on these maps…if you will still accept it that is. The whole age thing is understandable, but in reality there are only a handful of those who would fit that criteria on this website. I’ll get somethin in to you tomorrow.

  9. I see what you did there.

  10. Karl/Doc120 says:

    I didn’t buy them, or have money for them, nor wanted to buy them, but like I said, I’ll write about everything else, I have plenty of writing ability and experience, just give me a topic and it’ll get done. You have my word.

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