Before I moved from Wired to Gizmodo, I thought about it long and hard. Going from a traditional publication, where I was comfortable, to a blog, was pretty unorthodox of a move. At Wired, I had the support of copy editors, fact checkers, a big budget for writers, and my deadlines were measured in days, not minutes. My office had a kitchen, with someone who cooked me organic pork chops, for christsake. But, now that I'm here, I'm glad I did it. Why? My work here, in short, is alive. Partially in a "crawling with bugs" kind of way, but also just because the speed gives it relevance and as you know, pretty much anything goes.
The reason why I bring this all up is that the site's growth is just rocketing, and the guys and I are overtaxed. We need to hire another experienced journalist to help run things in NY.
The kind of person I'm envisioning for the job is a gadget journo bored of doing review after mindless "7/10" review and rehashing press releases for slave masters at PCNetTopCyberLap Mag. You want to write about gadgets that are important to geeks, brushing the rest to the side. You want to write about gadgets that are weird, and fun, and have a good time doing it. You want to do it in your own voice. Maybe you even want to write about devices with lasers, breasts, and stick 'em down your pants. This is the job for you.
That person should be fully capable of taking charge of things in Gizmodo NY.
But first, a warning. When I say "take charge" I don't mean show up to work 9-5 and then go home to your cozy little apartment to make apple pie. This is a full-time gig, with a pace faster than the fastest daily paper. Scoops on a USB stripper pole aren't going to report, write, and post itself in 5 minutes? How about that new gadget breaking out at midnight. If you worked here, those could be your scoops.
On top of the things above, I'm looking for someone with hustle, and solid contacts in the gadget world. Someone who is technical, but can still write around the jargon. Someone who has a good sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and a competitive streak. Someone who has a few years journalism experience, but isn't scared of the blogging pace. Someone who can spot news fast, and has an innate ability to write strong headlines and leads. Someone in NY who can spearhead the day, hit up the NY junkets, and help manage our NY writers and interns. You should see a lot of things we do wrong, and want to help tighten things up, and maybe help me edit out at least 10 percent of all these cock and breast jokes.
It ain't an easy job, but it is the most rewarding job I've ever had. Yes, even more so than my first job at Chucky Cheese. The fact that I am writing this from my couch, in my underwear, doesn't hurt. If you're interested send relevant and irrelevant job history, as well as bribes, to blam at gizmodo dot com.