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We're hiring!
Posted by Travis on 30 January 2011, 18:00 GMT

We're looking to fill a vacancy in the position of primary news editor—featuring programs and writing and posting news. You could be one of the people we're looking for.

The main thing required is time. News editing can be surprisingly time-consuming: talking to people, reading sites, testing out programs, writing and proofreading, and so on. A good familiarity of the current TI calculator scene is naturally also needed so you'll know how and where to find news to post. You'll also need to be reasonably fluent in the written English language, as English is the only language we use on our site.

We're also looking for a long-term commitment as well as high availability. You all know what our users think when there are weeks without updates. If you can work so many hours a day now, but expect not to be able to keep that up for more than a couple of months, this is not what we want. Expect it to be quite time-consuming, but certainly rewarding.

Finally, if you can increase the staff's demographical diversity, that's a plus, but not a requirement. We encourage people, both male and female, from all countries to apply.

If you're interested, contact us at newstaff@ticalc.org. Please include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Preferred IM screen name and protocol (AIM, MSN, Jabber/Facebook, etc.)
  • Age
  • Current level of education (finished or unfinished)
  • Where you live (town/state/country)
  • Approximate amount of time you think you can contribute per week
  • Which calculators you have experience with or access to
  • A quick explanation of why we should pick you

Also, based on previous experience, it's worth mentioning that this is not a paid job.

Applications are due by 18:00 GMT on Sunday, February 13, 2011.

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Re: We're hiring!
ASHBAD_ALVIN  Account Info

wait, by demographical diversity being a plus, does this mean people from exotic places like Singapore will have a better chance than Americans? I'm guessing it's not but if it is that would be quite fishy :P

Also, I'm wondering: I already applies, but I don't quite get exactly what I would be doing. Would I look through all the recently archived files to find possible featured programs, or rely on the advice of a archiving staff member? Stupid question I know, but the only imbecile is the one who doesn't ask questions :)

Reply to this comment    1 February 2011, 20:22 GMT

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Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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Checking the archives, all forums and other websites.

Reply to this comment    1 February 2011, 21:06 GMT


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KermMartian  Account Info
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Hopefully the focus would be new program releases and hardware releases. I'd think the editor would at least need to monitor the ticalc.org archives new file queue, the Cemetech/Omnimaga frontpages, the TI Education press releases, and whatever else is out there.

Reply to this comment    1 February 2011, 23:34 GMT


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Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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I don't have a final say in the manner, but I would certainly push for a user who is NOT deeply committed to any other major website. Loyalists would not be conducive to the overall mission of ticalc.org.

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 02:55 GMT

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Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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(Which includes admins/moderators on other forums as well as those who release programs as part of a "group" that competes).

A successful candidate will have to convince us they can put this site first.

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 02:57 GMT


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Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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I agree. When you apply for staff on a website I believe that they need to focus on the website first, in terms of online activities and to a lesser extent, all their hobbies and free time. Of course real life comes first, but if you feel you're not gonna have enough free time to devote to the website it's best to not apply altogether. IMHO it's OK if they also participate elsewhere, but as long as it won't hinder their participation here.

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 03:27 GMT


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KermMartian  Account Info
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Definitely agreed, as per my note above, "One of the great things about ticalc.org is that the staff and editors are "impartial", so to speak; although ticalc.org is the unchallenged hub of the community, they are not of themselves one of the factions of the community." :) Glad we all are thinking the same way.

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 04:56 GMT


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ASHBAD_ALVIN  Account Info

personally, I would hope I could keep from having favor in omnimaga/cemetech projects over other ones like UTI and TIBD (though they are dying as it is, so they don't really have many projects as it is)

Oh, ok, thanks for answering the question! I thought it had to do like where yuo lived rather than where you post stuff :P

That clears stuff up some.

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 13:59 GMT


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Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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(It actually does refer to geographical diversity. Most hires lately have lived in North America/Seattle)

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 15:50 GMT


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ASHBAD_ALVIN  Account Info

but, isn't that a bit unfair? Location has nothing to do with experience/time... :(

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 20:57 GMT


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Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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This must be because Seattle/Washington is awesome. :P

Reply to this comment    2 February 2011, 22:58 GMT


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Travis Evans  Account Info

The demographical diversity is one of those things that would be kind of nice if possible, but isn't really terribly important compared to many other criteria we're looking for. There are lots of things that can easily completely outweigh that point.

Kerm and Nikky have a very good point about news editors who are relatively unbiased. Given some of the issues that seem to have taken place recently, this appears to be something that is particularly important.

Reply to this comment    3 February 2011, 12:16 GMT


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ASHBAD_ALVIN  Account Info

... any update on who got the position? It's been 6 weeks.

Reply to this comment    19 March 2011, 15:54 GMT


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Duncan Smith Account Info
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We've not made a decision yet.

Reply to this comment    20 March 2011, 18:24 GMT
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