THAT’S THE DREAM, ANYWAY
If you’re a regular reader, you probably know Gearbox Magazine has largely been a solo effort. I’ve had a lot of help from some truly awesome people over the years, but for whatever reason, they’ve all had to step away. My dream is this:
I want to get Gearbox Magazine, aka: GBXMunited, to the point where it means enough to the gearheads of the world that they are willing to pay a little bit here and there for this and that (magazine, events, merchandise, etc.) so I can devote myself full-time to uniting the gearheads of the world.
Moreso than that, I want this thing to serve as a platform helping others achieve independence for themselves. I want to one day walk away from GBXM knowing it’s in good hands and will outlive me. From Day One, I’ve been telling everyone, “If you are willing to help me build this thing when there is no money, when the money comes, we will share in it together as equal partners.” Still, this is a lot of work with only intrinsic reward.
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
One of the things I’ve learned since starting this digital rag in 2009 is that being a member of the Press has its own rewards. I’ve been granted special access at motorsport events. I’ve been invited to private reveals of new models. I’ve run into people for the first time who tell me they’ve heard of Gearbox Magazine. And I’ve seen the Google Alerts when people I’ve interviewed tell everyone they know about their time in the spotlight. This is the stuff of intrinsic rewards, the non-monetary returns on my investments in this project.
Recently, I stumbled across another reason to get excited about what we’re doing here at GBXM – the realization that I could confidently apply for any number of paid, professional writing opportunities and actually stand a chance at landing the jobs! Here’s some excerpts from real automotive journalism job listings I found on LinkedIn this week.
Autos Online Editor, US. News and World Report – Washington, D.C.
2-4 years experience in journalism or online content production
Proven writing/editing skills and solid portfolio, with strong editorial judgment
Understanding of SEO and experience with writing for the web
Proven ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Attention to detail
Sr Editor, Automobile Magazine – El Segundo, CA
Manage all technical content including how-to stories and other special interest features.
Contribute to editorial direction of magazine through new story ideas, comparison tests and information design.
Write features, cover stories columns and departments.
Represent magazine at local, national and international trade shows and build strong links with readers and the industry.
Previous experience as an editor in a publishing environment, or equivalent education and experience
Excellent writer able to communicate complex issues in lively, clear, and concise prose.
There’s more to landing a professional writing gig than just the bullet points above. And there’s more to it than simply blogging (as much of what we do here could be considered at this point), but let me ask you this; If you were looking to hire someone to do a job, wouldn’t you want to speak to the person who enjoyed the work so much he or she did it for fun, for free? I’m not saying that helping me run this website is a guaranteed path to gainful employment in the business. I sure hope it proves as much, and I’m certainly busting my ass to drive that dream, but actions speak louder than words.
Since the very beginning, I’ve been offering full partnership in GBXMunited to anyone willing to be a reliable, long term part of what we’re doing here, but if you’re really more interested in one day writing for one of the automotive publications you see in the news aisle, that’s cool too, and I’m happy to help you prepare to apply, interview, and prove yourself – up to and including helping you start your own online magazine! (Seriously. I’m working on some How To guides right now.)
Some people spend years of their lives and thousands of dollars on journalism degrees, but degrees aren’t guarantees of employment. You gotta get the experience; experience producing content, supporting an editorial mission, developing a voice, establishing a professional reputation, and learning the ins and outs of automotive journalism – as it has been and should be.
ARE YOU READY?
I’m willing to give you the keys to the kingdom and to teach you everything I’ve learned from 3+ years running this place. I want to give you a space to publish your work and make a name for yourself. And, as much as I want to call you a partner, I’m just as happy to write you the best letter of recommendation I can if it helps you land your dream job somewhere else. The question is, are you ready?