We’re reexamining the scope of Nerve.com, and looking to bring on a whip-smart, fearless, and ambitious staff writer to help create exciting new content. While historically Nerve has been known to produce thought-provoking content about sex and love, we’re looking to expand the breadth of what we do here, by providing surprising, inspiring, and authentic coverage of art, TV, music, movies, fashion, books, nightlife, food culture and everything in between. We’re interested in the bold, clever, and deeply human aspects of life. We’re dedicated to providing an outlet and sharing the voice of writers and innovators who are living with creativity, vivacity, and well, heh, nerve.
As our Staff Writer, you will be integral to the success of the site. You’ll report to our Editor in Chief, pitching timely as well as long-term stories daily. You’ll also be responsible for some light production work, some social media management, and sundry editorial tasks.
Your goal is to create smart, inspired content that supports the HowAboutWe and Nerve brand while still being real. You’ll be extremely tuned in to the news cycle, and you’ll be responsible for creating content that positions Nerve as a content destination, drives social, newsletter, and search traffic, supports our editorial mission and partnerships.
Our areas of coverage are broad and we’re looking for someone who has as a keen sensibility about what’s interesting and an enthusiasm for creating content in a variety of formats: interviews, longreads, photo stories, opinion pieces, man-on-the-streets, personal essays, reported features, etc. The quality and originality of our content is paramount.
Your Skills and Qualifications:
You’re a superb writer. You’re not afraid to express strong opinions around topics related to culture, art, and sexuality, and you’re able to articulate them well. Smart, reasonable people generally relate to what you’re saying (aka, we’re not out for trolling). You don’t need to write about the date you went on last night or your best friend’s DIY concert venue (if you don’t want to), but you do need to have a ton of ideas to pitch on an ongoing basis, mining from conversations you overheard, a book/article/post you read, the latest Tumblr sensation, a tweet you saw, existential questions that have been gnawing at you, what have you.
You’re ready for a huge challenge on a small but tight-knit team. You’re an incredible self-starter — with an abundance of ideas and the determination to see them through. You’re excited to work for a brand that’s creating content in a transparent and unexpectedly awesome way.
With your resumé, you should also include links to your blog and some of your best writing samples. Be ready to pitch a few stories — some evergreen and some timely — so we can get a good sense of what you could bring to Nerve.
To apply please first check out our site and make sure you love our work and want to contribute to it. Then please send a resume and cover letter to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.