Write for McOwlerson

The McOwlerson Journal is currently looking for a humor writer with a similar comedic gusto as its current staff (or better). Prospective candidates should have strong writing skills, be familiar with Associated Press style, understand satire and sarcasm, and should, above all, be funny. Creative writing is more useful here than journalistic writing.

The humor writer’s responsibilities would include producing 1-2 ‘BREAKING NEWS!’ items per month, as a starting point (and then would progress based on both performance and willingness to contribute more).

This would be an as-of-yet unpaid appointment (i.e., volunteer), but if interested, please send the following to editor@mcowlerson.com, with a subject line reading “RE: Humor Writer Position”:

  • A statement explaining why you want to write for McOwlerson.
  • Two examples of ‘BREAKING NEWS!’ items — one that will be provided, and one that the applicant will need to generate individually.
  • Any other examples of your ability to write humor you can/wish to provide.

‘BREAKING NEWS!’ items are fake newspaper stories that do or do not involve real people and events. (See the ‘BREAKING NEWS!’ section of McOwlerson for examples.) They are generally between 200-500 words long with a headline, a dateline, and an image.

Provided BREAKING NEWS! headline: Extreme Couponing Saves Greece’s Economy

Take this headline and imagine what the rest of the article would be. Remember that we’re looking for a journalistic tone. That means lead with who-what-when-where-why, sound objective (though you don’t necessary need to BE objective), and get to the point in as few words as possible. Don’t forget to be funny.

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McOwlerson Magazine is also currently looking for a reporter/columnist to contribute news and commentary on topics involving literature, creative writing, and the arts in general, and their impact on our lives and society today. Candidates for this position would be responsible for generating material for McOwlerson’s ‘Legit News’ and ‘Writer’s Corner’ sections. Prospective candidates should have strong writing skills, a familiarity with Associated Press style, and some sort of journalism background. Essayists are also welcome to apply, but they should be reminded that the focus of this magazine on the arts and their effect on our society; “Exploring Themes of Kingship in Shakespeare’s Plays” would be irrelevant to McOwlerson, unless a connection is made between how governmental authority is viewed today.

As previously stated, this would be an as-of-yet unpaid appointment, but if interested, please send the following to editor@mcowlerson.com, with a subject line reading “RE: Reporter/Columnist/Essayist Position”:

  • A statement explaining why you want to write for McOwlerson.
  • Three clips of your work, or two essays.
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