Join Our Team! We’re Recruiting Volunteer Writers, Editors, Designers & Reporters!

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Jul 02, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock

Fans, Info, Leaky, News

As the Wizarding World grows ever-larger, The Leaky Cauldron is becoming busier and more exciting by the day. We’re looking for volunteer writers, editors, designers and reporters from across the world to help us deliver timely, accurate and creative news, exclusives and features to a global audience. Think you’re the witch or wizard (or non-binary magical human) we’re looking for? Check below for details:

The Leaky Cauldron is one of the oldest and most reputable fansites on the wizarding web. From early days reporting at book launches, to the creation of PotterCast and LeakyCon, receiving set visit and red carpet movie premiere invitations, to full-blown interviews with actors and even J.K. Rowling herself, The Leaky Cauldron has always been at the forefront of Harry Potter news. The publication of webmistress Melissa Anelli’s insight into the Potterhead phenomenon, Harry: A History, and the ever-increasing attendance at LeakyCon all started with Leaky, and we’re proud to continue this legacy by delivering news and exclusives to fans.

A small team of enthusiastic Potter fans and writers (find out more about us here), we’re looking to recruit dedicated fans from a variety of locations worldwide, and with a diverse set of skills to help us increase our capacity and reach more fans.

If you can help us achieve this aim, if you’re interested in reporting from exciting events and conventions and conducting interviews, or if you want to grow your skills and share your enthusiasm for the wizarding world by writing or creating for us, we want to hear from you!

Please note:

1) ALL positions are voluntary. The Leaky Cauldron is run by dedicated volunteers!

2) The Leaky Cauldron posts in American English, so staff should be fluent in this language.

3) We strongly encourage those from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply!

4) PLEASE put the position(s) you’re applying for in the subtitle of your email (E.G. “Editor Application”)

5) We aim to inform all successful applicants by mid-August. Please send all applications by July 31st at the latest (applications will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis, so please send applications at your earliest convenience).

We are currently recruiting:

Social Media Wizards: 

If you’re a wiz at engaging audiences and building community on social media (Twitter*, Facebook, Instagram), get in touch!

Please send your name, expected availability, location / timezone, and details of any experience on social media which you think could help your application to [email protected]

*Those experienced in using Tweetdeck and scheduling posts on social media channels will given special consideration!

Special Event Reporters

If you have experience or interest in reporting from events and producing interviews, we’d love to hear from you. We’re particularly interested in applications from those located in (or near, and available to travel to):  London (U.K.), Los Angeles, California (U.S.), Orlando, Florida (U.S.) Osaka (Japan), Manhattan, New York (U.S.), Melbourne (Australia) and San Francisco (U.S.). You’ll need to be available at short notice (usually around a week), and prepared to head to exciting events and represent The Leaky Cauldron’s love of the wizarding world, and share your experience with our readers in an engaging and informative manner.

Please email us your name, expected availability, location / timezone, and details of any experience you think could help your application to [email protected] If you’ve reported on events in the past, we’d love if you could send us an example of your work!

News Reporters

Leaky is one of the most highly respected names in Potter fandom, and we aim to continue our legacy as a reliable, timely and informative source of news for fans of the wizarding world. Our news includes cast / alumni updates from Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter and Cursed Child,  updates from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks and the Warner Bros Studio Tour, news from publishers (Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Audible etc), events and convention appearances, J.K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith updates and much more.

If you’re an online writer*, a know-it-all in all things Wizarding World, and the community surrounding this series, we’d be honored to have you join us. We ask that our news reporters are dedicated written communicators, ready to honour set embargoes and represent Leaky in a professional manner, and ready to get stuck into working as part of a team to cover news as promptly as possible.

If you’re available round-the-clock to drop everything, write news pieces quickly, accurately and creatively, you could be one of our next Breaking News Reporters!

Please send us an example of your writing in the form of an engaging piece about a recent news item in the wizarding world, along with your name, expected availability (and if you’re able to be a Breaking News Reporter), location / timezone, and details of any experience you think could help your application to [email protected]

*Special consideration for those familiar with writing/scheduling posts on Wordpress!

Feature Writers

Got some creative ideas and/or theories up the sleeve of your robes and know how to engage the Potterhead community with some expertly-written* features? We’re all ears!

Please send us an example of your writing in the form of an engaging and creative feature about the wizarding world, along with your name, expected availability, location / timezone, and details of any experience you think could help your application to [email protected]

*Special consideration for those familiar with writing/scheduling posts on Wordpress!

Graphic Designers

If you’re a pro at rapidly making illustrations and graphics in photoshop, and you’re interested in helping Leaky to charm audiences with your graphics, we want you on the team!

Please send us an example of a Potter-themed graphic designed for a WordPress feature image, Tweet card, Instagram post and Facebook feature image, along with your name, expected availability, location / timezone, and details of any experience you think could help your application to [email protected]

Editors

Do you have experience in writing online and editing the work of others? Do you solemnly swear not to let a typo or mistyped fact pass you by? We need you!

Please send us your name, expected availability, location / timezone, and details of any writing / editorial experience* you think could help your application to [email protected]

*Special consideration for those familiar with writing/scheduling posts on Wordpress!

Don’t hesitate to apply – if you’re an enthusiastic Potter fan and Leaky Cauldron reader we’d love to have you on our team! If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]





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