US City-Based Freelance Writers
Culture Trip is a start-up inspiring millions of people to explore the world’s culture and creativity through a global network of local content creators and innovative technology. Our content reaches over 11 million visitors and 200 million social media users every month, and we recently featured in Forbes as one of five fast-growing businesses to watch in 2017.
Culture Trip was founded by London-based, former academic psychiatrist Dr Kris Naudts. After a few years of bootstrapping and experimenting, we received a seed round of $2 million by top media/tech investors in summer 2015. This was followed by a $20 million Series A investment in summer 2016. Since then, Culture Trip has ramped up its technological capabilities and editorial output, building initial sales teams in London and New York. From only 12 employees in summer 2016, we’ve grown to more than 140 in-house staff, hiring top talent from Google, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Condé Nast, The Guardian, Sky, BBC and ITV.
We see ourselves as a tech company at our core, with media and creative work as our output. We’re passionate about bringing compelling content to every corner of the world through our global community of writers, videographers, photographers, and illustrators. Within the last nine months, our growth across our social media accounts has been in the triple digits, with our Facebook account ranked as one of the top three travel brands on the platform worldwide. Over 11 million people visit Culture Trip’s website each month (up from 2.5 million MUVs only six months ago) and more than 600k people have installed our app.
We are set for yet more explosive growth and are going through a major recruitment drive for our editorial, commercial, marketing, communications, technology and social teams around the world. Our vision is to bring the world to everyone.
We are looking for experienced freelance writers to cover local areas across a range of genres: travel, food, art, fashion, literature, film, TV, music, architecture, home & design, tech, health & wellness and sports. Our ideal candidates have a passion for all things culture and a defined editorial voice. This is a remote contract position that reports to Culture Trip Commissioning Editors in our New York office and paid per article.
- Write a set number of stories each month in the following formats: news articles, listicles, short features, visual pieces, profiles, and interviews that are assigned or approved by your Commissioning Editor.
- Submit sharp copy and source license-free images for all stories
- Input finished articles on WordPress on a schedule agreed upon with your assigned Commissioning Editor
Desired Skills & Experience:
- Experience writing for a variety of online publications
- A varied portfolio of published works, preferably in travel and culture writing
- Specialist knowledge of specific locations or areas within your city or state
- Ability to work quickly and meet all scheduled deadlines
- An understanding of the differences between social media and search engine-optimized content
- Receptive to editorial guidance and feedback delivered by your assigned Commissioning Editor
- Working knowledge of WordPress
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a resumé and links to published writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include your desired coverage area, specific interests/background in that city/state, and availability.
Include ‘[Name of State/City] Writer’ in the subject line.
Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered.
We are currently looking for writers in the following locations:
-California: West Los Angeles
-California: East Los Angeles
-California: South Los Angeles + Orange County
-California: San Francisco
-Louisiana: New Orleans
-Nevada: Las Vegas
-Texas: San Antonio
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for the locations listed above. If your city/state is not listed, please feel free to send us your information for future consideration.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications received for this role, we’re unable to personally respond to all candidates. If you don’t hear back from us within a few weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful at this time. We nevertheless encourage you to look out for and apply to other suitable positions in the future.