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Join the Team @ AppleUsers.org

From time to time, AppleUsers.org looks for volunteers to assist with various tasks.

Unfortunately, we can’t offer a wage for any of these positions, but we do offer the opportunity to get your name out there and to hone your skills 🙂

Here are the positions currently available;

Contributing Author’s

Listed: April 15, 2010.
AppleUsers.org are looking for anyone willing to contribute articles on either a regular basis, or ad hoc, for inclusion in our digital magazine, AppleUsers Spotlight.

We are looking for a variety of topics that would suit our target audience of Australian Apple Users, including, but not limited to;

  • How To Guides for any aspect of using a Mac, iPod, iPad or iPhone
  • Simple Hints & Tips
  • Favourite Websites (Obviously Apple focused sites are encouraged, but all “suitable” websites would be considered)
  • Favourite Podcasts (Again, Apple focused Podcasts are encouraged, but there is a vast range of quality podcasts on virtually any topic that could also be covered)

If you have another topic you’d like to write about, either as a monthly column, or as a once off article, let us know.

Regular contributors would be expected to submit at least one article per issue (every second month) on their chosen topic, whilst Ad-hoc contributors would submit articles for consideration as they became available. AUo may even ask regular or ad-hoc contributors to write extra special pieces for special events like covering Apple’s annual WWDC conference or other special Apple Media Events and Announcements.

A standard template and style guide will be provided to ensure constancy of look and feel of our articles.

Software Reviewers – Mac OS X Software

Listed: April 15, 2010.
AppleUsers.org receive invites every month from tons of software vendors who would like to have their products reviewed – all we need to do is apply for Not For Resale (NFR) copies of the applications and have someone review them.

So, we are looking to assemble a team consisting of at least 3 people who would be interested in been offered a product or two every month to write a review about. We would expect the reviews to normally be a minimum of a 700 words in length and include a a couple of images (such as application icons or screenshots).

Reviews would be expected to be completed and ready for publication within 30 days from receiving the NFR serial number. A standard template and style guide will be provided to ensure constancy of look and feel of our articles.

Reviewers would usually be able to retain any NFR serial numbers supplied for products they have reviewed.

Reviewers – iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Applications

Listed: April 15, 2010.
Every week AppleUsers.org receives notification of companies wishing to have their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad applications reviewed. We are looking for people to review both Free and Paid Apps.

Reviewers of free applications would be expect to just download the iPhone app using their standard Australian iTunes Store Account. Reviewers of iPhone applications that would normally have a cost to purchase would require a US iTunes Store account so we can take advantage of Reviewer Promo Codes.

Reviews of “paid” iPhone Apps would be expected to be at least 500 words long and include the App Icon and perhaps a couple of screenshots. Reviews of “paid” iPhone Apps would be expected to be completed and ready for publication within 30 days from receiving the Reviewer Promo Codes.

A standard template and a style guide will be provide to ensure constancy of look and feel of our articles.

Reviewers would usually be able to retain any iPhone application supplied via a Reviewer Promo Code and they have reviewed.

Reviewers – Books

Listed: April 18, 2010.
AppleUsers.org are able to receive a regular supply of new publications from various publishers including, but not limited to; O’Reilly, PeachPit, McGrawHill and APress.

In return for providing these titles, the publishers simply ask for us to write short reviews of the books we select and then to publish those reviews in the AppleUsers Spotlight… and we are now looking for your assistance with this task.

A standard template, designed specifically for Book Reviews, and a style guide will be provide to ensure constancy of look and feel of our articles.

For more details, and to request books for review, please visit our Book Reviews Guidelines page.

Cartoonist/Graphic Artist

AppleUsers.org is looking for a Cartoonist to provide a regular series of cartoons for publication in our digital format magazine, AppleUsers Spotlight.

Ideally, the focus of the cartoon would be “Apple” or “Technology” related” in some way.

Previously we allocated an entire page to republishing a selected edition of the Joy of Tech cartoon. We are flexible in the format of the replacement cartoon… a full page can still be allocated for a ‘single’ cartoon, or we can look at a strip or two at the base of other articles.

Section Editors

Listed: August 15, 2010.
AppleUsers.org are seeking 3 or 4 “Section Editors” to assist with the production of our digital format magazine, The AppleUsers Spotlight, which is published bi-monthly (every even-numbered month).

We have a number of Australian contributors and we also gather a selection of some the best articles from around the globe for re-publication. As of the Aug/Sep 2010 issue, the actual page setting and design work is performed by Graphic Design students at the Commercial Arts Training College (CATC).

Responsibilities
The Section Editors will be responsible for;

  • ‘Managing’ at least one regular contributor/author
    • liaising with them on suitable topics
    • ensuring they meet editorial deadlines
    • copy editing their work (proofing spelling and grammar and if needed, tagging/styling their documents to conform with our submission guidelines)
  • Copy Editing at least one ‘Feature Length’ article per issue
    • This will be either an ‘original’ contribution from one of our own writers OR a ‘reprint’ from another source.
    • You’ll copy edit their work (proofing spelling and grammar and if needed, tagging/styling their documents to conform with our submission guidelines)
  • Compiling at least one ‘regular column’
    • Choice of: What’s New – Mac; What’s New – iPhone; What’s New – iPad; and Take Control. We are flexible about how this handled – we can discuss the idea or Section Editors retaining the same column each issue, or we can switch them around each issue to give Section editors more variety.
    • You’ll choose up to 3 different “Press Releases” from the supplied selection and then turn them into individual short articles (approx 300 words or half a page each) and provide at least one image file for each article (many press releases contain links to suitable images and logos)

In all cases, final material is to be uploaded to our Dropbox account, in a format ready for submission to the Design Team.

Requirements

  • Your own Email Account – easily accessible (ie NOT once a week when you visit Aunt Maude type thing) – even a Gmail or Hotmail account is suitable. Ideally we’d like emails responded to within 24 hours, but no later than 48 hours, from original sending. A large percentage of the role will be handling email correspondence amongst the Editorial Team
  • Ideally, you’ll have an AIM/iChat account, and/or an MSN Instant Messenger account that we can use to communicate via text messages
  • Fairly recent version of Microsoft Word (ideally for Mac, but Windows is acceptable) and/or Apple’s Pages (part of the iWork suite)
  • We use Dropbox for storing our ‘working’ files. This is best handled by installing the Dropbox application on your Mac or PC, but can also be accessed via a Web Interface.
  • You’ll be expected to work from your “own” premises, with an internet connection
  • We anticipate that you’ll spend less than an hour a day (or approx 5 hours a week) working on the Spotlight, with peak-pressure times around the last week of the odd-number months and the first week of the even-numbered months (ie just as we get ready for the design work on the ‘current’ issue and as we start preparing for the ‘next’ issue.
  • You’ll report to our Editor-in-Chief (or in their absence, the Publisher) usually via email and occasionally Instant Messaging (text chats using iChat/AIM or MSN perferred, but we can also do Skype)
  • You’ll work closely with ‘your’ contributors via email and occasionally IM. You’ll also have contact with our Founder & Publisher, and our Vendor Relations Manager (who arranges samples and demo product for contributors to write reviews and our advertising)

Interested?

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above positions, please contact us using our Contact Form, make sure you select “Job Vacancies” as the person you wish to contact, and ensure that the subject includes the “Job Title(s)” you are interested in applying for.

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