This is a contractor, hourly, and part-time position estimated to consist of 10-20 hours of work per month, with a limit of 20 hours a month. The role's mission is to "Helping individuals to have better experiences being in Japan, whether they're living or visiting," and you will be writing articles for the Tofugu Blog’s "Japan" section to help people to do just that.
Depending on the topics you’re writing about, we are looking for this role to write one, maybe two articles per month. Articles should be written in Markdown format. The expectation is very high quality, deep pieces of writing that don’t have a "Japan superiority complex" and/or "OMG Japan is so weird" vibe, which seem to be prevalent in this "Japan" industry. We’re looking for realistic, well-written, and useful articles that will help our readers to have a better experience being in Japan.
We really haven’t written much in this category as of late, but in general we’re looking for someone who can write about topics surrounding culture, society, living, and visiting (without bleeding into travel) Japan. A lot of blogs and websites write about these topics, which is why we don’t spend a lot of time in here, so in order for us to hire for this position, we would need to find someone who is able to find new topics or perspectives, or reach deeper depths on things that have been written about already on the internet.
For more information on how we write, and how you should write for this application, see our internal doc: Writing to Teach.
- You have extensive experience living, or being in, Japan.
- You have native level English ability.
- You have an excellent writing ability. Although we have copy editors and peer reviewers that can look over your writing, you are confident that there will be few grammatical/spelling edits, and you will rarely need large revision.
- You are able to concentrate, focus, and do the hard work necessary to produce quality content, consistently, over time. That is, you’re able to put in time on the actual production of content without distraction
Job Type: Part-time, hourly, contractor (10-20 hours per month)
Work Hours: Flexible
Work Location: Remote, Worldwide
Pay: $40/hr, +$10/hr after 20 articles published
The hours for this role are "whatever you want and whenever you want," so long as you’re able to work with the Editor in Chief and produce one, maybe two high quality Japan category articles per month. As this is a contractor position, employee benefits do not apply, though Tofugu can pay for resources you need (payment for academic papers, books, and the like), pending approval by the Editor in Chief.
The person (or people) offered this role will need to complete a paid trial period (one to two months) before a continued agreement is formalized.
To apply, you will need to collect and create the following:
- Write a cover letter (or some other document telling us about yourself, why you’re applying, the kinds of things you’ve done, etc.). PDF format, if possible.
- Write at least one Japan category article. It should be written in the Tofugu style, as if you’re actually writing it for Tofugu. Make sure to add a list of sources, if you used any for your research. The final content should be PDF format, please.
- OPTIONAL: Write up to four additional Japan category articles. Alternatively, you can provide up to four past writing samples you’ve done. Mixing and matching the above is fine, but please be sure to clarify in the document what is written specifically for this application and what is a past writing sample. Submissions should be in PDF format, please.
When you have everything together, you can submit it via the following form:
Note: Whether you are hired or not, there may be cases where we love an article you wrote for the application. In this case, we will try and work with you to figure out a way to publish your article on Tofugu and pay you fairly for your work.
The application process for this position looks like this:
- Application, writing challenge(s), and past work samples.
- We read and process applications. We’ll send out emails to everyone, whether you make it to the next step or not.
- 30 to 60-minutes-long interview/Q&A.
- One to two month paid trial period, followed by a longer-term agreement for continued writing and involvement.
You will receive an email response letting you know if you made it to the next step. We tend to get a lot of applications, so it might take a little while. Please be patient!
If you have any questions, email email@example.com.