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Do you love to write? Are you passionate about music? If so, you might just be the person or thing that we’ve been looking for.

We’re in the hunt for fresh and dedicated members to join our ranks at staff and contributor level. We don’t care much for degrees around here, but a pre-requisite for any position is that the candidate has the ability to write independently to a consistently high standard.

Experience in reviewing live performances and interviewing musicians is preferred but not essential at this point. More important is that the candidate has the ability to interpret music and the world around them in an interesting and articulate manner.

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Review new album releases.
  • Review gigs.
  • Interview artists.
  • Contribute news stories.
  • Contribute to the Staff Blog.
  • Work as part of a team to formulate new feature ideas.

To apply for the position:

  • Register an account on Sputnikmusic and build a portfolio of at least 3 full-length reviews (typically 3-5 paragraphs).
  • In 1-2 paragraphs, tell us a little bit about yourself and why you think you’d be a good fit for our staff or contributor teams.
  • Give details of your relevant writing experience, whether at Sputnik or elsewhere, with links to 3-5 pieces of your strongest work.

Applications may be submitted on site via this link, or by email to Sputnikreviews@gmail.com.

The deadline for applications is Monday, January 3 at close of business.





StreetlightRock
12.27.10
Successful applicants will also be thrown a party down by the staff pool.

Electric City
12.27.10
oh snap

this is legit

Irving
12.27.10
I thought you guys just promoted a whole bunch of Contribs last month...

SowingSeason
12.27.10
And it's great money too, six digit salary!

SowingSeason
12.27.10
Irving that was for 2010, this post is for 2011

theacademy
12.27.10
me apply. me like sputnik good site for metal.

Irving
12.27.10
But if it is for 2011, why is there a closing date for 3rd Jan? *confused*

Or did they promote people very late last year?

SowingSeason
12.27.10
Well I don't think they necessarily promote annually, just on the basis of need...and I don't know if January 3rd is a joke but by the close of business definitely is lol

StreetlightRock
12.27.10
*when Dave goes to the pub

Transient
12.27.10
HIRE ME

Irving
12.27.10
If Dave makes a habit out of going to the pub on Mondays then I take my hat off to him.

accompliceofmydeath
12.27.10
Review gigs, eh? Can I only do that?

Enotron
12.27.10
haven't reviewed in a while : /

ButcheredChildren
12.27.10
"We don’t care much for degrees around here"

damn, explain a lot

SowingSeason
12.27.10
"damn, explain a lot"

I think you meant explains

Tyrael
12.27.10
Oh dear, I should become a better writer for this.

FromDaHood
12.27.10
How many are you looking to take?

Irving
12.27.10
What happened to the Ouija board?

Xenophanes
12.27.10
Mh, I honestly can't call who its gonna be this year...

BigHans
12.27.10
Academy 4 Staff

Xenophanes
12.27.10
I'm callin Eno, Massive, and,er,I'm not sure...

SowingSeason
12.27.10
what do you mean...tinkrbel and dryden are the obvious choices

vanderb0b
12.27.10
I'd kill to see a Dryden review.

EVedder27
12.27.10
we're all still waiting for a satellite review

Xenophanes
12.27.10
When Satellite's review finally drops, he will become instant staff. Calling it.

ConsiderPhlebas
12.27.10
I'd like to apply but something tells me I wouldn't get the job

patroneyes
12.27.10
more like i'd KILL to see a Dryden review

Voivod
12.27.10
This announcement is most intriguing.


[b]and build a portfolio of at least 3 full-length reviews (typically 3-5 paragraphs).[/b]

i don't quite follow.

Does that mean that the applicants must write 3 FRESHLY PREPARED full-length reviews or pick any three that are already present?

cvlts
12.27.10
shouldnt really matter.

klap
12.27.10
fresh like a baby's bottom

Voivod
12.27.10
haha

Irving
12.27.10
I just bribed Dave. I'm on my way to the big time!

Knott-
12.27.10
nice

Jom
12.27.10
Fortunately, there is a system of checks-and-balances in place. Nothing happens until I get money, too.

Voivod
12.27.10
go go Irving lol

hey, i'm just teasing

Knott-
12.27.10
sputnik executive, legislature and judiciary

Irving
12.27.10
I'm all for the non-separation of powers.

Thor
12.27.10
Thor for staff, the end

greg84
12.27.10
Staff? Hmm. Let me think.

Xenophanes
12.27.10
Thor sighting

Enotron
12.27.10
"Thor for staff,"

*and moderator

Jethro42
12.27.10
je peux je peux je peux

BigHans
12.27.10
Mike Allen and Nagrarok are long overdue for Contrib

Irving
12.27.10
Dave, out of curiosity, there's no "straight-to-Staff" promotion, is there? (I always had the understanding that Staffs were always picked from the pool of Contribs).

Jethro42
12.27.10
Yes indeed^ And what about yourself, Hans

BigHans
12.27.10
well Jethro I figure I already have enough responsibility in my life, although the idea has crossed my mind to apply at times.

BigHans
12.27.10
Please make SeaAnemone staff so he can stop ball-washing his way to the throne.

Love you Sea

sspedding
12.27.10
id like to do this.

Voivod
12.27.10
Jethro42 and Nagrarok for staff


Jethro42
12.27.10
/thread

Voivod
12.27.10
or contribs

Jethro42
12.27.10
Long live to ProgJect!

Irving
12.27.10
Apply Hans. Seriously.

Voivod
12.27.10
that's what i'm talking about

Irving
12.27.10
Hahahhaha they should promote ProgJect alone, instead of separately doing Nagrarok and Jethroquarantedeux =p

Jethro42
12.27.10
If I might be staff one day, Sputnik would turn to a French site. hahaha

vanderb0b
12.27.10
Yeah, you should do it, Hans. I could easily see you getting the promotion.

Yazz_Flute
12.27.10
This is pretty legit.

Voivod
12.27.10
@ Irving

both Jethro and Nagrarok (especially him) must be contribs, because this site's power is not just covering music that is, but also music that has been. In that light, there is a lot of reviewing work to be done.

BigHans
12.27.10
Ill think about it, but only if I could still review stuff that only like 10 people on the site care about like Creedence and Neil Diamond and stuff.

Jethro42
12.27.10
@Voivod, It seems you're not kidding. I'm flattered, cheers.

Voivod
12.27.10
of course i wasn't kidding Jethro

Irving
12.27.10
Yeah Voivod I can see where you're going with that. Because of blokes like Hans, Jethro, and Nag, this site has become a solid repository of music from days past. Not to slight other users (there's a good deal out there who contribute older stuff too), but these three are by far the most prominent and the most effective.

That's two days in a row I've cleaned your balls for you Hans.

Enotron
12.27.10
you realize jethro has reviewed 4 albums, right?

BigHans
12.27.10
lol well Irving I was actually going to say that you should apply cause even though you're new all of your reviews have been pretty solid.

Hawks
12.27.10
Hawks 4 Contrib! No seriously though that would be awesome. I've been wanting this for a pretty long time now.

greg84
12.27.10
Hans and Nagrarok for staff! They have my vote.

Irving
12.27.10
@ Eno: Jethro's done most of his work under ProgJect with Nag.

Xenophanes
12.27.10
There's a lot of great user writers popping up, I'm pretty excited to see the results!


Jethro42
12.27.10
And you're 100% right Voivod; To be well balanced, Sputnik is in a terrible need in having more stuff coming from all these few precious passed decades. And no worries, ProgJect is going to stay prolific, contrib or not contrib. I also tip my hat to my colleague Nagrarok who is doing very well in doing so.

SowingSeason
12.27.10
with users like hans and nagrarok i don't think it has anything to do with writing ability (they are both obviously skilled), but more to do with the fact that sputnik needs people who will cover newer and unknown releases. or at least that is my understanding.

Enotron
12.27.10
123 sowing

Jethro42
12.27.10
*who keeps on doing classic old stuff and lots of discogs etc etc... I mean.

Xenophanes
12.27.10
I regretfully agree, Sowing. Eventhough there are some incredible writers who review older stuff, the position requires newer releases. sad, but true.

BigHans
12.27.10
Politics aside Nag should be there because he is extremely prolific and has a style that is very to the point which is great for people discovering new music.

Jethro42
12.27.10
sad but true, yes

Jethro42
12.27.10
I second Hans

SowingSeason
12.27.10
i don't know if xenophanes still wants a promotion (im not sure what that little hiatus was about), but i feel like he would be another good choice.

pizzamachine
12.27.10
I would do this but I'm going away at the exact wrong time.

greg84
12.27.10
I'd do it if I were you. You often cover awesome stuff.

Xenophanes
12.27.10
Sowing, I appreciate that more than you realize, but I think its better that I don't lol

Irving
12.27.10
Thanks Hans, it was very kind of you to say that. Will keep trying to produce the goods =)

Jethro42
12.27.10
Your good work is promising, Irving, really.

Irving
12.27.10
What was the term that Sowing taught us two second languagers the other day, Jethro? Ah yes, circle-jerk. LOL XD

Love you Jethroquarantedeux!

Jethro42
12.27.10
awww too bad, I had deliberately forgotten that expression, Irving haha.


Jethro42
12.27.10
I love you too baby

fr33convict
12.27.10
I've got a feeling I could make staff with my amazinngly subpar 7 reviews.

Irving
12.27.10
"i inspire people with my reviews to be underachievers."

You make my days fr33.

Urinetrouble
12.27.10
Sent my contributor application noochies. Don't think i could ever be good for staff lol

SowingSeason
12.27.10
well considering that being a contributor serves as a stepping stone, that seems kind of pointless then

Urinetrouble
12.27.10
ah well, it doesn't hurt me to try. I'd be surprised if they picked me at all. i mean, there's a pool of talented writers here, and i'm only one, why pick me? But if id o get picked this helps me in the long run in my future career in music journalism.

SowingSeason
12.27.10
yeah and i dont mean that as a shot at you, just that if you have no aspirations for staff becoming a contributor might not be the right path. but what do i know

LG
12.27.10
I'd like to see Atavan as contri.

Athom
12.27.10
oh well this is interesting...

fr33convict
12.27.10
Atavan for staff we need some more glitter on the staff crew.

Urinetrouble
12.27.10
i may not have staff aspirations, but it would be nice to get payed to do this.

fr33convict
12.27.10
Do the staff get paid? I didn't think they did.

SowingSeason
12.27.10
haha ur kidding right

patroneyes
12.27.10
we need more jazz-reviewing staff/contrib

cirq
12.27.10
lol

Athom
12.27.10
the problem is that most of the big jazz releases as of late are things from more traditionalist performers like Wynton Marsalis and the like and no one wants to listen to shit that Hank Mobley did better in 1963

Irving
12.27.10
Your ellipsis points are intriguing, redsky...

Jash
12.27.10
xenophanes, eno, and chambered should get contributer.

SowingSeason
12.27.10
there's at least 2 people i can think of that most of you are forgetting but oh well

Jethro42
12.27.10
atavan?

Athom
12.27.10
staff get paid in trident layers.

Enotron
12.27.10
flattered by the couple who threw my name out there! hope to get back into reviewing soon. trying out a more negative review, something i haven't done in a while. Also intend on reviewing a couple of low-key emo releases from late this year. Feel like I might focus on that for a while, seeing as I attend a lot of emo/screamo shows and what not.

conradtao
12.27.10
"staff get paid in trident layers."

omg

Irving
12.27.10
I'm betting the two Sowing has in mind (that everyone else forgot) are Conrad and ConsiderPhlebas.

porch
12.27.10
fuck it i'm throwing my name in the hat for staff even though i haven't reviewed for several months and have no intention to ever review again

Slum
12.27.10
porch for emeritus!

Athom
12.27.10
we should just staff berkay and get this over with tbh

Terrifyer
12.27.10
dryden, ire and fade should be staffed it will rule

Romulus
12.27.10
ugh this is almost motivation to pick up reviewing again

fr33convict
12.28.10
We should staff the infected dick spammer guy

Irving
12.28.10
^ Hahahahahahhahahahaha

Spec
12.28.10
Not even funny bro.

Xenophanes
12.28.10
I forgot to mention atavan and gyro as well....

liledman
12.28.10
we should just staff berkay and get this over with tbh [3]

i thought it used to be that you needed 50 reviews to apply or something? now its only 3? omg im only one review away from staff

Irving
12.28.10
Atavan has repeatedly gone on record to say that him being Staff/Contrib "won't happen". I wonder why that is.

Ponton
12.28.10
people in higher places dont like him the rumor is

SeaAnemone
12.28.10
Atavan and I are cool most of the time I think but I can see how the staff would get annoyed when he criticizes saaaay... a Alex Silveri or channing review (among many other staff members I think) that's perfectly fantastic, and is pretty harsh against it for using first person, atavan's pet peeve, it seems. I could be wrong though.

mutatedfreek
12.28.10
So this is for real then? I thought it might just be a crazy staff joke or something.

Enotron
12.28.10
only people i've seen shown dislike against atavan are downer, chan, and hanson, but hey rumor sounds interesting

Ponton
12.28.10
gonna apply for a mod position

Crysis
12.28.10
Being a mod would be pretty interesting.

Irving
12.28.10
That's interesting. With all respect to Atavan, I'll agree that he can be a bit abrasive sometimes. A bit of a shame though - man's an amazing writer.

Xenophanes
12.28.10
Lol, he criticized Lewis's Fall Be Kind Review, I remember.

AtavanHalen
12.28.10
Well, then.

Xenophanes
12.28.10
AWKWARD

Gyromania
12.28.10
Damn, I want contrib

Electric City
12.28.10
MORE IMPORTANTLY

WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU MAKING A FOO FIGHTERS COMPARISON?!?!?

Captain North
12.28.10
Somehow I doubt its because he crits the staff.

And bollocks, I told myself I'd write more this year and I didn't at all. Next year then.

Bulldog
12.28.10
BigHans and Enotron, tbh.

somberlain
12.28.10
" Contribute to the Staff Blog."

contributors aren't getting they're own blog are they?

Urinetrouble
12.28.10
Become Mod

Ban everyone on Sputnik

cvlts
12.28.10
would be sweet if I get contrib/staff. others deserve it better though so good luck to them ^_^

Bulldog
12.28.10
Holl'in' out "SEAANEMONE 4 STAFF" till i die niggaz

Relinquished
12.28.10
+1 for Dante

Enotron
12.28.10
"BigHans and Enotron, tbh."

makin me feel like a dick, aaahh

ConsiderPhlebas
12.28.10
If Vedder doesn't get made staff it'll be a travesty. Irving would be good - great writer who gives good advice to anyone that needs it, and he's just generally chill whenever he's around.

cvlts
12.28.10
not that it's a vote, but Nag and chambered need a promotion asap

Captain North
12.28.10
Uh, Deviant?

Xenophanes
12.28.10
Eno, chambered, irving, atavan, gyr would all be pretty great

Knott, pianotuna, thebhoy, and observer for staff.

Yes? No?

tombits
12.28.10
tombit 4 staff

Enotron
12.28.10
if i had a choice for promoting staff, i would definitely pick pianotuna and knott.

somberlain
12.28.10
"Captain North
12.28.10
Uh, Deviant?"

you're late

ConsiderPhlebas
12.28.10
I've applied. Feel super optimistic about it.

Enotron
12.28.10
To be honest, I think the site is fine with the amount of contributors. Obviously I'd like to see myself get promoted and vedder definitely deserves it(though i'm not familiar with how many of his reviews are new releases and how many aren't), but Sowing and Dev were the only obvious promotions imo

Romulus
12.28.10
i don't really keep tabs on this but vedder's promotion is long overdue

somberlain
12.28.10
"Sowing and Dev were the only obvious promotions imo"

yes and Eno was a close 3rd imo

Xenophanes
12.28.10
I agree with eno that sowing and dev were the only obvious choices. The rest is uncertain....

Electric City
12.28.10
there are a ton of deserving users for contrib, and i honestly think a bunch of the current contributor class should be staffed. im really excited the mods decided to do this.

Irving
12.28.10
There should be a flurry of reviews over the next few days, due to users struggling to cement their reputation with one final/last-ditch attempt. Which is good, because we'll get an influx of high-end pieces, which is always a pleasure.

tombits
12.28.10
i'm off to a music festival tomorrow until the 1st after which i'll be too hungover to write anything of substance, so there'll be no flurry of reviews from me.

Captain North
12.28.10
wtf, when did they get promoted?

Irving
12.28.10
@ Captain North: About a month?

Captain North
12.28.10
goddamn, how do I miss this shit.

Deviant.
12.28.10
They even put on a lunch, decent spread too

somberlain
12.28.10
"what do you mean...tinkrbel and dryden are the obvious choices"

Sowing knows what's up ;)

Irving
12.28.10
Sowing got shit-faced. Man, he was sooo drunk that night.

Puzzles
12.28.10
Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome... to the bottom of the barrel!!

conradtao
12.28.10
honestly I was planning on a flurry of reviews this week just because I finally have time off from work

then I saw this

Irving
12.28.10
^ CLEARLY, THERE IS A GOD.

conradtao
12.28.10
Robin would be amazing for staff

Enotron
12.28.10
^that

couldwinarabbit
12.28.10
Tao right reviews really good. As does MJ (even though they are few and far between) and Hans rights good good good.

klap
12.28.10
fucking canadians

StreetlightRock
12.28.10
Do people really think MJ writes well at all? Serious question.

ShadowRemains
12.28.10
when he actually writes seriously, he doesn't write too poorly...not all of this gimmicky bullshit we have come to know him for.

Irving
12.28.10
He writes good, thought-provoking pieces that have absolutely no place on a contemporary music review.

conradtao
12.28.10
MJ writes better when he isn't trying to impress everybody. When he tries too hard it's painfully obvious.

Electric City
12.28.10
when is mj not trying too hard? serious question.

StreetlightRock
12.28.10
Et tu, Conrad?

fr33convict
12.28.10
Why does anyone still care about MJ?

conradtao
12.28.10
I dunno, I thought his Milk-Eyed Mender was decent. Too much namedropping, as per usual, but not particularly..er, infuriating..

@Alex: ;-;

conradtao
12.28.10
Sorry, *his Milk Eyed Mender review. Typing on my phone, apologies

fr33convict
12.28.10
You should be sorry. You'll pay for your insolence.

conradtao
12.28.10
meep

fr33convict
12.28.10
Touché.

DanteCuomo
12.28.10
This would be cool but I'd hate to have to write things because of a inter-title. Plus I don't think 7 reviews would turn any heads.

Transient
12.28.10
Berkay should've been staff a long time ago.

tapitforever
12.28.10
jfjkldfja

SowingSeason
12.28.10
the site's decision to do this really isn't surprising to me; we have a few inactive staff for which some of our higher end contributors would be better suited, then we obviously need people to replace those contributors.

Xenophanes
12.28.10
There are a few inactive contributors as well, and Lewis went Emeritus a little bit ago....

SowingSeason
12.28.10
wasn't lewis staff?

Xenophanes
12.28.10
Yeah, a contributor needs to replace him, which leaves an open contributor spot.

TheSpirit
12.28.10
Wrote an app last year, I guess no harm in trying again

Adash
12.28.10
On the basis of my Infected Mushroom review, and seeing as I'm not old and wise enough to be staff, can you create a special "Resident Advisor" position for me.
x

DanteCuomo
12.28.10
Spirit for staff!

Irving
12.28.10
Has the flurry happened yet?

DanteCuomo
12.28.10
no

Jom
12.28.10
For everybody that's all like, "I understand why the site is choosing to do this.."

Uh, we do this every year. At the same time, too! It's like a once-a-year period. You know when it's coming and when we're going to be bloated and angry, so just put up with us and we'll go back in the kitchen and make some strudel. All of you love some of Mama's strudel, dont'cha?

theacademy
12.28.10
im diabetic.

BigHans
12.28.10
sympathy vote for Acad

BallsToTheWall
12.28.10
When are we going to get super elite contribute status? Because frankly I dont want to be staff but something more prestigious than just contributor. Contributing reviewer just lacks zazz.

Nagrarok
12.28.10
I appreciate the kind words everyone. Third time's the charm, as they say, so maybe I ought to give the contrib application another shot.

TheSpirit
12.28.10
Fingers crossed

0vrot
12.29.10
It's gonna be so sweet when I become staff.

LepreCon
12.29.10
Maybe in 2 years when I have more than 13 reviews done I'll consider this. Which reminds me, I need to achieve my goal of having 13 reviews done by the end of the year fair snappy!

Hawks
12.29.10
Well I've been here for almost 3 years and I have over 60 reviews. I'm hoping that makes me qualified because I would definitely like to be a contributor.

Jethro42
12.29.10
You got my vote, Hawks.

conradtao
12.29.10
I ended up spending a lot of time at the Yonge Street Tim Hortons..

Hawks
12.29.10
Lol oh Sonic.

wittwright
12.29.10
Enrique is the obvious choice, does no one else see that!?

Kris.
12.29.10
dont try to be cool

DaveyBoy
12.29.10
Worth putting your name forward Michael... If only because we need even more Aussies representing Sputnik.

Eclectic
12.29.10
That's what I figured, plus I will be doing heaps of reviews in 2011, even if I don't get promoted.

Vooligan
12.29.10
I just applied, although i doubt ill have much chance. Too many awesome writers on here.

Eclectic
12.29.10
Best of luck Vool :)

Willie
12.30.10
Ha ha. Love the pic at the top of this.

couldwinarabbit
12.30.10
"genres range from heavy metal to thrash metal to classic rock, and sometimes i throw in some punk or something" best line on sputnik in a long time

couldwinarabbit
12.30.10
well that is all the genres.

wyankeif1337
12.30.10
i mght actually try for this, but probably not until next year.

Irving
12.31.10
Just wondering...is there any possibility at all that NO ONE will be promoted? (i.e the powers that be decide that none of the applications are what they are looking for - although this is very unlikely)

Humour me.

Xenophanes
12.31.10
Haha, that would be humorous. But they always promote this time of year, and with so many great applicants, I find it hard to believe that there would be no worthy candidates. Besides, The rumor is that some people are getting the axe, and they probably need to replace them anyway.

DGTLPRTY
12.31.10
who is getting replaced?

Xenophanes
12.31.10
Idk, not really my place to guess, as they are just rumors.

Irving
12.31.10
Hahahah yeah it would be a big slap in the face to everyone who peruses this site wouldn't it?

"YOU GUYS ALL SUCK." LOL.

GeorgeCostanza
01.01.11
if i was ever actually offered a Staff position i would turn it down (for obvious reasons)

and for those who like the more "serious" MJ reviews i have one coming up

Gyromania
01.01.11
I'm hoping to get contrib, but I should really pump out some more reviews in the coming weeks.

Jash
01.02.11
"How many are you looking to take?"

That's what she said. duh

FadeToBlack
01.02.11
thats what she said to you mr tiny willy

Romulus
01.02.11
currently making contributor odds, bets will be collected shortly

Deviant.
01.02.11
"if i was ever actually offered a Staff position i would turn it down (for obvious reasons)"

Rofl

Irving
01.02.11
How many Contrib applications do we have? 18? When I last checked two current Contribs (Sea and thebhoy) were going for Staff.

Conclusion: there will be a great deal of disappointment come promotion time =S



Deviant.
01.02.11
More could've e mailed their apps in

Irving
01.02.11
Oh yeah, good point lol.

Ire
01.05.11
lets just staff mj to shut him up

Bulldog
01.05.11
lets staff Dryden

cvlts
01.05.11
--lets just staff mj to shut him up--

worst idea ive ever heard

Ire
01.05.11
could we have ultra staff?

to motivate those lazy staffers

Bulldog
01.05.11
no an emeritus is a lazy staffer, thats why we already have regular staff you stupid.

Ire
01.05.11
"worst idea ive ever heard"

ya cuz i totally was being serious.

Bulldog
01.05.11
ya cuz he totally was being serious

tombits
01.05.11
ya cuz totally being was he serious?

Bulldog
01.05.11
o well then bittoms

Ire
01.05.11
i was being serious :c

Bulldog
01.05.11
he was being serious

fr33convict
01.05.11
he was being serious?

omnipanzer
01.05.11
Dear sir or madame,
Please hire someone with some programing experience.
That is all.
Thank You.
Omnipanzer

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