WANTED Whaleoil Interns: Have you got what it takes?

It is the chance of a lifetime folks. Forget about writing letters to the editor this is much more fun!

2019 Whaleoil Blog Writer FELLOWSHIP

The Whaleoil Blog writer fellowship is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in New Zealand politics. Interns will learn to write in the same way that my Dad taught me how to swim. We will chuck you in the deep end and see what happens.

Whaleoil readers are a discerning audience and the number of comments or lack of them on a post soon lets aspiring Whaleoil writers know if they have what it takes or not.

Interns who find that they enjoy writing and who the readers respond well to will eventually be offered author access to the blog and will be able to publish under their own pseudonym or name. At that point, they are taught all the magic that goes on behind the scenes to craft a post. How to add links, feature images, page breaks, quotes and more. However, there is no rush to learn and our editorial team will prepare for publication all articles that are written.

Currently, we are fortunate enough to have nine writers regularly writing for us.

  • Lushington (Our Australian correspondent)
  • WH
  • Suze
  • Deb
  • Christie
  • Ex PFC
  • Kevin
  • Max
  • SB

Writing for Whaleoil can be a lot of fun and this is a chance for a select few of you to put your efforts in front of the largest blog audience in New Zealand anonymously as Intern posts.

Writing to engage an audience is not as easy as many might think. You need to be able to learn from your mistakes and to not lose heart when you put your heart and soul into a piece only to have hardly any comments on it. It also helps to have a sense of humour.

A Whaleoil writer hard at work

Some of you have written before for Whaleoil and had your work published as a guest post. Perhaps now you are ready for the challenge of submitting your work more regularly under the Intern label?

As an Intern, you will be learning to:

  • Find an interesting news story
  • Take some extracts from the news story
  • Comment on the extracts in a way that engages our audience by pointing out an angle or an issue about it.
  • (If you want to have a go at a totally original piece you can try that too.)

If you are interested in learning how to grab a blog audience’s attention this is the best on the job training available.

Writing for a blog audience is about stimulating debate and entertaining people. As an intern, you will be given encouragement and guidance but ultimately it will come down to whether or not you have both the ability and the self-motivation to write interesting content regularly.

A stand-up comedian learns what works and what doesn’t work in front of a live audience. Our interns are the same. Our readers and their reaction to what you write is how you will learn what works and what doesn’t.

Sometimes you will spend ages on something and will put a lot of thought into it and no one will be interested. Another time you may quickly throw something together with an idea that just popped into your head when you saw something and the comments will go nuts!

We don’t pay you, Whaleoil interns do it for the fun and the glory.

If you are interested and think you might have what it takes here is your first challenge.

Read it quickly because it will self-destruct in

  1. Find a recent piece of news in the Mainstream media that made you react in some way.
  2. Write down two to three sentences that sum up your reaction
  3. Send an e-mail containing a link to the news story plus your sentences to sb at whaleoil.co.nz

We look forward to reading your ideas.