As my very first entry around here, I'd like to do a short follow-up on my currently ongoing series "So I heard you want to become a professional game journalist?
", which I'll summarize in a bit.
Firstly, let me introduce myself, I'm JohnHeatz, I've been a gamer ever since I can remember, a writer as well -yes, I started when I was a little kid, "writing" stuff-. Then, 2 years ago, I started writing news about the gaming industry on closed groups on Facebook, then went in to become Editor for different forum-based communities, one of which is called ElitePvPers, where a few weeks after I got in, I got promoted to Editor in Chief for the English Department.
After some time at that position, I decided it was time for me to change direction, and started my own site
, without completely leaving the forums community, as I joined a couple of communities where I'm Editor, but focused a little bit more on my own site, where I've been posting news on daily basis, and which has helped me grow a little bit more as a writer, not to mention that I've met quite a few really amazing writers, from whom I've learned even more.
So, to get back to the main topic, I've been doing some research in regards to what would be needed to get into the industry as a game journalist, and so far, it doesn't look that "good", but that won't stop me from doing what I'm doing, nor from keep working my way up.
Firstly, I got in touch with staff members from a news site, which does indeed help a lot when it comes to small sites (such as mine), to get some not-so-good response about what do they look for in order to give their approval to a site, with some of the requisites being, and I quote:
Having dedicated staff, which use their real names
Having your own community of followers and commenters
Industry presence and recognition
Proper journalist tendencies
Providing worthwhile content
So, there's just quite a bit being asked, and given these "requisites" it makes me wonder...are they helping new, "small" sites, or just promoting the ones that already have made a name for themselves?
I covered this part on the first entry of the series
, but that didn't stay there. I wouldn't stop just because of that...So, I decided to go a little bit further, and try to reach out to some of the big names in the industry (*points at the image above*), by trying to contact them all, and some other sites which I didn't include in that little image.
Fortunately for me, I got a response from one of them (out of the 10 people I contacted), who was willing to answer all of my questions, and took the time out of her tight schedule to do so in a timely manner, yes, I'm talking about GamesRadar
Editor in Chief, Sophia Tong
During my interview
with her, she shared some information about how did she start in the industry, how was that she got to be the Editor in Chief for GamesRadar
, and some tips about the recruiting process for, at least, that specific site, not to mention about the qualities that are being looked for.
After I had this interview with her, I learned quite a bit, and this encouraged me to dig even deeper into this matter, hoping that some more of the big names on the industry come back to me, willing to take some minutes to answer some more questions, and give their personal advice to other aspiring journalists around the globe.
Are there any questions you'd ask if you had the chance to talk with some of the employees of these industry colossus?
Hopefully, on my next entry for the series I'll be able to have a chat with some of them, and I'll make sure to check out your suggestions for any questions to them, to include them in the interview.