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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    New hotel review site that's hiring journalist for full-time positions:

  2. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member

    Won't they get suspicious when every review is about a Marriott? ;D
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I dashed off a quick cover letter. Would be a sweet gig for 9 months or so until the company folds.
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Ha! They asked for a cover letter, resume AND short writing sample!
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't see this company lasting.

    The current employees are getting to review some pretty sweet places though.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Some oysters last longer than others.

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  7. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    Seems like freelance would make sense for both parties in some cases.

    You're covering the Fiesta Bowl, staying at the Camelback Inn. Why not write 1,500 words for Oyster.com while you're there?
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    While I agree with you, it looks like they want their readers/customers to get used to the reviewers so that they get a feel for them and trust them.

    Each of them has a profile page on the site.

    It looks like they're going for a high end customer base, sort of like spa finder or some others.

    I just don't think that's a gig enough market to make money as a free website.

    I think they'd be better off going in your direction and paying folks who are already on the road to do a review a well. They could build up a large number of reviews that way and attract a bigger audience.

    They could still use their staff writers for the ultra posh hotels, resorts, and spas.
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Good for them, hiring a staff and building their brand that way. Saying they should use freelancers or folks already on the road is the equivalent of us saying there shouldn't be traveling beat writers -- just call some warm body in City X when the home team visits. There are movie and restaurant reviewers I trust enough to put my money behind what they endorse, so why not a hotel reviewer? Alas, I don't see myself vacationing at those ultra-posh joints anytime soon.
  10. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    Your point is well taken, but there's a huge difference between covering an collection of people 12 months a year and writing a one-time review of a non-living entity.
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