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Write For Cairo Contra!

Written by Mariem ELTagoury

*N.B: The positions mentioned below are internship/volunteer work, with experience as the main goal of these positions. The Cairo Contra Team does not offer salaries or any stable monetary rewards for that matter.

Want to contribute to the rising Cairene entertainment online blog written by Cairene youth just for Cairene youth?! Good news; we’re now accepting applications for Spring/Summer 2014!  If you’ve wanted to get involved here at Cairo Contra, read on for all the details!

We will be accepting applicants from today till 29/4/2014. We will be accepting applicants for writers & photographers for Spring/Summer 2014 (April through August).

Responsibilities include lots of writing, researching, searching for photos, as well as other tasks specific to each topic. Writers should be able to start on or around April 1st, 2014 and continue until August 31st, 2014 (end date can be flexible).

What we’re looking for?

The ideal candidate would be young Cairenes from high school, college or fresh grads, passionate about what they write about, responsible, hard working, self-motivated, creative, and organized. Preference will be given to candidates with prior blogging experience, topic-related or not. (Personal blogs count!) Applicants should have a strong command of the English language (spelling and grammar are very important) and should be able to handle writing on a deadline.

Positions Available:

We are currently accepting applicants for writers for the following topics. Click on each link below to view articles written in those topics by previous writers on our blog:

Amuse Bulletin: Our entertaining, sarcastic piece about the week’s non-political news; in need of a creative, funny, smart weekly writer, who’s on up to date with all the local and international non-political news. Writer will be expected to contribute 1 blog post a week.

Shoppers Squad: A team in charge of creating value to our “Shopping Guide” page, “Bargains & Deals” and “Fab Finds” articles. It searches for the best of deals and prices for anything related to youth (college students mainly) and reports the trends. It gathers statistics and intelligence about the potential stores & brands, keeping in mind the cash constraints of our target audience. The team will be expected to contribute 2 blog posts per month.

College Life: Providing different tips on how to make the most out of the college experience and gain some more insight that could help make that experience richer; in need of a senior college student (preferable but not essential) or a fresh grad who wishes to share their previous, experiences, lessons, regrets, and advice with younger college students and high school grads. The writer will be expected to contribute 1 blog post per month.

Fashion Expose: Covering the Egyptian fashion scene, bringing the latest glamorous fashion news in the fashion industry to the readers; in need of a fashionista who’s on top of all the latest fashion news and is aware of the local fashion industry, lingo and culture. Writer will be expected to contribute one blog post per month.

Infusion with Fashion: Interpreting the sophisticated world of fashion runways to everyday real outfits; in need of a creative writer with good fashion sense, and knowledge of fashion terms and how to use Polyvore. Writer will be expected to contribute 2 blog posts per month.

Style Lens: The first street style article covering Cairene style; in need of an outgoing photographer, who doesn’t shy from approaching strangers, with an eye for fashion, familiar with fashion terms, and of course photo-editing.  Writer will be expected to contribute 2 blog posts per month.

The Groove Online: A list of weekly distractions consisting of all links interesting online; in need of a writer who likes to surf the net and check out interesting non-political topics online. Writer will be expected to contribute 1 blog post a week.

Why write for Cairo Contra?

This is an excellent opportunity if you’re interested in journalism and want to expand your writing portfolio and get your name out there. CC writers will walk away with improved web writing skills.

Perks of being a CC writer include having a fun experience and networking. Also, since this is an online position, you’ll be able to work from any location and choose your own hours.

How to Apply?

If you’re interested in writing for Cairo Contra, send an email to [email protected] with the topic name as the subject, including the following:

  • Samples of your writing about your chosen topic within a 500 words limit (include at least one photo) in an attached word document.
  • A description of yourself in 100 words. (please include your age and school/college/major/job)
  • A list of ways with which you’d like to tackle your topic creatively –We are looking for fresh ideas so the more creative and unique the better. (if you are applying for Shoppers Squad please mention how you will cover the market scene as a team/squad besides the writing task)
  • Information about any other relevant experiences that make you qualified for the job.
  • If your topic is fashion related (Fashion Expose, Infusion with Fashion and Style Lens) please send your top 5 favourite fashion trends of the moment.
  • If you’re applying for Style Lens, please send us a sample of your photography with proof of editing skills.

Not sure which position you want? Apply for all of them! Just send your emails separately – with separate subjects- and indicate in each the position you want to apply for.

Questions?

If you have any further questions please free to leave a comment below, ask us on our Facebook page, or send us an email on [email protected]

About Mariem El Tagoury

I am a graduate from German University Cairo. Reading novels is my passion and writing is my release. My guilty pleasures include fashion & playing around with my make-up kit. A couple of years back when I was introduced to the online world, back in 2007; I was quite surprised that in spite of the presence of thousands of young Egyptians who follow the online sphere daily, there wasn’t one site that represented us or our lifestyle. [Later we’d come to see the rise of the political, religion, social-elite, and foodie websites, but still the voice of the average Cairene youth was missing.] I was glad to find out that I wasn’t the only one who had the feeling of the outsider on the internet, that’s why I decided to gather a team to fill a gap & finally find our place online and give Cairo’s youth a real voice that reflects its true culture. I hope you find our site interesting with a new view of life. Besides running the magazine & editing, I write the “Sans Sugarcoating” column, pardon my french, and a couple of other stuff around here! If you want to contact me, my email is [email protected]; you can also use our contact form or email directly to [email protected]

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