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It wasn’t too long ago that Staff Editor Trevor Reed used his column to answer what is undoubtedly one of the most-often-asked questions in the world of automotive enthusiast magazines: “How can I get my truck in Diesel Power?” In my opinion, Trev nailed it with the information he gave you, and the email messages (with photos and statistics of your rigs) you send us almost every day confirm this.
Well, since Trevor used his editorial page to fill in the blanks on the dos and don’ts for getting your diesel ride exposed in these pages, I’m going to use mine to address another curiosity some of you have: “How can I write for Diesel Power?” No, you don’t have to pinch yourself. I really said it, and I’m going to use my entire editorial page (and then some) to explain what to do.
While I’m extremely proud of the feature and technical content we produce, the honest truth is, Diesel Power has been operating under a personnel deficit for quite some time. To put it in layman’s terms, our staff is a “man down” (maybe even two or three people down, actually), and it’s time to fill that void.
Obviously, having a small group of writers (two staffers and a few “regular” freelancers) hasn’t in any way prevented us from getting the job done. But I believe Trevor and I will really be able to turn things up—especially with some of the bolt-on tech projects I’m dying for us to do—if, and when, we have another solid contributor/editor working with us!
So, what type of talent, ability, and knowledge does the right person need to have? While that could easily be thought of as the most loaded question ever, I’ll give you a very simple answer. First and foremost, I think having true passion and enthusiasm for diesel engines is probably one of the biggest requirements, as is wanting this job more than any other employment option out there.
Next, a candidate must be driven, detailed, independent, and able to express information clearly—especially through his or her writing. Seriously, that part is really important. If you aren’t able to craft sentences and phrases about a subject (diesels)…and make sense…with words spelled correctly and punctuation properly placed, it will honestly be tough for us to consider bringing you on as writer for Diesel Power.
Then there’s photography—the other major element of what we do that goes hand in hand with the writing. Words actually help enhance the “messages” in an article’s photos—especially in super-detailed tech pieces. If you don’t believe me, go to our website or your collection of magazines and spend some time rereading past articles. I’m sure you’ll see what I’m talking about as you study the stories, as well as their photos and captions.
Before I close, it’s absolutely critical that I let you know this one fact about writing for Diesel Power as a Los Angeles–based staff editor. I implore you to pay close attention to this: While the job is very challenging—but personally rewarding almost every day—it does not pay a salary that will make you infinitely rich. Not even close.
However, fair compensation, benefits, vacation, and the like are offered. In addition, growth opportunities are available, and being on our team full-time will give you a great chance to pursue or continue a career in magazine/Internet media while working for the Number 1 diesel-enthusiast publication in the world and experiencing life in Southern California (staff members cannot work from other states). Now, if you’re genuinely interested in any of this, what I need for you to do is show us what you’ve got.
Your assignment is to conceptualize, put together, and submit a tech or feature article for Diesel Power. The story doesn’t have to be long, but it absolutely must be based on a rig you own or know about—one you think should appear on the website or in the magazine (remember to write in the third person, and as objectively as possible if it’s your own truck). Or, compose a detailed piece on a cool diesel tech idea or installation project that either you or a local shop are working on, or even the general maintenance service you perform on your truck.
Remember, great text (drafted using Microsoft Word) and high-resolution JPEG photos are what I’m looking for in these tryout articles, and I suggest you use past issues of the magazine for guidance on how to present a compelling feature or tech report. I never imagined I would ever use my editorial space for a casting call, but after writing this, I’m actually kind of excited to see what you come up with. Your resume, letter explaining why you want to write for Diesel Power, and non-returnable, non-compensated work can be submitted to us on a USB thumb drive at this address:
Diesel Power Staff Editor Tryout
831 S. Douglas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
831 S. Douglas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
Good luck and thanks!