Freelance Writer, Weird History at Ranker

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Freelance Writers, Weird History

We are looking for talented writers who are ready to research and write for our Weird History vertical! This is a great opportunity to write for a leading entertainment site, in the top 50 of all websites in the United States. Our Weird History Facebook page has over 7 million followers. 

Here are some examples of the type of writing we love that we’ve published recently. Some are in-depth, researched lists with lots of text, while others are shorter, more visual/meme based roundups. We’re looking for people who can create either or both:

  • https://www.ranker.com/list/firsthand-descriptions-what-royals-really-looked-like/setareh-janda
  • https://www.ranker.com/list/stories-behind-pulitzer-prize-winning-photos/melissa-sartore
  • https://www.ranker.com/list/most-controversial-tv-episodes-year-you-were-born/melissa-sartore
  • https://www.ranker.com/list/fascinating-history-photos-not-taught-in-school/alby-thompson
  • https://www.ranker.com/list/historic-screw-ups-sound-made-up-but-arent/will-morgan-1
  • https://www.ranker.com/list/whoa-usa-maps/jtdesaulnier

This is a paid, remote, cold assignment gig. Candidates will be compensated for their work on a per-article basis, based on the length of assignment and level of research required. We'd prefer for you to create anywhere from 10-15 lists/week. 

Here’s what you’ll need for us to trust you with tons of assignments:

  • Advanced, thorough research skills.
  • Writing chops that enable you to create an article about anything in a clear, informative, fun way.
  • Experience freelance writing for a site similar in scope to Ranker.
  • Broad, comprehensive knowledge of history, such that you can easily think of 15+ items for any list we assign you.
  • General familiarity with Reddit, Tumblr, social media, and other internet forums.

If this sounds exciting, here’s what we need from you:

  • Resume and completed application
  • Cover letter giving color/examples of how you meet and exceed the qualifications listed above. And yes, we are looking at your cover letter to get an idea of your writing style, so smart, funny letters really stand out.
  • List of history-related topics you are interested in writing about: please be as niche as possible, as we’re always looking for writers that have really unique interests.
  • Any links to your online writing portfolio (optional)

About Ranker:

Ranker is a data-driven media company, the #1 online destination for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings of everything. The company’s technology is centered on user engagement, turning its lists into the “best possible rankings” via the wisdom of crowds. A Quantcast Top 50 site, Ranker attracts more than 30 million monthly unique visitors, and outperforms almost every other publisher in time-on-site per visit. As a result, Ranker is a treasure-trove of consumer sentiment data with more than 250 million votes gathered to date on over 100,000 unique items, generating a deep and precise interest graph which the company is launching as a B2B tool in 2016 to augment the existing ad-based business. Ranker is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.


Ranker will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring


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Location

Located conveniently in the Mid-Wilshire district, minutes from Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile, and the 10 Freeway.

An Insider's view of Ranker

How does your team reward individual success?

What I love about being a part of Ranker's Audience Development team is that one person's success is celebrated not just as a personal victory, but as a triumph for our whole team. Every day we are encouraged to step outside of the box and speak our minds; to be creative and analytical without fear of rejection.

Amanda Bennett

Audience Development Specialist

What projects are you most excited about?

The best part about working at Ranker is the wide variety in the types of projects we might work on. We could be working on site optimization one week and creating big data management systems the next. Our latest project is a soon-to-be-released TV recommendation app that utilizes the latest in web development and machine learning tech.

Skylar Wolf

Senior Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

Ranker offers me the opportunity to flourish in a completely original creative manner. Working here has provided me with the opportunity to cover a large array of subjects I'm passionate about such as pop-culture and entertainment. By treating my voice and skill sets as an asset to the company, I have been given a sense of freedom and growth.

Erin Maxwell

Entertainment Editor

What is your vision for the company?

Our focus for 2020 is expanding Ranker beyond our high-trafficked site (Quantcast Top 50) via growing video, globalization, licensing Rankings IP, growing the Ranker Insights business unit and most importantly, launching a new game-changing personalized TV recommendations app.

Clark Benson

Founder & CEO

What's something quirky about your company?

At Ranker, we are all about votable lists. We even have an enormous, interactive list on display in our lobby — anyone in the office can arrange the items on the list to their own taste. Anything from top sitcom moms to fictional pets you'd love to have, there's always a good debate going on. We even vote on our favorite catered lunches!

Andre Rodriguez

PR Manager

What are Ranker Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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Disability Insurance
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Wellness Programs
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401(K)
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home Full-time remote for all positions currently during COVID - we will reevaluate this once the landscape changes.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
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Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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