Freelance Food Writer

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The Manual is simple — we show men how to live a life that is more engaged. Whether it be fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming, or the outdoors, we bring authenticity and understanding to it all. As our name, The Manual, implies, our online publication offers a suite of expert guides on a wide range of topics, from how to tie a bow-tie to how to cook a steak. Founded in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, by our parent site, Digital Trends, we pride ourselves on sharing genuinely interesting and informative experiences from a national perspective. We have a team of seasoned writers around the country.

Who We Are Looking For:

The Manual is seeking an experienced freelance food writer. This is a fast-paced gig — you will be completing a mix of assigned stories, as well as those you pitch. If we’re satisfied with your work, it could develop into a consistent, long-term working relationship.

If hired, you will be expected to write articles ranging between from 400-1,500 words. Subjects include roundups; how-to guides for a variety of topics; recipes; features on people, brands, and places; and short, quick articles on new releases and timely topics. You will be finding and securing relevant images and other media to complement your written work. You will follow our in-depth style guide.

The ideal candidate already has considerable knowledge of the food and service industries, from high-end restaurants and cocktail bars to everyday favorites and unknown local delights. Connections within that industry are a must. The ability to turn around airtight copy quickly and reliably while using excellent editorial judgment is crucial. Your sources will include media from producers, official releases, and more. Familiarity with WordPress or a similar CMS is preferred. You must have previous food publication experience.

There are no set hours for this position — only the expectation that fresh stories are turned in promptly on the assigned due date. Alternatively, we can work out a number of posts that will need to be provided per week,

What You’ll Do:

  • Pitch and write original story ideas.
  • Accept story assignments.
  • Work within our CMS and project management platforms.
  • Handle multiple tasks effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Represent all communities in our coverage
  • Work with a small team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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