This month marks the end of an era for the Kasterborous website team, as we move things around behind the scenes to reflect our growing success. We’ve been stunned to see a three-fold increase in readership over the past 12 months, which is particularly impressive when you consider that we haven’t really changed a thing since we started back in 2005!
The resulting change around, which I’ll outline in a moment for those of you who are interested, will result in a couple of openings in the news team…
So first of all, the news team changes. For the past few months Philip Bates has been expertly assisting me in editing tasks on days when I’ve been unable to give the task my full attention. His role has increased somewhat in all of this, so Phil is now the Kasterborous Assistant Editor!
Meanwhile, Meredith Burdett (Mez to most) has done some excellent work in reviewing and interviewing people over the years, largely in the audio space. His knowledge of the Big Finish output has proved extremely useful, so as a result Mez will be dealing almost exclusively with Big Finish and AudioGo (along with a handful of other producers) news and reviews from now on.
Andrew Reynolds, meanwhile, will remain as our senior news reporter – and we’re looking for someone to join him…
Write for Kasterborous!
So what do you need to do to write for Kasterborous?
The news team role is perhaps the most demanding, but with these changes we hope to be able to expand to a wider team that would reduce output to a single 100-300 word article per team member per day (as many as six pieces per week). You should be able to submit this through the website (although you can use email to begin with if you’re unfamiliar with submitting articles online) the same day as the assignment is sent out.
If you’re in a position to submit short news items and join our news team and are looking for a way to expand your portfolio as you build toward writing professionally, stop reading and drop me a line – firstname.lastname@example.org
In return, we can give you a platform for sharing your thoughts about Doctor Who, as well as a @kasterborous.com email address. You’ll also be noticed by certain people in the industry who read the website and will be able to use your association with us to positive effect.
Since we launched in 2005, contributors and key personnel have progressed to professional assignments as a direct consequence of having their work published here. Co-founder and designer of our site Anthony Dry has been involved with the design of most Doctor Who DVD boxsets since 2005, while one-time writer Kevin Roth won himself a copy-writing job. Meanwhile I (editor Christian Cawley) have been able to use my experiences here to become a full-time freelancer since 2010.
Although there is no regular cash involved, there is a chance for you to get Doctor Who paraphernalia sent to you for reporting and reviewing purposes. You’ll also receive your own profile page where you can link back to your own blog. Contributors have also been afforded reduced/free entry to Doctor Who events…