Do a Barrel Roll (Gaming non-profit looking for volunteer writers/journalists (remote))

Organization Name: Do a Barrel Roll
Opportunity Title: Gaming non-profit looking for volunteer writers/journalists (remote)
Category: Communications / Marketing / Media
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: October 15, 2018
End Date: September 30, 2099

  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
Opportunity Description:

Do you love to write? Have a story to tell? Do a Barrel Roll is looking for you! Who are we? We’re Do a Barrel Roll (, a Canadian registered non-profit using the power of gaming of all types, from video to tabletop, to drive positive change in the lives of individuals and communities. We focus on themes of inclusion, acceptance, belonging, friendship, community, and healthy living. What are we doing? Do a Barrel Roll is working on a project to challenge endemic narratives about gaming by highlighting how it can be a vehicle for positive change, pro-social behaviour, community development, inclusion, acceptance, belonging, and healthy living. We are looking for personal stories, thought pieces, and contributions by gamers all over the world. We think of gaming in the broadest possible sense: video; arcade; table top; mobile; AR/VR; LARPing; and, plenty of other categories. In particular, we are interested in stories that showcase how gaming has been a means by which gamers have found a sense of belonging, acceptance, inclusion, friendship or developed a community. Stories are the most powerful means of communicating this message. And as our volunteer Journalist, we need your help! What are you going to do with us? As a Do a Barrel Roll Journalist, you would be leading our push to tell the stories of gamers often left out of the news. In particular, you would be responsible for the following: Researching and sourcing interviews with gamers; Contacting potential interviewees; Conducting interviews; Work closely with our Content Coordinators to transcribe interviews; Writing 1-2 articles per month, profiling or showcasing a gamer and their story; Pitch additional content ideas beyond stories to Do a Barrel Roll’s Executive Director and Content Research Officer; Editing and submitting copy; Verifying, as required, statements and facts; Our project asks for contributions of all types – writing, audio, video, images, poetry, etc, which will be published on our website. You should be comfortable working in at least one of these areas. Who you are: You should be an excellent writer and copy editor. You must be a self-starter, excited and eager to work independently. You should have a good ability to source and contact interviewees. You should be able to draft interview questions based on a participant’s profile. You should be comfortable conducting interviews with all types of people, asking the right questions and knowing when to let a participant speak. You should understand the principles and ethics that guide good journalism. You should know how to use social media platforms to source leads. You should know how to research effectively. How to Apply To apply, please send your CV, a short writing sample (doesn’t have to be specific to this volunteer posting) and the name of your favourite game to Please note that this position is remote/at home and does not include remuneration.

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