The Houston Press Is Seeking Talented Freelance Food Writers

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The Houston Press is expanding its coverage and wants to grow its band of talented freelance food writers. Ideal candidates will have strong opinions about food and drink and the knowledge to defend those opinions. Published food writing samples are a must.

Writers from all over the Houston area are invited to apply. Additionally, we have a few areas in particular we want to expand our coverage of:

  • Cocktails and Spirits: If you know the difference between “whiskey” and “whisky,” have excellent familiarity with Houston’s bar scene and can appreciate a shot at a dive bar as much as a high-end cocktail with six ingredients, you might be the person we need.
  • Suburbs: We’re especially interested in writers who can help expand our coverage of these areas: Galveston, Pearland, Sugar Land/Missouri City, The Woodlands and Katy. 

Candidates should be willing to build strong articles by doing research and interviewing subject matter experts. Additionally, we are looking for informational, journalistic-style writing and are not interested in “puff pieces” that read like marketing pitches. Accuracy is paramount and the rules of grammar should not be foreign to you. Reporters should come up with their own ideas and be willing to take direction as well.

Anyone familiar with our online coverage knows it is a very visual medium. To that end, candidates must also be able — or be willing to learn — to take good photos to accompany their writing. Writers aren’t expected to be pro photographers, but photos should at least be well-lit and appealing.

How to apply: Send three to five samples of your writing about food (no term papers or starter novels) along with a cover letter and résumé to margaret.downing@houstonpress.com. If you want to toss in a couple of food photos or a short video, be our guest. No phone calls.

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