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PAX journalist/correspondent needed?

computational_linguistcomputational_linguist Registered User regular
edited September 2009 in PAX Archive
I am a graduate student at Brandeis University. I want to take my lifelong passion and knowledge of video games and forge a career in gaming journalism and/or natural language processing for video game marketing or cutting edge gaming technology.

I am hoping to meet some industry/research professionals if they have any discussions or displays at PAX (do they?)

I am also hoping to find media/web site that wants a local Bostonian to attend PAX and wants free labor! (Any suggestions for online publishers other than big time IGN-types? Any that would actually take a freelance guy?)

Thanks!!

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    KayhynnKayhynn Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I can tell you that most gaming networks have very little to no pay for articles, including EOGamer.com where I do reporting for. If you're willing to work for nothing or close to nothing, unless you go to IGN, you're going to find payment is slim to none.

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    computational_linguistcomputational_linguist Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    i don't mind not getting paid. I do want to start attending gaming events to report and hopefully meet/interview industry professionals and researchers/developers in the various fields of gaming.

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    ItsatrapItsatrap Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    If you're interested connecting with industry professionals, I recommend going to the Boston developer gatherings. Alternately, consider applying as a Game Developers Conference volunteer.

    If you're more interested in the academic angle, you'll probably want to focus on academic conferences and summits. Luckily for you, these seem to be held in Boston quite a bit.

    As for going the press route, are you an active member of any online gaming communities? If they do reviews/editorials and have a proper business license, they may be able to help you with credentials in exchange for writing. You will likely have to pay your own way, but there are gaming events in the Boston area (PAX East!) and covering them is a good way to build your portfolio/credibility.

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