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Staff Writer

Virtual Req #40
Friday, January 12, 2024

About Us

Recurrent Ventures Inc. is an innovative digital media company that is challenging the media landscape with its proprietary approach. Its best-in-class brands like Popular Science, Domino, Outdoor Life, The Drive, Donut, Dwell, Task & Purpose and more, engage a combined audience of more than 60 million monthly visitors. Initially founded in 2018, the portfolio rapidly expanded and today we have more than 15 publishing brands across automotive, home, outdoors, science, technology, and military verticals. Recurrent Ventures is virtual first, with headquarters in Miami and offices in New York, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Opportunity:

The Drive is the chronicle of car culture. As one of America’s most-read automotive enthusiast outlets, we serve millions of readers every month with the most important auto industry news and analysis, motorsports highlights, cultural deep-dives, car reviews, technical explainers, DIY advice, and more. We celebrate the past and present of our collective passion while giving our audience the tools and perspective to prepare for the future at a transformative time.

Now, The Drive seeks a new Staff Writer to join our ranks and grow our position as a must-read daily destination. As a key member of our editorial team, you’ll tap into your deep knowledge of the auto industry and car culture to shape our regular news coverage, source creative story leads, carry out original reporting assignments, review new cars, and more.

The ideal candidate will be an all-around excellent writer with a demonstrated ability to jump between a wide variety of automotive or transportation-related subjects, work in a fast-paced newsroom environment, and use site traffic trends to make decisions. The right Staff Writer will also be comfortable with traditional reporting techniques. Most importantly, they must share our goal of building a truly great automotive brand, our constant hunger for finding the next great story, and our conviction that writing about cars is a job that truly matters.

The Staff Writer will report to the site’s News Editor. The Drive is a part of Recurrent Ventures, a virtual-first media company with offices in New York, Miami, and San Francisco.

The Responsibilities

  • Writing 2-3 stories per day on topics ranging from new product announcements, industry scandals, viral videos/social media moments, engineering breakdowns, motorsports coverage, oddball automotive history, transportation policy, and general breaking news.
  • Constantly contributing original ideas for stories with an eye on audience trends.
  • Leveraging industry knowledge and sources to generate exclusive scoops.
  • Reviewing cars following our established guidelines and formats.
  • Pitching and executing longform features to a high editorial standard as time allows.
  • Traveling to events—occasionally on weekends—as required for coverage. 

The Qualifications

  • Outstanding writing skills.
  • At least two years of experience in a digital newsroom, preferably focused on the auto industry or technology—OR a portfolio of published clips showcasing your work.
  • Fluency with basic reporting techniques including cold calling, filing public records requests, pulling court documents, and more.
  • Strong understanding of the current automotive industry landscape: the biggest players, trends, storylines, and events worth covering.
  • Clean driving record, experience operating a manual transmission is preferred.
  • Experience with photography and/or Photoshop is a plus.

The Person

  • Obsessed with cars, transportation, and the endless supply of stories in those spaces.
  • Team player attitude: willing to pitch in on a large variety of subjects, pivot according to newsroom needs, and do whatever is needed to make The Drive the best it can be every day.
  • Sharp news judgment and an eye for fresh angles on trending topics 
  • Able to stay organized and meet deadlines while handling overlapping assignments in a fluid environment 
  • Hungry for the opportunity to engage with millions of readers

Benefits & Perks

  • Medical, dental, vision & life insurance
  • Fitness Reimbursement 
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Remote - work from anywhere!
  • Parental leave
  • Matching 401k
  • Equity package

Hiring & Equal Opportunity Statement: 
Recurrent Ventures provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type with regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, age, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or affiliation protected by federal, state or local laws. With a number of our media brands reporting on the military, veterans’ affairs, and topics facing the active military community, we are very supportive of veterans’ activities and highly encourage this community to apply. 

Other details

  • Job Family Editorial
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $55,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $70,000.00