Jobs @ Anime News Network

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News or Interest Intern

Anime News Network's ongoing internship program is open to new interns every semester. Interns will have the opportunity to work with ANN's news team or interest team and earn valuable on-the-job journalism experience with a professional publication. No experience is required.

Each semester ANN hires two news interns: one with intermediate Japanese knowledge and one without. Intermediate level is defined as JLPT N3 or equivalent.

The application process for an interest intern is identical, so just follow the below guidelines and you will also be automatically considered for an interest internship. Feel free to specify if you have a preference for one department or the other, or if you are only interested in one department or the other.

Important Note for Interest Internships: All applicants for our interest interns must possess a Japanese reading ability of intermediate or higher. Intermediate level is defined as JLPT N3 or equivalent.

Applicants for interns should expect to spend 10 to 20 hours a week performing tasks for Anime News Network, including posting press releases, writing news articles under the guidance of Senior News Editor Egan Loo and Managing Editor Crystalyn Hodgkins (or under Interest Editor Lynzee Loveridge for interest interns), and researching information for news articles. Strict adherence to deadlines will be expected. Full details of the position will be provided to serious applicants.

These are unpaid internship positions, but they may be eligible for school credit (talk to your school). This is a work from home internship, please verify with your school to make sure this is acceptable. Preference will be given to candidates who are seeking school credit.

We are also now accepting candidates for 2-term internships (eg: Sept 1 to April 30). Please specify in your cover letter if you want to do a 2-term internship. Preference will be given to candidates applying for 2-term internships.

Important: Applications (cover letter + resume) must be received by

  • February 15, 23:59 ET for spring internships,
  • April 15 for summer internships,
  • July 15 for internships starting on September 1 and
  • November 15 for internships starting in January.

Applications (cover letter + resume) must be sent to internship (at, and the email's subject must read "Intern Position" or it will be discarded. Nothing sent to this e-mail address will be read before the deadlines.Any questions about these positions should be posted in the forum here.

Convention Correspondent

Anime News Network is currently seeking freelance writers and photographers to assist in our regional convention coverage throughout the year. ANN editors will coordinate coverage with you, which could involve any of the following: cosplay and exhibit hall photography, basic convention coverage, industry panel news reporting and guest interviews. Convention correspondents will receive pay on a per-assignment basis, press access to the convention and a per diem for local travel (taxis/gas) and food expenses in exchange for speedy, professional and complete coverage done within the provided guidelines.

While we are primarily seeking seasoned convention reporters but are more than willing to take on less seasoned writers; we're interested in building long-term freelance relationships with reporters close to these conventions (or if you already travel to several cons a year and would like to make a little side money covering the shows for us, get in touch).

Right now we're looking for correspondents to cover the following conventions:

March 31-April 2: Anime Boston
April 14-16: Sakuracon
May 19-21: Anime Central
May 26-28: Anime North
May 26-28: Animazement
June 8-11: A-Kon
June 9-11: AnimeNext
July 1-4: Anime Expo
July 20-23: San Diego Comic-con
August 11-13: Otakon
September 28-October 1: Anime Weekend Atlanta
October 1-5: New York Comic-con
November 17-19: AnimeNYC

Email [email protected] with the subject heading 2017 Conventions Correspondent along with a short cover letter detailing which conventions you're capable of covering, and your previous convention reporting experience (if any). Please include links to any relevant convention reporting, interview work, cosplay photography, other writing or anything else you feel demonstrates your ability. Applicants we are serious about hiring will hear back from us within 2 weeks.

Freelance Editorial Contributor

If you're interested in becoming a freelance editorial contributor to Anime News Network, you're in luck; we have a handful of new policies about submitting to our publication for potential freelance consideration.

What We're Looking For

As of May 2016, Anime News Network is currently accepting pitches from freelance writers to contribute informative, entertaining feature editorials and opinion pieces focused on a single show, a single subject, a manga, a videogame, or otherwise – articles like the following:

Three Reasons Why Blood Blockade Battlefront is the Best Show of the Spring

Manga vs. Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist

How Fire Emblem Became A Phenomenon

You can see dozens of other examples on our Features page!

Anime News Network pays on a per-assignment basis; payment is discussed after your pitch is accepted.

How To Inquire

Send an email with your cover letter, resume and links to two relevant writing samples to the email address listed below, with the requested information. Preferred writing samples include: previously published anime editorials or reviews, previously published entertainment journalism or media criticism, relevant personal blog posts – the pieces you feel are most representative of what you can bring to the table. Academic work is accepted but in most occasions we will ask for nearly any review or editorial work before looking at dissertations or thesis papers, which historically haven't given us a great idea of the contributor's personality. While previous entertainment journalism or editorial work is obviously greatly preferred, we're open to writers from all walks and vocations - many of our current writers are teachers, engineers, business owners and more.

Your cover letter should include, along with your standard letter, one topic or a short list of topics you have editorial concepts for that you'd like to pitch. Let's say you'd like to write articles about My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan. Your cover letter should mention those topics at the end of your letter, like so:

I would like to pitch editorial features about the following shows/subjects:
My Hero Academia
Attack on Titan
Anime Music Videos

Do not simply list your editorial pitches; we'll email you. The editorial team will endeavor to be in contact with contributors we are seriously interested in within 5 to 7 business days of receiving your email. Unfortunately we cannot respond to every email, nor can we respond to any requests to evaluate a resume or writing samples, nor can we confirm receipt of your email unless we are already in contact with you.

Send all inquiries to [email protected] with the subject ANN Contributor Program and the requested information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tokyo Correspondent

Anime News Network is currently seeking a Tokyo-area correspondent to cover various events and screenings in the area. This is a part-time salaried position. We're looking for an experienced writer who is comfortable writing film reviews and conducting interviews; previous experience in either of these things is required.

Qualifications required:

  • Lives in the Tokyo area
  • Speaks Japanese at a business-fluent level (N2 or better) and can write at a professional level in English
  • Has previous experience working as a professional writer, dealing with editorial direction and deadlines
  • Comfortable writing film reviews and interviewing professionals in the industry
  • Available to cover major events in the area such as Comiket and Tokyo Anime Fair

This position will begin with a trial assignment and then transition to a part-time salaried job. Please contact [email protected] with your cover letter, resume and writing samples.

What We're Not Looking For

Right now there are no open positions on the reviews team. This opening pertains directly to editorial; newsroom and interest openings will be listed elsewhere on this page.

OpenX Expert

Anime News Network is seeking a PHP programmer familiar with customized OpenX environments. We need to evaluate whether to continue development of our house ad-server, or whether to switch to OpenX and customize it. We require someone who is capable of working full-time on this project starting immediately.

If this sounds like you, please send an quick e-mail to [email protected] and let us know your professional experience and your hourly rates (or if you want to do this pro-bono).-->

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Anime News Network