An Open Call

unclesam.jpgThink you’ve got what it takes to write for Christ and Pop Culture?

If so, we’d love it if you’d send us an email and let us know you’re interested. We’re looking for some new writers who feel confident and excited about writing about the intersection of the Christian faith and pop culture. Here are some things we’re looking for from prospective writers:

  • A love (in some sense) for popular culture. That is, a love for the mediums of film, music, television, books, or video games.
  • A reason to take you seriously. We would like those writing to have some experience writing or studying theology/culture/art. We’re pretty lenient about this, but we still need a reason to take you seriously. Make your case.
  • An example of your previous writing about something similar to what you read here. If you have a blog or website, give us the link to it.
  • A committment. We want people who can commit to writing at least once a month (recommended once a week) and stick to it.

Just email us at christandpopculture@gmail.com with information about yourself, a sample of your writing, and some indication about how long you’d like to write for us. Feel free to volunteer to write about one area, such as television, film, literature, sports, technology, or music.

If you have any further questions, feel free to email or leave a comment.

Oh. And no, we don’t pay.

About Richard Clark

Richard H. Clark is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture. He has a Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Louisville, Ky. He is also the managing editor of Gamechurch and a freelance writer for Unwinnable, Paste, and other outlets.
E-mail: clarkrichardh [at] gmail [dot] com.
Twitter: @deadyetliving

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    Hey, wasn’t there a comment here a minnut ago?

  • Rich Clark

    Yeah, it was accidental. She meant to email us and asked us to delete it.

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    Ah, whew. I thought maybe the site was all brokey.

    So does this Open Call mean that the four of you are getting burnt out?

  • Rich Clark

    It means we’ve always wanted more writers and we’re shooting for daily blogs, but since we can barely manage one a week that’s just not going to happen with only 4 writers. So yes and no?

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    Yeah, i was thinking that if you had enough writers, you could have the Movie Writer, the Lit Writer, the Music Writer, the Game Writer, etc.

    Kind of have regular columns by the same writer, create a reader/writer rapport. A comics site I frequent has something like this. On top of the day-to-day posting, they have a weekly columns—Manga before Flowers (focusing on manga releases), What I Bought (brief reviews of the columnist’s purchases that week), Urban Legends Revealed (a column dealing with urban legends of the industry), etc.

    Something like that could make for an exciting change to the site, building on what’s already there.

  • http://www.formerlyfarley.blogspot.com Adena

    If only I had the ability to get the more complex ideas out from the back of my brain and into language. It’s a lot of work for me. Not that you were asking me specifically, but I thought I’d just let you know that I at least thought about it. Also, I like The Dane’s idea. Also I enjoy the topics that are covered but there are a few topics that I’ve been waiting to see if they show up.

    There. Now we all know how I feel.

  • Rich Clark

    Like what, exactly Adena?

  • David Dunham

    Suggestions are always welcome!

  • http://www.formerlyfarley.blogspot.com Adena

    Well, my perspective on pop-culture is a bit different these days. Anymore, I can pretty much tell you how movie, music, tv shows, etc. will affect me and how I should respond to them, BUT now I have children and there are things like (and this is just a random example) “Dora the explorer” who make kids wonder, “Hmm, Dora is my age, and she can go anywhere she wants! Why can’t I do that?” (This is an actual question that a friend of mine’s daughter asked her) SO, sometimes I wonder at things like toy recalls and kids shows (Yo Gamma Gamma, anyone?) that are already starting to creep into my 2-year-old’s head. Maybe have a “christ and pop-culture kid’s edition, haha!

    Oh, I know you got into some of that with “The Golden Compass,” but maybe there is more?

    Also, something that is really starting to catch popular attention is “green living.” Thing like “organic” vs. “sustainability.” The organic craze is really taking off over here on the east coast (while I think over on the west side it’s been around for a while, no?) I have my own views regarding this subject, but I’m sure I would love to hear some fresh perspectives on the subject. Is it our duty as Christians to live “Granola” and what not? Have any of you read any Wendell Barry or Michael Pollan or the book Fast Food Nation? Jut curious.

    I want to say again, maybe you have addressed these topics and I just missed them somehow, and if you have, a few links would be nice :) Thanks for listening. Oh, and speaking of listening, I left a voice mail. WOOT!

  • Erik

    hi guys – I emailed in response to this on Thursday and haven’t heard back. Does that mean I didn’t get accepted to write? Or is this a typical response time for emails? Just wondering…

    thanks.

  • Rich Clark

    Erik, we got quite a few responses and are taking the time to carefully consider and correspond with each one. You’ll hear from us eventually.

  • Erik

    thanks. sorry to be a pest, I just wanted to make sure my email got through.

  • Rich Clark

    No problem. I totally understand.

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    If you want an interesting pop culture topic to write about (or even dedicate a whole Podcast to), you could talk about the people in Alabama who like beer that doesn’t taste like urine and the evil Southern Baptists who hate them. Them and taste buds.

    Yeah, that could be fun.

  • http://www.formerlyfarley.blogspot.com Adena

    I would keep THAT podcast on my ipod forever

  • http://scottedwardschultz.blogspot.com/ Scott

    Seth, have you any experience with home brewing?

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    Only tasting other’s creations – none of which were favourites but were still better than a Budweiser or MGD. The real tragedy is that Scottish Ales are illegal in Alabama. *cries for the state*

    Also that sangria is outlaw territory in Virginia. I mean, seriously, what?

    So yeah, Rich. Fear not Lord Mohlermort (“He Who Must Not Be Enjoy Wine like Jesus”) and ‘cast away. Adena will keep it forever.

  • http://scottedwardschultz.blogspot.com/ Scott

    I don’t know if you know it or not, Seth, but actually, all Southern Baptist Seminary students sign a contract of sorts, promising not to imbibe during their stay. That might have some effect on how well Rich and his fellow seminarians could handle the topic you’ve got in mind.

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    That might make it an even BETTER podcast ^_^

  • Rich Clark

    I’m having a hard time understanding what on earth that has to do with popular culture.

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    Food and beverages are totally pop-culture. As much or more than the I.D. movement.

  • http://scottedwardschultz.blogspot.com/ Scott

    Not to push the issue, but home brewing has kind of become a new trend in the past couple years. While it certainly finds its home among beer snobs, it is no less a hobby than playing video games or reading pulp fiction.

    Still, I’m not sure A) how discussing the politics of Alabama’s post-teetotalism falls under the rubric of pop culture, or B) how you guys could really do the show, seeing as how (no offense) you’ve little experience or insight into the matter due to your academic circumstances. (Not that I could either as I’ve never done the home brew before.)

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    It’s at least as much a pop-cultural issue as number of other things covered here in the past (e.g., Huckabee’s platform and the intelligent design movement).

    Alcoholic beverages have become an increasingly notable part of pop-cultural landscape as pop-cred is more and more granted on the basis of what one imbibes. Finding a good indie brew is now on a par with finding a good indie band. Restaurants open around here with the selling point of having 200+ beers on tap. Restaurants that house their own breweries are on the rise. Avoiding Merlots became a pop-culture phenomonon after Sideways came out a few years ago.

    And while students at Southern might not be able to enjoy such beverages during their time at the seminary, I’m sure many may have found themselves at liberty before taking whatever vows they have had to endure. Or perhaps one of their new contributors might be up to the task. And plus, one doesn’t necessarily need to be a beer aficionado in order to have some sort of Christian response to the culture.

    Just sayin’.

  • Alan Noble

    I enjoy a good beer, I just don’t have much to say about this other than: good beer is better than bad beer. Some of the best beer is made by monks. Drink good beer. Support people drinking good beer (in moderation). The more people enjoy the taste of good beer instead of drinking urine-y beer as means to an end (drunkenness), the less people will get drunk.

    Maybe I’ll poke around the issue some more and see if I can come up with a more substantiative response.

  • http://www.formerlyfarley.blogspot.com Adena

    the dane…
    waitaminnut… Sangria is illegal in VA? I don’t know about all that. I’ve seen it on the menu at restaurants… where have you heard and or read that?

  • http://nowheresville.us The Dane

    If you’re getting Sangria in VA, it’s either illegal or fake.

  • http://www.formerlyfarley.blogspot.com Adena

    Haha, yeah, I would bet on the latter.

    Turns out I’m a criminal.

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