Join the AVS Team!
AVSForum is the premier web destination for all things Home Theater. Home to the most knowledgeable, discerning, and passionate home theater enthusiasts for the last 15 years, AVSForum has always been a resource for both DIY hobbyists and industry insiders.
Over the years we’ve found our niche as the guys that know it all but aren’t know-it-alls. AVS members are constantly pushing the boundaries of what their theaters can do, and the members are all along for the ride, giving advice and sharing stories. Now we’re looking to take things to the next level and build a team that will grease the wheels and help bring AVS to the masses, while still giving a nod to the hardcore home theater junkies that are the lifeblood of the site.
You may have seen some of the editorial work on the home page (e.g. 20 Blu-ray Discs to Show Off Your HD Display), but that’s just scratching the surface of what can be done with the knowledge of the community and the platform of AVSForum. So we’re looking for some folks in the community that can help us curate the vast wealth of content we have and inspire users to create even more of it.
What we’re looking for:
Not everyone is a perfect fit for the AVS Team we’re looking to build. It takes a unique viewpoint, which is precisely why we’re looking within the community for our crack team rather than hiring outside editorial. In particular, the ideal candidate is:
Accesible (Click to show)
Home theater is a tough subject to dive in to. We’re looking to spread the home theater gospel, and that requires someone who can explain the myriad complexities in a simple and concise way. There’s an entire new generation of AVS members waiting in the wings; we just need to hook them in
A Subject Matter Expert (Click to show)
We’re looking for folks who have an above-average knowledge of a specific area of home theater. Whether it’s HTPC’s or projectors, if you’re a member who usually ends speculative threads with a convincing and informative answer, you’re the type of member we’re looking for.
Active (Click to show)
As much as we value accessibility, we want to make sure the core members continue to be just as interested in what we have to say. To that end, we’re looking for members who are active posters, and generally know the pulse of the community areas where they spend the most time.
Experienced (Click to show)
Not entirely necessary, but a huge plus. At the very least, we'd like to see a couple writing samples, whether it’s an article in Home Theater Magazine, a blog post, or an AVSForum.com review.
Why should you join the AVS team?
As much as we’re jazzed about the idea of building out this team, we aren’t looking to throw something together just for the sake of having an “editorial team.” We know that AVS is about the community voice more than anything else, and our goal is simply to get that voice heard by more people. With that said, we’re not here to butter anyone up or pat ourselves on the back. We simply want to state the reasons why we feel this is not only a huge opportunity for us at AVS, but also for anyone who joins our team.
Scale (Click to show)
AVSForum is one of the largest online communities, and the largest consumer electronics-focused community site, period. When you're on the home page of a site with over 3 million unique visitors a month and over 15 million pageviews, you can be sure that your contributions will be seen by plenty of people.
Respect (Click to show)
AVS has the ear of the industry. We’re a force to be reckoned with when it comes to opinions on the latest products and trends in home theater. A quick look at our sponsors page shows that not only are brands listening, they’re taking part in the conversation. This is an opportunity to put yourself at the center of that conversation.
Events (Click to show)
There are hundreds of home theater events large and small. We’re always on the ball when it comes to CEDIA and CES, but there are many other events across the country that could use someone to take in all the sights and sounds and report from a member’s point of view. We’re working on a calendar of these events and will start assigning events (paid for, of course) to our team as soon as we’re ready.
Freedom (Click to show)
Good Company (Click to show)
You’ll be part of the same team as respected reviewers like Ralph Potts and Lee Weber, home theater mainstay David Bott, and esteemed writers like Scott Wilkinson.
Platform (Click to show)
If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that AVS recently underwent a makeover. There’s a lot more under the hood that hasn’t been shown off yet, and we’re counting on this team to get that ball rolling. Tagging threads to showcase relevant content, product lists to show off what gear you have or detail your dream theater, community albums, wikis, and more. Since we update the platform every two weeks, our platform is more dynamic than standard forum software and is always growing and evolving. Most recently, we debuted a mobile platform that will allow you (and every other member reading your work) to take AVS anywhere you want.
Passion (Click to show)
You won’t find a community that’s more passionate about home theater than the members of AVSForum. We eat, sleep, and breath this stuff. With thousands of posts a day, things can get heated, but it’s all in the spirit of pushing the boundaries of sight and sound. Plus, a little debate is good for the soul.
On to the positions we have in mind:
Newsbreakers are tasked with searching the farthest corners of the web to find industry news and share it with the community at large. They are integral to keeping the AVS member base ahead of the curve when it comes to all things home theater.
Section Leads are members who are knowledgable about a specific area of HT (e.g. projectors) and function as community managers for that subject manner. Section leads start thought-provoking discussions, answer difficult questions, help bubble up the best content and curate the home page, and work with members on creating new content.
Guest Contributors can take many different forms, but above all we're looking for folks who can help put together setup guides, "best of" lists, head-to-head comparisons, and industry Q and A's, all with the help of our handy dandy editorial templates.
Think you've got what it takes to help accelerate AVSForum to the next level? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or click below) with the position you're interested in and a bit more about yourself.