HELP WANTED: Write For Barn Finds!

Jesse MortensenBy Jesse Mortensen

We are looking for a few good writers to join our awesome team. You don’t have to be a professional journalist to apply, but you do need to have a passion for everything automotive. This position is flexible and the requirements are minimal. Keep reading if you’re interested.

Requirements:

  • Ability to write complete sentences and use correct punctuation.
  • Experience with WordPress and simple photo editing.
  • Ability to follow written instructions.

How To Apply:

  1. Find 3 vehicles that you think fit the theme of the site.
  2. Write stories for each using the same format we do.
  3. Email us the stories along with a paragraph about yourself.

Applications are due by the end of the day Wednesday (October 11th), so don’t delay. We are excited to hear from you!

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  1. Rock On

    Cool 😎. I could go for that!

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    • D

      Just a paragraph away!

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    • Niklas

      Hi I would like to be a car hunter
      9 months ago i found a 1963 Mercedes convertible on a vine trip in stellenbosch south Africa. I did show pictures of the vehicle to my spray painted. He said that the vehicle is a sedan that have been converted to a convertible. He could see that because the doors where short.

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      • john

        Niklas !! What a fine application… We’ll let you know !! (-;

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  2. Howard A Member

    Hmm, well 2 out of the 3 requirements is pretty good. I couldn’t press a word if I tried. Best of luck, I would, but I’m a very busy man,,,,

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    • Woodie Man

      Damn Howard I was thinking you’d be perfect. Of course you d have to do battle with the anti-Howard scribblers but that’d be like swatting flies!

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      • Howard A Member

        Thanks Woodie Man, nah, just a spoke in the wheel here. BTW, due to a possible software glitch, I found out you can give yourself a ” thumbs up”. This changes everything.

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  3. Skippy

    I would apply, everybody knows I love writing about cars, but it would be too tempting to buy the things I see….. my garage, warehouse, and driveway are already full!

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    • Howard A Member

      Hi Skippy, ask Scotty G. about that,,,,

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      • Scotty Gilbertson Scotty Staff

        Ha, that’s thee only drawback, Howard! Or, maybe that’s not a drawback, come to think of it, depending on what a person’s spouse has to say about it..
        These folks are the absolute cream of the crop, as nice as they come.

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      Ugh, two more this week, Skippy and Howard.. not good. I need help! 12 cars and 4 garage stalls does not make for a good storage situation.

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      • Marty Wilke Marty Wilke Staff

        I concur.

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  4. levis gasser

    How much does this job pay?

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      That all depends on experience and if you can write stories that don’t need much editing.

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      • Marty

        Can I do this job from home?

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      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

        @Marty – Of course! Our writers are scattered across the country and just write in the evenings or when they have time.

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  5. Jeremy N.

    What’s the work load like? Is it every day, or a few times per week? Could you elaborate a bit? 🙂

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      We are flexible. We just like to have an idea of everyone’s commitment so we can plan. Thanks.

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  6. 55chevy Chuck Foster

    You mean I can get paid? Holy moley! I don’t get to my garage as it is, what with this blonde that takes up all my time.

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  7. Bubba Smith

    Would love to send you a couple samples, but your deadline makes it difficult for those of use with plans before the 4th. Hope you get some excellent submissions.

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      I understand. If you would like to apply later, we aren’t going to turn you away. It’s always good to have deadlines though. Thanks.

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  8. PAR

    Writer extrodinaire at your service……… but wait, I’m on the plane to Bali for a month and will miss your deadline. Maybe I could write about some barnfinds from Indonesia however if you have ever been there you will realise this small populous island has NO taste when it comes to automotive finery. I however, coming from the Antipodes, am will versed in all things automotive and have had the fire burning since I was a wee nipper. I will contemplate whilst sitting in the sun sipping on a Pina Colada. Hopefully the urge will posses me to submit to your wonderful web thingee a verse or two about some of my favorites. In the mean time keep up the good work till I come up for air!

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  9. John B

    Hey, someone has to fill the shoes of Tom McCahill, Brock Yates and Gray Baskerville…good luck to all!

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  10. Mountainwoodie

    They must have some beauts in NZ and Australia!

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  11. chad

    I, unfortunately never run across the vehicles.
    I think the rest is within my ability (time, talent, terrific guy…

    If ‘fed’ some pic – I’d like to give it a try.
    (mail@barnfinds.com then)

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      I should have mentioned that we do help with the finding part. We receive a ton of reader finds and Josh and I are always looking too.

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  12. Clayton

    I’ve got my Bachelor’s Degree in English and would love to edit copy. I’m also pretty good in Photoshop and can improve photos with editing. I’m too busy to write for Barn Finds, but if you ever want a copy-editor or photo-editor, let me know. I don’t care about $ so long as I get some experience and a business reference.

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      We might take you up on that offer Clayton. Thanks!

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      • Jim Z Member

        You mean these pics have been getting photoshopped? 🙁

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  13. GOPAR

    An aspiring writer should know the difference between “two”, “to”, and “too”. Also, how to apply “there”, “their”, or “they’re”. And then there’s “here” and “hear”, “want” and “won’t”, and of course let’s (or is it “lets”?) not forget the seemingly confusing application of “its” and “it’s”. And then there’s always the problem with wanting to “know” something as opposed to wanting to “no” something. We see it all here on Barn Finds and can usually sift through it to get the gist of what someone is trying to say, but it’s just an easier read and less distracting when comments and descriptions are well written……… “Jus’ sayin'”………. ; )

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Very true GOPAR. Should we expect an application from you soon?

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    • Julie Wilson

      Your comment is brilliant and you’re to be commended !! If they just taught your paragraph in school so many could benefit!

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  14. Howard A Member

    Would we get to use the private Barn Finds helicopter?
    Happy 4th of July, everybody.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Naturally, Howard, as soon as you get checked out on it. Of course, it’s a suitably vintage machine with modern capabilities. Here it is being rolled out of the Barn Finds hangar…

      Happy Independence Day to all of our readers and writers (and those that are thinking about moving from one to the other!) And especially to Jesse and Josh who make all the fun possible!

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      • Howard A Member

        Hi Jamie, wow, they really have one? Be careful what you wish for, I guess. I’ve never been in a “Whirlybird”. Apparently, with these, you don’t just kick the tires and go.

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      • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

        Howard, I’m guessing you’re pulling my leg, just like I was pulling yours. Have a great holiday!

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      • Sam Sharp

        Remember, when (not if) the engine quits, collective full down. Don’t even say”wha’ th’.??”

        “May your tail rotor always clear the fence” — Unknown

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    • phil

      Happy Independence Day everyone! (we don’t say Happy December 25th so we shouldn’t use Happy July 4th IMHO)

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  15. Caio

    Hi Team, I would love to be part of that but looks like it is only for US, right? I have a department the restore cars so would be great have that published! Let me know if it is interesting for you (Barn Find Team). Tks!

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  16. Oil Slick

    I’ve often thought about this since the last time you offered. Could you give us an example of a typical days work?

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Some of the guys just write occasionally, but most average about 15 posts per week.

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  17. leiniedude

    Where is that Paperbakriter person when you need them ? I think the handle alone makes them a candidate.

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  18. Ethan Staff

    @Jesse, I clicked on the email link up above to send you an application but it did not take me anywhere. What email address should I send my writing samples to?

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  19. Joe Haska

    McCahill, Yates and Baskerville, no pressure there. How about, Ken Gross, David Featherston, Dain Gingerelli, Albert Drake, Don Montgomery, Peter Vincent, Pat Ganahl, Dean Bachelor, and that’s just looking at the authors of the books, on one corner of my desk.
    Hopefully you are not expecting that caliber of Scribes, if so I am definitely not a contender. I am retired, have done articles for a now defunct Hot Rodding Magazine ( not my fault) I hope. Produced Car Shows for over 30 years, 20 of that as, Owner and President of Greybeard Promotions, doing “The Rocky Mountain Auto Show”, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver Colorado. I still own and drive my third car, that I bought in 1963, a 34 Ford Coupe. My everyday driver is a 1953 Ford pick-up. My wife has an SUV, that I only ride in, not allowed to drive.
    Good news and bad news. I absolutely love automobiles all types and sizes, but I am very opinionated and think, I know way more than I possibly could (typical car guy)! I do mechanical, paint, body work, fabrication, and just about anything else, and I am not good at any of it, and I know it! However, I can recognize talent when I see it, and I try very hard to suck up, and hang out with those kind of people.
    I think I could do a good job for Barn Finds, as I really do enjoy it, and it is the only, social media site, I have ever responded too. Timing is everything, as several replies have noted. Now is not good, we just sold our home of 28 years and are moving to Phoenix Arizona. The closing is the 24th of July and we leave for the Sunshine state with all our worldly possessions, and my car stuff on the 25th of July. Therefore the July 4th is a bit of a problem right now, if there could be some lee way, and there is any interest in my automobile background, I would like to be considered, and I would be willing to supply samples, references, resume of my work, education, and career in the Automotive Industry.
    Sincerely , Joe Haska

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Feel free to apply when you have time. Thanks.

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  20. Maxwell

    The “same format” link doesn’t actually list the format. Could you reply back with this please? Thanks!

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      We just want them written in a similar way to what’s currently in the site. Thanks.

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  21. mark

    Put my hat in the ring a couple of hours ago. I would love to have this opportunity!

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  22. Jennifer Cheeseman

    Hi Jesse,
    I’m so the right person for your team:
    a) Total petrolhead,
    b) Born in England and live in Canada,
    c) Retired and planning 24/7 life on the road,
    d) Hobby has always been restoring vehicles. Current projects ’57 Land-Rover,
    ’72 Triumph Tiger, three motorhomes, two Dodge and one Ford,
    e) I’m a woman,
    f) I have enjoyed a lifetime of writing English for many clients and employers. My vocabulary and knowledge of correct grammar are beyond average,
    g) I have editted and proof-read many manuscripts,
    h) I could use some extra dosh.
    Sincerely,
    JC

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Please apply using the instructions above. Thanks Jennifer!

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      • Howard A Member

        Jesse, I think we have a winner. We NEED a woman’s perspective here. I think many women may be intimidated by these “mostly men’s” comments, but today, women are more than capable of adding to our group. I think it would help broaden your readers, as shown, women do indeed love classic vehicles. My daughter, who lives in L.A., always sends me pictures of classic cars while stuck in traffic, “dad, what kind of car is this”?. Just a thought.
        To Jennifer, slightly off topic, “24/7 on the road”,,,please, be careful with that. Being a retired truck driver, the stories I hear from “the road” today, will curl your hair. ( and not in a good way) It’s not like it was 20 years ago. I don’t want to bum you out, just keep an eye “over your shoulder” for crazies out there. Good luck on the job offer!

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  23. Charles Boatwright Jr

    I’m new to the site so I just seen this ad. I am wondering can the application be presented with newer model vehicles ? ( 2000 up ) I haven’t completely explored your site yet , but I intend to. I seen this ad and since I’m an automotive enthusiasts , figured I try my luck. Thanks

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      @Charles – Unless it’s something amazing, better stick with older stuff. Thanks!

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  24. rando

    If I had more time… I wanted to go into automotive journalism way back in the 80s… didn’t get there. Maybe someday… maybe next time… right now, day job is killing us with work.

    Looking forward to reading some new contributors.

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  25. C Carl

    Good to see the helicopter make an appearance. Here’s my stuff.

    Hughes 269A helicopter located in Richardson Texas. $63k with very minimal info in the ad but it looks airworthy from here. Contact info on barnstormers.com
    Hey if this kid can reach the pedals, so can you.

    The C stands for concussion so limited brain activity here but I enjoy the cars on your site.

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    • Sam Sharp

      “… but it looks airworthy from here.”

      “The engine will clear out once you’re airborne. ”

      ” It only does that after it sits for a bit.”

      “I never have seen it do that before.”

      It always has a 350 rpm mag drop .. it’ll clearcout.”

      “What vibration? I don’t feel any vibration!” (Yeah, the crankshaft counterweight always comes through the cowling on takeoff).

      “Retreating blade stall? Never heard of it.”

      “That crack’s always been there.”

      Famous last words.

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  26. sparecr

    A Saturday to Monday job being marketed on a long holiday weekend? Dang, while I still might send an app in late, it won’t get me to check my real work emails over a vacation.

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  27. sluggo

    Software glitch again??? I never saw this originally, but its appearing on the pages when you select vehicles on todays postings to read more. (Emailed daily digest).

    Or is there still room for applicants?

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  28. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

    This wasn’t a glitch. We are just looking for a couple more writers. We reposted this and left the comments because there were some good questions in there.

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  29. Mike

    I am betting a lot of applicants could not pass all three. Schools do not seem to be teaching spelling or proper English anymore.

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  30. motoring mo

    Come on, at least give an idea how much the new hire will be compensated if their work requires little to no editing.
    Would save interested applicants (and the proprietors of this website) valuable time.

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      The answer can be found above. Pay depends on if you can write the posts without us needing the edit them. Please send in your application and we can discuss it more. Thanks.

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  31. Trent Pope

    I’m so interested! I’ve known of this site since I was in about 6th grade. I’m in 9th now, and I think that’s the only thing that would keep me from being part of the writing team – I’m fourteen.

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Keep reading those car magazines and pay attention during English class. Then after you have had some automotive experiences of your own, you will be ready!

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      • LAB3

        Don’t forget a good quality set of basic tools as well, with those someone may stand a chance at being a know-it-something instead of merely a know-it-all!

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      • Blueprint

        Yup, keep it up Trent! I taught myself written English through car mags in the ’70s (I’m French-Canadian), and in the mid-2000’s I started writing about cars at C/D of all places. The hobby has been in full swing for the last few years and the dayjob is the only real limit to how many cars I can review. Just be patient – I’m 49 😉

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  32. Brain

    Application sent!

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  33. Fred W.

    “Gotta go out and look for more classic cars today Honey… after all, it’s my JOB!” 🙂

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      @Fred – Exactly, it’s the perfect excuse!

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  34. Milt

    I could be great for this website. I know all the bad puns and tired references for most cars. Ambulances? I have at least a dozen Ghostbuster comments at the ready. Delorean? Yep, I’ve seen Back to the Future and can chime in with something. Even a mid 50’s Sunbeam Alpine will get a To Catch a Thief reference from me.

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Well, send in your application then!

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      • Howard A Member

        Why are my comments deleted from this subject? I’m trying to promote the site.

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      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

        @Howard – Your comment was part of a whole thread I deleted. When you remove one, it removes all the replies too. Sorry about that, but some of the remarks were out of line. Thanks.

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  35. Will Owen

    Lovely! My current gig is co-editing and DTP-ing the AROSC* newsletter, which pays a pat on the back now and then. Formerly Mg Ed of Automotive Calendar of Events until the boss at Autobooks-Aerobooks got tired of paying for paper and press runs. And me.

    I should be drooling on my keyboard about this, but we are going to France next Monday and I only just now stumbled over your announcement … so I’ll wait until next time you’re looking. For samples (though no real car stories) go check out Tony Barthel’s Curbside.tv website, under Stories and my name. Just some anecdotes and a book review or two.

    *Alfa Romeo Owners of Southern California

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  36. Amarthfea

    I just want to say that I love this site and am happy to see openings like this.

    Out of curiosity would this opertunity be open to non U.S. citizens?

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  37. David Jones

    Arrghh!!! I always come across these ads with only a day left to apply. I’ve had a lot of O.T. at work the past few weeks including right now and most likely tomorrow night. I doubt I’ll make the deadline, but I will try.

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  38. Randall

    ok so I found this barn find with out the barn, but it must of been in one most it’s life judging by the solid shape it’s in it’s a 59 Edsel Ranger 2 ht said to be the rare 361 v8 w/ power bench seat what should I do with it? 386 409 1381

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  39. Hank Bernstein

    Hello! I just found out that you were looking for writers. Please let me know if you still haven’t filled the positions even though the deadline has passed. I am interested and have recently retired from over 40 years in the Auto Industry working primarily for Auto Manufacturers / Importers. I am also a restorer, Hot Rodder, Classic Car fan and avid writer, automobile memorabilia collector, etc. Note: photo is of my ALFA Powered Lakes Modified Hot Rod. (Homebuilt)

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  40. David

    Dang. Literally didn’t see this till today. Oh well, will keep an eye out in case there are any want ads in the future.

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