As the dust settles on the successful return of the Eurovision Song Contest, we at ESC United reflect on a difficult two years for everybody, and the joy that was shared by so many as our beloved contest neared and the rehearsals begun.
We have been working hard to bring #YOU, our loyal readers and viewers, the latest contest news from across the Eurovision world for a number of years now, and during the 2021 contest we hit a number of significant milestones;
- Over 5,000 articles and posts created for the website to date
- Reaching the 24,000 subscriber mark on YouTube and over 12 million unique views across our video content
- Passing 7,000 followers on our Instagram page and 6,500 on Twitter
- The creation of our new Twitch channel to reach a wider audience
- One of the busiest Eurovision seasons to date over on our forum!
All of the sensational achievements above, while operating with a much smaller team than many other fan outlets and content creators, makes us incredibly proud and we want to first take this opportunity to thank #YOU for making it possible! Every share, like, subscription, follow and comment means the world to us and our community.
With the Eurovision Song Contest looking to go from strength to strength as it hopes to fully bounce back in 2022, it is important to ensure that we can offer the best coverage and content possible to our audience and continue in our aim to reach as many Eurovision fans as possible with engaging content and exciting new angles on our beloved contest.
This is where #YOU come in!
We are looking for volunteers who want to help us grow and achieve even greater things during the next twelve months and beyond, and cover all corners of the Eurovision world. If you feel that you can offer a new viewpoint or direction, and have a passion and desire to help our team offer extensive coverage of our beloved contest, we want to hear from #YOU!
Here’s everything to know before applying…
Who can apply? You must be at least 18 years old. We don’t require you to have professional training – this is a volunteer position after all – but any previous experience you may have in the field of writing, editorial work or a previous portfolio will aid your application.
What positions are currently available? In particular, we are currently looking for volunteers who would be interesting in helping with one or several of the following:
- Writers and correspondents (local level and regional level)
- Opinion piece and editorial writers
- Researchers and delegation/press liaison
- Help with arranging interviews
- Assistance with social media and reader engagement
At this moment in time we are not actively looking for in-front-of-camera or live stream staff, however this may be a discussion point later down the line should this be of interest.
Is this mostly work or fun? Eurovision is FUN, so we are trying to follow that concept. Our priority is to ensure that everyone is having a good time on the team so all applicants need to have a great attitude and enjoy teamwork. We are not overly strict with deadlines or responsibilities and you will have plenty of time for your “real life” obligations as we aim to share the workload. We are always happy to discuss your obligations and work with you on availability.
However, we do expect a certain degree of dedication and you would need to be available during the busy Eurovision season (December to May) on a more frequent basis.
How much creative freedom do I have? There are always some guidelines and rules that you will have to follow and we must ensure that all of our team members represent the website in the correct way, that should go without saying. But if you are a creative person, the last thing we want to do is prevent you from letting those creative juices flow. You have a healthy amount of say in your work and we are always open to suggestions and your input.
What else is expected of me? Besides from what has been mentioned above, it is our goal to have open dialogue with everyone on the team. That includes constructive (never mean) criticism and politeness towards your fellow team members. Remember, this is a volunteer position and we really stress the FUN part of this job so great attitude is a big MUST.
Will I get Eurovision accreditation? Short answer; NO. Our team only gets a limited number of accreditations which varies from year to year. The Editor-in-Chief decides on who receives press accreditation and is based on several factors, including contribution, skill set and enthusiasm. Joining the team does not guarantee accreditation so if your sole reason to join our team is to enter the press centre, then you may end up disappointed. As far as press accreditation for national finals and other Eurovision events is concerned, this can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
How do I apply? Simply fill in the contact form below and we will be in touch shortly. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, it may take some time to respond, but we aim to come back to you as soon as possible.
Please include any relevant information you feel may aid your application and our understanding of your desired role, including location, experience and any particular roles of interest.