How often do you check the Helium Content Source freelance opportunities page? New projects are getting posted all the time, so if you’re not doing it already, you should make a habit of stopping by once a week to see what’s new. You never know when you’ll see something that’s a great fit for you!

We’re looking for writers for a wide variety of new projects right now. Here’s a sample of the opportunities we just added.

  • Writers in the UK and Australia who understand the drama involved in decorating teenagers’ rooms! Decorating/design background a plus.
  • Professional chefs or food writers in the UK and Australia to help a publisher develop recipes
  • Experienced medical writers who can write about health topics, including prescription drugs, in an informative and easy-to-understand way
  • Lifestyle writers who can produce well-researched articles on topics including babies, parenting and wedding planning
  • Army Reserve members (or writers with family members in the Reserves) who would be interested in writing about their experiences

If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, please email a cover letter, resume and two relevant clips to experts.helium@rrd.com. (Be sure to include a link to your Helium About Me page!)

We’re also looking for more copyeditors to add to our team. If you’re an experienced editor with a good eye for detail, you should check out our listings and apply, too.

Visit Helium’s freelance opportunities page to see the full list of what we’re looking for now!

What better way to celebrate a long weekend than with an extra-large batch of new openings posted on our freelance opportunities page! Our new writing opportunities cover a wide range of topics, from food and recipe writing to assignments for writers with firsthand knowledge of Spain, and college-level experts for work on a textbook project.

Here are the details on these exciting new projects:

  • Freelancers, preferably based in Florida, who are skilled interviewers, writers and editors and can create copy in Spanish
  • College-level instructors in math, chemistry or geosciences for possible assignments with textbook publisher
  • Writers who have spent significant time living or working in Spain and can craft informative local guides of the regions of the country
  • Food writers who can create original recipes and commentary

Visit our freelance opportunities page to learn more about what other projects Helium Content Source is looking for writers for. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and two relevant clips to experts@helium.com.

Do you have a knack for explaining complex technology like cloud computing in a way that’s easy for the average reader to understand? Then Helium has a freelance opportunity that is right up your alley! We’re looking for tech writers who can explain concepts like this in plain English. If you’re interested, email a cover letter, resume and two relevant clips to experts@helium.com.

We’re also on the hunt for science subject matter experts who can proof textbooks. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to experts@helium.com.

Science and technology not quite your cup of tea? Helium Content Source has a variety of other freelance opportunities available. Here’s a sneak peek.

Among the assignments we have open now:

  • Writers familiar with cutting-edge technologies such as cloud computing who can explain concepts in plain English
  • Sciences subject matter experts who can proof textbooks for major text publisher
  • Northern California-based writers who can write about local information such as transportation, first aid, parks, wineries and digital services
  • Fact-checkers who can verify pages of local community information
  • Experienced car and truck review writers who can write positive, detailed reviews using OEM websites to find vehicle specifications
  • Marketing writers who can tackle easy website copy
  • Experienced professional copy editors for numerous content creation projects
  • US-based technical or financial proofreaders with extensive proofing experience
  • Experienced marketing writers who can write witty, clean copy for daily coupon deals client
  • Bloggers based in Edmonton and elsewhere in Canada to write about local news, events and entertainment
  • Freelancers with a background in construction
  • Writers adept at covering home improvement/construction industry needs

Helium Content Source has exciting new projects coming in all the time, which means we’re always looking for different types of writers to work on them.

This week, we’re looking for writers who live in Northern California who can write about a wide variety of local information. We’re also looking for fact-checkers who can verify pages of local information. Visit Helium’s freelance opportunities page to find out how to apply.

We’ve got lots of other projects in the works. Here’s a sneak peek of what else where looking for this week.

Among the assignments we have open now:

  • Northern California-based writers who can write about local information such as transportation, first aid, parks, wineries and digital services
  • Fact-checkers who can verify pages of local community information
  • Experienced car and truck review writers who can write positive, detailed reviews using OEM websites to find vehicle specifications
  • Marketing writers who can tackle easy website copy
  • Experienced professional copy editors for numerous content creation projects
  • US-based technical or financial proofreaders with extensive proofing experience
  • Experienced financial writers for an ongoing bi-weekly assignment aimed at appraising merchants with the latest financial information that impacts their accounts
  • Marketing writers with a background in U.S. banking
  • Experienced marketing writers who can write witty, clean copy for daily coupon deals client
  • Auto writers who can write informational articles, blog posts and know social media
  • Bloggers based in Edmonton and elsewhere in Canada to write about local news, events and entertainment
  • Writers who can write to African American topics of interest and concern, such as lifestyle, health, history, news and current events
  • Freelancers with a background in construction
  • Writers adept at covering home improvement/construction industry needs

Helium Content Source works with a wide variety of publishing partners, and new opportunities are posted on the Helium Editorial Freelance Assignments page every week.

We’re looking for more than just writers, though. We also need knowledgeable, experienced copy editors to work on projects, and we’re currently looking to expand our pool of editors. Do you have an eye for detail and a passion for spelling, grammar and punctuation? If your answer is yes, visit the freelance assignments page to learn more about how to apply.

If writing is more your style, we’re also looking for writers for a number of different projects. Here’s a peek at what we’re looking for this week.

Among the assignments we have open now:

  • Marketing writers who can tackle easy website copy
  • Experienced professional copy editors for numerous content creation projects
  • Writers with a specialty and expertise in writing about technology and computers
  • Experienced financial writers for an ongoing bi-weekly assignment aimed at appraising merchants with the latest financial information that impacts their accounts
  • Recipe writers who can write original commentary and stick to weekly deadlines
  • Marketing writers with a background in banking
  • Experienced marketing writers who can write witty, clean copy for daily coupon deals client
  • Auto writers who can write informational articles, blog posts and know social media
  • Bloggers based in Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal to write about local news, events and entertainment
  • Writers who can write to African American topics of interest and concern, such as lifestyle, health, history, news and current events
  • Fly-fishing and hunting experts
  • Freelancers with a background in construction
  • Writers adept at covering home improvement/construction industry needs

We love Facebook. Not only is a fun social site, but it’s a great place to connect with Helium members, share news, promotions, create stories together and keep in touch. So last week we sent out an email to many Helium writers encouraging them to like our Facebook page.

The response was wonderful! Not only did we get more than 700 new people to like the page, we LOVED the amazing comments, feedback and helpful advice members posted on the page.

Our email requested people like the page for a chance to win a $10 assignment. We said we’d raffle off one $10 assignment for every 1,000 new fans of the page. We did break the 2,000 “likes” mark and could have awarded one $10 assignment to a fan. Instead, we thought it would be much more fun to award seven $10 assignments for every 100 new “likes.”

The winners are:

Regine Reviere

Dayna Rutherford

Brian Keith Compton

Ernest Smartt

Cyn Lee

Carolina Dream Coy

Joseph B. Arrington

Congratulations to all! We’ll be in touch via the Helium inbox to coordinate assigning you a great title!

Helium’s assignment system brings you hundreds of assignments each day. However, some assignments are only open to writers with certain qualifications. How do you find these additional writing opportunities? Visit the Editorial Freelance Assignments page!

Helium Content Source works with many publishing partners and every week we post new opportunities for freelancers to write for our clients.

Among the assignments we have open now:

  • Writers with a specialty and expertise in writing about technology and computers
  • Business journalists with experience covering sustainable business practices
  • Experienced financial writers for an ongoing bi-weekly assignment aimed at appraising merchants with the latest financial information that impacts their accounts
  • Recipe writers who can write original commentary and stick to weekly deadlines
  • Writers who can tackle computing subjects like cloud computing and business analytics
  • Marketing writers with a background in banking
  • Writers with a specialty in writing about military wedding etiquette
  • Experienced marketing writers who can write witty, clean copy for daily coupon deals client
  • Freelancer skilled at writing advertorials or white papers for major software companies
  • Auto writers who can write informational articles, blog posts and know social media
  • Bloggers based in Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal to write about local news, events and entertainment

Learn about how to apply for these assignments on the Editorial Freelance Assignments page.

As part of today’s release Helium has made some upgrades to the assignment system. Members can now quickly accept or withdraw from multiple assignments by clicking the check boxes next to titles and then clicking “Accept,” or conversely “Withdraw.”

One thing to note, if you click the check box on some assignments on say page 1 of 10 but don’t click the “accept” box and move on to page 2 to claim some more titles before clicking “accept” those titles will not be added to your My Assignments. You have to click “accept” before moving on to the next page of titles.

We’ve also added question marks for members who have questions about what each section — Announcements, My Assignments, and Available Assignments — of the My Helium page means. Clicking on the question mark image will show text explaining everything in detail.

Another helpful feature is the numbers next to Open, Restricted and Personal assignments. This number reflects the number of available titles for each section.

We’ve also added some new details associated with each title. You can now see the title, article type, number of submissions (meaning how many other writers have claimed this title), payment, when it was posted and when it closes. The number of submissions area, for example 1/5,  is a new feature and one members really wanted.

Sorting assignments also got an overhaul. Now simply click once on “Payment,” “Posted On” or “Closes” and it will sort titles from, for example, highest paying to lowest paying, or lowest paying to highest paying title.

In Open Assignments you can filter titles by channel. In Restricted Assignments you can filter by any writing group you are a member of, for example, Marketplace Approved, Marketplace Premier or Home & Garden – Home Interior Senior Writer. If there are no titles available for that group it will not appear in the list. You can also search for a title in the “Title Search” bar.

Changes to the My Helium page 

Members’ My Helium page also got a fresh look. Writers’ stats and photo are now at the top of the page so you can easily see your writing score and rating score.

The Announcements section on the My Helium page has changed as well. Now there’s only only section of announcements at the very top of the page, under your writer stats.

To read all new announcements simply click on “Announcements” in the left navigation bar. This will show all active announcements for members. Helium can now share news, promotions and updates to not only the entire community, but to specific writing groups, or to individual writers. We hope you enjoy the new Announcements page and visit it often. The number next to the “Announcements” in the left navigation is the number of active announcements for you. It is not the number of unread messages.

Check out the changes as part of the Aug. 17 release and share your thoughts and opinions here!

Helium is excited to announce the “World Population Approaches 7 Billion” writing contest sponsored in part by Helium and two of our nonprofit partners: Population Services International (PSI) and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

The contest will begin at 00:00:1 GMT on Wednesday, June 8. It will include four titles and will be open for submissions for a two-week period. The articles must be between 400-500 words and be written in magazine style. The best articles will utilize and cite relevant data and statistics. The submission period will be followed by a one-week rating period.

What you can win

1. The winning article will be published in Impact, PSI’s print magazine as well as on Pulitzer’s website. The winning article will be chosen from the top four ranked articles on each title, by a panel of judges from both of the nonprofit partners.

2.  The top #1 ranked article from each title will be published on PSI’s “Healthy Lives” Blog.

3 & 4. There will be two prizes based on the leaderboard from the Helium contest interface. First prize will be a 16GB Apple® iPad™ with Wi-Fi. Second place prize will be a Velocity Micro 7-inch Cruz Digital Reader, an Android-based tablet.

Titles have been announced!!

How does population growth affect gender inequality?

How should men be involved in family planning?

What are the best ways to engage young people in family planning?

What role should governments play in promoting informed choice for people’s desired family size?

Write to them now!

About our nonprofit partners

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV, reproductive health and non-communicable diseases. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. Follow PSI on Twitter.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education. Follow Pulitzer Center on Twitter.

 

You’re an online writer looking to improve your craft. How do you get your article read, noticed and purchased?

One key to success is to make sure you meet the publisher’s writing standards.

Helium’s Writing Standards have been updated and replaced with Helium’s Writing and Editorial Standards. Review these standards to ensure your article submissions meet Helium’s standards.

By meeting these standards and writing a great article free of spelling and grammatical errors, you increase your chances of having your article be chosen as the best piece.

Meeting these standards, writing to areas you’re knowledgeable about, meeting deadline, having a great bio and filling out your address on Helium are all great ways to get noticed and open yourself up to additional writing opportunities.

Helium Content Source publishers will have their own set of expectations and guidelines you must meet. These are typically much more extensive than Helium’s. By getting used to writing to and meeting guidelines, you train yourself as a writer for these future assignments.

Writing standards defined

  • Articles must be your original work
  • Helium follows AP style
  • Plagiarism is not allowed
  • Duplicate articles are not allowed
  • Do not include your name or references to your own company in your article
  • Do not repeat the article title in the body of the article
  • Solid research and citing sources is key
  • We delete articles that are mostly lists — develop your work
  • Use of third and second person is encouraged (first person is not allowed in some articles)
  • Subheads are encouraged
  • Write with an authoritative, unbiased tone — develop your voice and style
  • No adult content, hate content or profanity is allowed

Writing guidelines example

Write a knowledge-based, objective article in the second or third person that provides readers with insightful, useful information. Sources should be reputable and cited where applicable.

Helium Content Source guidelines example

The following is typical of what you might see on a Content Source assignment:

Please write an original 500-1,000 word article that includes the following details. Write to a homeowner audience about choosing the right contractor for this job. The article should educate the reader with consumer tips and information about the specific service.

Give the homeowner useful tips (bulleted lists are strongly encouraged); include items such as what to look for in a good contractor, questions to ask, professional associations, certifications, etc.; common problems, pitfalls to avoid; if they should ask for mechanic liens; Insurance; Bonding; etc. If that information is limited please expand by describing different materials and the advantages or disadvantages of each.

Write in the second person voice. Clear, simple sentences are easier to read than long, complicated ones. Do NOT editorialize by adding your own opinions or beliefs about an area. Instead, just present the facts in an informative and positive manner.

This should be an original piece. Sourced information must be rephrased. If you quote statistics or phrases, you must put links to your references listed at the end of the article, or put the information in quotes. This is done for fact-checking processes. If you do not put a list of references/sources at the end of your article, it will be sent back to you. This is required!

Please view this sample to get an idea of bullets, tone, style and layout [link not included to protect publisher’s identity].