Media Researcher

Are you news obsessed?
Do you really enjoy discovering new podcasts, TV shows, or magazines?
Is Google your best friend when you come across something you’re unfamiliar with?
If this sounds like you, we’ve got your perfect career.
If we have already captured your attention and this sounds like your dream role, we expect you to read the entire career description before you apply!

We call this role Media Researcher because that’s exactly what you’ll be doing!

At its core, this role is about amplifying our authors’ message. What you do is research the media outlets that are a perfect fit for them (whether that be a podcast, journalist, influencer, news outlet, conference, etc.). You do it by understanding an author’s strategy and being obsessively concerned with getting tasks done.

Here’s how it works:

An author and their Impact Specialist work together to create a stellar campaign strategy that helps the author achieve their marketing goals. This is where you come in:

You start by connecting with the Impact Specialist to understand the author’s strategy and what types of media contacts they’re looking for. Then you take off and are free to do what you do best: research!

Here’s a sneak peek at what your day-to-day will look like:

You’ll receive a research assignment
You’ll take time to dive into the necessary materials (author background, media strategy, and details of the research assignment)
If needed, you’ll check in with the Impact Specialist with any initial questions you have
You’ll use your masterful sleuthing skills to complete the research
You’ll enter your research finds directly into Scribe’s media contact database
Basically, you are the ignition to an author’s media and outreach strategy. You do the initial work that makes an author’s media success inevitable!

If you can nail that, you’re probably pretty awesome, which brings us to an important question:

Who are we and what do we do?
We’re Scribe Media, and our mission is to help everyone on earth write, publish and market their book.

The problem is that writing and publishing books are, for most people, a painful and difficult process, loaded with uncertainty and aggravation. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible, so that as many people as possible can do it.

We have multiple ways we help people do this. We can edit and publish an already written manuscript (Scribe Publishing), or we can help people write their book using a structured process with our guidance (Scribe Guided Author), or we can do a structured interview process that gets the book out of them in their words and their voice (Scribe Professional).

And if you can’t afford our services, that’s fine. We give away all of our information for free. Seriously, it’s called Scribe Book School, and it’s better than any paid course on the internet.

You can see some press about us here.

And you can see some of the books we’ve already published here.

Why our work matters
Our company was started because a frustrated entrepreneur wanted to put all of her incredible knowledge and ideas into a book, but didn’t have the time to write it or the patience to deal with the frustrating publishing process. So we solved her problem. The origin story is here.

Her book became an amazing success, and we realized the world was full of these people–smart people who should write a book, but don’t, because the process is so painful.

These people want to write books, but don’t have the time or desire to do it the old way, and that’s why Scribe exists: we help people turn their ideas into books that both cement their legacy and impact the world.

Our process has worked for over 2,000 authors in seven years, and we’re growing fast. Our ultimate goal is to help everyone on earth write and publish a book.

If we do that, we’ll help create many thousands of books that would never have otherwise existed, changing the lives of millions of people. That’s really exciting to us.

To see what we mean, here are some author success stories and videos of authors talking about what their books mean to them, and to their readers.

But if you really want to see why we do this…just watch this video of an author we worked with, Philip McKernan.

What’s it like working with Scribe Media?
We’re not going to try to pitch you a load of corporate doublespeak bullshit about how great we are. Instead, we’ll just show you proof.

These are all real Crew members, speaking openly and honestly about all aspects of what it’s like to be part of Scribe Media:

The 3 Things Applicants Need to Know

Who Should Not Work At Scribe?

What’s It Like To Work At Scribe?

You can see a bunch more videos here, on our YouTube Channel.

This is the operating system for our Crew: The Scribe Culture Bible.

We are consistently ranked the #1 Best Place To Work in Austin.

Also, Entrepreneur Magazine said we have the #1 company culture in America.

And, our President and CEO was named the #1 CEO in Austin and EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

You In? Awesome, here are the details:

Type of Employment

Necessary Skills & Qualifications

Here is the list of skills we believe are necessary for this career:

Courageously Curious & Communicative: You want to know how everything works and you’re not afraid to ask questions when learning a new skill. You’re naturally communicative and collaborative because curiosity is what drives you.
You Are Organized & Task-Oriented: This is not a job for someone that is sloppy with details. You are an expert at juggling multiple projects at once, and you’re able to get things done and keep up with your projects.
Impeccable Attention to Detail: Yes, you see the big picture. You see the small picture, too. If anyone’s ever looked over your shoulder to find a missing item, they were elated when they realized, nope, nothing to catch because you handled it! In fact, impeccable attention to detail is so important, on the application when it asks you “what is your favorite animal” we want you to put “attention to detail is my middle name”.
You Are Self-Motivated and Very Good at Getting Things Done: This is an absolute must. You must be the definition of a doer and very self-motivated. You thrive when you can manage yourself and your workload without someone looking over your shoulder. NOTE: Hard work does not mean endless hours. It only means accountability. There is no coasting and no hiding here. If the idea of being held accountable to achieve real results excites you, this is the right Crew for you!
Strategic and Critical Thinking: Ability to thrive in fast-paced environments, embrace the unknown, and adapt to a quickly changing environment without losing the thread on project goals. You can accurately analyze and assess the needs of an author and quickly identify potential media opportunities for them. You set clear expectations for yourself and others for successful outcomes and you can easily assess and pivot to meet those expectations.
Salary & Benefits

Competitive Pay: Payment will be a flat rate per project and will be determined by the size of the project:
Light: $120
Medium: $250
Heavy: $375
Yes, I know what you’re thinking—if you are a successful freelance researcher this is probably less than your normal rate. But, remember that the reason you have to charge $100-$150 an hour to regular clients is because you have to bake into your fee all the unpaid time you spent finding the client, negotiating your deal, admin work, etc. Working with us, there is none of that unpaid time. What most freelancers find is that though the hourly rate is a little less with us, they actually make more money in total, and their quality of life goes up because they are doing less work that they don’t like.

Be Part of a Crew: This role is intended to begin as freelance, but there is real potential to move to full-time, given you want this and you do a great job. We see ourselves as a crew of people who are working hard together to accomplish a specific mission (help everyone on earth write, publish and market their book), in service of a larger purpose (help people share their story and leave a legacy of impact on others). We also have a pretty cool set of principles that we live by as a crew, you should check it out.
Freedom: You can work from anywhere—we don’t care. We only care that you have reliable phone and internet connections and that you do your job well.
Fun & Fast-Paced Work: We don’t have boring days. Some are hectic, some are hard, and some are incredibly rewarding…but they are never boring and never exactly the same. That’s what happens when you’re solving real problems for people.
Work with Interesting People: Past authors include major company CEOs, famous entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and people with amazing personal stories.