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What is a Reporter?

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A Reporter is, put simply, someone who writes articles for the Tanki Online EN newspaper. These articles can include anything from interviews, guides, in-depth analyses and opinion pieces to reviews, humour, comics and stories. The newspaper is situated on the forum, and is published every two weeks in the Press section. Articles in Arabic are also released, as well as contests being held by the Reporters every issue for players to take part in and win crystals!

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GoldRock, Former Reporters' Administrator


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A Reporter is a writer for the TO Newspaper. It's both as simple and as complicated as that.

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Night-Sisters, Former Reporters' Administrator


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A Reporter is an Helper member who writes up content for the Tanki Online Newspaper.

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Fen-Harel, Former Reporter


What do Reporters do?

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Reporters waste time.. Oops, I meant spend time in discussion quite a lot. After all, we have some of the most critical brains of the community, and we often get involved in discussions ranging from the serious to the... less serious. In the meantime, we create article topics in our staff-only 'Newspaper Material' section of the forum and work on writing them up, designing and taking pictures to supplement them. Then, once publishing day arrives, all the articles and contests for that issue get moved to the Press section and an in-game notification is sent out, ready for all players to dive into reading the latest content.

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GoldRock, Former Reporters' Administrator


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A Reporter's job is to write insightful, helpful, or just plain humorous articles/guides for the gaming community. We put a huge amount of thought, time, and effort into every single piece that gets published and are constantly seeking to capture and hold the attention of an audience that can be quite unpredictable.

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Night-Sisters, Former Reporters' Administrator


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Reporters generally cover a wide range of topics. Interviews, guides, talk about recent events, humour... Everyone can find something that suits them in the Newspaper.

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Fen-Harel, Former Reporter


What would be your advice for those looking to become a Reporter?

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Well, first of all: an applicant has to be a very good writer, plain and simple. It's awesome if you have all these great ideas and thoughts to share with the community, but you have to make sure your grammar is perfect and you can write with style and flair. Otherwise, you won't be accepted onto the team. I would suggest everyone interested to go away and read a diverse range of material, practice writing and to improve your skills to a competent level before rushing into making an application. In addition, try to offer something unique and creative to the team. Have you got a particular writing specialty which you can share with our readers? Are you particularly knowledgeable about the game's features, or do you have a laugh-out-loud sense of humour? Make sure you convey it all in your application, show us what you can do and if we like it, we'll accept you onto the team!

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GoldRock, Former Reporters' Administrator


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My advice to those who wish to become a Reporter is simple; write an article about some aspect of TO that you are knowledgeable on. Then, edit, edit, edit! You want your first impression to be a good one, so make sure your application is of the highest quality possible.

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Night-Sisters, Former Reporters' Administrator


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Hard work and originality is your best asset applying. Since there's a lot of stuff to making an application, I've written down a guide for everyone wanting to apply in Issue 47 of our TO Newspaper, go read it!

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Fen-Harel, Former Reporter


What is the best part about being a Reporter?

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The best part about being a Reporter is definitely the people. My staff colleagues are some of the most interesting, unique and intelligent characters you can meet. We have a wide range of ages, social backgrounds and political views, so don't be put off applying! Our average age has always been lower than many people think, and many excellent Reporters have had a first language other than English. If anything, our diversity leads to some of the best 'insider discussions' in the Tanki community, on the game and beyond. The Skype group alone is worth applying for. But most significantly of all, my colleagues have also become some of my closest Tanki friends. I've met and got to know a lot of great people through the newspaper, worked alongside and collaborated with them, had many fun memories and lots of banterous conversation. Note: some of us have very strong senses of humour, so you'll often find us joking around and socialising instead of working!

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GoldRock, Former Reporters' Administrator


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The friends I've made. Without a doubt. I've found the group dynamic to be hugely interesting, and I've had the pleasure of meeting people that I never would have otherwise. I also love writing for our community...it's always great to see people's feedback, and it's taught me a lot about writing and presentation. Overall, it's just been a fantastic experience.

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Night-Sisters, Former Reporters' Administrator


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Probably the recognition and appreciation. Knowing people care about the stuff you say and do. Having an impact on others and all that good stuff.

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Fen-Harel, Former Reporter