Recruiting you


You got here because you cared enough to click. Here are the details…


If you’re reading this, you interest us.

Hopefully, we interest you. Retired & Wired might sound too good to be true, or too true to be good: We train you in web reporting tech – practical and not at all programmy – then line you up with your first paying gig with a real news outlet. What’s the catch? Read on…


You don’t have to be old to be a retired journalist.

And you don’t have to be retired or even a journalist to receive our free training. If all goes according to plan, you’ll get paid for using your new skills – and no, we don’t take a cut. So what’s the catch? Read on…


Only learn what you need to know.

If you’re like us, you’re pragmatic and impatient. If you want to become a programmer, you can go back to school. But if you want to learn how to make an interactive map, timeline, and other edgy stuff that media outlets crave, we’ll show you how in your free time. We’ll even feed you. So what’s the catch? No more teasing, here it is…


There are two catches, actually.

1. Your first paycheck will suck. You’ll be paid no more to deliver web tech than you would a story for these same news outlets. Why? Because we’re like drug dealers, trying to hook new customers with low prices, till they’re addicted to our product. And while we’ll try to keep finding you paying gigs, you’re free to ply your new trade anywhere you want.

2. Neither of us have ever done this before. The Knight Foundation has given us a seed grant to try this out on a small scale. So while we’re training you, we need you to train us. We seek brutal feedback about our teaching techniques. We’ll refine those based on your frustrations with us. But at the end of the experiment, you will have the skills we’ve promised. And hopefully, we’ll have a game plan to expand.


Still interested?

Ask questions, get answers, get started. Poke around RetiredAndWired.org to see how we’ve pitched this pilot project to both funders and media outlets. Then email RAW’s Michael Koretzky.