Media Reviewer - Video Games (Contractor)

San Francisco, California, United States | Editorial | Contract | COVID-19 remote


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. 

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent, age-based, and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on, Xfinity, Apple TV, and many other partner platforms helping families make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

Video game reviewers will use their subject-matter expertise, critical eye, and passion for equity to consume, evaluate, and write about entertainment content for parents through a child-development and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. With excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, reviewers will produce anywhere from 1 to 10 new video game reviews per month. Work may also include updates to previously published reviews. We are committed to hiring reviewers from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences.

REPORT TO: Senior Editor, Web and Video Games

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA (remote available)

DURATION: Six months, with the potential to extend 


  • Play, complete, and evaluate video games according to our proprietary rubric, detailed guidelines, and best practices, and write original reviews in a consumer/parent-friendly tone.
  • Accurately source information about video game titles, including development studios/publishers, game genres, release dates; also, locate and process materials like press contacts, image files, etc.
  • Upload text, images, and other data into our proprietary content-management system.
  • Apply Common Sense style guide, including detailed guidance on inclusive writing, to all written materials.
  • Evaluate reviews through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to identify and correct problematic language and decenter the White voice.
  • Occasionally communicate with publicists.


  • Demonstrated expertise in and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in media criticism and writing.
  • Discernment for video game quality, ability to break down gameplay quickly and concisely (for everything from games that are less than 10 hours to 100+ hour experiences), and ability to make content relatable to a diverse audience.
  • Expertise in video game reviewing/critically analyzing game media.
  • Understanding of video game systems and the different gaming platforms. Also, must have access to various systems and experience with their networks.
  • Background in journalism, child development, media criticism, or a related field.
  • Experience as a conversational writer, ideally for a parent audience (with clips to show for it).
  • Expertise in video game content. Within your cover letter, list three video games from the past year that you loved and – in a sentence – why.
  • Technical know-how, including experience using online content-management systems and cloud-based software.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute projects while working in a self-directed way with priorities/deadlines that may shift quickly.


  • You enjoy critically thinking about media from a variety of vantage points.
  • Spanish-language proficiency is a plus.
  • You are inspired by Common Sense's mission!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.