Part-Time Assistant Editor
Boston Review is seeking a part-time (20 hours a week) assistant editor with a keen insight for how to:
- Revise articles for clarity and to foreground arguments,
- Craft compelling hooks/leads,
- Guide authors in how to effectively use evidence to supports their points, and
- Weave an electrifying, graceful read.
Superb copyediting skills and knowledge of Chicago style are critical. Experience working with writing that bridges the gap between academia and a popular audience is a big plus. Responsibilities will include:
- Communicating directly with authors to guide them through major revisions that shape articles to fit Boston Review’s brand as a forum for debate on core themes such as political life, democratic participation, and global and racial justice;
- Helping make determinations about when a piece is ready to be published;
- Copyediting pieces using Chicago and house style to make them press- and web-ready;
- Proofreading and fact-checking print and web products.
Requirements: B.A. or advanced degree; 1–2 years experience in publishing or related field; ability to work in our Boston-area office.
Pay commensurate with experience.
Send complete C.V. and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Review, now in its forty-second year, is a political and literary forum—a public space for robust discussion of ideas and culture. Independent and nonprofit, animated by hope and committed to equality, we believe in the power of collective reasoning and imagination to create a more just world. We invite you to join the conversation: democracy depends on it.
Interns at Boston Review work on a variety of editorial and promotional projects and have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of editing, producing, and marketing a publication for serious and demanding readers.
Prior work experience in publishing is less important than the applicant’s knowledge of Boston Review and the level of commitment and creativity that he or she can bring to the magazine. All interns are unpaid volunteers, but students may be able to obtain college credit according to the policies of their college or university. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Boston Review before applying. Interns may work full-time or part-time. Part-timers should have two or three full days available each week for this on-site position.
Editorial Internship (full-time or part-time)
Editorial interns are closely involved in the nuts and bolts of the publication process, proofreading and fact-checking articles for print and Web, helping with art research and permissions, reading submissions, and helping with writing contests. While most of an intern’s time is spent on end-stage editorial work, interns sometimes provide input in the development stage. There are also administrative duties.
The editorial internship is not a structured learning program, but rather a substantive work experience that provides an introduction to entry-level employment in magazine editing and production. Occasionally there is downtime, but interns typically have responsibilities that matter, not endless busywork. The skills accrued are essential to any job application, and the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of this rewarding and challenging occupation is invaluable.
The cover letter is by far the most important element of your application. It is your opportunity to explain why an internship at Boston Review is important to you and to demonstrate your abilities as a writer, which are the foundation of an editorial career.
Marketing Internship (part-time)
The ideal applicant for the marketing internship wants to learn the business of magazine publishing, including advertising, promotions, publicity, market research, development, and business management. Responsibilities include managing subscriptions, preparing mailings and invoices, publicizing the magazine, some bookkeeping, and communicating with distributors and booksellers. Interns have the opportunity to become involved in many types of projects according to their particular interests.
The terms of the internship listed here are approximate and roughly parallel the university calendar. If you have vacation plans during the period you’re applying for, notify us of the dates on your application. Applications must be postmarked by the following dates:
• Spring term (January through May):
November 17 Deadline extended: November 30, 2016
• Summer term (June through August): March 20
• Fall term (September through December): August 1
Please understand that we cannot consider incomplete or late applications.
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