Tiger Oak Publications is currently searching for an editor for one of its monthly community lifestyle magazines. As you can see from the description and responsibilities below, we’re looking for someone with a background in journalism and a firm grasp on AP Style, but also a multi-tasker who is well-organized, creative and has the ability to be a team-oriented leader.
If you’re interested, act soon and email a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to managing editor Laura Haraldson at email@example.com.
Job Description: Community Lifestyle Magazine editor, part-time/remote/contract
Reports to: Managing Editor
Job Summary: Primarily responsible for the editorial direction, coordination and content of magazine by conceptualizing/planning issues, researching articles, writing articles, freelancing articles, editing articles, proofing issues, and collecting/coordinating photography and photo shoots with managing editor and art directors. Blogging and social media interaction is also required, along with maintaining a professional presence in the community(ies) the magazine serves.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Creating, developing, proofing and editing all editorial content for the publication.
- Submitting to the Managing Editor an editorial lineup with story details for each issue of the magazine, on the dates specified in the Tiger Oak production schedule.
- Assigning freelance stories and negotiating fees, developing story concepts and managing manuscripts to ensure that they are received in a timely manner and produced to the quality standards associated with the magazine.
- Assist the art directors by requesting photos or asking freelance writers to request photos on their various stories, and providing art ideas to the art directors.
- Provide copy for the Contents page, Editors Letter and any other pages as agreed upon by both you and the Tiger Oak editorial staff (essentially, any writing your freelance budget does not cover).
- Provide captions for community event photos that run in the section currently titled “Gallery”.
- Write photo captions, deks, and other editorial pieces as needed at layout stage.
- You may write up to two articles per issue paid at standard freelance rates (this is separate from any editorial writing required beyond your freelance budget, as noted above).
- Assisting with the final layout of the magazine by proofing and correcting preliminary InDesign documents of each layout, cutting or adding copy where needed, and filling in cutlines and pull quotes where needed (InDesign software to be provided by you).
- Maintain contact with the Managing Editor(s), Art Director(s), Publisher, advertising and other staff at Tiger Oak Publications as needed; this is imperative to ensure the publication is produced to the established standards.
- Maintain the budget per issue (depending on book size) for freelance payments, including all required assistance (as determined by you). All contracts are to be generated by Maple Grove Magazine and submitted for payment to the Managing Editor.
- Submitting to the Managing Editor an editorial accounting sheet indicating the rate, writer name and article subject matter of each assignment within 14 days of approval of the editorial calendar for each issue.
- Write a short Editor’s Blog for the magazine’s website at least once weekly.
- Appear at appropriate/selected events in the community as the spokesperson for Maple Grove Magazine and its affiliated products and publications.
- Manage an editorial advisory board, including annual luncheons and periodic meetings/email correspondence.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Excellent writing and editing abilities; ability to write engaging and entertaining articles.
- Solid knowledge of journalism, including style and format of magazine articles, interviewing, fact checking and copy editing.
- Familiarity with the AP Style Guide.
- Attention to detail, including correct usage of grammar and punctuation, and ability to consistently apply the MMG in-house Style Guide.
- Basic knowledge of the PC environment, including Word, email, photo software, etc. Familiarity with Adobe InDesign.
- Ability to establish priorities, work independently and proceed with objectives without supervision.
- Ability to multitask and work on a number of projects or assignments.
Credentials and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field
- Three or more years employment at a magazine or newspaper, or equivalent combination of internships and experience.
- Community Awareness
- Organizational skills