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Now Hiring Students: Staff Writers, Blog Editor, and Opinions Editor

http://newvoices.org/2012/09/04/now-hiring-students-staff-writers-blog-editor-opinions-editor/

There was a time when journalism attracted the best, the brightest, and the boldest. Journalists were brilliant and famous, changing the way the world saw the world. And yes, they even got paid for this. At New Voices, we’re keeping that era around.

New Voices Magazine  is a national, independent magazine written by and for Jewish college students ever since 1991. A web-based publication, New Voices is published by the Jewish Student Press Service (est. 1971). New Voices covers Jewish issues from a student perspective — and student issues from a Jewish perspective. New Voices and JSPS have launched the careers of countless journalists now working in Jewish and mainstream media. Sound appealing? You could be next.

Every semester, New Voices looks for new writers to add to the exclusive roster of impressive, experienced reporters in our internship program. As an intern, college students nationwide can be part of a larger team, learning how to write and writing to teach others. Not only do interns make their own hours, but they’re encouraged to write about what interests them. And the outcome is a writer’s dream: being paid to write, having your name published in a national magazine, having your words and thoughts read by thousands.

Student writers and editors will work with the New Voices editor in chief and a team of other student writers and editors to generate innovative, high-quality content for newvoices.org and its blog, content that challenges the status quo in the Jewish community and explores the issues of the day from a unique perspective. Content will range in tone from dead-serious to contemplative to tongue-in-cheek to outright mockery — or just plain fun.

This semester, New Voices has openings for staff writers, an Opinions editor, and an Assistant Blog editor. Picture Uncle Sam pointing at you from an austere poster. Or Rosie the Riveter flexing her impossibly large muscle. This is big. This is important. And we want you.

If you think you’ve got the stuff for this– and if you’ve read this far in the post, you probably do– see below for details on responsibilities, how to apply, and a repetition of our editor-in-chief’s email address. He likes getting mail.

Staff Writers

Each staff writer will report one full feature story in a journalistic style each month during the semester. Writers will work with the New Voices editor in chief and other student editors to develop ideas for stories that explore both new territory and familiar ground in Jewish life from a student perspective. Opportunities to write in different styles will be available, though the primary mode will be ordinary journalistic writing ranging from a newspaper style to magazine style.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all four openings are filled. To apply, send the following to New Voices Editor in Chief David A.M. Wilensky at david@newvoices.org:

  • Resume
  • Two writing samples: Both must be intended for an audience larger than one professor; at least one must be a sample of journalistic writing.
  • Two story ideas: At least one must be a story or angle that could only be explored from the college/community where the candidate is based.

Opinions Editor: We are looking for a student with some experience in editorial and/or op-ed writing. The ideal candidate will be a persuasive, The position can be filled by a student working from any campus in the U.S. The opinions editor will have three areas of responsibility:

  1. Working with the editorial board to write a weekly unsigned staff editorial
  2. Working with the editor in chief to curate weekly op-eds and essays on a wide range of subjects from a wide range of voices
  3. And contributing regularly to the New Voices blog

The staff editorials result from a weekly meeting (via video chat or conference call) of the New Voices Editorial Board, which includes the New Voices editor in chief as well as other student editors. Editorials will relate to topics ranging anywhere from specific recent incidents on particular campuses, to recent and ongoing trends in Jewish and student life, to seasonally topical subjects. When necessary, the opinions editor will be responsible for any additional reporting or research needed for a given editorial.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the opening is filled. To apply, send the following to New Voices Editor in Chief David A.M. Wilensky at david@newvoices.org:

  • Resume
  • Two writing samples: Both must be intended for an audience larger than one professor; at least one must be in a style of writing relevant to the position.
  • An idea for an editorial: Your idea for a fresh take on a familiar issue or a compelling take new or little-known issue.
  • An idea for an op-ed: Your idea for type of person to reach out to for a fresh take on a familiar issue or a compelling take on a new or little-known issue.

Assistant Blog Editor: We are looking for a student who will serve as the second of two assistant blog editors. Assistant blog editors are responsible for writing one blog post each week. Both of them also work with the blog editor (also a student) and with the New Voices editor in chief to generate blog post ideas; assign and edit posts; and seek a wide range of new contributors.

The New Voices blog is getting a major facelift this year — in appearance, content and tone — meaning that ideal candidates will have an abundance of ideas and excitement about rising to the challenge of shaping something new.

The ideal candidate for this position has experience in journalistic writing as well as less formal blog-style writing; some social media experience; an interest in a wide variety of cultural topics; and the ability to connect the latest news in the wider cultural arena with the Jewish and student experiences.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the opening is filled. To apply, send the following to New Voices Editor in Chief David A.M. Wilensky at david@newvoices.org:

  • Resume
  • Two writing samples: Both must be intended for an audience larger than one professor; at least one must be in a style of writing relevant to the position.
  • An idea for a week of posts: Hypothetically, let’s say you have a Jewish student blog to do with what you will. Now — considering current events, recent pop culture news and trends, etc. — provide your ideas for a week of blog posts (five in total).

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