Open City, an online magazine published by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets right now. We’re looking for a self-motivated and resourceful editor with a vibrant vision of how the stories of immigrant New York City should be told. Here’s an opportunity to lead a smart publication about issues you actually care about—and that you actually want to read. As editor, you will assign, edit, develop, and produce content on the multi-ethnic Asian neighborhoods that now comprise one million New Yorkers.
<b>What You’ll Do</b>
The Open City editor is responsible for overseeing Open City magazine and the Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellowship program. The editor will: generate, edit, and package stories; find and recruit writers, photographers, and artists; and lead all facets of editorial planning and production for Open City magazine and its sister blog, OurChinatown (http://ourchinatown.org). Candidates should have a proven history of reporting, editing, and compiling material with a solid knowledge of line editing and fact checking. Requirements: experiencing in editing, managing writers, and juggling multiple deadlines under pressure.
Conceiving, developing, and editing content for the site; working with a producer to post and publish stories; managing the magazine’s creative nonfiction fellowship program; supervising interns, fellows, freelancers, and independent contractors; overseeing an editorial budget; generating story ideas; commissioning work by freelance writers; editing and proofreading; liaising with artists and photographers; overseeing the artwork, layout, and appearance of articles; social media; and devising Open City-related events and programming.
<b>Who You Are</b>
• a person with 3 to 5 years of editing experience;
• an entrepreneurial editor with a strong vision, rolodex of contacts, and endless supply of innovative ideas for stories and content creation
• someone comfortable working in a start-up environment;
• an editor who can evaluate content in areas of authenticity, originality, language, flow, and aesthetics, as well as cross check the facts, grammar, style, and design of each article;
• experienced in digital media production, HTML, and Wordpress;
• a voracious reader with a firm grasp on issues pertaining to New York, cities, Asian Americans, immigrants, urbanisms, gentrification, race relations, and current events.
<b>Ready to Apply?</b>
<b>1.</b> Please email us a cover letter, resume, and three writing or media samples (links or PDFs preferred) that best match the vision and identity of Open City. The samples can include your written work or features you’ve developed and produced. Please send the above to AAWW Executive Director Ken Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and “Open City Editor” (e.g., “John Smith - Open City Editor”) in the subject line.
<b>2.</b> Fill out the following questions. Applicants who do not fill out the form and submit the required application materials (resume, work statement, and at least three writing samples) will not be considered.
No phone calls, please. For more information, please visit http://aaww.org and http://opencitymag.com. Salary dependent on experience. This is a part- or full-time position with benefits. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with the earliest applications considered first.
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<b>About Open City</b>
Covered by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Village Voice, Open City tells the story of the New York you rarely see the in the mainstream media, the ungentrified ethnic communities that make up nearly two-thirds of New York. We have a focus on Asian American New York and publish one to five stories a week, often around communities in Manhattan Chinatown, Sunset Park in Brooklyn, and Richmond Hill, Jackson Heights and Flushing in Queens. Our past stories include: legendary graffiti artist Alain “Ket” Mariduena's tour of Queens; Beijing punk band The Fly; the battle over low-income housing in the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area in the Lower East Side; the fall of the last Chinese-language movie theaters in New York; domestic violence among Afghan women; the demolition of the Lower East Side in the 1980s; the rise of art galleries on East Broadway; New York's experience of Ramadan; and the eviction of the tenants of 11 Allen Street in Chinatown, about which we held a special photo exhibition.
An innovative model that melds citizen journalism, artist fellowships, and community engagement, Open City bestows Creative Nonfiction Fellowships on five emerging writers who will receive honoraria ($5,000, equivalent to a NYFA Fellowship), a year-long writing desk, artist colony time at Blue Mountain Center, and career lunches with prominent writers in American nonfiction. We’ve been invited to the White House as part of a special delegation of New York groups and collaborated on events with the New Museum and the Museum of Chinese in America. Our writers and stories have been featured in NPR’s Marketplace, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and the Associated Press, which quoted one of our stories in newspapers across the country.
<b>About The Asian American Writers’ Workshop</b>
For two decades, The Asian American Writers' Workshop (http://www.aaww.org) has served as a national home for Asian American stories. Covered by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, named one of the top five Asian American groups in the country, we’ve worked with writers like Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Ondaatje, Ha Jin, Amitav Ghosh, Min Jin Lee, Teju Cole, Junot Díaz, Das Racist, and Jhumpa Lahiri, whose first book party we hosted. We have a "big tent" vision of Asian American cultural pluralism and are dedicated to inventing the future of American and global intellectual culture.