Position Opening: Open City Editor

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) and Opencitymag.com seek a passionate, curious, experienced editor and fellowship manager to lead its publication covering the Asian immigrant neighborhoods of New York into its next phase of growth.

This online publication features in-depth reporting on the issues, people, and events overlooked by mainstream media in places like Flushing, Jackson Heights and Richmond Hill, Queens; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and Manhattan’s Chinatown. Our stories have been picked up by the New York Times, NPR, WNYC, Gothamist, Huffington Post, WAMC’s 51%, and other outlets. We regularly cover arts and culture stories from these neighborhoods as well as social justice issues including housing and healthcare equality, community policing, entrepreneurial growth and underemployment in low income areas, and other key issues that affect the lives and livelihoods of immigrant and Asian New Yorkers.

The editor for this dynamic and growing publication will spend three days a week in our Chelsea offices working with a stable of paid and volunteer writers—which include AAWW fellows, interns, and freelance writers—to produce well reported, thoughtful, and clean copy for posting each week. S/he will work with our managing editor to plan and maintain an editorial calendar, produce stories in Word Press, develop and research special reporting projects and series, and manage and develop the Open City fellowship program, which brings writers of Asian descent to the streets and happenings of New York City and its rich and varied neighborhoods.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

—All tasks related to the editorial management of opencitymag.com: edit and publish weekly stories from fellows and freelance writers, research and develop story ideas, field pitches from writers and edit copy, guide production of photos and multimedia content, recruit volunteer photographers and other multimedia producers to contribute to publication, submit pieces to annual awards competitions, create social media around pieces and plan campaigns to bring more readers to the site

—Manage and train five writers in the Open City fellowship program. Work with emerging writers one-on-one to develop a plan of growth over the course of the year-long fellowship, meet with each writer once a month to check on progress

—Develop and maintain an educational program for Open City fellows and other emerging writers that work with our publication. Past workshops and trainings have included sessions on reporting and interviewing, photography, pitching stories, developing a neighborhood beat, using social media for journalism

—Recruit and maintain relationships with mentors for writers in the fellowship program


DESIRED EXPERIENCE, NETWORKS & WORK COMPETENCIES

—2-3 years experience editing in a newsroom or deadline driven environment

—Proven record of ability to manage staff and writers (some working on a volunteer basis)

—Teaching or mentoring experience, preferably with emerging writers or artists

—Significant experience working with issues that affect immigrant and low income New Yorkers either as a journalist, community organizer, or researcher

—Relevant contacts in media, community issues, journalism, and/or New York City government

—Experience with editing and producing multimedia content and developing social media campaigns, coverage

--High energy and enthusiasm for Open City's mission of covering Asian American communities across the five boroughs of New York.

--Time-management and prioritization: ability to balance editing and publishing stories on a part-time schedule.


HOW TO APPLY: Fill out the form below. Send cover letter, resume, and three work samples to kchen@aaww.org and jnatarajan@aaww.org by May 25, 2015.


ABOUT OPEN CITY
Open City documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York right now. Open City stories give readers unique entry points to news items and trending social topics (primary health care, gentrification, labor practices, unemployment, and community policing) through deft, engaging narratives that bring the face, name, place, and heart of the community to our most important urban issues. Covered by the Wall Street Journal and NPR, a collaborative partner with the New Museum and the Museum of Chinese in America, each year Open City grants a $5,000 fellowship, mentorship, work space, career guidance, and publishing opportunities to five fellows to write both short-form and long-form reportage on the vibrant immigrant communities of New York City.


ABOUT AAWW
Since 1991, The Asian American Writers' Workshop has served as a national home for Asian American stories. A quirky yet curated literary community dedicated to Asian American alternative culture, we host more than 50 events a year, featuring nearly 200 writers and artists, such as Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Jhumpa Lahiri, Martha Rosler, Junot Diaz, Teju Cole, Das Racist, and Maxine Hong Kingston. We publish the online magazines The Margins, our magazine of arts and ideas, and Open City, which is dedicated to chronicling low-income immigrant communities in New York. We run our pro-immigrant initiative, CultureStrike, which sent 50 writers and artists to a weeklong witnessing delegation at the Arizona border. Named one of the top five Asian American groups nationally, covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Observer, tweeted about by Salman Rushdie and Ai Weiwei, we seek to invent the future of Asian American intellectual culture.

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