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Announcement :: Media
Whats Up Magazine seeks Awareness Editor
27 Mar 2006
Whats Up Magazine seeks an Awareness Editor.
Whats Up Magazine is a non-profit, mainly volunteer produced and run street magazine focusing on arts and social awareness; we're distributed by vendors. For more info see www.whatsupmagazine.org

Job Description - Awareness Editor for Whats Up Magazine:

Whats Up section editors are in leadership positions at the magazine, and are the primary point of contact for the volunteer staff and the community at large. They are responsible for making sure volunteers understand Whats Up’s
mission, writing guidelines, and deadlines. Editors will also provide assistance with articles, illustrations, or any other editorial or design tasks. They are ultimately responsible for their respective sections.

Specific responsibilities:

• Keep an eye out for relevant story ideas and keep a personal file.
• Encourage volunteers to contribute their own ideas.
• Attend Wednesday night meetings and run relevant portions of meetings (brainstorm sessions, etc.).
• Maintain contact with writers during the editorial lead-time so we can offer assistance and remind them of deadlines.
• Encourage the creativity and personal style of those contributing to Whats Up.
• Hold writers to high journalistic standards befitting Whats Up, including proper research, calling all appropriate sources for quotes, covering different angles of each story and testing them against one another, and appropriate interview techniques and follow-up questions.
• Strive for diversity and relevance within each section.
• Meet at least once weekly with the editorial staff to provide and give feedback and help determine the direction of the magazine and shape of each issue.
• Address specific issue needs by thinking of appropriate writers and soliciting them directly.
• Keep in touch with the Art Director regarding images for articles.
• Coordinate the editing and entering of corrections for all articles in your section with editorial assistants and other volunteers.
• Oversee official editorial assistants and interns.
• Prepare all articles for production on time, including selection of possible pull quotes, writing headlines and bios, and blurbs for the table of contents.
• Meet with the editorial staff prior to production to help decide on article placement in the final design.
• Keep in touch with Production Manager during production regarding any missing articles or information.
• Responsible for being present during production to help get the magazine out in a timely fashion.

Time commitment varies according to the needs of each issue, but falls quite heavily on the middle of each month. It’s up to the individual editor to determine a workable schedule and time commitment, though the total time is approximately 60 hours per month. Attendance at weekly Wednesday volunteer meetings from 6:30-8 is required.

Send resume and cover letter att: Kathy Ferguson to mail (at) whatsupmagazine.org or 23 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116.
See also:
http://www.whatsupmagazine.org

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Re: Whats Up Magazine seeks Awareness Editor
28 Mar 2006
Not to be negative or anything, but I feel like Whats Up needs a whole new editorial staff, not just an "Awareness Editor." Or, barring that (that impossibility), an overhaul on the editorial approach tip. I know it's largely volunteer labor for each issue but the rag just isn't a good read. It's PC, has paint-by-numbers liberal politics, is obsessed with diversity but unable to deliver it, dull, and I fear it is now gasping and sputtering in its death bed.

Please, Whats Up, shape up, because your magazine has the potential to be so much better. Homeless people deserve a better product to hawk. I criticize because I care, Whats Up.