Posted On: January 22, 2015
Media Organization: New Voices Magazine
New Voices (est. 1991) is a national, independent magazine written by and for Jewish college students. Now a web-based publication, New Voices is published by the Jewish Student Press Service (est. 1970). New Voices covers Jewish issues from a student perspective. New Voices and JSPS have launched the careers of countless journalists now working in the Jewish and mainstream media.
The editor in chief of New Voices Magazine is responsible for every aspect of the content of an online Jewish student magazine with over 75,000 readers per semester. On the directorial side, the executive director of the Jewish Student Press Service is responsible for every aspect of the maintenance and continuation of an independent non-profit that has been around for over 40 years.
This is an exceptional opportunity for someone with an entrepreneurial streak: a self-starting young journalist and/or someone with an interest in non-profit management. Ideal applicants have some experience in print or web journalism and an interest in Jewish student affairs, as well as some experience in fundraising and/or grant-writing.
As the editor in chief, the ED/EIC determines the editorial direction of the magazine. The editor works with a team of student writers and editors (including staff writers, freelancers and volunteers) to generate innovative, high-quality content for newvoices.org – content that challenges the status quo in the Jewish community and explores the issues of the day from a unique student perspective.
As the editor in chief, the ED/EIC is directly responsible for building a network of contributors; as the executive director, the ED/EIC is directly responsible for building an audience of engaged readers.
As the executive director, the ED/EIC is responsible for development (donor cultivation, grant writing/reporting), publishing (ad sales, readership) and general administration (bill paying, file maintenance).
The joint position of ED/EIC answers only to a board of directors who have decade of collective experience in journalism and fundraising. They act as advisers, while maintaining a hands-off attitude toward content. The ED/EIC is responsible for planning biannual board meetings, and for maintaining contact with and mobilizing them between board meetings.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• Strong writing and editing skills
• Strong managerial skills
• An interest in Jewish and student issues
• Extremely self-motivated
• Experience in journalism
• Experience in social media and digital journalism
• Experience with grants or other fundraising experience is a plus
• Experience with WordPress is a plus
Send all of the following to the current ED/EIC, Derek M. Kwait, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Cover letter (no longer than one page)
• Two writing samples (at least one should be an example of journalistic writing; both must be written for a larger audience than a professor, though work done for a journalism course is acceptable)
• References (contact info for two or three professors, employers, etc.)
• Critique (of New Voices Magazine as it currently is. What would you be doing differently and how?)