23 May 2011

Job Opening: Editor for CampusProgress.org (focus includes LGBTQ issues)

Post date: 23 May 2011
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Editor of CampusProgress.org, the daily online magazine of Campus Progress. Campus Progress, part of American Progress, helps young people make their voices heard on critical issues.

The Editor will direct Campus Progress’s editorial operation. The Editor will assign, develop, and edit reported and opinion pieces for the web magazine, which covers politics, policy, and culture. The Editor also will recruit new writers, contribute original writing, and oversee management of Campus Progress’s national network of student-run publications. The Editor will manage two full-time staff members. The Editor will help shape and organize journalism programming at Campus Progress events and other forums. The Editor will be responsible for developing and implementing Campus Progress’s election coverage for 2012.

CampusProgress.org reaches a broad audience. It features reported and opinion articles, culture reviews, videos, photo essays, comics, and other content from a wide range of contributors, mostly young people. The magazine often focuses on priority issues for Campus Progress’s advocacy team, including LGBTQ issues, immigration, and higher education. The magazine has interviewed national figures including President Barack Obama, Stephen Colbert, Margaret Cho, M.I.A., Talib Kweli, Paul Krugman, and Rachel Maddow. Its content is regularly highlighted in and linked to by prominent media outlets and blogs. Its investigative pieces have been cited by media and key government officials in the context of major policy debates.

Campus Progress’s journalism division also offers funding and training to a diverse network of more than 50 student-run newspapers, magazines, blogs, and radio stations on campuses across the country. Participants at our journalism conferences and trainings have included top reporters from publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Time, The Huffington Post, Politico, and The Nation.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Commissioning and editing articles.
* Producing articles, blog posts, video, and photo essays.
* Recruiting and managing freelance contributors—writers, producers, and artists.
* Working with the Campus Progress online communications team to implement layout, photos and art, multimedia production, and design for magazine content.
* Working with the Campus Progress communications team to promote content to other websites, blogs, and media outlets.
* Helping to plan journalism panels at the Campus Progress National Conference, at other Campus Progress events, and at conferences such as Netroots Nation and the National Conference on Media Reform.
* Speaking on journalism and policy issues at public events.
* Collaborating on projects with partners such as The Nation, Colorlines, and The Huffington Post.
* Managing the production of print editions of the magazine.
* Planning an innovative 2012 election coverage strategy that focuses on engaging young people on issues at stake in national and local elections.
* Overseeing management of Campus Progress’s national network of student-run publications.
* Managing two full-time employees, an associate editor, and a campus publications network associate.
* Mentoring and training editorial interns and editors from Campus Progress’s network of student publications.
* Participating in Campus Progress’s management team and its operations and strategic planning work.

Requirements and qualifications:

* At least two years of professional journalism experience and/or a journalism degree.
* Bachelor's degree.
* Familiarity and/or experience with online journalism and the tools and programs used to produce it.
* Writing and reporting experience.
* Editing experience.
* Exceptionally strong writing, research, and analytical skills.
* Creativity.
* Broad knowledge of politics, policy, and culture.
* Strong organizational and project management skills.
* Proven ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
* Effective supervisory skills and ability to manage and mentor staff.
* Commitment to the mission and goals of Campus Progress.

You must send three to five published clips with your Word resume and cover letter.

Additional Information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize our progressive agenda: The Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, simply e-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: jobs@americanprogress.org.

Or you may write to:

Center for American Progress
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor – Campus Progress Search
Washington, DC 20005

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Contact Information:

For inquiries: jobs@americanprogress.org

For submissions: jobs@americanprogress.org

Website: http://www.americanprogress.org, http://campusprogress.org/
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