& FOUR INTERNS
FOR NOT YOUR ORDINARY ONLINE
MEDIA COMPANY IN LONDON
Internships: Four journalists with a bright future ahead of them
(For Managing Editor position, see below)
You have a good nose for humour and irony and display a hardy tolerance for ambiguity. You are concerned about the future and want to do something about it.
The Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture is seeking four new editor/writer interns. Internships are of four months duration, renewable. Our interns will form a group of online journalists who will receive some training and mentorship as part of an intensive campaign to produce and gather editorial material for the online channel, wildculture.net (under construction). These are unpaid positions that pay expenses and some travel; you may be required to do some administration and office support work, but no coffee fetching.
These positions are created to produce editorial content, whether as an editor, writer or multi-media practitioner. You will have an opportunity to co-create intriguing and brave pieces in various formats — from yourself and from others. The workspace is a dynamic and community-oriented central London location, Hub Westminster, in which you will be able to interact with like-minded people in various social entrepreneurial fields through which you may discover editorial opportunities. You will be busy and work very hard and have an exciting, memorable experience.
The four editorial positions will be in the following areas: 1) the sciences; 2) anthropology and its kin; 3) arts, culture, media and technology; 4) social justice and its kin. There are possibilities of paid employment at the end of the four months. Your productivity, merit as an editor and writer, and ability to identify and apply for funding of various types will have a direct effect on that outcome. We are a young bootstrapping company so of course the entrepreneur spirit is great valued.
Whatever your background, you are willing to undertake this four-month internship because it's an original and galvanising opportunity to join an online media start-up based on a successful print magazine, now about to launch itself in a new form. And because you believe in what we’re doing, and because your work will get published in a dynamic new online venue and in some cases receive a lot of loving care from our design group. You will be part of a small team building the company and what you contribute could really matter to its evolution.
In its simplest terms, the editorial filter is 'wild culture.' We're curious what you think it means and how it might be a filter through which you look at the world. We're looking for people who can shine their light on this concept and help others to do so as well.
Desired Skills and Experience
You are one of two types of editor, writer, multi-media practitioner: 1) You are well educated and perhaps distinguished in one or more academic fields and have a flair for writing and thinking about these fields and the cracks in between in a way that jumps off the page; or, 2) You have proven yourself as a editor/writer/blogger or multi-media practitioner who understands the value of objective and insightful reporting, research and story-telling. You know how to get peoples' attention and make them glad they discovered you. Your own laptop computer is required for the job.
Please send a CV with your email address and tell us in no more than 750 words why you are the right person for one of the four positions. Make a list of 5 editorial pieces that might be done for The Journal of Wild Culture and on a disc include 10 still or moving images that say, however roughly or obtusely, what wild culture is to you, and explain why. Reply to Whitney Smith, Publisher/Editor, The Journal of Wild Culture, 31 Abercorn Place, London, NW8 9DR. Deadline for applications is June 8, 5 pm; we will respond to your application by June 12; interviews will be held between June 13 and 15; June 18 the work begins.
Job: Managing Editor
(Read the Internships description carefully)
The Managing Editor position requires what the internships do, with the addition of the ability to manage, inspire and bring the best out in talented people, train them where needed, identify and apply for funding opportunities of all kinds, and complete administrative and production tasks impeccably. Indeed, impeccability and a certain cultivated abandon may coexist in you. Expertise in social media is an asset but not as important as having a keen sense of how wild culture as an editorial concept can get traction and attract contributors and thinking tribalists to build an online community. During your work you will delight yourself and your colleagues on a daily basis and possibly make a dent in our wobbly world through your team’s efforts. Our goal is to create and collect content that is always brave and not afraid to fall flat on its face.
You will report to the Publisher/Editor to these ends and will fearlessly and adeptly supervise your exceptional interns. Yes, you are a people person but you are also a true professional who’s capable of knowing the difference between a necessary conviviality and the challenging task your team has before them. Your ability to find new revenue sources for the company will have a direct effect on your pay scale. During this seed and bootstrapping stage your salary starts at £1650-£1900 a month, dependent on experience. There is a probationary review at 3 months, at which time the job may be confirmed. Our wish is that you grow and prosper with us and that you bring some of your interns into paid positions with you.
Please submit a CV with your email address and tell us in no more than 750 words why you are the right person for the job. Make a list of 10 pieces that might be done for The Journal of Wild Culture and on a disc include 10 still or moving images that say, however roughly or obtusely, what wild culture is to you, and explain why. Reply to Whitney Smith, Publisher/Editor, The Journal of Wild Culture, 31 Abercorn Place, London, NW8 9DR. Deadline for applications is June 8, 5 pm; we will respond to your application by June 12; interviews will be held between June 13 and 15, and on June 18 the work begins.
The Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture (SPWC), established in 1981, celebrates and preserves wild culture online through The Journal of Wild Culture. Wild culture is also manifested through events, performances and gatherings of kindred creative spirits in unexpected places. The international Wild Culture community includes editors, contributors, subscribers and donors who are entitled to membership and online voting rights on Society policies or initiatives.