Department: 
Magazine
Supervisor: 
Associate Editor

The editorial assistants provide a range of administrative, research, and editing support to the editorial staff. The responsibilities below are shared between the two assistants.

Responsibilities:

  • Thoroughly fact check each issue of Sojourners
  • Assist with copy editing and proofing Sojourners
  • Upload and proof the online version of Sojourners, selecting and editing artwork with Photoshop, and drafting online headlines
  • Pitch and write commentaries, online articles, and reviews
  • Write two “Contributing” bios for each issue of the magazine, including interviewing authors
  • Research entries and write blurbs for the New & Noteworthy section of Sojourners
  • Research quotes for the Spotlight section of Sojourners
  • Process author payments, complimentary copies, reprint requests, magazine exchanges, award submissions, and other administrative tasks
  • Manage incoming books and media for review
  • Participate in planning the magazine by attending weekly meetings with the editorial staff and semiannual editorial planning retreats
  • Maintain author diversity spreadsheet; report three times a year to editorial staff
  • Monitor pitch inbox and maintain pitch spreadsheet
  • Update Preaching the Word every month, uploading content to Sojourners’ website
  • Assist with miscellaneous research projects related to magazine authors, magazine topics, online strategy, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong background in research and writing
  • Enthusiasm for organization, spreadsheets, accuracy, and detail
  • Team player, eager to take initiative and suggest new ideas
  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Creativity and a sense of humor
  • Experience conducting interviews
  • Familiarity with Drupal or similar content management systems a plus
  • Willingness to develop and practice appropriate self-care when dealing with difficult and sometimes disturbing topics in our coverage

Personal and Professional Development:

  • Network in the fields of journalism, media, and faith-based publishing
  • Master entry-level editorial skills, including fact-checking, proofreading, developing article ideas, headline-writing, and balancing deadlines
  • Learn the basics of digital content management systems (i.e. Drupal and HTML)
  • Opportunity to pitch your own article ideas and build your writing portfolio

To Apply: This position is offered as part of our year-long fellowship program which takes place from August 15, 2022 to August 4, 2023. To apply, review the fellowship FAQs and follow the application instructions on the fellowship description page. Sojourners is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff and create an inclusive and equitable culture. People of color are highly encouraged to apply. Excellent benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, meals, commuting costs, housing, monthly stipend, and a positive, faith-based work environment.