Do you want to be The F-Word’s theatre and arts editor?

// 4 March 2012

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The stage of a theatre, with the curtains closed

Do you dream of transforming The F-Word’s arts and theatre coverage? If so, we need you.

I’m looking to appoint a theatre and arts editor to join our team of section editors.

What the roles will involve:

  • helping to manage the email list for regular F-Word reviewers
  • sourcing ideas for art shows/performances/theatre to review.
  • contacting PRs and publicists on behalf of reviewers, to get press tickets
  • assigning reviews, seeking out a broader range of contributors
  • dealing with reviews that come in through the submissions pile
  • editing reviews (prior experience as an editor/subeditor/proofreader will be a distinct advantage, particularly experience of working with a set style guide)
  • posting reviews (familiarity with blogging platforms is an advantage here, as is at least basic HTML)
  • helping with comment moderation of the reviews (note: it is very unusual for reviews to get a lot of comments, so this is not a major part of the role)

You must be:

  • enthusiastic about this role and the opportunities to develop The F-Word’s theatre and art review section. It is a volunteer position, so some time, energy and regular internet access is required
  • ideally have some editing experience, as you will be working with submissions from an extremely broad range of contributors: some who have never written for publication before, while others are experienced journalists. Submissions need to be given a critical edit, making sensitive suggestions to the author and offering some guidance where needed. Submissions must also be edited in line with our style guide, so some experience in working with a house style is an advantage.
  • To apply: please email me (jess.mccabe@thefword.org.uk) with a brief message setting out: why you want to take on the role and any prior experience. Please also briefly explain how you would like to see The F-Word’s review section develop.

I am also asking for two references: reviews editors need to have access to and maintain our database of reviewers, which includes sensitive information such as the full names and addresses of contributors. For that reason, this additional step is needed for those who are going to be dealing with this confidential data (particularly for those writing about sensitive issues under pseudonyms). Please include the contact details of two references – feel free to email me if you have questions on who would be a suitable reference, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a work-type reference.

Applicants should be based in the UK. The current editorial team and collective are still majority white, middle class, and benefit from various other types of privilege, and I want to encourage applications from all backgrounds, particularly those not so well represented at the moment.

The deadline for applications is 4 April.

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