The F-Word is looking for editors

// 12 June 2016

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The F-Word is looking for UK-based volunteers to join our team of editors, with roles available for guest blog editors, a features editor, fiction section editor, TV section editor and visual arts section editor. These are some fantastic opportunities to play an exciting part in building a feminist resource and taking on an important role on the site.

So, if you’d like to take on any of these roles, we’d love to hear from you! Read on for more on what the roles will involve and how to apply.

All roles will involve:

• sourcing ideas for blog posts/features/reviews and interviews;
• commissioning blog posts/features/reviews, encouraging new voices from a range of backgrounds and diverse perspectives;
• dealing with the blog posts/features/reviews and reviewing opportunities that come in through the submissions pile;
• editing blog posts/features/reviews;
• posting blog posts/features/reviews;
• moderating comments on published blog posts/features/reviews;
• working with the social media editor to promote blog posts/features/reviews;
• working with the other section editors and The F-Word team where necessary, including attending Skype meetings every two months

For guest blog editors, the role will also involve:

• working with another guest blog editor to ensure the blog is updated regularly with new content, getting to a point where at least three blog posts are posted a month per editor.

For the features editor, the role will also involve:

• working with the existing features editor, getting to a point where at least two features are posted a month per editor.

For section editors, the roles also will involve:

• taking on responsibility for the section (fiction, TV or visual arts), getting to a point where at least two reviews are posted a month.

What you will bring:

• You must be enthusiastic about the role and the opportunities to develop the blog or your section. This is a volunteer position, so some time, energy and regular internet access are all required;
• You must commit to the role for at least six months (with a minimum period of one month’s notice)
• Ideally you will have some editing experience, as you will be working with submissions from an extremely broad range of contributors; some whom 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.

It is frequently reported that women do not put themselves forward for leadership roles as often as men do, despite extensive qualifications and experience. It is also reported by women who attain positions of power that they did not feel entitled to them until they ‘gave themselves permission’ or were given an opportunity by a more privileged male counterpart. Therefore we have taken the decision collectively to invite applications from self-identified women/genderqueer people/anyone who doesn’t define as male.

The F-Word is an online magazine dedicated to talking about and sharing ideas on contemporary feminisms from the UK and elsewhere. The collective goal for the site is primarily to provide a platform which welcomes and shares perspectives from writers representing intersectional feminisms through contributions from people who identify along all parts of the gender and sexuality continuums. This could be older women, disabled women, working class women, sex workers, women of minority ethnicities (including Black, Asian, migrant or refugee women and women of dual or multiple ethnic heritage), trans* women, lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer women and/or socialist feminists. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list – please don’t be put off from applying if you’re interested but don’t identify with the perspectives above, particularly if you feel your perspective is currently under-represented in the feminist blogosphere.

Please note that The F-Word is run entirely online by unpaid volunteers. We are aware of current discussions around the politics and ethics of expecting people to work for free but alas at this point we can offer permanent volunteer roles only. We are not paid for our work either so there is no hierarchy or differentiation between paid and unpaid positions.

To apply for any of the roles: please email us (recruitment@thefword.org.uk) with a brief message setting out which role you would like to apply for, why you want to take on the role and any prior experience. Please also explain how you would like to see the area or section you are applying for develop.

Feel free to apply for multiple roles; some of our team edit two sections, so we are open to this, or if you only want to edit one section but have an interest in multiple, we can take that into account. In addition, if you feel enthusiastic about any area of culture not listed here or already covered by The F-Word and would like to put yourself forward for the role of section editor promoting this area, please feel free to apply for that, telling us why we should have that particular section.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th July.

The photo is by wocintech and shared under a creative commons licence. It shows a woman’s hands poised over the keyboard of an open laptop.

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