Senior Editor

Sactown Magazine, Sacramento, California

Date PostedDecember 05, 2018
IndustryMagazines / Publishing
Job StatusFull-time

Sactown Magazine in Sacramento is looking for a talented and versatile senior editor who can assign, write and edit both short and feature-length stories (features can range from 2,000-12,000 words). This dynamic bimonthly publication covers topics including food, arts, politics, architecture and design, business, travel, sports, homes and more. 

We're looking for an editor with at least 5 years of writing and editing experience for a consumer magazine or alt-weekly. (Please do not apply for this position without this minimum level of experience; college publications and trade publications do not count toward this total).

If you have experience in crafting smart, concise service journalism, compelling narrative features and in-depth profiles, this might be the gig for you. 

Before launching Sactown in 2006, the magazine's founders/co-editors spent 10 years in NYC as staffers for Money, InStyle and SmartMoney, and freelancers for New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Metropolis and elsewhere. 

This is a journalist-owned magazine. As you probably know, it's pretty rare for the editors to own the magazine. As such, we believe in church-and-state, and so does our publisher, the former president of Texas Monthly. We fact-check every word, and we do our best to publish national-quality journalism for a local market. And we're big believers in great design, illustration and photography too. Our senior photographer Max Whittaker shoots regularly for The New York Times and many national magazines. 

Sactown has won dozens of awards for its editorial, design, illustration and photography, including the Western Publishing Association award for Best City Magazine and the City & Regional Magazine Award for Best Food Writing. On October 9, in NYC, we won the Folio Awards for Best Essay and Best Cover Design.

Please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and 3-4 story clips (preferably via links; no large attachments, please).

If you're in or around Sacramento and don't have editing experience, feel free to pitch us freelance story ideas. 

For those of you not that famliar with Sacramento, we have a metro population of 2.3 million, and the city is located 60 minutes from Napa, 90 minutes from San Francisco, 2 hours from Lake Tahoe and 3 hours from Monterey. It's a city that's really coming into its own and we're here to chronicle it.

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