Sacramento area, California
|Date Posted||March 10, 2023|
|Industry||Magazines / Publishing|
|Required Education||Bachelor's Degree|
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 2,000-8,000 words). This award-winning bimonthly publication covers topics including food, arts, politics, architecture and design, business, travel, sports, homes and more.
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.
As you probably know, it's pretty rare for the editors to own the magazine. As such, we believe firmly in church-and-state. We fact-check every word (a rarity these days), 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 shoots regularly for The New York Times and many national publications.
Sactown has won dozens of awards for its editorial, design, illustration and photography, including the Western Publishing Association award for Best City Magazine, and City & Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) Awards for Best Food Writing, Best Profile (for our story on author William T. Vollmann), and Column Excellence. We've won Folio Awards for Best Essay and Best Cover Design, as well as Society of Professional Journalists awards (Northern California chapter) for Best Photo Essay and Best Longform Storytelling.
We're looking for someone who has:
- A minimum of 3 years of editing experience at a consumer magazine and/or an alt-weekly
- Experience editing service journalism, as well as personality profiles and other long-form features on a broad range of topics
- The ability to generate smart, surprising, timely story ideas, and take stories from the concept stage to ship-out
- The ability to meet and manage multiple deadlines
- The candidate must also be detail-oriented and experienced in line-editing and basic copy-editing
Though we do have an office in lively midtown Sacramento, working from the office is optional and most of our staff chooses to work from home. We're looking for applicants who live in the greater Sacramento area or are willing to relocate here and immerse themselves in the regional culture. If you're interested, please send a one-page cover letter, resume, links to a few clips, and salary range requirements.
For those not familiar with Sacramento, the region has a population of 2.6 million, and is located 60 minutes from Napa, 90 minutes from San Francisco, two hours from Lake Tahoe, three hours from Monterey and 3.5 hours from Yosemite.
Sactown is committed to a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (and is co-owned by a woman of color). We encourage applicants of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and life experiences to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics disability, age, or veteran status.
Oh, and one more thing. No assholes, please. We’re a small company (8 full-timers at the moment) with very friendly people and we just don’t need the headaches associated with prima donnas or jerks. Only nice people need apply. :-)
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