Staff Writer

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Date Posted June 26, 2019
Industry Magazines / Publishing
Specialty Education
Job Status Full-time
Salary $50,000 to $55,000


Are you a storyteller who likes variety, relishes autonomy, enjoys evolving responsibilities, has a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and craves development opportunities? As a Duke Magazine staff writer, you’ll get to write 500-word pieces and 3,000-word narratives. You’ll wander our Gothic campus to see what students and faculty are doing and get inspired by alumni accomplishments to help you pitch stories you’re passionate about writing. You’ll work on a small team and be able to see the impact of your contributions. You’ll have access to an experienced staff and world-class entities, like the Center for Documentary Studies, that will help you develop your skills.

You’ll do well here if you’re patient, have a sense of humor, and are collegial. You’ll work closely with an editor, managing editor, senior writer, and staff assistant in the brand-new Karsh Alumni & Visitors Center on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. We’re very much a team; we’ll ask you to weigh-in on cover concepts, speak up at story meetings, and join in copy-editing and proofing. You’ll learn a lot about print magazine production. Duke Magazine is part of the Duke Alumni Association, so we work with our colleagues to engage, connect, and celebrate alumni; that means sometimes your work will extend beyond writing to helping out during reunions, homecoming, or even planning and conceiving other events.

We typically craft this staff writer position based on the occupant’s strengths, skills, and interests but with a redesigned website and a recently launched podcast, we’d love to bring in someone who has audio skills and new-media production savvy.

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