The Southwester and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly are seeking motivated neighbors to continue the legacy of the newspaper. The three roles are editor-in-chief, copy editor, and social media manager. If you are interested in one of the roles, please contact editor@thesouthwester.com and president@swna.org before 15 June in order to be considered. 

Editor-in-Chief

The role of The Southwester Editor-in-Chief may be time consuming, but it is very rewarding and enjoyable. As the EIC, you will be responsible to be the face of the newspaper. That means being outgoing, forward, and speaking with neighbors throughout Southwest, Navy Yard, and Buzzard Point always seeking a new story idea. Stories have traditionally have focused on upcoming events, development, human interest (what we call “doing good” stories), local government, and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA). In this role you will work closely with your team comprised of the copy editor, social media manager, distribution manager, advertising manager, community calendar lead, layout team, the SWNA Board, and a coterie of volunteer authors.

Essential duties:

– Be the face of the newspaper and the voice of the community;

– Seek out new stories that are important to the communities of Southwest, Navy Yard, and Buzzard Point;

– Proactively recruit and retain qualified volunteer writers;

– Have a knack to find a story when there’s a dearth of submissions;

– Ensure there is an equitable ratio of stories to ads;

– Ensure ad revenue pays for all associated costs for monthly issues;

– Be a thought leader in the community;

– Engage with community leaders daily.

Requirements:

– Previous experience in writing, editing, or publishing;

– Be willing to spend 5-20 hours per week in this volunteer capacity;

– Be a Southwest resident.

Copy Editor

The Southwester seeks a thorough, detail-oriented Copy Editor with a keen eye for grammar, punctuation, and style who will be responsible for ensuring the quality and clarity of all of the newspaper’s online and print content. The Copy Editor will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief to maintain The Southwester as the voice of the neighborhood.

Essential duties:

-Assist with the selection of articles for publication;

-Copy edit articles for The Southwester‘s website and monthly print issues;

-Proof layouts for spacing, style, and overall design.

Requirements:

– Previous experience in writing, editing, or publishing;

– Fluent in AP Style;

– Be a Southwest resident.

Social Media Manager

The Southwester seeks a manager to lead all social media and online accounts for the newspaper. In this role, you will be responsible for the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, as well as maintenance of the website www.thesouthwester.com.

Essential duties:

– Consistently update and engage community members through Southwester social media handles;

– Find new ways to keep online content fresh;

– Post/queue online stories to The Southwester’s website monthly;

– Lead the online conversation in the community;

– Post online only within acceptable guidelines from SWNA.

Requirements:

– Previous experience using social media;

– Knowledge of WordPress or similar content management systems.

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