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JOIN US!

Deadline: Mid-February

Start date: beginning of April

Are you passionate about ethnography, storytelling and independent publishing?

Would you like to shape the future of OtherwiseMag?

We are expanding our editorial collective and we are currently looking for 5 new editors who are willing to help us in three areas of our magazine: comms, curating issues on a rota basis, readers community building.

We are a team of editors across academia, writing practice and the visual arts, with a shared interest in exploring storytelling that narrates the ordinary to show, entertain, inform and denounce. Many of us are ethnographers and strive move away from jargon and theoretical frameworks to find new ways of creating a space in which the researched – not only the researcher – tell their stories.

 

Within the editorial collective, each editors works on specific aspects of the magazine, such as managing submissions and the website, keeping contacts with authors, coordinating review and publication queues, organising editorial meetings,  curating issues and producing single submissions, assessing and following up on visual or poetry submissions, preparing the newsletter

 

In the coming months, we will be working to strengthen OtherwiseMag as an independent magazine publishing ethnographic storytelling, also with the aim of fulfilling our vision of to expand our authorship and readership to include storytellers from areas of life and work where opportunities for storytelling remain limited.

OtherwiseMag is the result of editors’ respective journeys in exploring and experimenting with modes and ways of ethnographic storytelling. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer honorariums. We are all volunteers, and we collectively strive provide editors with an opportunity to experiment their crafts.

 

We understand that life sometimes gets in the way, so we all contribute to Otherwise on an average time commitment of 2 hours week, yet on a schedule, timeline and pace to be arranged by editors themselves.

 

Previous experience in independent publishing is desirable but not necessary, but willingness to learn and engage with the work of running a volunteer-led independent magazine is essential.

 

Here below some of the tasks we imagine new editors would perform depending on their respective areas of specialisation. The description of the task is however indicative and not restrictive.

 

Comms

 

Tasks

 

  • Coordinate announcements of new stories and issues on IG, Twitter, FB, Mastodon, anthropology and creative writing mailing lists (1 story released every 3 weeks)

  • Engage with users on social media, responding to messages, building social media visibility

  • Scope for platforms and venues where OtherwiseMag can advertise its stories

  • Develop and implement social media communication plan with involvement of the editorial collective

 

 

Reader-community building

 

Tasks

 

  • Organise events for subscribers of Otherwise Mag newsletter

  • Organise encounters with readers and authors or talks on ethnography/storytelling/academic publishing (aiming for 1 per issue)

  • Imagine alternative ways of sharing OtherwiseMag content, including podcasts or other forms of multi-modal communication.

 

Issues curating/coordinating (3 positions)

 

Tasks

 

  • Coordinate/curate one issue a year

  • Propose a topic for an issue at least 6 months before publication

  • Identify stories to include in the issue – either from submissions or by soliciting new submissions on the chosen topic

  • Coordinating the developmental editing process by liaising with single members of the editorial collective and eliciting their comments/edits on the chosen stories

  • Liaising with the collective and the founding editor in the finalisation of process and for planning the production phase

As a part of the editorial collective, editors would also be expected to

 

  • Attend monthly editorial meetings to discuss submissions and agree on whether to accept, reject or request a revision.

  • Review between 0 and 2 stories a month as first or second editor to assess their suitability for Otherwise. All collective members are asked to read at least some of the other stories being discussed at that meeting to compare and add critique. Draft a response to the author based on the decision of the meeting.

  • Adopt at least 2/3 stories a year to take from acceptance to publication, working with the author to refine its ideas and language.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Send us your expression of interest to info@otherwisemag.com by mid February. We will keep looking at expression of interests after that if the positions are not filled.

 

  • A link to any resource you feel might be helpful for the editorial collective to get to know you. This could be your personal blog, a piece of textual, graphic, visual, performative and sound storytelling you have worked on, your social media feed, a portfolio.

  • A paragraph on why and how you would like to contribute to OtherwiseMag

  • An indication of the area (i.e. comms; reader community building; curating issue) you would like to contribute while at OtherwiseMag.

 

Positions will be for a 6 month/1 year of tenure with a potential open-ended renewal if the editor wishes to.

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