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The Open City editor
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February 5, 2013

The Asian American Writers' Workshop is looking to hire an editor for Open City (, our magazine of Asian American New York that’s been covered in the Wall Street Journal and NPR.

Open City, an online magazine published by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets right now. We’re looking for a self-motivated and resourceful editor with a vibrant vision of how the stories of immigrant New York City should be told. Here’s an opportunity to lead a smart publication about issues you actually care about—and that you actually want to read. As editor, you will assign, edit, develop, and produce content on the multi-ethnic Asian neighborhoods that now comprise one million New Yorkers.

What You’ll Do:

The Open City editor is responsible for overseeing Open City magazine and the Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellowship program. The editor will: generate, edit, and package stories; find and recruit writers, photographers, and artists; and lead all facets of editorial planning and production for Open City magazine and its sister blog, OurChinatown ( Candidates should have a proven history of reporting, editing, and compiling material with a solid knowledge of line editing and fact checking. Requirements: experiencing in editing, managing writers, and juggling multiple deadlines under pressure.

Responsibilities include:

Conceiving, developing, and editing content for the site; working with a producer to post and publish stories; managing the magazine’s creative nonfiction fellowship program; supervising interns, fellows, freelancers, and independent contractors; overseeing an editorial budget; generating story ideas; commissioning work by freelance writers; editing and proofreading; liaising with artists and photographers; overseeing the artwork, layout, and appearance of articles; social media; and devising Open City-related events and programming.

Who You Are:

• a person with 3 to 5 years of editing experience;
• an entrepreneurial editor with a strong vision, rolodex of contacts, and endless supply of innovative ideas for stories and content creation
• someone comfortable working in a start-up environment;
• an editor who can evaluate content in areas of authenticity, originality, language, flow, and aesthetics, as well as cross check the facts, grammar, style, and design of each article;
• experienced in digital media production, HTML, and Wordpress;
• a voracious reader with a firm grasp on issues pertaining to New York, cities, Asian Americans, immigrants, urbanisms, gentrification, race relations, and current events.