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5 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Editor

For writers looking to shift their careers, an editing position often seems like the next logical step. But, before you start eyeing that spot on the masthead, make sure you have these key magazine and newspaper editor skill sets.

No. 5: A gift for finding the “so what?” in a story

It’s great that you can spot comma splices and sentence fragments, but great editors can also pull out the important elements of a story so readers don’t end up feeling like they just squandered their last five or so minutes.

“One of the things I can do really well is I can see a story in my mind before it’s written. When you’re writing, it’s all about getting the ideas out. It’s more emotional,” said Kweli WrightJuicy contributing editor. ”When you’re editing, you have to think like a writer but also think like a reader and make sure that the beginning, middle, conclusion and quotes make sense to make the story come alive.”

Read more in 5 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Editor. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

Get a Job as a Social Media Manager

alternategigs1.jpgWhether you are looking for a total career revamp or just to earn a few extra bucks on the side, there are a number of unique job opportunities for freelance journalists, including some that you may not think you’re qualified for. For example, social media jobs are a great fit for news hounds.

“Journalists have an even bigger opportunity to get into social media now, because there is always something new and more hands are always needed,” said Douglas Marshall, a journalist turned social media manager for Saks Fifth Avenue. “I know a lot of journalists who write freelance for larger retail company’s blogs, or they are hired on a consulting basis to be ‘experts.’ Journalists are currency in the social media world, probably more than they think they are.”

Find out how to get the job in Mediabistro’s latest AvantGuild article, Great Side Gigs for Journalists and Writers. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

Find great social media jobs on our job board. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

How Freelancers Should Prepare for Full-Time

Freelance to Fulltime2.jpgWhen times are tough, even the most independent of freelancers may be lured by the steady paychecks and 401k of a full-time job. Before taking the plunge and accepting that 9-5, however, it is important to consider all of the potential changes, and even risks, that come with quitting the freelance life.

For example, does taking a full-time job mean giving up your side gigs? Possibly.

“Some employers will require that any contract work be approved first,” said HR exec Rose Reterstoff. “Even if this isn’t the case, the employee should look for contract or policy language such as ‘conflict of interest’ or ‘ethical behavior.’”

So, if you’ve made a living freelancing for Magazine X and are brought on as a staff writer for the competition, you’re going to need to look more closely at your arrangements with both. Check old and new contracts, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements and employee handbooks. Then, tread carefully.

Get more tips in Mediabistro’s latest AvantGuild article, Back to the Cube: What to Do Before Ditching the Freelance Life. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

Apply Now to be a New Media Fellow at The Atlantic

If you’re not only an expert at using Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook but can edit video with the best of them, you should take a look at The Atlantic‘s 2012-2013 social media/multimedia fellowship.

The ad was posted on The Atlantic‘s Tumblr on Friday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include details on whether the gig is paid or not The post has been updated to say it’s a paid, year-long job based in Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity to get some hands-on social media and video experience at a great publication.

In addition to emailing over a resume, the editors would also “love to see the following”:

  • Your Twitter / Tumblr / Vimeo / YouTube / etc. pages
  • Anything cool you’ve made recently
  • A video someone else made that you think is great
  • A blog that you think is awesome
  • A meme that you think is awesome
  • A GIF that you think is awesome

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to video@theatlantic.com.

Editors With Multimedia Skills More Likely To Be Promoted

If you’re a regular 10,000 Words reader, you know that multimedia skills can do wonders for your journalism career. Not only can you use your Twitter savvy to land a social media job, but if you can hip your bosses to the benefits of infographics or prove that page views increase with slideshows, you could get bumped up the masthead.

Marie Claire features director Lea Goldman didn’t go to J-school or take any workshops to learn how to create content for the iPad, for example. She hit the ground running.

“I am a big believer in just getting out there and doing. It’s thinking, ‘Oh, instead of an article, maybe we should do an interactive graphic or maybe a video would be great here.’ You really have to be willing to do more than just write and edit. If that’s all you’re interested in,” she added, “you’re probably in the wrong business.”

To find out how other magazine veterans got promoted, read How To Become an Editor-in-Chief.

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This article is one of several mediabistro.com features exclusively available to AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, you can register for as little as $55 a year and get access to these articles, discounts on seminars and workshops, and more.

 

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