To volunteer as a writer, illustrator, or photographer for The Wake, please attend a meeting! Everyone is welcome from any background or writing level; we love new contributors!
Interested in working for The Wake Magazine? We have openings for the 2017-2018 school year! In this upcoming year, The Wake will be transitioning to become more arts and culture-oriented by expanding its online content, changing some of its editorial sections, and re-designing its website and print magazine.
All staff positions are paid by stipend per issue and come with the expectation of supporting The Wake with all of its promotions and events and attending its meetings. To apply for any of these positions, fill out our online application here. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until Sunday, April 23.
For any questions, contact Emma Klingler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Managing Editor directly oversees the editorial operations of The Wake. The Managing Editor keeps in close contact with the editors, resolving editorial schedule or content issues that arise, keeping The Wake on deadline, and holding smaller meetings with section editors to brainstorm story ideas. The Managing Editor edits every feature story, pitches and edits short pieces for the one-page magazine, and is responsible for staff meeting minutes and issue budgets. 5 hours per week.
Copy Editors (2 openings)
Copy Editors are responsible for maintaining the journalistic integrity of The Wake by editing all articles for grammar and style according to The Wake and AP styles as well as by fact checking online, interview, or other sources given by the writer. 5 hours per week.
The Cities Editor directly oversees the Cities (A&E in the Twin Cities) section of The Wake. The Cities Editor keeps in close contact with writers and the Managing Editor, checking in with them at least once during every week of the biweekly production cycle. They are responsible for pitching article ideas, editing for substance and style, coaching blossoming writers as necessary, and managing the writers and interns contributing to the Cities section. The Cities Editor is responsible for curating articles topical and interesting to our audience. 7.5 hours per week.
The Voices Editor directly oversees the Voices (opinion/editorial) section of The Wake. The Voices Editor keeps in close contact with writers and Managing Editor, checking in with them at least once during every week of the biweekly production cycle. They are responsible for pitching article ideas, editing for substance and style, coaching blossoming writers as necessary, and managing the writers and interns contributing to the Voices section. The Voices Editor is responsible for curating a healthy balance between lighthearted and serious articles across all topics. 7.5 hours per week.
The Music Editor directly oversees the Music (reviews/Q&A) section of The Wake. The Music Editor keeps in close contact with writers and Managing Editor, checking in with them at least once during every week of the biweekly production cycle. They are responsible for pitching review and Q&A ideas, editing for substance and style, coaching blossoming writers as necessary, and managing the writers and interns contributing to the Music section. The Music Editor is responsible for curating a balance of subjects covered within their section. 7.5 hours per week.
The Online Producer helps create online digital/multimedia content. This will include video, audio, and photo galleries. The producer will work with the Online Editor to direct and edit content, expanding the ways we can tell stories in our online section. The Online Producer keeps in close contact with WebDev and the Art Director as well. 7.5 hours per week.
For any questions, contact Holly Wilson at email@example.com.
The Art Director directly oversees all of the art, photos, and illustrations that are printed in The Wake. The Art Director manages art interns and contributing artists, assigning all of the necessary images to them. He or she is responsible for providing any images or artwork that are not picked up by the artists as well as other artwork for side projects as necessary. The Art Director is responsible for curating a consistent art aesthetic in the magazine, and should provide feedback to artists on how to make their work a better fit for the magazine when necessary. 7.5 hours per week.
Designers assist in the production of every issue of The Wake. They work with the design team, coordinating shifts and designating work over design week. They share responsibility in the annual re-design, issue assembly, and must also create flyers, images, diagrams, etc. when necessary. The Designers are responsible for maintaining a consistent design aesthetic in the magazine. 10 hours every other week.
The PR/Ad Manager is directly responsible for promotion of The Wake through events, advertising, relationships with other organizations, and other means. They are responsible for planning events such as the semester fundraisers and the annual music concert as well as promoting and expanding The Wake’s media kit to potential advertisers. The PR/Advertising Manager, Social Media Manager, and Executive Director make up the PR team along with help from any PR interns. 10 hours per week.
Social Media Manager
The Social Media Manager is directly responsible for the internet presence and public image of The Wake. The Social Media Manager promotes events, meetings, and website content on The Wake’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. They are responsible for maintaining a relationship with those featured in Wake articles by tagging them in social media posts. They also work to increase social media followers and engagement, evaluate social media strategy, curate relevant outside content, and aid the PR team as it conceives and executes promotions. The PR/Advertising Manager, Social Media Manager, and Executive Director make up the PR team along with help from any PR interns. 10 hours per week.
Distribution Team (2-3 openings)
The Distribution Team is responsible for the distribution of The Wake to the University of Minnesota campus and surrounding areas, picking up issues from the printer’s drop point and bringing them to newsstands in a timely manner. Throughout the year, they will track how many issues are leftover after each cycle and provide insight for The Wake to have the most effective distribution strategy possible. Access to a car is not necessary but preferred. 4 hours every other week.
Web Designer/Developer Intern
Unpaid, with the possibility of taking over full paid staff position next year
The Web Manager is in charge of running the Wake website, uploading articles on a biweekly basis and coding design changes using Dreamweaver and WordPress. Preferred Qualifications: Some knowledge of HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver; Willing to learn basic PHP and WordPress. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.