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Assistant Digital Editor

Position Type: Full-time employee

Backpacker magazine is the premier magazine of wilderness travel. For more than 40 years, we’ve been delivering the skills, gear, and destinations to help enable and inspire our readers to explore the outdoors. We’re looking for an assistant digital editor based in our Boulder, Colorado, office to help manage our growing and evolving digital presence.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Manage all Backpacker social media accounts and post daily content
  • Write, assign, and edit web-exclusive content, including news stories, how-to articles, photo galleries, and more.
  • Produce articles, galleries, and multimedia content for Backpacker.com, including helping translate the print issue to web
  • Create and send Backpacker.com editorial newsletters
  • Project-edit the monthly reader letters page in the print magazine
  • Work with marketing and ad teams to ensure quality of online campaigns, sponsored content, and web banners
  • Participate in story planning and content development for print and web.
  • Help copy-edit and proof-read the print magazine
  • Manage digital interns

 

REQUIRED: WHAT YOU’LL ABSOLUTELY NEED

  • A genuine love of backpacking and the outdoors
  • Strong writing skills, especially news and service
  • Previous experience at a magazine, newspaper, website or other media company
  • Experience with WordPress and familiarity with HTML
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices
  • Strong social media presence and knowledge of trends on different platforms.
  • Good time management skills and experience juggling lots of projects at once
  • A high level of comfort with all things digital. You should be the person your family asks to set-up the WiFi at grandma’s, etc.
  • A BA or Masters in journalism, English, or a related field
  • Legal right to work in the U.S.

DESIRED: WHAT YOU COULD USE

  • Copyediting experience
  • Photo research skills, especially a working understanding of rights and Creative Commons licensing.
  • Previous experience assigning stories and working with freelance writers
  • Social media management experience, especially for a brand or company
  • Experience creating e-books in .EPUB format

HOW TO APPLY

Send cover letter and resume to Rachel Zurer at rzurer@aimmedia.com

 

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

Active Interest Media is one of the world’s largest enthusiast media companies, publishing leading consumer magazines such as Yoga Journal, Backpacker, SKI, Skiing, Vegetarian Times, Yachts International, Sail, Power & Motoryacht, Black Belt, American Cowboy, Spin to Win Rodeo, Practical Horseman, Dressage Today, Log Home Living, Old House Journal, Country’s Best Cabins, and more. The company’s five divisions—the Equine Network, Home Group, Healthy Living Group, Marine Group, and Outdoor Group— reach more than 40 million people in 85 countries. We also operate websites, B2B businesses, a state-of-the-art video unit, and Warren Miller Entertainment, the most successful outdoor film production company in history. Each of our divisions also runs consumer and trade events, including the world’s largest boat shows and yoga conferences. Active Interest Media’s customers are smart, engaged, and loyal, and they look to our brands for trustworthy information and services that will inspire and enable them to enjoy their passions.

 

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment reference check.

 

INTERNSHIPS

Editorial Internship

Score a BACKPACKER magazine internship and learn to create inspirational stories about the outdoors. BACKPACKER is looking for self-starting, detail-obsessed journalism students with writing, editing, and new media skills for semester-long internships.

As an editorial intern, you’ll work alongside BACKPACKER’s award-winning staff to help produce our monthly print magazine and its associated ecosystem of products (website, iPad editions, ebooks, etc). Exact duties vary based on intern interest/skills and on what we’ve got going on, but in general, you’ll:

• work side-by-side with staff

• attend planning and editorial meetings

• write bylined stories, blogs, and trip reports

• fact-check and copy edit

• help plan future issues

• learn the art of great story pitching

• tackle interesting research projects

• possibly help with gear testing

• obtain essential web content management and SEO skills

• learn InDesign Basics.

Location

Positions are on-site in our Boulder, Colorado offices.

Commitment

At least 20 hours per week, exact schedule is flexible.

Compensation

This is an unpaid internship position and you MUST be able to receive academic credit for the experience.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in writing and journalism
  • Excellent writing skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Demonstrated interest in backpacking and the outdoors
  • Can receive academic credit for the internship

We typically hire juniors, seniors, or grad students for this position, but we will consider exceptional freshmen or sophomores. Internships are in our offices in Boulder, CO. We do not provide assistance with housing.

How to apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to BACKPACKER Senior Editor Rachel Zurer at rzurer@backpacker.com. Please include the following information in your cover letter:

  1. Your preferred semester
  2. Your student status (Please apply only if you are able to receive academic credit and willing to relocate to Boulder, CO for the duration of the internship)
  3. Your backpacking experience

Time frame/start date

We have internships available year-round. Position start and end dates are flexible, and the application process is rolling, but in general:

Fall: August-December; apply by June 15 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 15, 2015

Spring: January-May; apply by November 1

Summer: May-August; apply by February 1

***For school credit only.

Digital Editorial Internship

Come be a part of BACKPACKER’s growing digital team! We’re looking for self-starting, detail-obsessed journalism students with writing, editing, and new media skills for semester-long internships.

As a digital intern, you’ll work alongside BACKPACKER’s award-winning staff to help produce daily news content, photo galleries, web slideshows, e-books, and other online products. Exact duties vary based on intern interest/skills, but in general, you’ll:

• write 1-2 news items daily (great way to pile up clips and bylines for your portfolio)
• attend planning and editorial meetings
• research, report, and produce themed slideshows for the web
• fact-check and copyedit
• manage BACKPACKER social media accounts
• help plan future digital initiatives
• possibly help with gear testing
• obtain essential web content management and SEO skills
• build ebooks in Adobe InDesign

*Qualifications:
• Demonstrated interest in writing and journalism
• Excellent writing skills
• High attention to detail
• Self-motivated and enthusiastic
• Demonstrated interest in backpacking and the outdoors
• Microsoft Office proficiency is a must; HTML and Adobe InDesign experience helpful but not required.

We typically hire juniors, seniors, or grad students for this position, but we will consider exceptional freshmen or sophomores. Internships are located in our offices in Boulder, CO. Unfortunately, we can not provide stipends for transportation or housing.

*Commitment

At least 20 hours per week, exact schedule is flexible.

*Compensation

This is an unpaid internship position and you MUST be able to receive academic credit for the experience.

*Application Instructions:
Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Digital Editor Trent Knoss at tknoss@aimmedia.com. Please include the following information in your cover letter:

• Your student status (Please apply only if you are able to receive academic credit and live in Boulder, CO for the duration of the internship)
• Your backpacking experience
• Which digital projects/platforms you’d be excited to work on.

Time frame/start date

We have internships available year-round. Position start and end dates are flexible, and the application process is rolling, but in general:

Fall: August-December; apply by June 15
Spring: January-May; apply by November 1
Summer: May-August; apply by March 15 *FULL FOR SUMMER 2015*

Gear Guide Internship in BACKPACKER’s Photo Department

Each fall we look for an intern to help with the huge task of calling in all the gear for our spring gear guide photo shoots. The intern should have very good organizational skills and be very excited about outdoor gear. You do not have to know about studio photography, but an interest in helping each product look it’s best is a must.

This internship would not only be beneficial to photography/art/design majors, but also for anyone majoring in communications, or hoping to be involved with PR or marketing. You will have daily contact with the major PR companies in the outdoor space.

If you are hired:

Beginning in October you will be contacting companies to request specific pieces of gear. You will communicate with the other members of the photo department what’s here, what’s coming, and any companies not responding. Then the photo shoots begin. You will help on set, steaming sleeping bags, stuffing packs, setting up tents, touching all the newest and best gear for the upcoming season.

 

Time commitment: 20-24 hr/wk in our Bolder office. Specific days and hours are flexible

Dates: Flexible, but approximately Oct – Dec, with option to be continued into the spring semester
Please send your resume to Genny Fullerton at GFullerton@backpacker.com

***For school credit only.

Photography Internship

Backpacker magazine has a photography internship in the summer, fall, and spring. The main duties of the intern are assisting with photo research, communicating with photographers to obtain hi-res files, helping produce and assist on gear photo shoots, and communicating with gear companies about their products. The intern will have access to our stock request list and be encouraged to submit his or her photos if they have anything that fits our needs. In addition, the intern will be creating photography slideshows for the Backpacker website and digital editions and learning our content management system. There is an opportunity to create and develop a slideshow of your own. The theme of the photo project will be developed by you and the photo department.

This is not a shooting internship and while appreciated, it is not required to have great photographic abilities. An interest in photography and good communications skills are priority.
REQUIREMENTS: Ability to spend 2-3 days per week in the office from 9 to 5pm.

Summer dates: May/June – August/September

Fall dates: September – December/January

Spring: January – May

Please send your resume to Genny Fullerton at GFullerton@backpacker.com
***For school credit only.

 

Full-Time Employment

Please visit the Active Interest Media corporate website–Backpacker magazine’s parent company–for information regarding employment.

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