Looking For a New Assistant Editor

Dear Readers,

As you may have noticed, the weekly Savage Minds Around the Web feature has become more sporadic than weekly, which means it is time for me to step down and bring someone else into the Savage Minds family.   We’re looking for a new blogger to do a weekly roundup, and participate in the upkeep of blog.  I’ve posted a version of Kerim’s original call for a new blogger, and it’s pretty much the same.  Please feel free to email me with any questions or interest in the position.

When we first started Savage Minds were a handful of anthropologists blogging about a variety of topics, but almost no blogs dedicated to cultural anthropology. Today there is a thriving ecosystem of top quality anthropology blogs. The downside of this wonderful success is that its gotten hard for us to keep up. So we thought we’d turn to you, our readers, to see if there aren’t some aspiring bloggers who’d like to help out.

If you’re interested, keep reading …

Position: Savage Minds Assistant Editor

Requirements: The position is open, but someone who is currently enrolled in an anthropology Ph.D. program is preferred. We especially encourage women and minority applicants. The ideal candidate is a good writer who is knowledgeable about anthropological theory and comfortable using HTML. (Blogging experience isn’t necessary, we are happy to get you up to speed on the software we use.)

Salary: None. Sorry. No money. However, you do get to become a full-time member of a well established blog for one year (possibly longer, but initially for one year).

Job Description: The assistant editor will be free to blog about whatever topic he or she likes, but there is no pressure to do so. More important are the following responsibilities:

  • Daily: Moderate comments. We get about 20-30 spam comments a day, although now most go to the moderation queue.
  • Weekly: Write an “around the web” post listing and summarizing interesting anthropology related stories from blogs, newspapers, Facebook, academic journals, etc..
  • Ongoing: Coordinate the Savage Minds guest blogger program. Help identify and contact possible guest bloggers. Coordinate their schedule. Set them up with accounts, introduce them, thank them, and help them with any technical difficulties.
  • Ongoing: Maintain the Savage Minds blogroll.

How to Apply: Write a sample “around the web” column which you think reflects the spirit and sensibility of Savage Minds. It should reflect the quality of work you think you could do on a weekly basis. It should be properly encoded as an HTML list (like the Job description list above). Email the results to this email by Monday, April 19.