Saturday, March 6, 2021

Join Our Editorial Board & Photography Staff

Applications for 2021–2022 Editorial & Staff Photographer Positions
Open Now through Sunday, April 11th

“jGirls provides a space for me to learn about Jewish women’s experiences that differ from mine while also giving me a platform to share my own stories. I am so excited to be a part of this team and to encourage Jewish women to use their voices!”

— Molly Voit (2019–2020 Editor), age 17, New York, NY

Molly Voit

General Information

Serving as a jGirls teen staff member is both an exciting leadership training opportunity and a hands-on position.

Both editors and photographers make a difference in the world by building an online community of future Jewish female, feminist leaders, providing a safe space for Jewish teenage girls and young women to make their voices heard, and engaging in discussion across differences of background, opinion, and perspective.

You will have the opportunity on the application to indicate whether you are interested in being considered for a position as an editor, a staff photographer, or both. Regardless of which position(s) you are interested in, you will need to complete the entire application to be considered.

We actively encourage applicants who are diverse in their Jewish identification, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, race, ethnicity, and abilities. If you’re unsure whether jGirls staff positions are open to your specific Jewish and/or gender identity, we encourage you to check our FAQs for those answers and more.

To Get Started:

  1. If you wish to apply to be an Editor, please read the information on the Editorial Board tab.
  2. If you wish to apply to be a Staff Photographer, please read the information on the Staff Photographers tab.
  3. Of course, if you’d like to apply for both positions, please review both tabs.
  4. Once you have reviewed the information on the tabs below, both editorial and photography applicants must read the Next Steps tab and complete the full application.

We are accepting applications through Sunday, April 11th, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Finalists will be interviewed and decisions will be finalized by the end of June. The 2021–22 term will begin at the end of August.

For More Information…

Have questions about what it’s like to be a member of jGirls’ teen staff? Our current editors and photographers would be happy to answer them!

We will be hosting two online information sessions with current members of our teen staff on Sunday, February 21st, 7pm-8pm Eastern, and March 14th, 4pm-5pm Eastern. Sign up here to participate in these calls. Whether or not you join these calls will not affect your application.

If you cannot make these sessions, you can email carolyn@jgirlsmagazine.org with questions, or to request the recordings that will be made of these sessions.

Editorial Board

You may apply to be considered for both an editorial board position and a staff photographer position, or just one. If you are only interested in applying to be a staff photographer, skip to this section.

Opportunities

Training

Editors receive training from experts in various media (including writing and art/photography), and from other expert educators. Topics change from year to year, and have included diversity in the Jewish community, talking about Israel across difference, fostering civil dialogue, race and racism, disability inclusion, LGBTQ+ inclusion, women in Jewish text, and more. Through this training, editors build leadership, decision making, and communications skills, and explore identity at the intersection of being Jewish and being a young woman or having been socialized as a young woman.

Editing

Editors apply the tools and skills they receive by assisting in shaping the direction and scope of the magazine. Editors serve in departments (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Arts & Music, and Timely Content) to select content to be published in our online magazine and to make decisions affecting their departments and the jGirls community as a whole.

Leadership

Serving on the editorial board offers rich opportunities for personal growth, skill-building, decision making, and leadership development. As an Editor, you will:

  • Work in a supportive environment with others with an array of backgrounds, experiences, and opinions.
  • Build a community of collaboration, connection, and friendship.
  • Develop a network of strong and supportive young women.
  • Gain access to experts in a range of related fields.
  • Serve as the public face of jGirls, which includes helping to publicize the magazine and potentially speaking on behalf of jGirls to the press, foundations, or other organizations.
  • Gain insight into organizational planning and strategy, including management, fundraising, and policy making.
  • Gain access to information about other leadership and growth opportunities.

Compensation

In addition to valuable experience and training, editorial board members will receive a stipend of $250 for the completion of the editorial year. (Please note that because editorial board members are staff, any pieces you have published in our magazine while on the board are part of your responsibilities and covered by your stipend.)

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a position on the editorial board if:

  • You self-identify as a Jewish girl/young woman or nonbinary person.
  • You will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English.
  • You are committed to developing your voice and leadership skills.
  • You live in a time zone that corresponds to a continental U.S. time zone (Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific). This is necessary for participation in our online meetings at the times described below.
  • You are available during the meeting times described below.

We actively encourage applicants who are diverse in their Jewish identification, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, race, ethnicity, and abilities.

Commitment

The position lasts one year, starting in late August 2021 and continuing through the end of the U.S. academic year. If you have fulfilled your responsibilities and are still eligible, you may be invited to remain on the editorial board for the following year. If you will be graduating from high school, your staff term will end and you will be invited to join our alumnae network.

All work is conducted virtually via Zoom and Slack messaging. This year, our new teen staff orientation and all teen staff retreat will be conducted online. See below for details.

Participation requires an average commitment of 3–4 hours per week. This time includes departmental meetings held once a week over Zoom, and group and independent work, as described below. Editors typically serve in two departments that meet at the end of the school day or on weekends. In addition to departmental work, there are meetings held for the entire editorial board twice a month, as described below.

Specific Time Availability

  • All-Editorial Board Meetings: You must be available to participate in a 2-hour Zoom meeting approximately two Sundays a month from 7-9pm Eastern time. (This time is in addition to your weekly 3-4 hour commitment.) You are required to attend these meetings. (We understand that you may have to miss meetings occasionally. However, please note that if you have another regular commitment that conflicts with this time, you will not be eligible for an editorial position.)These meetings are held with the entire editorial board and include:
    • Editorial meetings: training in editorial skills, current affairs discussions, departmental updates, and organizational decision making. (Approximately once a month.)
    • Educational seminars: workshops on a variety of topics as described above.(Approximately once a month.)
  • Departmental Meetings: In these teen-only meetings, department members meet to read, discuss, analyze, edit, and select teen-created content for publication in jGirls Magazine. Department meetings are smaller than all-editorial meetings, and also a time where you will get to know fellow editors and chat about things beyond jGirls-related work.Each department meets once a week for about an hour, and most editors sit in two departments. Therefore, you must be available for departmental meetings every week for two weekday evenings (Mon–Thurs) for one hour at some time between 6-10pm Eastern. You do not need to be available for the full three hours, just one hour during this period; for example, every Tuesday from 7-8pm and every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm.(Editors come from across the country, so we need to account for the range of time zones in planning meeting times. 6–10pm Eastern takes into account both school dismissal times and reasonable bedtimes for editors from the East Coast to the West Coast.)You are expected to attend these meetings. (We understand that you may have to miss meetings occasionally. However, please note that if you cannot be available for these meetings on a regular basis, you will not be eligible for an editorial position.) Specific times for these meetings will be assigned based on the schedules of editors and their departmental preferences.
  • Committees: jGirls offers the opportunity to get involved in our community in a variety of ways. We host several committees focused on organizational and community growth (i.e. social media, social action, fundraising, community programming events). Committees and their members will be determined at the start of the program year. Participating in committees is optional, but if you sign up to be on a committee, you are expected to attend meetings and fulfill responsibilities.
  • Teen Staff Orientation and Retreat: This year, the orientation and retreat will be conducted via Zoom.Orientation for incoming teen staff will be held on August 22nd from 4pm–6pm Eastern for photographers and 6:30-8:30pm Eastern for editors. The retreat, for all teen staff, will be held on August 29th from 1pm–6pm Eastern. Attendance at both orientation and retreat are required. There will be optional social events conducted in the evenings of the week of August 30th.Please email us at carolyn@jgirlsmagazine.org if you have any questions or concerns about these dates.

Responsibilities

Editors will apply their perspective, vision, and creativity to shape the way the world sees Jewish girls and young women and listens to their voices. To this end, editors are responsible for:

  • Attending the all-board meetings and departmental meetings described above.
  • Reviewing and selecting submissions, communicating with content contributors, and preparing selected pieces for publication.
  • Serving as jGirls Ambassadors to friends and peers (getting the word out, actively posting about jGirls on social media if applicable, and encouraging others to participate as contributors or users).
  • Contributing creative content for consideration.
  • Being fully intellectually present and involved, as with in-person commitments.
  • Meeting all deadlines and responding to all communications in a timely manner.
  • Participating in the building and development of jGirls Magazine.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as determined by jGirls Magazine staff and/or editorial board.

If you also wish to apply to be a staff photographer, please read the information on the Staff Photographers tab. If you only wish to apply to be an editor, please continue to the Next Steps tab.

Staff Photographer Opportunities

You may apply for both an editorial board position and a staff photographer position, or just one. If you are only interested in applying to be an editor, skip to this section.

Training

Staff photographers receive training on the art of photography and photo editing. They apply the tools and skills they receive by assisting in shaping the visual tone and aesthetic of jGirls Magazine.

Compensation

In addition to valuable experience and training, staff photographers will receive a stipend of $100 for the completion of the editorial year. (Please note that because photographers are staff, any photos you publish while on the board are part of your responsibilities and covered by your stipend. You will be compensated separately for published written work.)

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a position as a staff photographer if:

  • You self-identify as a Jewish girl/young woman or nonbinary person.
  • You will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • You are fluent in spoken English.
  • You live in a time zone that corresponds to a continental U.S. time zone (Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific). This is necessary for participation in our video meetings at the times described below.
  • You are available during the meeting times described below.

We actively encourage applicants who are diverse in their Jewish identification, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, race, ethnicity, and abilities.

Commitment

The position lasts for one year, starting in late August 2021 and continuing through the end of the U.S. academic year. If you have fulfilled your responsibilities and are still eligible, you may be invited to remain on the editorial board for the following year. If you will be graduating from high school, your staff term will end and you will be invited to join our alumnae network.

All work is conducted virtually via Zoom and Slack messaging. This year, our new teen staff orientation and all-teen staff retreat will be conducted online. See below for details.

Specific Time Availability

  • Departmental Meetings: Photographers meet regularly (approximately 1-2 times a month) on Sunday nights from 7pm–9pm Eastern on 1–2 hour Zoom calls, for a combination of discussion around jGirls photo management and seminars around visual storytelling. In addition to this meeting time, photographers can expect to spend about 1-2 hours a week taking, uploading, and selecting photos.You are required to attend these meetings. (We understand that you may have to miss meetings occasionally. However, please note that if you cannot be available for these meetings on a regular basis, you will not be eligible for a staff photographer position.)
  • Committees: jGirls offers the opportunity to get involved in our community in a variety of ways. We host several committees focused on organizational growth (i.e. social media, social action, fundraising, community programming events). Committees and their members will be determined at the start of the program year. Participating in committees is optional, but if you sign up to be on a committee, you are expected to attend meetings and fulfill responsibilities.
  • Teen Staff Orientation and Retreat: This year, the orientation and retreat will be conducted via Zoom.Orientation for incoming teen staff will be held on DATE, TIME. The retreat, for all teen staff, will be held on August 29th from 1pm–6pm. Attendance at both orientation and retreat are required. There will be optional social events conducted in the evenings of the week of August 30th.Please email us at carolyn@jgirlsmagazine.org if you have any questions or concerns about these dates.

Responsibilities

Staff photographers will apply their perspective, vision, and creativity to shape the way the world sees girls and young Jewish women and listens to their voices. To this end, photographers are responsible for:

  • Submitting 6–10 images per month according to the guidelines and needs presented each month.
  • Working with the teen staff photography head to review, curate and select photography submissions, pair photographs with written content, and prepare selected photos for publication.
  • Ensuring that photos are accurately filed and logged to maintain a manageable photo database.
  • Attending meetings as described above.
  • Serving as jGirls Ambassadors to friends and peers (getting the word out, actively posting about jGirls on social media as applicable, and encouraging others to participate as contributors or users).
  • Meeting all deadlines and responding to all communications in a timely manner.
  • Being fully intellectually present and involved, as with in-person commitments.
  • Participating in the building and development of jGirls Magazine.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as determined by jGirls Magazine.

We look for candidates with a creative eye for taking and curating photos that will appear on the site. Having a digital, DSLR, or high-tech camera is not a requirement for the job. We accept high-quality photos taken on phones.

If you would like to be considered for this role, please be sure that:

  • The piece you critique in the essay section is a photograph.
  • At least one of the creative pieces you submit is a photograph.

You will have the opportunity on the application to indicate whether you are interested in being considered as a photographer in addition to being considered as an editor, or if you wish to be considered only as a photographer. Either way, you still need to complete the entire application.


If you also wish to apply to be an editor, please be sure to read the information on the Editorial Board tab. If you wish only to apply to be a staff photographer, please continue to the Next Steps tab.

Next Steps

To fill out an application for a teen staff position, please read this section carefully and prepare all materials before continuing to the form below. All documents must be uploaded via the application form—do not email these to us directly unless you have trouble uploading.

1. Essay Questions:

Please prepare these questions in advance of starting the application. There will be space to paste in your responses on the application form. The answers to each question should be approximately 250-400 words (1–3 paragraphs, or between half a page and a page). Don’t worry if it is a bit longer or shorter.

  • Tell us how you think about your two identities of being Jewish and being a girl/young woman and what they mean to you as you go through the world. (Please include both of these identities in your answer, either separately or together/intersecting.) There is no right or wrong answer to this question.
  • Why do you want to join the jGirls editorial board or staff photography department? What appeals to you about jGirls? What do you hope to gain and what do you hope to give?
  • Discuss a piece from the jGirls Magazine website. This could be a piece you found to be particularly compelling, controversial, nuanced, or thought-provoking, or it could be a piece you don’t think belongs on the site as it is because it is misguided or poorly executed. Be completely candid, as you would be expected to be in the edit room. (Your feedback will not be shared with the writer/artist of the piece.) If you are applying to be a staff photographer, select a photograph.

2. Creative Materials:

Please prepare to upload two pieces of creative material. This will give us a sense of your creative style, what issues are of interest to you, and how you are thinking about those issues.

Your materials can include nonfiction, fiction, poetry, cultural reviews, visual arts (painting, photography, etc.), video, and/or music. If you are applying to be a staff photographer, one of these pieces must be a photograph. Please look at our website for examples of the broad range of work that is of interest to jGirls. You can submit two different types of material. If either of these works has already been published, let us know where and when on the application form.

If you are submitting art, photography, or music, please include an artist’s statement. That is, tell us about your piece, such as, what inspired you to create it, what story does it tell, why did you choose this medium, etc. Think about what you might see on a plaque next to a museum piece, or see our website for examples such as Eve, The Rocky Record, Barbara.

You have the option to indicate whether you would like your creative materials to be considered for publication on our website. Your choice on this will not impact your application.

Whether or not you wish your work to be considered for our website, please submit something you can envision on our site, so we can get a sense of your compatible work. For example, we do not publish class research papers, book reports, and similar works.

You can see our submissions guidelines and recommendations here.

Please be sure to click on the What Should I Write About? and What Can I Submit? tabs within the guidelines and look at the Format Specifications under the “What Can I Submit?” tab.

Consideration for Publication Guidelines

Additionally, if you would like your pieces to be considered for publication, you must follow these guidelines:

Written Formats

    • Written materials must be submitted in an editable format such as Word or Google Docs (not pdf). Please include at the top of the document:
      • the piece’s title and your name
      • whether it is fiction, nonfiction, poetry or other (indicate what)
      • if the piece has been published elsewhere, a link, if available
      • anything else it is crucial for us to know about the piece (such as if you wish it to be published anonymously)

Non-Written Formats:

    • Photos and art scans must be a minimum of 1920×1080 in either JPG or PNG formats
      • You can find this information on your computer. On a PC, open in a photo viewer such as Photo, right click, and look at File Info under Dimensions. On a Mac, click on the photo in Finder in List view, and look at Dimensions.
      • Non-digital artwork must be scanned at a high-resolution or well-photographed and meet the same resolution requirements.
    • Videos must be high-quality, HD (1920×1080) MP4, and filmed horizontally with good sound and lighting. Submit an original video file rather than a link to YouTube or similar.
    • Music must be in MP3 format, at 198kb/s or higher bit-rate.

You may submit materials that do not follow these guidelines as part of your application, but they cannot be considered for publication on our site. (This will not affect your application.)

PLEASE NOTE: If you do wish to have your material considered for publication, be aware that creative material submitted as part of the editorial board application is not reviewed until the fall. You will only hear from us about the creative materials if they are accepted or we would like you to consider making edits. (This is separate from hearing from us about your editorial board application—everyone who applies will hear from us by the end of June.)

File Names and Sizes
  • All file names must include a shortened version of the title of your piece, your first and last names, and EdBoard2021. For example, EndWorld_MillieStern_EdBoard2021.
  • Please note: Uploads can be a maximum of 10GB.
  • If you have trouble uploading, if your creative samples are too large to upload, if you have any other problems with or questions about your creative samples, or for any other questions, please email us at carolyn@jgirlsmagazine.org. This will not affect your application.

Please prepare all these materials before you begin the application and have them ready to upload. (In the past, people have had the experience of losing the answers they had already filled out on the application while they prepared these materials!)

3. Other Materials to Prepare in Advance:

  • We request two references we may reach out to, including name, relationship, phone number and email address. These can be teachers, mentors, advisors, program directors, etc.
  • Each year, our teen staff helps to shape our aesthetic. This includes creating our social media graphics, program posters, and other design elements. If you have experience with or interest in design, you will be able to share your graphics, posters, etc. (Optional.)
  • We want to know more about you! If applicable, please share with us other places we might get to know you. For example, share your public social media handles, links to your art portfolio, projects that have been meaningful to you, links to any works you have published online, any articles in which you have been featured or quoted, or any other place that we can get more of a sense of who you are. (Optional.)

Have questions? Please contact us at info@jgirlsmagazine.org. Asking questions will not affect your application.

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