Friday, May 24, 2024

Join Our Editorial Board & Photography Staff

APPLICATIONS FOR 2024-25 ARE CLOSED

Love to read literature and discuss art? Want to join a community of creative Jewish teen girls and nonbinary teens from around the country? Interested in being a part of a magazine by and for your peers? Want to learn and practice feminist leadership skills?

Our applications are currently closed. Check back in early 2025 or join our mailing list for all the latest news and opportunities.

Looking to get involved? Explore ways to take action.

Application Process

To Get Started

While you can only serve as either a staff editor or a staff photographer, you may apply to be considered for both roles. If applying for both, you will be able to indicate which is of greater interest to you on the application form. Regardless of which position(s) you are interested in, you will need to complete the entire application to be considered.

  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 ohotographer, 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, continue to Next Steps to access and complete the application.

For More Information…

Have questions about what it’s like to be a member of the jGirls+ teen staff? Want to know if this is right for you? Reach out to Bex Ehrmann at bex@jgirlsmagazine.org

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 that tab.


Editors apply the tools and skills they learn at jGirls+ by helping to shape the direction and scope of the magazine.

Opportunities and Commitments

The position lasts one year, starting in late August 2024 and continuing through the end of the U.S. academic year. If you have fulfilled your responsibilities and are still eligible, you will have the option 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 network of alums.

Meetings & Workshops

You must be available two Sundays a month from 7–9pm Eastern time to participate in Zoom meetings with the entire editorial board.

These meetings include:

  • Editorial meetings: training in editorial skills, current affairs discussions, departmental updates, and organizational decision-making. (Approximately once a month.)
  • Educational seminars: workshops with expert educators on a variety of topics related to editing, leadership, and identity. (Approximately once a month.)

Through this training, editors build leadership, decision-making, and communications skills, and explore identity at the intersection of their Jewish and gender identities. Past seminars have focused on talking across difference, fostering civil dialogue, race and racism, disability inclusion, LGBTQ+ inclusion, gender in Jewish text, and more.

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.

Editing

All new editors sit in two departments, which include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Arts & Music, and Timely Content. There are 4-6 editors in each department. Department meetings are teen-only spaces where you read, discuss, analyze, edit, and select teen-created content for publication in jGirls+ Magazine, and get to know fellow editors.

Each department meets for one hour one evening a week, so you must be available for evening meetings twice a week (Mon-Thurs) throughout the academic year. Department meetings are scheduled between 6-9pm Eastern to account for the range of time zones among our staff members. Specific times for these meetings will be assigned based on the schedules of editors and their departmental preferences; therefore, you must have some amount of scheduling flexibility. If you have questions about this, please email info@jgirlsmagazine.org.

As part of your departmental responsibilities, you will also complete independent work outside of meeting times, such as reviewing magazine submissions, composing responses to teen contributors, or preparing selected pieces for publication on our site.

You can expect to spend 3–4 hours per week on meeting time and independent work. This is in addition to the twice monthly two-hour all-editor meetings described above. 

Compensation

In addition to valuable experience and training, editorial board members will receive a stipend of $250 upon 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.


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 Next Steps, below.

Staff Photographers

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, please read the Editorial Board tab, and then skip to the Next Steps section.


jGirls+ photographers partner with editors to pair photographs with teen-created written content for publication on our site.

Please note that we accept high-quality photos taken on phones. No other camera is required for the job, although photos taken with other high-quality digital cameras are welcome.

Opportunities and Commitments

The position lasts one year, starting in late August 2024 and continuing through the end of the U.S. academic year. If you have fulfilled your responsibilities and are still eligible, you will have the option to remain on the photography staff 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 network of alums.

Meetings & Workshops

Staff photographers receive training on the art of photography and curation from professional photographers and visual artists. Topics change from year to year, and have included visual composition, visual analysis as it relates to textual analysis, street photography, self-portraiture, photojournalism, and the intersection of photography and social justice movements. Photographers apply the tools and skills they learn at jGirls+ by helping to shape the visual tone and aesthetic of jGirls+ Magazine.

These meetings and workshops are held twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Specific dates and times for these meetings will be determined based on the schedules of department members, therefore you must have some amount of scheduling flexibility between 2-7pm Eastern on Sundays.

These meetings include:

  • Educational seminars: 1.5–2 hour workshops with a professional photographer or visual artist, as described above. (Approximately once a month.)
  • Photography staff meetings: hour-long department meetings to discuss photo management, collaborate on departmental projects, get to know fellow photographers, and make decisions related to the aesthetic of the magazine. (Approximately once a month.)

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.

Photographers will also have the option to attend the workshops provided to the editors. Topics change from year to year, and have included talking across difference, fostering civil dialogue, race and racism, disability inclusion, LGBTQ+ inclusion, gender in Jewish text, and more.

Photography and Photo Pairing

In addition to attending meetings, photographers are responsible for taking, uploading, and editing 6–10 images per month, as well as pairing photos with written work to appear on our site. You will ensure that your photos are accurately filed and logged to maintain a manageable photo database. You can expect to spend about 1–2 hours a week on this work, in addition to the time participating in meetings as described above.

Compensation

In addition to valuable experience and training, staff photographers will receive a stipend of $125 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.


Please continue to Next Steps, below, to learn more about the application process.

Next Steps

  1. Fill out the Start My Application form below, to get started.
  2. Check your inbox for an email from us with:
    • The Application Preview PDF, which will help you prepare your answers and materials.
    • The link to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application and upload all materials through the the application form.

Finalists will be invited for a Zoom interview. All applicants will be advised of their status by the end of June.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

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