Friday, April 3, 2020

Join Our Editorial Board & Photography Staff

Applications Now Open for 2020–2021 Editorial & Staff Photographer Positions
Apply by April 20th!

“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 editorial board member is both an exciting leadership training opportunity and a hands-on editorial position. Staff photographers also receive hands-on training and experience, and set the visual and aesthetic tone of jGirls Magazine.

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

You may apply for either an editorial board position, a staff photographer position, or both. You will have the opportunity to indicate which position(s) you are interested in on the application, as well as which position you prefer, if you choose to apply to both (you can only be selected for one or the other).

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

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 Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. We expect to finalize our decisions by the end of June. The term will begin at the end of summer/early fall. We’re looking forward to reading your application!

Have Questions?

Have questions about the application process or about what it’s like to serve on the jGirls editorial board? Our current editors or staff would be happy to answer them. Email us at info@jgirlsmagazine.org, and we will connect you with the appropriate person.

Additionally, we will be hosting an online information sessions with current editors on April 5th from 7-8pm Eastern time. You can sign up here to participate in this video call. You will then receive the Zoom webinar link. If you cannot attend, you can still register and submit your questions to be answered on the calls. Both calls will be recorded and the replay link shared with everyone who registered. Whether or not you participate in the calls will not affect your application.

Editorial Board Opportunities

Training

Editors receive training from experts in various media (including writing and art/photography), and from educators on topics such as diversity in the Jewish community, talking about Israel across difference, fostering civil dialogue, and more. They build leadership, decision making, and communications skills, and explore identity at the intersection of being Jewish and being 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, and Visual Arts & Music) 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 publish 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.
  • You will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2020-2021 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 in order to be able to participate in our video meetings at the times described below.
  • You are regularly available during the meeting times described below.

Commitment

The position is for one year, starting in late summer/early autumn of 2020 and continuing through the U.S. academic year (approximately late August through May/June). 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 term will end.

All work is conducted virtually via online video calls and messaging, with the exception of an in-person retreat over Labor Day, as described below.

Participation requires an average commitment of 3–4 hours per week. This time includes both group and independent work, as described below under “Responsibilities,” as well as departmental meetings held once a week by video call.

Specific Time Availability

  • All-Editorial Board Meetings: You must be available to participate in a 2-hour video meeting approximately two Sundays a month, 7–9PM Eastern Time. (This time is in addition to your weekly 3-4 hour commitment.) You are expected to attend the majority of 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 board and include:
    • Editorial meetings: training in editorial skills, current affairs discussion, departmental updates, organizational decision making (about 1x/month).
    • Educational seminars: workshops on topics such as Jewish identity, LGBTQ+ inclusion, race and ethnicity in the Jewish community, talking about Israel across difference, leadership skills, and more (about 1x/month).
  • Departmental Meetings: In these meetings, you will meet with your department(s) to read, discuss, analyze, edit, and select teen-created content for publication in jGirls Magazine. As department meetings are smaller and include only teens (no adults), this is also a time where you will get to know fellow editors and chat about things beyond jGirls-related work. Editors typically serve in two departments. Meetings are about an hour, with the time determined by department members, generally at the end of the school day. Therefore, you must be available for Departmental Meetings every week for two weekday evenings (Mon-Thurs) for one hour. This is usually 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 the majority of 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.
  • In-person jGirls Editorial Board Retreat: This will be held in New York City over Labor Day Weekend (September 4th-7th, 2020). Financial resources should not be a barrier to participation, as stipends will be available to alleviate travel costs as required. All other costs (housing, food, etc.) will be covered by jGirls Magazine. The retreat is designed to be respectful to a range of Shabbat practices, food is certified Kosher and we can accommodate dietary needs. While participation in this retreat is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged, and your availability will be one factor we consider on your application. You are welcome to email us at info@jgirlsmagazine.org if you have any questions or concerns about the cost and/or timing of the retreat.

Responsibilities

Editors 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, 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, and encouraging others to participate as contributors or users). (We understand not everyone has social media accounts.)
  • Contributing creative content for consideration on a regular basis.
  • Being fully intellectually present and involved, as if this were an in-person commitment.
  • 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

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.
  • You will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2020-2021 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 in order to be able to participate in our video meetings at the times described below.
  • You are available during the meeting times described below.

Commitment

The position is for one year, starting in late summer/early autumn of 2020 and continuing through the U.S. academic year (approximately late August through May/June). If you have fulfilled your responsibilities and are still eligible, you may be invited to remain on as a staff photographer for the following year. If you will be graduating from high school, your term will end.

All work is conducted virtually via online video calls and messaging.

Photographers meet regularly (approximately once a month) on Sunday nights from 7-9pm Eastern Time on 1-2 hour video 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 expected to attend the majority of 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 photography position.)

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 two photo sets of approximately 3-5 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, and encouraging others to participate as contributors or users). (We understand not everyone has social media accounts.)
  • Contributing creative content for consideration on a regular basis.
  • Being fully intellectually present and involved, as if this were an in-person commitment.
  • 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 only to be considered 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 editorial board and/or staff photographer application, 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 answer 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.

  • What does being a Jewish girl mean to you? There is no right or wrong answer to this question. We want to hear from you how you think about these two identities (*both* of them, either separately or together/intersecting) and what they mean to you as you go through the world.
  • Why do you want to join the jGirls editorial board? What appeals to you about jGirls? What do you hope to gain and what do you hope to give?
  • Choose 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. Tell us which piece it is, why you chose this piece, and what you have to say about it. 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.) As a reminder, if you are applying to be a staff photographer, you must select a photograph.

2. Creative Materials:

You will have to upload two pieces of creative material. This is so we can get 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. As a reminder, 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 we are interested in. 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 the different things you might see on a plaque next to a museum piece, or see our website for examples, such as Eve, The Rocky Record, Barbara.

File Names and Sizes

All file names must include a shortened version of the title of your piece, your first and last names, and EdBoard2020. For example, EndWorld_MillieStern_EdBoard2020.

Please note: Uploads can be a maximum of 10GB.

If you have trouble uploading, if your creative samples are too large to upload, or if you have any other problems with or questions about your creative samples, please email us at info@jgirlsmagazine.org. This will not affect your application.

Consideration for Publication

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. If you would like your pieces to be considered for publication, you must read and follow the guidelines in the “Publication Guidelines” toggle here:

Publication Guidelines

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)
      • Please note: we tend not to accept for publication written work longer than about three pages/about 1500 words. Additionally, we tend not to publish school research papers or similar. Submitting something longer than three pages or that was written for school will not jeopardize your application, and this work will be reviewed by our editors, but it is unlikely this work will be accepted for publication.
    • 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. There are also many online resources to walk you through this process.
      • Non-digital artwork must be scanned at a high-resolution or well-photographed with a camera 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. Submit an original file rather than a link to a hosting platform.

You may submit materials that do not fall within these parameters or 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 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!)

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

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