Job Opening: Editor, The Mary Sue

Employer: The Mary Sue
Location: New York City, NY
Education level: BA
Job begins in Sept. 2012
Deadline: “apply ASAP”

If you’re a scholar of geek culture, including Japanese geek culture, and gender, check out this opportunity from The Mary Sue.

You’ll join us in our offices (yeah, a loft in SoHo, exposed brick, no big thing), write, get red eyes looking at Google Reader, write, write some more, tweet, Tumbl, Facebook, organize contests, and generally keep your finger on the pulse of geek pop culture, gender in pop culture, and a bit of science.

The ideal candidate is a college graduate with internet writing experience looking for a job at a news startup. The ideal candidate can also demonstrate throughout the evaluation process that they are capable of writing quickly, clearly, and cohesively about numerous major aspects of both geek culture and gender in culture. Start date for the job has not yet been determined specifically, but will be in early September. Yes, you must be available to work in our office in NYC.

Here are the two biggest things we’re looking for in applicants:

The primary qualification for this job is an encyclopedic knowledge of, and obsessive enthusiasm for, multiple aspects of geek culture. If you are knowledgeable about weird, obscure anime or manga, thrive on television and movie casting news, or have incorporated the names of pages on TVTropes.org into your conversational vocabulary, then this is the job for you.
The secondary, but just as important, qualification is being able to write quickly and clearly (on topics from your geek specialties to gender issues), without weird grammatical or spelling issues, on topics that you yourself think up/discover on the interwebs.

Here are some other very important qualifications:

Previous experience in pop culture blogging or otherwise writing for the internet in a professional capacity.
Knowledge of blogging software.
Knowledge of the major personalities and figures in both the real and fictional sides of geekdom.
Basic experience with photo-editing software.
An ability to listen, take direction, and follow through with assigned tasks.

And here’s some way less important criteria that, if they apply to you, we totally want to know about:

Knowledge of anime and manga fandoms.
Experience in science writing.
An interest in writing and storytelling tropes.

For more information and to apply, see the original posting on The Mary Sue.

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