JOB: Editorial Assistant at Kirkus Reviews

* The editorial assistant at Kirkus Reviews is responsible for general office administration.

* He or she also plays a vital role in helping the section editors move books through the review process from start to finish, including fact-checking.

* The editorial assistant will also be involved in preparing content for Kirkus’ website.

* Additional duties include writing copy for Kirkus’ homepage mastheads and uploading the digital version of the Kirkus magazine to the website.

* The editorial assistant will also have the opportunity to edit blog posts by Kirkus’ roster of book bloggers.

* The role requires great attention to detail as well as a friendly and patient demeanor; the editorial assistant will be the contact person for a variety of inquiries from publicists, publishers, authors, and other industry professionals.

Cover letter and resume should be sent to Claiborne Smith, editor-in-chief, at

Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been one of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery. Today, Kirkus Reviews covers more than 7,000 books published by traditional houses and more than 3,000 self-published books every year. The magazine is published on the 1st and 15th of every month, and because of the scope of its coverage, its authoritative voice, and the timeliness of its reviews, Kirkus Reviews is revered by many as the first indicator of a book’s potential.

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New York Mag Junior Reporting-Writing PAID Internship Program

New York Magazine Junior Reporting-Writing Internship Program

Position Overview:

New York Media is pleased to offer a Junior Reporting-Writing Internship program. During the three-month program, interns will be responsible for identifying, researching, and reporting newsworthy stories for the Daily Intelligencer, New York Magazine’s news website. Ideal candidates have a good eye for the people, topics, and events worth covering right now, display a reporter’s instincts for finding and following the stories that matter, and write with originality and style. A journalism background is not required; an appetite for news and a voracious curiosity is.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, three writing samples, and answers to the five application questions below to Full-time applicants are preferred, but part-time applicants will also be considered. Positions pay on an hourly basis at New York State minimum wage. No phone calls, please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Please regard your résumé as having been received unless your email is bounced back. New York Media is an Equal-Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadlines:

January-April session, due November 15
May-August session, due March 15
September – December session, due July 15

Junior Writing-Reporting Application Questions:

1. Where do you get your news? Please list five sources you read daily and three you wish you read more regularly.

2. Pretend you’re the news editor for the day. Pick one day this month and find five stories didn’t cover that you think belong on our site.

a. Write a headline and propose an angle for each story. Your choices should show a good understanding of New York Magazine’s sensibility and cover a wide range of topics.

b. Take what you think is the best story among your five and list in tightly written bullet points the five most interesting things about it that every reader should know. The best answers will include a combination of background information, context, connections to other important stories, and shareable details. Your choices should both enlighten and entertain the reader.

3. In under 300 words, write a news post on a story of your choosing (not one of your above five). Please include or link to any visuals or social-media postings you would include. The best answers will be both informative and stylishly written.

4. If you had a month and a generous budget to work on one big feature story, what would it be?

IN THE NEWS: Diversity in Publishing

What Comes Next?: 23 Steps Toward Ending Publishing’s Diversity Problem

HW DUE March 3, 2016


  • Complete all HTML structure modules on codecademy:
  • Find three ebooks with interesting elements. For each example, list: a link to the sample, title, author, publisher, date of publication, platform where you read the book, and how you found it. Describe what is uniquely interesting about each. Due Wednesday by 5pm.  (NOTE: You do not have to buy these books. You can search via google to find interesting ebooks and preview them via online bookstores and even, perhaps,  articles written about them.)

IN ADDITION: Starting next week, each class 2-3 students will present a news item regarding digital publishing to the class. Please email me the news item by noon on Thursday of class. Schedule below and here.

MARCH 3: Rebecca Bergman, Yilla Chin
MARCH 10: Marcus Clinton, Brandon Danowsky
MARCH 17: Ledia Duro, Franchesca Frias
MARCH 24: Enyyella Gutierrez, Nuzhat Hossain, Bethany Smith
APRIL 7: Suela Kolpepaj, Brianna Madrigal, Julio Marquez,
APRIL 14: Christina Morse, Noelle Nogales, Erica Zayas
APRIL 21: Naomi Parker, Ramze Pilar
MAY 12: Antoinette Pryor, Elizabeth Serrano

CLASS NOTES: Bethany was kind enough to type up class notes from 2/25, and they may be found here: Class Notes



IN THE NEWS: About the State of Diversity in Publishing

“You Will Be Tokenized”: Speaking Out About the State of Diversity in Publishing

HW DUE FEB 25, 2016


  1. Reading: Castro, Epub Straight to the Point (Introduction and Using Word to write EPUB). There is a copy in the NYPL for those who do not want to purchase. Please let me know if you are having trouble finding or purchasing.
  2. Assignment 1: Complete Introduction to HTML modules on codeacademy: You will need to sign up to access but the service is free.

HW DUE FEB 18, 2016


  1. Reading: Bhaskar, The Content Machine, introduction, chapters 1 and 2
    (The e-book may be purchased on Amazon. Feel free to share copies.)
  2. Assignment: Outline the ebook publishing process, from book acquisition to distribution to a customer (as a bulleted or numbered list). Is there anything you would change? (short paragraph) IMPORTANT: Please email assignment to me by noon on Thursday 2/18.