Careers and Internships

Digital Content Editor

BASIC FUNCTION:

The Digital Content Editor will work directly under the Editor/and or Director of Digital Content Strategy to develop, define, and maintain the publication’s digital presence, quality, and consistency across a variety of platforms, including blogs, feature stories, slideshows, event listings, social media posts, e-newsletters, etc., with particular attention given to driving increased traffic and brand visibility. Responsibilities will include editing, creating content, analyzing data and responding appropriately, and overseeing the publication’s social media presence. This role will oversee a diverse team of staff, interns, and freelance contributors. A successful Digital Content Editor will combine their tech savvy with a passion for creating and sharing meaningful material

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This role entails the following expectations but is not limited to

Essential

  • Contributing original content to the publication’s blogs and slideshows. It is expected that a minimum of 2-5 daily blog posts and 1 photo gallery are created and posted
  • Managing and encouraging staff and freelance contributors to provide a daily supply of material to keep website and social media presence fresh, increase return traffic, and convey true voice and tone of publication
  • Collaborate with Marketing, Sales, and Promotions staff to coordinate the posting of their digital content
  • Ensure staff and freelance contributors meet deadlines and maintain focus on assignments
  • Check content for accuracy and ensure compliance with copyright and privacy regulations
  • Address any web, social media, and blogging issues experienced by staff in a timely fashion
  • Edit copy for ease of reading on website page or convert longer content to a format 
  • Modify content so that it is easy to view on mobile or tablet screens
  • Interpreting and adjusting print feature stories and headlines for digital audiences
  • Aggressive use and management of the magazines’ social media accounts and monitoring social engagement to promote content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites
  • Adjusting the content and its placement on the site in response to real-time analytics; includes adding/removing content
  • Adding digital components to print features for digital audiences (related slideshows, blog posts, etc.)
  • Monitoring the website and social media for quality control—correcting links, typos and formatting errors
  • Performance reporting from Google Analytics on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, formally and informally: continual communication is a must
  • Compiling and/or editing weekly e-newsletters at least three times/week
  • Implementing SEO practices for all digital content, including Google AMP compatibility for all stories 
  • Develop strategies for generating meaningful content that garners a high volume of visits, and encourages awareness and excitement around the publication. Content typically includes written news articles, video interviews and behind-the-scenes features, podcast discussions, and a variety of embedded games or other interactive apps.
  • Maintaining the publication’s online archive and video library; tracking and recording of staff’s blogging on a daily basis
  • Achieving pageview, unique visitor, and other monthly goals set by the publisher.
  • Working with staff to create Facebook Live videos as needed
  • Updating the magazine’s Google Page site on a weekly basis

Ancillary

  • Add print stories to the website on as-needed basis
  • Working with the Art Director to ensure adequate and appropriate graphics/visual representation available for stories on the web
  • Brainstorm and solicit feedback from other departments/staff regarding topics and generating discussions for the web

Planning Activities:

  1. Weekly planning with editorial staff to locate galleries and blogs and online-only content that enhances what has been planned for an issue
  2. Seasonality-appropriate content for holidays, seasons, special issues, etc.
  3. Planning of daily and weekly blogs that can help create patterns that draw people to the site on a regular basis (five for Friday, Monday morning quarterbacking, etc).

Problem-Solving Activities:

  1. Plan for achieving performance objectives
  2. Addressing issues with CMS/blogging system as needed
  3. How to best present information in a web-friendly format
  4. Traffic generation in slow times of week/year

Job Complexity:

  1. Supervision
  2. Analyzing data to make the best decisions
  3. Recruiting and developing staff and interns
  4. High attention to detail in a fast-paced environment

SKILLS

The skills/behaviors required to be successful in this role are:

Essential

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with an understanding of the special requirements of writing for the Web, such as the use of keywords, hyperlinks, navigation, and the importance of brevity
  • Superior spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively and collaboratively with direct reports, contributors, other internal departments, and the public responding to posts
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong online traffic analytical skills enabling adjustment of content production based on site performance and traffic patterns
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Moderate proficiency with MS Office suite
  • Moderate proficiency with InDesign
  • Familiarity and working knowledge of basic HTML and CSS 
  • Familiarity and working knowledge of content management systems, such as Foundation, WordPress, Drupal, and Tumblr
  • Strong understanding of industry best practices
  • ocial media savvy and ability to effectively plan, share, and distribute content through social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit)
  • Proven success generating increased traffic on social media
  • Ability to recruit, manage, and develop staff and freelance digital contributors
  • Thorough knowledge of the geographic area’s alternative social scenes and media outlets (or an enthusiasm to learn more)
  • Passion for new technology 

  • Ability to work remotely if needed

Preferred

  • Adobe Creative Suite skills a major plus
  • Working knowledge of utilizing Google Docs and Analytics
  • Troubleshoot CMS/blogging system issues
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Basic understanding of marketing and journalism fundamentals

EDUCATION/TRAINING

Essential

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, English, or Mass Communications
  • Social Media utilization of Facebook, Twitter, and other media websites

Preferred

  • Training in the use of video editing and production equipment
  • Training in the use of audio production

EXPERIENCE

Essential

  • 2+ years online production experience at a media company
  • 2-5 years full-time editorial experience
  • 2 years+ experience managing media or communications website and/or social media accounts
  • Background in journalism and/or communications

Preferred

  • Previous work in a journalism, marketing, or public relations role
  • Social Media Manager experience
  • Professional experience blogging

Please have resumes and cover letters go to [email protected].

DIGITAL + SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING INTERNS

The Marketing Intern will work with the Marketing + Event Department to develop and implement unique marketing campaigns, events, and overall promotion of the San Antonio Current and its clients. This internship is designed to provide exposure to the advertising and event marketing professions with a focus on on-site activations.

Requirements:

  • Proficiency with social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and additional expertise welcomed
  • Outgoing and comfortable with crowds/speaking to others about the San Antonio Current
  • Must love engaging with the San Antonio community
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must provide own smartphone
  • Available to attend and assist with events on weekends and evenings from time-to-time

Those who are interested should email their resume and a brief letter of intent to [email protected].

EDITORIAL AND CALENDAR INTERNS

The San Antonio Current is looking for editorial interns to join our team to assist with producing blog and print content, as well as additional duties like calendar management and creating slideshows.

Our interns spend their time doing meaningful work: researching, writing and managing online content. You will be expected to produce relevant and witty blog and print commentary on a regular basis, regularly update the web calendar and also help compile weekly slideshows. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to the Arts, Music, News and Food sections if they develop appropriate content.

Interns are taken in Fall, Spring and Summer cohorts, and can be integrated with college courses. Interns are expected to contribute 10-15 hours per week of work, which can be completed either in the Current offices or remotely. The position is unpaid. The Current is also able to collaborate with university internship programs for either school credit or funding.

Responsibilities:

  • Write 3-5 blogs per week. Blogs can be short or long-form, and can be contributed to any section of coverage. Candidates must be comfortable pitching ideas regularly, as interns are expected to contribute their own thoughts and ideas.
  • Create and upload 2-4 weekly slideshows in collaboration with editorial team and fellow interns.
  • Pitch and write long-form articles for print and web
  • Proofread and approve event submissions to the online calendar
  • Upload major local events and Current Staff Picks onto online calendar

Qualifications and Preferred Skills:

  • A background in writing/journalism — experience writing for a news site always helps
  • Excellent writing skills with high attention to detail and grammatical competence
  • Proficiency with copy-editing, data entry and using content management systems
  • Highly motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to adhere to tight deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Bonus: Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and experience coding in HTML

Submit a brief introduction, a resume, and two writing samples to Sanford Nowlin with the subject Editorial Intern. In the introduction, please indicate which semester you wish your application to be considered for.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Interns: July 15
Spring Interns: October 15
Summer Interns: March 15

If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applicants can submit their materials by end of day on the following Monday.

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNS

San Antonio Current is looking for motivated and creative graphic design interns to join our production team. This is the perfect place for new designers to learn, develop their portfolio, network with industry professionals, and develop new skills that they will carry with them throughout their career. Passionate voices are welcomed and essential here. You must demonstrate strong attention to detail and critical thinking skills. We accept applications year-round, but our positions fill quickly. This is an unpaid internship.

Required Skills:

  • Proficiency in Adobe software, especially Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Great work ethic and time management skills

To apply, please send a resume, and portfolio pieces to Samantha Serna.

WHO IS CHAVA COMMUNICATIONS?

Chava Communications is a modern media, marketing, and events company that connects local businesses with culturally-engaged audiences through world-class events, strategic marketing services, and independent journalism.

San Antonio Current is San Antonio’s multimedia source of events, news, arts and culture since 1986. We provide locally targeted advertising solutions to help businesses reach the highly-desirable, socially and culturally-engaged consumers.

San Antonio Current is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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