We are looking for talented editors/producers to hunt for fascinating reported story ideas and then help produce them for live audiences, as well as assemble and present collections of previously released stories for private events. Your work will be part of a new initiative here that develops creative themed events, experiences, and stories in the style of Pop-Up Magazine for partner organizations and brands. You will work with an eclectic mix of reporters and writers, radio producers, filmmakers, photographers, and anyone else with an incredible story to tell.
Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, a night of new, live-scored, multimedia stories performed by writers, radio producers, photographers, and filmmakers at large theaters across the country, like Lincoln Center and BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, and the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. We have also collaborated on live magazine performances with Beck and McSweeney’s, ESPN, National Geographic, and the TED Conference.
The ideal candidate could come from a variety of different backgrounds. You might be a writer or editor at a smart culture site, news site, or print magazine. Or a producer at a radio show or podcast (radio experience can be especially useful). Or you might be working in film, or even theater. Pop-Up Magazine produces live, multimedia shows, but we do not expect candidates to have experience in all genres of media. Your work history should demonstrate talent and professional experience in at least one medium, and an interview should reveal good instincts for how other genres of media might be mixed together. You should be intrigued by all that liveness offers as a medium, but we don’t expect previous live event experience.
Your projects will include commissioning short films, photo essays, and radio stories that draw inspiration from a brand’s creative brief; curating collections of previously performed Pop-Up Magazine stories for special occasions; and finding and producing new live stories or events from inside a partner organization. You will coordinate with partner brands and organizations to identify themes of interest; gather, pitch, assign, and edit stories; and collaborate with colleagues on art and music direction.
You should know where to find stories and how to sense a really good one. You should be eager to build a wide network of potential contributors, and enjoy talking to them on the phone—and meeting lots of new people. You should be self-directed, smart about managing your time, hard-working, and organized. You should have lots of ideas.
We will consider both mid-level and senior-level candidates. The position requires substantial experience writing or editing stories for the web, radio, print, or film; solid research skills; lots of creativity; and an interest in pushing the boundaries of live storytelling.
In all our work, diversity is really important to us. To apply, submit a résumé and a thoughtful cover letter. This position is full time, based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York.