Jobs and Internships

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, criminal justice, the environment, industry, and education. Often referred to as “the National Magazine of Texas,” Texas Monthly is known for smart, literary journalism and in-depth investigative reporting that illuminates issues of public policy and drives the discussion of what’s important in the Lone Star State. Additionally, Texas Monthly continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.

Current Openings:


 

Social Media Editor

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is seeking an experienced and passionate social media editor to join our editorial department’s recently revamped digital team on their journey to meeting ambitious digital growth goals aimed at expanding the magazine’s loyal readership. This position will oversee the promotion of Texas Monthly stories on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and will explore a presence on upcoming platforms as needed.

Hiring for this position comes at a time of refocused digital growth at TM. An ideal candidate will possess an established know-how of social best practices, but will approach the position with an open-minded willingness to experiment and branch out in an attempt to attract new followers and readers alike.

This role reports to the senior engagement editor. This is a full-time position with generous benefits, including a comprehensive health-insurance plan, 401(k) matching, profit sharing, and the opportunity for annual bonuses. Compensation is competitive and negotiable. While preference will be given to candidates who are based in, or willing to relocate to, Austin, remote candidates who are based elsewhere in Texas or who are located outside the state but have strong Texas knowledge and ties will be considered.

Job responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Write and craft engaging and informative social media posts for various platforms to promote Texas Monthly stories.
  • Work with engagement editor and digital team in plotting enterprise story promotion and long-term social strategy aimed at meeting digital growth goals.
  • Experiment with engagement tactics in an effort to foster a curious and participatory relationship with readers, including polls, call-outs, Q&As and venues for real-time reader correspondence, such as Instagram and Facebook Live, Twitter Spaces, Reddit AMAs, and more.
  • Collaborate with digital and visual teams in recrafting Instagram presence to best align with platform’s news boom.
  • Keep a close eye on analytics regarding post, story, and site performance based on data provided by Texas Monthly’s data analyst and audience team.
  • Grow platform followings through analytics-informed and responsive posting habits, as well as thoughtful reshares.
  • Monitor and, when valuable, respond to post comments and questions, always with the goal of transparently communicating TM’s journalistic integrity and informing readers.
  • Work closely with staff writers and editors in ensuring social copy and platforms creatively reflect and promote reporting and authors alike.
  • Keep up-to-date on platforms’ best practices and beta opportunities, while maintaining publication’s relationship with various platform representatives.
  • Occasionally pitch and write quick-turn stories for Texas Monthly’s digital audience intended to bring a TM presence to viral or high-interest topics.
  • Occasionally offer backfill support to newsletter editor.
  • Work with marketing and advertising departments to ensure promotional posts reflect TM‘s journalistic standard.
  • Bring a creative and innovative outlook and a willingness to try new things to a digital team revitalizing its established engagement strategy.

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent writing skills with strong attention to detail
  • Experience using relevant social media platforms in a journalistic setting
  • Experience using Google Analytics, Parsely, or other analytics platforms

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@texasmonthly.com with the job title in the subject line. Applications for this position should be submitted by August 21 and may be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date. Promising applicants will be selected for an initial screening interview; candidates who move forward in the hiring process from there will be asked to complete a skills test. Finalists will then have an interview with the editor-in-chief and other major stakeholders. Potential candidates who are interested in learning more about the position before applying can book an informational phone call with the director of editorial operations at this link.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and cultivating an inclusive environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.


Deputy Editor

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is looking for a deputy editor, reporting to the editor in chief and serving as his second in command. The deputy’s principal responsibility will be to supervise our nationally renowned print magazine. This important opening comes at an especially exciting time as TM heads into its fiftieth anniversary year. We’re looking to refresh the print publication and ensure that it continues to provide the world’s best storytelling about Texas and Texans: its politicians and entrepreneurs, pitmasters and chefs, fishing guides and hoteliers, musicians and novelists, educators and scientists.

The deputy editor will:

  • Set and execute the direction of the magazine in collaboration with the editor-in-chief, the creative director, and the assigning editors
  • Work with those same senior colleagues to include a variety of timely and engaging stories within each issue, and feature a variety of such stories on the cover over the course of each year
  • Coach and supervise, directly or indirectly, more than a dozen editors and writers, and work to advance their career goals
  • Help assign and edit the longform stories for which the magazine is highly regarded, and provide editing and assigning feedback to editors across all sections of the magazine
  • Coordinate with the director of editorial operations to set and enforce print deadlines
  • Collaborate with the deputy editor, digital, to balance the demands of our website and print magazine for assigning editors and writers
  • Edit approximately six longform feature stories a year
  • Help guide conversations across the editorial staff about the types of stories Texas Monthly wants to tell, and how it wants to tell them

This is a full-time position based in Austin, Texas, with generous benefits, including a comprehensive health-insurance plan, generous 401(k) matching, profit sharing, and the opportunity for annual bonuses. Compensation is competitive and negotiable.

Successful candidates will possess the following: 

  • Experience in, and enthusiasm for, coaching other editors on how to effectively supervise and edit writers
  • Exceptional story-editing abilities, from the structural level to the line level
  • A talent for writing clear and compelling display type, including cover lines
  • A strong sense of which stories will work in a monthly print magazine, and how various pieces come together to give readers a varied and a cohesive product
  • A friendly, collaborative, and communicative work style
  • Deep knowledge of Texas is strongly preferred

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or similar field
  • At least five years of editing experience at a magazine or other publication that publishes longform journalism
  • At least five years of experience leading and supervising teams of journalists

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to resumes@texasmonthly.com with the job title in the subject line. Applications for this position should be submitted by July 22 and may be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date. Promising applicants will be selected for an initial screening interview. Candidates who move forward in the hiring process will be asked to complete an editing test and memo. Finalists will then interview with the editor-in-chief and other major stakeholders. Potential candidates who are interested in learning more about the position before applying can book an informational phone call with the director of editorial operations at this link.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and cultivating an inclusive environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.


Contract Writer, Medicine and Healthcare

Texas Monthly is looking for a freelance writer who can report and write two articles a month on medical and health care issues across the Lone Star State. We seek stories both about groundbreaking innovations and the persistent problems plaguing these fields. Beyond merely reporting the latest news, this coverage will focus on narratives and characters to make often-complex medical issues relatable and compelling for readers. This is a contract position available to writers based anywhere in Texas and will report to the senior editor for business and innovation.

Contract responsibilities include:

  • Writing two articles per month for Texas Monthly, including one front-of-book print column every other month
  • Pitching story ideas regularly to the senior editor for business and innovation
  • Communicating regularly with the senior editor, including responding promptly to edits

Successful candidates will possess the following:

  • Previous experience reporting on medicine and health care
  • An ability to write compelling narrative- and character-focused stories
  • An ability to develop story ideas that appeal to a wide general audience
  • Knowledge of the health care and medical landscape in Texas

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to resumes@texasmonthly.com with the job title in the subject line. Promising applicants will be selected for an initial screening interview; candidates who move forward in the hiring process from there will be given a paid freelance writing assignment for Texas Monthly; the senior editor will select a contract writer based on the success of the freelance assignment.


 WordPress / PHP Web Developer (Contract)

Remote

Texas Monthly is seeking a remote or Austin, Texas-based web developer for a contract position. The ideal candidate is someone who has a track record of shipping products with reliable, maintainable code and who is eager to apply their engineering skills toward creating new, innovative, and creative experiences for our media brand. Our development process is agile but formal enough to maintain efficiencies. This is a contract position within the product and innovation team, and the role involves working closely with designers, developers, and strategists in web publishing, audience development, advertising solutions, and distribution platforms. 

Required Qualifications

  • BS degree in Computer Science, other technical degree or 3+ years of equivalent technology and/or media experience
  • Demonstrable experience developing with LAMP technologies including proficiency with PHP, JavaScript, CSS/SaSS, HTML, and Git.
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently under deadlines and meet weekly sprint commitments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing and working with WordPress or similar CMS, 2+ years preferred
  • Familiarity with building applications and integrations for high traffic consumer websites
  • Experience working under agile development methodologies
  • Eagerness to learn about new technologies and implement those ideas efficiently into a production environment
  • Good understanding of techniques/practices such as responsive web design, progressive enhancement, accessibility, web standards, MVC architectures, and modern deployment practices
  • Having built and maintained open source WordPress plugins in a plus
  • Experience with performance tuning and security is a plus
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working at a media company

Responsibilities

  • Maintaining and improving codebase for texasmonthly.com (powered by WordPress), building out new features and enhancements, resolving technical issues, and shipping code consistently to production environments
  • Working with product lead, designers, ad-ops, audience development, infrastructure support, and other stakeholders to implement versatile technology solutions
  • Integrating APIs (or in some cases building them!) and implementing core production solutions
  • Leading individual tech efforts such as (but not limited to) page speed enhancements, server load reductions, technical SEO improvements, and building tools for content distribution on other platforms
  • Conduct quality assurance and testing on project deliverables
  • Sharing what you’ve accomplished or discovered to the benefit of the digital team

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position we encourage you to apply. Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@texasmonthly.com with the job title in the subject line. If you have a portfolio of projects, please include that as well.


 

Internships

Texas Monthly Journalism Internships

Texas Monthly’s journalism internships are paid and are available each fall, spring, and summer semester to current undergraduate or graduate students or to those who have just graduated. The journalism internships, spread across the following three departments, all involve a mix of education, mentorship, and real-world training in magazine journalism in its myriad forms:

Editorial

What we do: The editorial department tells stories through words and photographs, illustrations, and infographics. Our specialties are long-form narrative journalism on topics that have ranged from the incarceration of innocent men to the breaking of a wild mustang; good, old-fashioned service journalism (see our list of the state’s 50 greatest barbecue joints or the 175 places in Texas you should undeniably visit before you die); and stunning photography. But no matter the subject matter or approach, our mission remains simple: to inform and entertain our readers on the past, present, and future of the state in which they live.

What you would do: As an editorial intern, you’ll pitch story ideas, transcribe interviews, fact-check smaller assignments for the magazine, aid in the digitization of forty years’ worth of archived content, assist with writing/research projects for TM’s social media channels, and research a wide range of topics, from food and true crime to politics and culture. An intern with special interests and/or a tenacious attitude will likely be able to take on projects specially tailored to their interests or strengths.

Interns also participate in monthly learning sessions that delve into writing, editing, fact-checking, and other aspects of the magazine process with Texas Monthly staffers. The managing editor, assistant editor for operations, and a senior editor all help manage the interns, but each intern also gets paired with an editorial staffer whose expertise aligns with the intern’s interests and who will serve as their mentor through the internship.

Hours: 15 hours a week in the fall and spring semesters; 35 hours a week in the summer

Requirements: Writing opportunities aren’t guaranteed, but they do crop up from time to time, so facility with language and various modes of communication—for print, online, and social media outlets—is a must. A voracious appetite for storytelling and Texas news is also highly encouraged.

TM Recording Studio

What we do: The recording studio at Texas Monthly is a full-service, professional space from which we produce a variety of projects, from podcasts to video series, from audio assets for online user experience to music production.

What you would do: Assist our recording studio director with all aspects of sound and video production. Some responsibilities will include: Help record, edit, assemble and mix audio for podcasts and video projects. Assist with microphone placement, signal routing, gain staging and recording in Pro Tools. Work with producers and talent to edit and assemble audio assets. Help to mix audio and generate masters for podcasts and audio for video. Help create music and sound design as needed for podcasts and video projects. Occasionally work remotely to capture audio assets—both on your own or as part of a video production. Assist our video production team as needed, help set up, and prepare sets for video. Help manage studio booking, organizing, and scheduling. The internship will allow for opportunities to contribute ideas and learn about all facets of our recording operations. Additional projects can be developed around the intern’s strengths.

Hours: 15 to 20 hours a week

Requirements: This position requires the candidate be proficient with Pro Tools, microphones, patch bays/signal routing, plugins, virtual instruments, outboard gear, MIDI, timecode, boom operation.

Art

What we do: Our award-winning art department has been creating stunning, high-concept designs to tell stories about Texas and Texans since 1973.

What you would do: As an Art intern, you would be assisting the art assistant, designers, and photo editor with photo research, photo shoots, and administrative tasks such as organizing tear sheets and archive management for both Texas Monthly and texasmonthly.com.

Hours: 10 to 15 hours a week

Requirements: Strong design and organizational skills, flexibility, dependability, and self-motivation are required for assisting art personnel. Proficiency with Macintosh, InDesign, Photoshop, and WordPress are necessary. Knowledge of Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, and HTML are encouraged but not mandatory.

How to Apply

If you are interested in one of Texas Monthly’s journalism internships, please submit a résumé and a cover letter specifying the department(s) in which you would like to work to internships@texasmonthly.com. Put “Journalism Internship” in the subject line of the email. For the editorial internship, please include in your cover letter any topic areas you might have particular interest or experience in, such as social media, news, politics, food, investigative journalism, and so on.

Applications for the 2022 fall internships are due July 30, 2022.

Applications for the 2023 spring internships are due November 1, 2022.

Applications for the 2023 summer internships are due April 1, 2023.

 

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