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.


Creative Services Manager

 

Texas Monthly is seeking a Creative Services Manager to oversee job assignments for graphic designers in the Texas Monthly Studio, the magazine’s in-house creative team that is responsible for events, marketing collateral, and client-based projects, which include sponsored content, advertising, and custom media. This position serves as the gatekeeper for creative services requests for both internal departments and external clients, working collaboratively with project managers to ensure an efficient creative workflow.

 

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Manage Creative Services requests through Basecamp (or other Project Management software)
  • Maintain schedule of graphic designer workload and assign jobs to designers, providing and communicating relevant details, resources, and context as needed.
  • Supervise a team of team graphic designers, providing management support through one-on-on check-ins, team meetings, and reviews
  • Work with project managers and designers to promote efficiency and collaboration, helping to implement processes and protocols as needed. (i.e; meetings, organization systems, etc.)
  • In addition to workload management, contribute to projects through art direction, graphic design, content development, etc.
  • Promote a culture of open collaboration among the creative services team and department at large, implementing whatever processes that will be helpful to the cause.

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Strong visual communication skills, including solid understanding of typography, hierarchy, and color theory
  • Ability to give direction and foster effective communication between stakeholders
  • Exceptional attention to detail and eagerness to learn
  • Adaptable and collaborative professional style
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • An aptitude for the ever-changing media and journalism landscape
  • “Storyteller” Mindset: While most tasks are focused on design execution, strong candidates will have a foundational understanding of what makes a good narrative and can apply this to all assignments that flow through the department.

Required Qualifications:

  • 4-6 years graphic design experience; publication design and marketing experience is preferred, although design tasks can be multi-disciplinary.
  • Degree in design, visual communications, or related field
  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Photoshop and InDesign
  • Experience with HTML email service providers and online content management systems (i.e; WordPress)
  • Video editing and motion graphics skills are a plus
  • Team management experience is desired, but not required

Travel:

Little to no travel required.

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position we encourage you to apply. Please email a cover letter, resume, and link to portfolio to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Final candidates will be asked to perform an authentic task designated by the hiring manager.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Product Manager

 

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is seeking a product manager with at least 2-4 years of media or product experience to join our team and help Texas Monthly deliver innovative, engaging, and world-class experiences across our digital products. We are looking for an individual with experience driving alignment with and among colleague stakeholders in order to develop consumer media/technology products for the company. An ideal candidate should have a solid understanding of agile product management and developing products following a well-defined process from research to design, development, testing, and launch. Having a keen eye for detail, an interest in developing a next generation of digital products, and a friendly, communicative demeanor will serve this product manager well.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support and drive the product development process for Texas Monthly site templates, features, tools and a range of other new web and mobile products
  • Define product features and specifications based on data, audience insights, market intelligence, and engineering considerations
  • Collaborate and regularly communicate with editorial and business colleagues to shape product experiences, and support internal products (e.g. WordPress CMS) that fuel our consumer-facing experiences
  • Work super closely with visual/UX designers to create highly engaging user experiences across platforms. Be an advocate for readers
  • Manage engineering and feature request tickets daily in our project management tool and attend daily stand-ups with team members as needed
  • Serve as a frontline to stakeholders requesting ticket statuses and feature requests
  • Turn product requirements into detailed tasks
  • Support strategy and development of “off-site” digital products (newsletters, audio, mobile app, Texas Monthly’s presence on platforms like AMP and Apple News)
  • Assist in shaping custom site experiences for special editorial projects, marketing initiatives, and other ambitious efforts
  • Help prioritize the sprint backlog and what gets worked on each week  based on a range of inputs
  • Help define and monitor performance against product data, metrics, and KPIs
  • Support day-to-day product needs, troubleshoot key issues, and support and drive all QA / testing efforts in the product development lifecycle
  • Proactively identify opportunities to address product challenges and maximize impact of provided resources

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • 2-4 years of product management experience
  • Experience working on larger-scale media or technology products preferred
  • Familiarity with the agile approach to product development
  • Experience working closely with front-end and/or back-end engineers is a plus
  • Strong data and analytical skillset
  • Ability to research current or new products, collect data from audience and competitive research, and synthesize findings in a structured format
  • An interest in magazine products (and the ways in which media consumption is changing) is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Final candidates will be asked to perform an authentic task designated by the hiring manager.

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.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Associate Designer

 

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is seeking an Associate Designer to join the creative services team. This entry-level position will be part of the Texas Monthly Studio, the magazine’s in-house creative team that is responsible for events, marketing collateral, and client-based projects, which include sponsored content, advertising, and custom media.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design digital ads for social, run-of-site, and email marketing
  • Build assets and adapt templates for sales decks and one-sheets
  • Design print advertorials, advertisements, or custom publications
  • Design event materials, including signage, programs, and branded “swag”

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Strong visual communication skills, including solid understanding of typography, hierarchy, and color theory
  • Exceptional attention to detail and eagerness to learn
  • Ability to take direction, whether from clients or colleagues
  • Adaptable and collaborative professional style
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • An aptitude for the ever-changing media and journalism landscape
  • “Storyteller” Mindset: While most tasks are focused on design execution, strong candidates will have a foundational understanding of what makes a good narrative and can apply this to all assignments that flow through the department.

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in design, visual communications, or related field
  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Photoshop and InDesign
  • Experience with HTML email service providers

Travel:

Little to no travel required.

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position we encourage you to apply. Please email a cover letter, resume, and link to portfolio to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Final candidates will be asked to perform an authentic task designated by the hiring manager.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

 


Associate Editor, Food & Drink

 

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is looking for an editor to manage the magazine’s Food & Drink coverage online, including its coverage of barbecue, tacos, fine dining, cocktails, beer, wine, recipes, and what we call everyday dining. Ideal candidates should be digitally fluent, literary-minded journalists with a passion for and knowledge of Texas’s diverse culinary and drinks scene. This editor will be expected to cultivate a reliable and diverse stable of writers, meet deadlines (and help others do the same), and identify and assign a range of stories, such as profiles of compelling chefs, entrepreneurs, and food workers; explanatory articles identifying trends or reporting on little-known Texas food history; and service journalism that appeals to readers statewide.

Texas Monthly articles on food and drink often include authoritative service journalism, in the manner of restaurant reviews. But we typically go beyond that, both in print and online, to tell engaging stories about the people behind the restaurants, bars, and trends that we cover, and we’re looking for an editor with a nose for those stories.

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. Texas Monthly’s newsroom is headquartered in Austin, but this editor can be located anywhere in Texas.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Editing about 5-8 articles for the web each week, including TM’s taco, barbecue, and everyday-dining coverage
  • Curating a well-rounded mix of food and drink coverage online
  • Developing quality story ideas and shepherding them from infancy to production
  • Making freelance assignments and developing new freelance talent
  • Crafting headlines, deks, and all manner of display type
  • In collaboration with the executive editor for food and drink, provide editorial guidance and assistance on food-and-drink initiatives across multiple platforms, including web collections, print packages, books, video series, events, podcasts, and the TM BBQ Club

Successful candidates will possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Great facility with language
  • Precise line-editing
  • Enthusiasm for multiplatform approaches to storytelling
  • A commitment to meeting deadlines
  • A strong sense for stories, angles, and modes of presentation that can capture an online audience and distinguish TM’s coverage from that of all competitors
  • Effective communication with freelancers and staff writers
  • Effective communication and collaboration with other editors

Education/Experience:

  • At least two years’ experience editing food coverage preferred
  • An intimate knowledge of Texas and its culinary scene is a strong plus

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

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.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

 


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 [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. If you have a portfolio of projects, please include that as well.

 


Video Producer/Strategist

Texas Monthly’s editorial team seeks a highly skilled, creatively driven video producer and strategist to lead the growth of our video storytelling. This is a staff position. The ideal candidate has a journalistic background and a genuine passion for storytelling, as well as extensive experience in video production and strategy.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working in close collaboration with executive editor of new story platforms, art department, digital team, and contract video teams to produce Texas Monthly video series and one-offs
  • Regularly pitching ideas and concepts around video that will meet editorial and audience goals alike
  • Developing relationships with local directors, producers, and others to contract video projects
  • Producing, overseeing all edits, and spearheading rollout and strategy for Texas Monthly video; shooting and technical editing skills are a plus
  • Creating and managing workflow, deadlines, and budgets

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Background in journalism and video storytelling
  • Minimum three years of experience producing video in an editorial setting; experience with motion graphics
  • Deep understanding of the online video landscape, YouTube strategy, and tools and methods for growing audience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A passion for storytelling, ranging from documentary to quicker web-friendly formats

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and to 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.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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 [email protected]. 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 spring internships are due November 1, 2021.

Applications for the 2022 summer internships are due April 30, 2022.

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

Texas Monthly Business Internships

Internships are available each semester (fall, spring, and summer). These internships are unpaid and available only to undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited academic program at the time of the internship. Internship applications will only be considered if you are seeking an internship for credit or if you receive approval via a signed “Educational Endorsement” form from your university. For students at the University of Texas, only internships for credit will be considered. All internships include a 20 percent job-shadowing experience. Download our internship job descriptions here.

If you are interested in gaining valuable experience in any of the departments listed below, please send a résumé and cover letter specifying the department(s) in which you would like to intern:

INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR
TEXAS MONTHLY
P.O. BOX 1569
AUSTIN, TEXAS
78767-1569

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Email to: [email protected]