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Call for Applications: Publishing and Editorial Assistant, Intermission Magazine

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Intermission is an online magazine covering theatre and other performing arts in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area, and select other Canadian locations. The Company Theatre launched the magazine in 2017 to address the decline in performing arts coverage by legacy media such as newspapers and radio. Our content includes feature articles about productions and artists, news stories, interviews with theatre artists (including our signature Spotlight series, a deep-dive interview with custom photography by Dahlia Katz), first-person Artist Perspectives, and reviews. 

In the summer of 2023 The Company Theatre passed Intermission on to new leadership, and it is now a freestanding not-for-profit organization. The Intermission team is publisher Suzanne Cheriton, senior editor Aisling Murphy, digital manager Janice Peters Gibson, and editorial advisor Karen Fricker. 

Intermission works with a partnership business model in which theatres pay for advertisements, and the magazine runs articles about the theatre and its work that are not editorially vetted by the theatre (this model is similar to what the Toronto Star and Guardian [UK] call “supported content”). Our reviews are separately funded and independent of partner content. 

Many of Toronto’s leading theatres, including Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Soulpepper, and Factory Theatre are Intermission partners, and coverage is growing in geographical scope, with the Stratford Festival and companies in Ottawa and Calgary joining as partners in 2022-23. 

We are seeking a dynamic and collaborative individual to join our team.

PUBLISHING AND EDITORIAL ASSISTANT DUTIES

The assistant will: 

  • Support and coordinate partnership relationships, as the key point of contact with partners around deliverables including images and ads
  • Monitor and keep up internal documentation around partnership deliverables 
  • Draft occasional marketing copy and graphics
  • Coordinate weekly newsletter content 
  • Write news articles 
  • Edit Artist Perspective articles
  • Write social media copy and create social media graphics

There is potential for more extensive writing assignments as the job develops. 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have studied or practiced writing about performing arts in post-secondary or professional contexts
  • Have some journalism and/or publishing experience
  • Be familiar with CP Style
  • Be knowledgeable about the Toronto theatre scene 
  • Have experience drafting social media copy 
  • Have basic graphic design skills (advanced graphic design skills a plus) 
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, decolonization, and inclusion
  • Be based in the Greater Toronto Area 
  • Interest in and experience with social media strategy will be a plus
  • Experience with WordPress, HootSuite, and/or Canva will be a plus 
  • Experience with Google workspace (Sheets, documents, etc)
  • Ability to self direct, manage multiple project files, and shifting priorities

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

This position pays $1000/month for an estimated 14 hours per week of work. Other than bi-monthly online team meetings, the work is independent and the assistant can set their own hours. The position will require some evening and weekend work. The position will have a start date of October 16, 2023, or earlier if the successful candidate is available. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send your CV, a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and addressing the desired qualifications, along with two unedited writing samples and (if available) graphic design samples to info@intermissionmagazine.ca with the subject line “Application: Publishing and editorial assistant” by 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, September 22, 2023. Please send any questions about the position to that email address. 

Aisling Murphy
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Aisling Murphy

Aisling is Intermission's senior editor and an award-winning arts journalist with bylines including the Toronto Star, NEXT Magazine, CTV News Toronto, and Maclean's. She likes British playwright Sarah Kane, most songs by Taylor Swift, and her cats, Fig and June.

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