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Thursday, August 16, 2012

SF Weekly Seeks Freelance Arts Writers and Interns

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Freelancer position 

Dear arts journalists and critics,

We seek talented, motivated freelance writers to help cover San Francisco's multiple arts sectors for this very arts blog, the Exhibitionist. The pay is more like beer money than rent money, but you'll get into various events to review them in addition to building your network and name by writing previews and shorter news items about what's going on in the arts world. Sectors we cover include theater, books and literature, stand-up comedy, alt-sexuality, fashion, film, visual art, storytelling, performance art, sports, queer culture, bicycle culture, and lots of other things that would take way too long to include here. (In fact, you have the opportunity to add things we've not yet covered and maybe haven't even thought about.)

Here are some specifics: We want writers who are informed, and critics who can write clearly that something is good or bad and then back that up with why it's good or bad rather than smart-alecky or dismissive one-liners.

We ideally want people who've written professionally for a publication or website. That said, talented college students (see below!) and self-started bloggers are also encouraged to apply. We'll expect you to turn in clean, well-written copy on time and without hassle. If staying up until 1 a.m. completing a review on deadline sounds like hell, this probably isn't for you. While that won't happen all the time, if you're the type we're looking for, you'll do what it takes to get it right. Our writers contribute some photographs as well, so it's a big plus if you're good at that, even if it's with your smartphone.

Writers should be knowledgeable about at least a handful of arts sectors in San Francisco. You don't have to live in the city, but it's crucial that you spend time here and keep up with what's going on in certain scenes. We're not looking for people who stay silent and wait for assignments. Rather, we want to hear from you, hear what you know, and then assign things based on what you bring (read: what you like to write). We rarely write about things outside San Francisco, so if that's the bulk of what you're pitching, you won't find much work here.

Requirements and contact info below.

Arts Internship

We're on the hunt for two college students for our print calendar section (Night+Day), its online calendar, and this here arts blog (The Exhibitionist). Each position begins with data-entry but quickly moves to writing. The educational value will come in numerous ways. You'll get to know the various sectors of arts and culture in San Francisco through collecting data, interviewing performers and artists, attending events, and conversing with veteran journalists. You'll also learn a complex web content management system and work on various sets of deadlines that will transfer to any publishing job.

You'll also develop your writing skills. All items written will be subject to extensive feedback, editing, and rewrites. Eventually this could lead to a paid freelance arrangement for print and online. Our writers contribute some photographs as well, so it's a big plus if you're good at that, even if it's with your smartphone.

The internship starts in September, requires 12 to 20 hours per week and will earn three credits over the course of the summer.

In the past year and a half we've had several calendar interns from SF State who've worked out exceptionally well, but we're open to students from any college who can get credit for their time here, whether through a journalism program or another department.

If you think you'd be a good fit for either of these positions, send a brief cover letter about yourself, a resumé, and three writing samples or URLs to Anna [dot] Pulley [at] If we like what we see, we'll be in touch.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
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