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Web Editor

Alternative Press Media – Cleveland, OH
Job Duration: Full-Time

What We Are Looking For:

  • Alternative Press is seeking a smart, self-motivated and resourceful individual to join our team as a full-time web editor for the Altpress website at our headquarters in Cleveland, OH. The editor will be in charge of developing site growth strategies, identifying content opportunities to increase site traffic and managing freelance contributors and budgets.

  • This position requires managing the brand’s day-to-day editorial operations across its digital platform at www.altpress.com .

  • The ideal candidate should have experience in online website management and development of interesting content that would appeal to our demographic. They should possess a killer news sense on a wide range of topics and be able to undertake time-crunching research using a variety of sources for breaking stories. As altpress.com is one of the world’s most respected music and youth culture websites, the candidate should be able to energize and manage a growing editorial team.

  • The job requires a commitment to the best journalistic practices, impeccable judgment under fire and strong management, budgeting, deadline and coordination skills.

Job Duties/Expectations:

  • Developing and planning editorial schedules for our website and collaborating with other editors, production, sales/marketing and social media teams.

  • Managing the site’s content posts, blogs, polls, new projects and event announcements, e-newsletter content and any site surveys or microsites.

  • Maintaining current and thorough content budgets, auditing invoice submissions, compiling freelance 1099s and negotiating all editorial fees with contributors.

  • Modify content so that it is eye-catching and easy to view on a variety of platforms, including social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, Vine and Pinterest).

  • Manage a global team of freelance contributors, encouraging them to develop traffic-building news and feature content that encompasses a wide variety of music and pop culture categories.

  • Seek out new freelance contributors, negotiate rates and procure signed freelance agreements. Evaluate works submitted and adapt the freelance pool as necessary.

  • Monitor, review and analyze live website visitor statistics, creating or modifying active online content to assure it is reaching the largest possible audience.

  • Create and coordinate editorial content with the Social Media and Marketing teams for a variety of social media platforms.

  • Coordinate with Marketing and Advertising specific creative content (both native and promotional) that is needed.

  • Monitor online comments for offensive posts and assuring a safe, bully-free arena for Altpress fans to come together to discuss and debate.

  • Manage any website editorial interns with specific day-to-day assignments and attached goals.

Job Requirements:

  • Website editorial management experience preferred

  • Professional management and team-building skills

  • Skilled with budgeting, negotiating and contracts

  • Deadline-focused

  • A problem-solver

  • Comprehensive understanding of youth/popular culture (music/film/TV/books/tech)

  • Proficiency in Macintosh, as well as Microsoft Word and Excel programs

  • Possess a thorough understanding of basic HTML and Word Press

  • Understand the use of keywords, hyperlinks, navigation, and have a thorough understanding of the standard practices of SEO

  • Have a thorough understanding of Google Analytics including best practices, report creation and analysis- and the ability to create content strategies from them

  • Experience in video shooting/editing and Gif-creation

  • Strong social media skills across all platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, Vine and Pinterest

  • Meticulously organized, detail-oriented and preferring a clean work area-- Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must

  • Most importantly, a positive, self-starting attitude

  • BA in English, Journalism or related field helpful - not required

Please send resume, cover letter and portfolio to (.pdf preferred):
Mr. Joe Scarpelli // [email protected]

 


 

Web TV Producer

Alternative Press Media – Cleveland, OH
Job Duration: Full-Time

What We Are Looking For:

  • Alternative Press is seeking a highly creative and organized individual to join our team as a full-time Web TV Producer at our headquarters in Cleveland, OH. The Web TV Producer would be responsible for the management and content development of our APTV web channel. 

  • Media companies worldwide are investing in the development of episodic content, tutorials, and documentaries for their online video channels. Candidates for this position need to be visionaries with a competitive streak; self-driven, assertive and willing to go the extra mile to put our company’s channel, APTV, on the forefront of video content for Millennial and Generation Z music and lifestyle fans worldwide.

  • Management and leadership skills are a must for the person who wants to apply for this position. The need for an individual who excels in detailed organizational skills goes hand-in-hand with a love of meeting (and beating) deadlines. Strong negotiation skills are vital for any producer role and this job is no different. In this fast-paced world of content development that we live in, this is a job for leaders, not followers.

Job Duties/Expectations:

  • Develop and produce engaging video content across multiple platforms, including YouTube and social media accounts.

  • Manage the production and scheduling of video content; coordinate with videographers, artists’ representatives and in-house teams.

  • Maintain department and project-specific budgets, audit invoice submissions, compile freelance 1099s and negotiate all fees with contributors.

  • Monitor, review and evaluate channel analytics. Work to achieve the best in SEO optimization for our content.

  • Seek out new freelance videographers, negotiate rates and procure signed freelance agreements. Evaluate works submitted and adapt the freelance pool as necessary.

  • Coordinate with Marketing and Advertising on specific creative content (both native and promotional) that is needed.

  • Manage any department interns with specific day-to-day assignments and attached goals.

Job Requirements:

  • Website editorial management experience preferred.

  • Professional management and team-building skills.

  • Skilled with budgeting, negotiating and contracts.

  • Deadline-focused.

  • A problem-solver.

  • Comprehensive understanding of youth/popular culture (music/film/TV/books/tech).

  • Proficiency in Macintosh, as well as Microsoft Word and Excel programs.

  • Skilled with the following programs: Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition, Adobe After-Effects as well as having experience creating motion graphics.

  • Understand the use of keywords, hyperlinks, navigation, and have a thorough understanding of the standard practices of SEO.

  • Have a thorough understanding of Google Analytics/YouTube analytics including best practices, report creation and analysis- and the ability to create content strategies from them.

  • Experience in shooting/editing video, video graphics and Gif-creation.

  • Strong social media skills across all platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, Vine and Pinterest.

  • Meticulously organized, detail-oriented and preferring a clean work area-- Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must.

  • Most importantly, a positive, self-starting attitude.

  • BA in Video Production or related field helpful - not required.

Please send resume, cover letter and  online demo reel portfolio links to (.pdf preferred):

Mr. Joe Scarpelli // [email protected]

 


News Writer

Alternative Press Media – Cleveland, OH
Job Duration: Full-Time

What We Are Looking For:

This job requires excellent availability and accessibility, as well as ability to follow directions, agility to meet deadlines and complete zen under pressure. This news poster would be working under our Digital Content Editor to ensure that breaking stories are written, edited and posted in a timely manner. This position requires an absolute scene insider who is passionate about this corner of the music industry and has a finger on the pulse of the AltPress reader. Knowledge of AP style and embedding/basic coding are a must. Interest in pop culture, movies/television, videogames and other entertainment news a plus.

We are looking for people with previous experience in journalism, preferably breaking news or web-related. We would also prefer those who have or are pursuing a degree in journalism. All applicants must be at least 18 years old. This position is remote and does not require you to live in Cleveland; however, we prefer those in U.S. timezones. 

Please send resume, cover letter and portfolio to:
Mackenzie Hall // [email protected]

 


 

Graphic Designer
Alternative Press Media – Cleveland, OH
Job Duration: Full-Time

What We Are Looking For:
The Graphic Designer at Alternative Press handles a variety of design related projects. Day to day tasks include working directly with the Marketing Department to design visually compelling campaigns. Includes, but not limited to, banner ads, eBlasts, social media graphics, posters, admats for tours, promotional merchandise, etc. Individual may need to work with outside vendors/printers and follow through with designing, troubleshooting, uploading and completing orders. Monthly tasks of working with the Editorial Department to produce a print and digital magazine that involves creating interesting and engaging page layouts, handling photo lists, coordinating with the Advertising Department to ensure proper ads are received, etc. The ideal candidate must have a strong grasp on typography and design theory and be able to handle a fast paced turn around. Do you have what it takes?

Job Qualifications:

  • Typography guru

  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

  • Must be personable and have great written and oral communication

  • Creative and critical thinker to push through the design process

  • Flexible and willing to take and give constructive criticism to acheive best outcome

  • Be able to take initiative and work alone to complete a project from start to finish

  • Thrive in a fast paced environment

  • Video (shooting/editing), photography and motion graphics (animation) a definite plus

  • Have a passion for music!

Please send resume, cover letter and portfolio to:
Mr. Joe Scarpelli // [email protected]

 


 

National Advertising & Sponsorship Sales Representative
Alternative Press Media – Cleveland, OH
Job Duration: Full-Time

What We Are Looking For:
Alternative Press Media is looking for a confident, self-motivated individual to join our staff in Cleveland as a National Advertising & Sponsorship Sales Representative. This candidate should have an in-depth knowledge of contemporary young adult culture, including the areas of music, movies & television, online, style and technology trends.

The successful candidate will have a background in media sales with a strength in digital sales. This position will oversee existing national business in addition to establishing relationships with new marketing and advertising partners for our online/digital initiatives, print publications and events/tours.

Responsibilities:
Develop and execute cross-platform marketing/advertising campaigns for clients; from content creative to implementation.

Creating custom proposals, prepare presentations and managing the overall packages that are delivered to clients.
Identifying sales opportunities and approaching potential new clients.
Work closely with the Marketing team to develop and sell creative advertising and sponsorship opportunities.
Researching and staying current with new and emerging technologies, including online/interactive properties that could be essential to implementing exciting new advertising properties for clients.

Job Qualifications:

  • Comprehensive understanding of youth/popular culture (music/film/TV/books/tech).

  • Proficiency in Macintosh, as well as Microsoft Word and Excel programs.

  • Minimum 3 years of media sales (print, digital and/or event).

  • Please include salary requirements.

  • Meticulously organized, detail-oriented and prefer a clean work area.

  • Dynamic, flexible, hard-working and doesn’t take “No” for an answer.

  • Team player with strong negotiation skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must.

  • Most Important - A Good, Positive, Self-Starting Attitude

Please address and forward resume with cover letter to (.pdf preferred):
Mr. Joe Scarpelli // [email protected]

 



Contributing Freelance Writers
Alternative Press is looking to expand its freelancer pool!  We're looking for writers for web and print. Ideal candidates are entrenched in the punk and/or alternative music scene that AP covers, have a passionate, unique writing style, love pop culture, have a knack for storytelling or criticism and are deeply motivated. Blogging experience is helpful. Freelancers have the opportunity to write longform features, reviews, listicles, personal essays and interviews for our print and online editions.

If you're interested in joining our team of writers, send the following to [email protected]:

  • Resume

  • Three music-related clips

  • Your five favorite bands/artists

  • Any other non-music related interests

 


 

ABOUT OUR COMPANY:

Birthed as a free, punk-rock fanzine in Cleveland, Ohio, in June 1985, Alternative Press has been on the forefront of alternative youth culture for nearly three decades. AP, as our fans call us, has discovered and helped build the careers of countless music acts in a variety of alternative music genres—a list including Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Korn, Soundgarden, Paramore, Falling In Reverse and many more. Distributed worldwide, AP is still considered a true music fan's "bible" to all that is new and revolutionary. 

Altpress.com now reaches nearly a million unique visitors every month. It's a daily must-visit site for music fans and musicians, both young and old. AP’s iPad edition was launched in January 2012, and it has already been heralded as one of the best-designed digital publications on the Mag+ platform, having been featured in the May 2012 edition of FOLIO: magazine.

 

The AP Brands are:

Alternative Press Magazine
Alternative Press Magazine (Digital Edition)
Altpress.com
Altpress Mobile App  
The AP Music Awards (APMAS) 

The AP Podcast