Monday, December 13th, 2010

The Awl Is Seeking A Managing Editor

The Awl is seeking a managing editor. The position is daily and half-time. Duties include editing, keeping a feature schedule, working with awesome writers and being an organizational maniac. We will accept applications through end of day, December 17.


● Answering all incoming queries and submissions; conducting correspondence with authors.

● Consulting with the editors on story publication and editing, as well as copy-editing and fact-checking.

● Coding stories for presentation.

● Maintaining a feature schedule that runs about eight weeks in advance.

● Executing author contracts, tracking author invoices and coordinating with the publisher.

● Recruiting for and running internship programs.

● Assigning, writing, reporting as able and desired.

● Hatching fun schemes.


● Flawless usage of written English.

● News sense, and experience with nonfiction and reporting and how and why it works.

● Some experience with HTML and basic coding.

● Ability to represent the publication in the best possible manner.

● Incredible organizational skills.

The position is half-time, flexible to the degree possible, although we'd most like someone to work each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time. The pay is not extraordinary.

People of all backgrounds and ages are encouraged to apply. A college degree is not required. New York City residence preferred but not necessary. Ability to work in the United States is mandatory.


A resume or c.v. that displays your experience and a note that explains your interest and skills, sent to Considered applicants will undergo an edit test.

65 Comments / Post A Comment

saythatscool (#101)

Choire wants Americans mathie. Not Americants.

mathnet (#27)

(I failed the Edit Comment test.)

saythatscool (#101)

Let's just keep commenting and block everyone else out for consideration. That's a strategy that could work.

Ziggy (#529)

So did Gawker.

(Too soon???)

saythatscool (#101)

I'll do it, Choire. My first order of business?
Selling all your passwords on the Russian black market.
Second order of business? Making kneetoe bow to me.

kneetoe (#1,881)

I'm bowing now (see how efficient he is?!?).

mathnet (#27)

Can you just send me the edit test? How fun!

saythatscool (#101)

Hmmmmmm, playing games,eh? Perhaps you DO HAVE the right stuff….

metoometoo (#230)

I would also like to take the edit test for fun, seriously, please can I?

Leon (#6,596)

this is an interesting but passable definition of "fun"

6h057 (#1,914)


saythatscool (#101)

He means the voices that Abe and Dave hear in their heads.

Ziggy (#529)

Can we nominate others, even thought they're clearly a better for an endeavor like Gothamist?

KarenUhOh (#19)

How not extraordinary?

deepomega (#1,720)

Paid entirely in oversized gummy worms.

6h057 (#1,914)

Those gummy worms don't grow on trees, you know!

I love fun schemes

hman (#53)

I love fun schemes too, but my punctuation is way better than yours, buddy.

Ziggy (#529)

I thought you hated fun schemes. And fun.

Gah! Backstabbed with only 15 minutes left in the workday!

Art Yucko (#1,321)

@hman yeah but he can outwormface-image-macro you any day of the week.

deepomega (#1,720)

What a coincidence! DeepOmega Enterprises is looking for a Managing Comment Editor.

- Editing all comments produced by staff at DeepOmega Enterprises for clarity and cleverness.
- Alerting staff to any responses, thumbs ups, tweets and tumblrs about comments DOE have produced.
- Liaising with/pummeling recalcitrant staff writers

- Mastery of pop culture references, particularly focusing on 90s movies and 2000s television
- Understanding of the fact that you can't just hit enter to log in to TheAwl, you have to click on the post comment button like a putz
- Ten working fingers
- 24/7 availability by email, tumblr, and TheAwl comments

Persons of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply, except:
- Botswanans
- Straight men who sincerely enjoy UFC fights
- People who live with more animals than people in their apartment
- The Jews

Pay will be provided in commenter icons and animated gifs.

melis (#1,854)

I don't know why this makes me a little sad, but it does. I always read your name as 'deepo mega.'

I'll show myself out.

deepomega (#1,720)

You're not the only one!

Man, where's bookish been lately?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Author contracts. Invoices. Well well well.

jfruh (#713)

Man, you put this up right after I get a job that pays actual money! I could have been working for peanuts and hating myself all this time!

zidaane (#373)

When will Balk get his secretarial pool?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Oh you think just because the duties not listed include …?

Joey Camire (#6,325)

Ooh! A job I'm under-qualified for. I'll take it! All the one's I'm over-qualified for are considering other applicants.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

Dear Mr. Choire Cho,

This is so going into my work search requirements for this week.

In conclusion, thanking you in advance for your consideration.

Jeff Barea, PhD

cherrispryte (#444)

Oh please hire this one. After today, the internet owes me.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

hole chit

I'm better at wacky hi-jinks than fun schemes.

hockeymom (#143)

I specialize in shenanigans, myself.

Asa (#1,055)

I'm a master of tomfoolery.

hockeymom (#143)

I know what this is.
You "interview" a bunch of people, give them your little "test", then just go ahead and hire Tina Brown.

cherrispryte (#444)


Matt (#26)

Foster Kamer has accepted this position.

Matt (#26)

Foster Kamer has announced his departure for Maximum Rocknroll.

hunterw (#2,353)

Thanks for making me guffaw and seem like a total weirdo to the other folks sitting in this quiet office.

Ziggy (#529)

Hunter's comment: Seconded.

Aatom (#74)

Just checking to see if my login still works here.

Art Yucko (#1,321)


Rod T (#33)

This is not very punk rock.

Vulpes (#946)

The Awl has always been many things, but "punk rock"? Balk cries too much for that.

Yeah, I know! I actually struggled with how un-punk this was, to be honest. But? I wanted to play it straight.

I'll be playing it gay later! FOR DOLLARS.

Abe Sauer (#148)

You forgot the job duty of sending "what a world" replies to emailed links.

mathnet (#27)

You'd better clone Balk's e-mail address because if I stop receiving these from him, then you can just forget about the pulse of Pittsburgh.

I know. We're very predictable.

(Also, Abe is on fire today!)

Choire, it might have something to do with ladies athletic clothing catalogs.

Vulpes (#946)

Cat the Cat is, of course, the hiring manager. Tuna-scented resumes are preferred.

(Also, "Ability to represent the publication in the best possible manner" and "author invoices." ?!!!?)

"Mmmm hnmmmm."

Leon (#6,596)

Can you make "use the relevant segments of the code you downloaded from gawker in fixing / making new commenter archives" to the duties? I'll buy that person a few glasses of Pappy Van Winkle if they make it happen.

egad (#1,355)

Man, the only requirement for the job that I am able to fill is the ability to work in half-time, common-time and occaisionally double-time.

How about Hammer time?

Ali (#267)

I would like to take the editing test as well. Pretty please?

KarenUhOh (#19)

Just curious:

Why start now?

Annie K. (#3,563)

That is NOT a half-time job.

shudder (#5,913)

That's what I was thinking.

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