Seeking Part-time Editor/Writer for Tokyo Cheapo
Are you interested in joining a popular Tokyo content site? We need a super talented cheapo editor/writer to help take up the slack on our rapidly growing site. We currently have 30K readers viewing more than 100,000 pages of content each month and we’re growing like a noxious weed! While this position is part-time, there are future prospects for the position to expand as we anticipate a greater need as we progress through 2014. If this piques your cheapo editorial interest, then read on.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
– Manage the posting schedule
– Write two posts a week (including the weekly Cheapo Weekend)
– Add 2 to 3 events/week to the Events listing section
– Edit 1 to 2 posts per week from contributors (this is mainly initial instructions, then feedback)
– Social Media Posting (after articles are published and other interesting content)
– Monthly planning Skype call
We don’t have any time expectations, only an expectation for a certain level of quality and for the tasks listed above. We envisage that this should take approximately 20 hours per month.
We will pay our part-time editor the enormous sum of 20,000 Japanese yen per month (we’re still cheapos, what were you expecting?)
Handy skills/experience that would help you get the job
– English ability (you should probably have better grammar than us)
– Japanese reading and speaking ability (you don’t need to be bilingual, but ability to research and chat in Japanese is a definite plus)
– You know how to drive a blog (ie. you’ve moved on from your typewriter)
– Basic photography skills (You don’t need a flash camera, but an understanding of lighting and composition would be good)
– Experience of living in another major city in Asia
Who would do this?
Anyone who wants to improve their skills and to be part of something that is getting bigger and bigger. So if you’re developing your own site and you’d like to get the recipe to our secret sauce, we can help you. While writing regular posts for Tokyo Cheapo, our last writer built a popular blog of her own and even got an article picked up by the Huffington Post (all credit to her of course, but we we’re happy to bathe in the afterglow).
We also have big plans for making the site better and more useful to people living in and visiting Tokyo, so there is potential for the job to expand in the future.
How do I Apply?
Email a resume and some samples of your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that we’re not interested in how many words you know but how well you communicate information. In the words of Thomas Jefferson “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do”. If you want to get an idea of the tone of writing we expect, check the site.
Once we’ve shortlisted candidates, we’ll give you two tasks – one editing task and one research task. If we like your work, we’ll invite you for an interview by Skype or in person. We know that applying is a lot of work, so if you want it, we’re happy to give you detailed feedback.
More about Tokyo Cheapo
Started in April 2012 by long time Tokyo residents Chris Kirkland and Greg Lane, Tokyo Cheapo has grown to more than 30,000 readers viewing more than 100,000 pages of content each month. The site has become the go-to site for both residents and visitors who want to experience all that Tokyo has to offer without bursting the bank.