Scottish football has a rich history of football fanzines, but with the rise of the internet the zines have taken a battering unless you are covering Celtic or Rangers.
Scotzine has flirted with fanzines for over the past few years, but with time at a premium as we cover the game online and on the airwaves, we are in need of an editor to focus solely on producing our monthly fanzine.
The editor’s role is the top job, so you will need to have experience, strong literacy skills, a creative vision and a work ethic second to none.
Editing a publication involves much more than just looking for grammatical errors, you must adhere to the core ideology of the publication, keep it fresh, interesting and above all relevant.
An editor is the person that pulls an issue together, they come up with story and feature ideas, delegating them to writers. Story ideas from contributors will also be analysed as you review and rewrite submissions to reach the standards and style of a publication.
You must be in touch with the latest goings on within Scottish Football and keep up to date with the game both on and off the pitch.
You will oversee production of a magazine issue. A magazine editor will also keep in communication with our writers, giving writing assignments out or considering story ideas that they may be approached with.
This position is paid through a profit sharing scheme. The better the fanzine does in sales and advertising the more money you make.
Skills and qualities
You will need:
– A good command of English with strong writing and IT skills
– Planning, organisational and staff management skills
– Creativity and good visual sense
– A good understanding of the publishing industry
– Some legal knowledge around the content of publications
– An eye for detail
– Negotiating and decision-making skills.
Duties of the editor:
– Make sure a magazine is consistent
– Ensure writing style and quality is high
– Proofread material/Select material for publication
– Delegate writing assignments/Commission articles
– Communicate with writers
– Communicate with other magazine staff
– Keep up to date with industry news
– An understanding of target audiences
– Overseeing the layout, appearance and content of feature articles
– Oversee artwork, design and photography for the features section of the magazine
– Attend photo shoots
– Raise the profile of the magazine
– Deal with potential advertisers and secure revenue
We will require ALL potential candidates to submit two sample articles of your written work that has already been published – whether in print or online.
You must have journalism/media experience either in print or online.
We will also send you two articles through – one to proof read and another to create from a press release. Both will have a deadline set which you must meet.
Anyone not meeting the deadlines set or providing articles will not have their application taken any further.