We at Feedback Press are looking for research assistant/interns who would be interested in conducting research for our editorial board for the Best Music Writing series. The editorial board is composed of professional music journalists from around the world who have the charge of reading all materials in their subject area/region in order to select the best article for possible inclusion in the book.
This monumental task is done by a variety of processes: ballot, direct nominations, reading publications, and searching out work. The final step is the one we need interns for. Our spring interns will be assigned directly to one or two of the editorial board members and will assist the editors in finding and selecting articles. It is a basic research position, and skills include: good search skills, critical reading skills, communication, and persistence.
What you will learn depends on how much you interact with the editors, but each is committed to discussion on the values for good writing and what constitutes new/original work in the subject area. Additionally each research assistant will become an expert on the year's writing in a region or topic area, and will become familiar with all publications in that field. It's an excellent introduction to music journalism.
The internship involves some work for the central press as well, naming, helping us build up our database of known English language music publications.
Required work: 5-10 hours a week between February-April.
Perks: listed in the credits/thank yous, copies of the book
Send cover letter including which of the 2012 editorial board members you would like to work with and why, a CV, and (if you have them) three clips to: Daphne Carr, musicwriting at gmail dot com