Spotted today on a media-jobs listserv:
Rolling Stone is looking for fulltime unpaid online interns to start ASAP in their New York offices. Responsibilities include building magazine content for the site, researching and promoting blog articles, monitoring blog comments and helping out on other projects as they arise. There are also plenty of opportunities to pitch and write stories for the Rolling Stone blog. Quick learners with prior editorial experience, an eye for detail and excellent organizational abilities are a must; previous web experience with the web is a strong plus. Please send resumes to rsintern[at]gmail.com with the subject ONLINE INTERNSHIP.
We at Idolator are eager to help fledgling young music writers break into the industry, so here are some tips for all you aspiring hopefuls who want to become part of the Rolling Stone blog:
- Find a random news headline on Yahoo.com. Then find a bunch of random song titles on the iTunes store that only vaguely correspond to that headline, and make a Playlist of the Day. Don’t bother including MP3s, as nobody expects a music website to actually provide music.
- Make sure your writing frequently uses words such as “totally,” “really,” and “excellent,” and be sure to end every third sentence with “[artist/album/news event] rocks!”
- Be sure that Rolling Stone (the blog) maintains its edgy, outsiders-looking-in vibe by constantly referring to Rolling Stone (the magazine).
- During staff meetings, never, ever ask questions like this: “It seems like you guys are making the mistake so many old-media outlets make when going digital: You copy a format that’s been done better elsewhere, and arrogantly assume that the brand name will attract the few people who don’t know any better. But won’t your blatant fear of irking advertisers cause even those readers to flee eventually? And when will magazines learn that their true advantage over blogs is reporting and writing, and that they have to start incorporating those elements into the web, instead of trying to play catch-up with a bunch of work-from-home cranks who hijacked your cultural momentum with one-tenth of the resources? And finally, is your site aimed toward fifteen-year-olds who think Bob Dylan is ‘totally awesome!’, or does it just read that way?”