Journal Editing & Production Opportunities If You Are At — Or Near — DePaul Univ.

The award-winning Community Literacy Journal, published here at DePaul University in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, has several openings and ways to participate in editing and producing the journal, including short-term activities that we can adjust to fit your schedule, and longer (2012-13) commitments.

Previous editorial staff members have used this experience to build solid professional and academic CVs and to add to their professional portfolios for career applications and interviews. When you join the CLJ staff, you will have an immediate impact: we solicit and value collective ideas and decisions. Your voice, interests, and ideas are encouraged and incorporated in the journal operations.

Previous editorial staff members have used this experience to build solid professional and academic CVs and to add to their professional portfolios for career applications and interviews. When you join the CLJ staff, you will have an immediate impact: we solicit and value collective ideas and decisions. Your voice, interests, and ideas are encouraged and incorporated in the journal operations.



Community Literacy is a quickly growing field in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies; it’s also a perfect fit with DePaul’s mission, as you can see in our own editorial mission:
The Community Literacy Journal publishes both scholarly work that contributes to the field’s emerging methodologies and research agendas and work by literacy workers, practitioners, and community literacy program staff. We are especially committed to presenting work done in collaboration between academics and community members.

We understand “community literacy” as the domain for literacy work that exists outside of mainstream educational and work institutions. It can be found in programs devoted to adult education, early childhood education, reading initiatives, lifelong learning, workplace literacy, or work with marginalized populations, but it can also be found in more informal, ad hoc projects.

For us, literacy is defined as the realm where attention is paid not just to content or to knowledge but to the symbolic means by which it is represented and used. Thus, literacy makes reference not just to letters and to text but to other multimodal and technological representations as well.

Commitment required: usually just a few hours a week will provide a meaningful contribution to the journal, and—because we know about juggling already-busy academic and work schedules—there is no requirement to participate every week. We can and will find ways to work with your schedule and commitments.

OPEN POSITIONS

Assistant Editor
two-five hours per week

  • Responsible for author manuscripts at various stages of their production including author correspondence, copyediting, and proofreading
  • Collaborate with Production Editor to ensure editorial integrity of layout and design
  • Contribute to the journal's mission and the overall editorial and production operations

Graphic Designer

  • Have an eye for typography and eye-catching visual rhetoric? We occasionally need flyers for high-visibility conferences -- book exhibits, conference booths -- and postcards for mailings. As part of our ongoing PR and outreach efforts, we need someone to help us create print and digital marketing materials. Wouldn't that look great in your portfolio?

Copyeditors

•    Work with editorial staff and authors to prepare manuscripts for publication: editing for style, coherence, and mechanics
•    Proofreading for errors

Editorial Intern

•    Help with revising the CLJ Style Guide
•    Clerical duties such as creating labels and mailing issues
•    Work with our local printer
•    Learn the CLJ editorial style and our open-access journal (OJS) site

Special Projects

•    Work with Production Editor to redesign the journal and with the Journal Manager to redesign the web site -- we could use some HTML/CSS help
•    Post CLJ news and updates to various professional and academic e-mail lists, and solicit CFPs and Announcements for publication
•    Propose a special project!

Ad Sales

Our journal is almost entirely funded and produced based on advertisements that run in the journal—publishers, academic programs, community partners, university supporters—and running just a few ads per issue keeps us in business!

To review back issues of the journal or to get more information on the
positions, contact Michael:
(773) 325-4867
mmoore46@depaul.edu
115-E McGaw Hall