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AJL Seeks Editor-in-Chief

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AJL News and AJL Reviews Editor-in-chief (last update April 30, 2019)

This position has been filled.

Reports to Chair for Publications.

Background:

The AJL Newsletter was published in print until December 2010. As of January 2011, that publication was split into two separate electronic publications (in PDF format) – AJL News and AJL Reviews. All correspondence and production of the News and Reviews sections are done electronically. The News and Reviews staff consists of adult literature co-editors (2), children and teen literature co-editors (2), advertising manager, layout editor, and the editor-in-chief.

Editor-in-chief:

  • Oversees the creation and completion of News and Reviews
  • Maintains News and Reviews budget, keeping track of mailing expenses, as well as reimbursements to the News and Reviews staff for out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Upon consultation with co-editors, keeps current the policies and guidelines for reviewers and publishers
  • Updates and keeps current News and Reviews webpage on the AJL website
  • Secure reviewers’ permissions for AJL to distribute their published reviews to other sources
  • Receives contributions to News and edits the text for grammar, style, and space
  • Sends all edited contributions to the layout editor
  • Posts completed files on the AJL website through StarChapter
  • Sends an announcement to members, as well as to ha-Safran, with the appropriate link
  • Makes sure that the ‘archive’ and ‘current’ areas on the News & Reviews sections are modified appropriately
  • Sends the appropriate content to CLCD (Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database).

Co-editors:

  • Recruit reviewers and assign books for review
  • Distribute review copies and guidelines to reviewers by mail
  • Receives contributions to Reviews and edits the text for grammar, style, and space
  • Edit reviews and prepare manuscript for publication
  • Correspond as needed with publishers to request review copies
  • Correspond as needed with reviewers and authors
  • Maintain a database of titles and reviewers, as well as files of other necessary records
  • Send printed reviews to publishers
  • Work closely with editor-in-chief
  • Co-editors must have an extensive knowledge of the literature reviewed in the section they edit, excellent command of written and spoken English; knowledge of written English style; familiarity with the conventions of editing and proofreading; ability to use word processing, database management, and e-mail programs; ability to meet deadlines; and good interpersonal skills.

Advertising manager:

  • Maintains a current database of Judaica publishers, solicits ads from them, and sends the ‘camera-ready’ digital files to the layout editor, and payment to the treasurer.

Layout editor:

  • Works on the layout of the two documents (News and Reviews) on dedicated software (currently In-Design by Adobe)
  • Produces the two PDF documents. All images appear in color (if available)
  • Makes sure that some of the content is linked appropriately (i.e. email addresses, URLs)
  • Sends the final versions to the editor-in-chief for approval.

 

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