City Pages is looking for a pair of freelance news columnists for the front of our paper.
The job entails more than riffing on headlines from the comfort of one's laptop. Good reporting skills are a must, as is an eye for original, low-to-the-ground stories that can't be found anywhere else in the Twin Cities.
The ideal applicants will be curious, contrarian, adventurous of wit, with a most fetching way with words. They will possess a knowledge of general news, politics, culture, and the way we live. They will avoid the predictable, the doctrinaire, the paint-by-numbers yammering of the commentariat. They will bring a servant's humility to the daunting task of engaging the modern reader.
Benefits include almost-respectable pay, D-list fame, and occasional swag of dubious value. Sometimes you will get into events for free. If you're lucky, they will include an open bar.
Send your best writing samples and a letter outlining your interests, what your approach would be, and why you'd be fabulous at commanding the attention of the Twin Cities to Pete Kotz, attempted editor.