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Web Designer Wanted

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Newcity has an immediate opening for a part-time/freelance web designer to work with us in designing for a WordPress platform (Genesis framework experience a plus). Creativity, dependability, accuracy and congeniality are core values to us; if they are to you, you’ll flourish. Most, if not all, of the work will be done remotely. To apply, write to brian@newcity.com and tell me about yourself; send a link to your digital portfolio and let me know if you have minimum pay expectations. Please elaborate on your software capabilities. Do not call. We are an equal opportunity employer.

The State of Newcity: 2014

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BoCAs we prepare the publish the twenty-eighth anniversary edition of Newcity on February 6, we wanted to share with our friends, colleagues and partners some good news about the year just concluded and some thoughts on our plans for this year underway.

2013 was a terrific year for Newcity, the best by any measure since the nineties. Overall revenues increased more than forty percent over 2012, of which digital was up seventy-five percent but remains a relatively small but important part of our financial picture. Our growth engine in 2013 was good old-fashioned print, both in our core publication Newcity and in a mostly new category for us, custom publishing, which grew dramatically last year.

Though we’ve had a hand in custom publishing for the arts since we started publishing the official guide to the city’s major art fair in 2007 (EXPO Chicago, and previously Art Chicago), in 2013 it became a bona fide business for us. In addition to EXPO Chicago’s official guide, we now publish two quarterlies—the program guide to the city’s landmark Music Box Theatre and a newly launched magazine called UChicago Arts, which is a beautiful expression of the exploding arts culture at the University of Chicago. And last year we teamed up with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to publish the official guide to Chicago Artists Month, a relationship we have high hopes for going forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Why delivering Newcity is the perfect gig in the freelance economy

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One day, usually every other Wednesday, we rent vehicles and deliver Newcity to just under a thousand locations around Chicago and Evanston. The steady, regular work has proven to be a solid gig for several of our longtime drivers who are musicians by trade—with some doing this as long as fifteen years. 

Why does this work for them?

It’s a concentrated (one long day), regular batch of work and income

It’s physical but not unduly taxing, offering a respite from a too-often sedentary life

It’s a way to engage, face to face, with the city around us in a time of increasing digital isolation. Drivers are in and out of vehicles breathing fresh (well, Chicago) air; interacting with shopkeepers and getting to know parts of the city in great detail. 

It’s a way to contribute to a publication you read, with a mission you believe in. (If you don’t, forget the rest: this is not for you.) Read the rest of this entry »

F. Philip Barash appointed assistant design editor

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Photograph by St. Louis Photographer Jonathan Gayman.Newcity is delighted to announce F. Philip Barash as our new assistant design editor. In this role, Philip will work closely with editor Brian Hieggelke in planning and executing Newcity’s coverage of Chicago’s legendary design culture in home, architecture, fashion and graphic and product design.

F. Philip Barash is an independent writer, sometime curator, reluctant designer, unflagging advocate for good public space, committed dabbler and flaneur. His work with organizations such as the Poetry Foundation and EXPO Chicago on creative placemaking projects receives national recognition for its authentic, collaborative approach to the urban condition. Barash’s writing on art and design has appeared in academic and public-interest venues including Crain’s Chicago Business, ArtSlant, the literary journal of Columbia University, and in this magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

Kenneth Preski appointed assistant music editor

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Kenneth Preski Newcity Photo From FileNOTICE IS HEREBY given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the editing of Newcity’s Music Section in the conduct or transaction of Publishing in the City of Chicago,” as amended, that a certification was filed by the undersigned with the Editor & Publisher Brian Hieggelke, on August 26, 2013, under the Assumed Name of Newcity Editorial Staff with the place of business located at 47 West Polk Street, Suite 100-223, Chicago, IL 60605. The undersigned, a Chicago-area-bred, DePaul University BA in Philosophy-boasting sound-engineer-turned-financial-operations guru, retains all appeals to the universal voice unless stated otherwise. The true name and email address of the Newcity Assistant Music Editor is: Kenneth Preski, ken@newcity.com. Pitches welcome.

Amber Gibson appointed assistant dining and drinking editor

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IMG_2890Newcity is delighted to announce Amber Gibson as our new assistant dining and drinking editor. In this role, Amber will work closely with editor Brian Hieggelke in planning and executing Newcity’s coverage of Chicago’s outstanding culinary and cocktail culture.

Amber Gibson is a freelance food and travel writer based in Chicago. She graduated as valedictorian from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2013 with a B.S. in broadcast journalism. Her writing has appeared in Plate, Chicago magazine, Time Out Chicago, Where Chicago, Delta Sky, Hemispheres, Mandarin Quarterly, Design Bureau and Front Desk among other publications.

All pitches for food and drink coverage should be sent to Amber at amber@newcity.com.

Zach Freeman appointed assistant theater editor

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zachfreemanNewcity is thrilled to announce Zach Freeman as our new assistant theater editor. In this role, Zach will work closely with editor Brian Hieggelke in planning and executing Newcity’s legendary coverage of Chicago theater.

Zach has a BA in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago (so he can reduce most plays to a quadratic equation). He’s been writing about theater in Chicago since 2008; with Newcity for the past three years. At one point he had aspirations to be an actor and he confesses that you can still find embarrassing pictures of him on IMDB.
Zach is also the chief running writer for Newcity.
All pitches for theater coverage should be sent to Zach at  zach@newcity.com.

Assistant Music Editor (Part-time)

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Newcity seeks a part-time assistant music editor to work directly with the editor in building on the foundation of music coverage in Newcity.

The ideal candidate would be an exceptional writer and journalist, with a wide range of genre interests coupled with an innate feel for the musical zeitgeist. The ability to craft creative and provocative essays and features, while inspiring the same from a stable of freelance contributors, is paramount. As is an ability to source strong local music-news features. A working comfort with digital and social media are expected; multimedia skills are a plus.

To apply, send a cover letter, résumé and links to published stories to Newcity editor Brian Hieggelke at brian@newcity.com. If you have ideas to share, please do so. But do NOT call. Newcity is an equal-opportunity employer.

Special Deadlines: July 4 & July 11 Double Issue

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Due to the Independence Day holiday, our July 4 & July 11 Double Issue will hit the streets on Monday, July 1.

Because of this, we have special early deadlines for editorial and advertising.

Advertising

Space: TUE/25
Artwork: THU/27

Editorial

All copy is due Monday, June 24 midnight.

Thanks!

Jason Foumberg appointed Associate Editor

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FoumbergWe are pleased to announce that, starting this month, Jason Foumberg has taken on the new role of Associate Editor at Newcity.

In this role, he’ll continue to oversee the Art section, and take on the oversight of a newly christened Design section, which will encompass  fashion, home, architecture, graphic and product design. This will officially launch with the debut of Design 50 on March 21.
In addition, he’ll be working closely with Newcity editors on cover stories, as well as various other editorial responsibilities.
Jason’s been writing for Newcity since 2006, and since he took over editorship of the art section in 2007, we’ve built it into the city’s leading source for visual arts coverage, a success we intend to replicate with Design.