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We love working with talented people in Blacksburg who care about local journalism and media. If that’s you, we invite you to apply for any of our open positions listed below.

Please note: these are volunteer positions and are unpaid.

OPEN EDITORIAL POSITIONS

Note: the position is currently filled. The applicant would apply and go through training this fall, then begin officially in spring.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of editor-in-chief.

The Pylon is a Blacksburg-based digital publication that specializes in investigative and longform pieces, informed commentaries, and submission-based creative works. We are an independent publication that covers local stories and provides an outlet for community voices with quality in mind.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of managing editor.

The Pylon is a Blacksburg-based digital publication that specializes in investigative and longform pieces, informed commentaries, and submission-based creative works. We are an independent publication that covers local stories and provides an outlet for community voices with quality in mind.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of Happenings editor.

The Happenings section aims to bring the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech communities high quality, in-depth news stories that are relevant and important, and may not be covered elsewhere. Stories should be investigative, heavily fact-checked, and reported within the framework of our ethical standards in a timely fashion.

The Happenings editor reports to the managing editor and editor-in-chief and is responsible for overseeing the Happenings section and leading a staff of reporters.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of Happenings reporter.

The Happenings section aims to bring the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech communities high quality, in-depth news stories that are relevant and important, and may not be covered elsewhere. Stories should be investigative, heavily fact-checked, and reported within the framework of our ethical standards in a timely fashion.

Happenings reporters work closely with the Happenings editor to deliver hard-hitting news pieces to our Blacksburg and Virginia Tech audiences.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of Variety writer.

The Variety section is devoted to producing high-quality feature and human-interest type stories from the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech area. The focus will be on cultural content, as in: what are people interested in or talking about, what’s going on in art or film, etc. in Blacksburg and at Virginia Tech? The Variety section focuses in on the people living here and the stories waiting to be told.

The Variety editor reports to the managing editor and editor-in-chief and is responsible for overseeing the Variety section and leading a staff of writers.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of Commentary editor.

The Commentary section seeks to entertain original, well-researched perspectives on relevant and interesting ideas pertinent to the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg communities. Not only will Commentary serve the role as a traditional opinion page, it will engage and invite the thoughtful exchange of ideas from a wide array of voices and opinions, delivered in a manner that adheres to the highest standards of journalistic quality and is not offensive, divisive, or otherwise dogmatic.

Commentary columnists work closely with the Commentary editor to deliver well-researched, fact checked opinion pieces to our Blacksburg and Virginia Tech audiences.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of Craft editor.

The Craft section strives to be the single Blacksburg and Virginia Tech community publication that combines the written word, music, visual, and video craft forms into a single digital hub. The section provides a local publishing opportunity for Virginia Tech students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the Blacksburg community. The Pylon aims to be a welcoming publication and aims to provide feedback and helpful critique to creatives whose work is not selected for publication, explaining why the particular piece was not selected in a rejection letter. Through this, the Craft section hopes to encourage revision and resubmission — setting The Pylon apart from discouraging submission processes elsewhere and providing editors with a better understanding of working behind the scenes at a literary and arts journal. The section aims to help contributors improve the quality of their work in order to see them live up to their full artistic potential.

The Craft editor reports to the managing editor and the editor-in-chief and is responsible for overseeing the Craft section and potentially working with a co-editor or a committee of Craft editors.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of Visuals editor.

The Visuals section contributes all art, imagery, and design for The Pylon. Staff for the Visuals section includes photographers, artists, illustrators, and designers. The Visuals staff contributes original art for articles published on The Pylon, but the creation of visual-only articles is also encouraged (e.g. creating a photo essay or an editorial cartoon).

The Visuals editor reports to the managing editor and editor-in-chief and is responsible for overseeing the Visuals section and leading a staff of photographers, artists, illustrators, and designers.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for qualified candidates to take on the various roles in the Visuals section.

The Visuals section contributes all art, imagery, and design for The Pylon. Staff for the Visuals section includes photographers, artists, illustrators, and designers. The Visuals staff contributes original art for articles published on The Pylon, but the creation of visual-only articles is also encouraged (e.g. creating a photo essay or an editorial cartoon).

Visuals staffers (i.e. photographers, artists, illustrators, and designers) work closely with the Visuals editor to deliver supplemental art for all articles published on The Pylon.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for qualified candidates to take on the various roles in the Multimedia section.

The Multimedia section contributes all video and audio content for The Pylon. Staff for the Multimedia section includes videographers and audio production specialists.

Multimedia staffers (i.e. videographers and audio production specialists) work closely with the Multimedia editor to deliver multimedia coverage (i.e. video footage, a complete video package, or a podcast) to The Pylon.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for qualified candidates to join our fact-checking team.

The Pylon is a Blacksburg-based digital publication that specializes in investigative and longform pieces, informed commentaries, and submission-based creative works. We are an independent publication that covers local stories and provides an outlet for community voices with quality in mind.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

The Pylon is searching for a qualified candidate to take on the role of public editor.

The Pylon is a Blacksburg-based digital publication that specializes in investigative and longform pieces, informed commentaries, and submission-based creative works. We are an independent publication that covers local stories and provides an outlet for community voices with quality in mind.

To read the full job description and for information on applying, click here.

OPEN BUSINESS POSITIONS

The Pylon is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Chief Creative Officer. The CCO designs branded products and events, coordinates social media, and builds relationships with our community.

The CCO is a board-level business position. The CCO will have the opportunity to build and lead a staff and contribute to the future of The Pylon.

The CCO reports directly to the Director of The Pylon. The CCO will work with business and editorial staff to manage the brand and drive traffic.

Read our call for applicants for additional information about the position and applying to work with us. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

The Pylon is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Chief Technology Officer. The CTO manages both our public facing website and internal technology tools.

The CTO is a board-level business position. The CTO will have the opportunity to build and lead a staff and contribute to the future of The Pylon.

The CTO reports directly to the Director of The Pylon. The CTO will work with other board members as well as the editorial team to determine needs and implement innovative technological solutions.

Read our call for applicants for additional information about the position and applying to work with us. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

The Pylon is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate in employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Reasonable accommodation is available to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

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