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WANTED! A New Editor for an Old West Newspaper

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:28 PM | Anonymous

 The Tombstone Epitaph National Edition, an internationally circulated monthly journal of Old West history, seeks a new editor.  Founded in historic Tombstone, Arizona, in 1880, The Epitaph is Arizona’s oldest continuously published newspaper and is devoted to chronicling and promoting the history of the American West.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in the history of the Old West, a solid understanding of 19th century American history, and relationships with contributors in the field.  The applicant should possess the editorial skills necessary for all aspects of the production of a monthly print publication, including the ability to meet all production deadlines.

 This is a hands-on position.  The editor solicits, receives, and edits historical features from established and new contributors, selects stories and artwork for publication, and prepares all content for submission to the publication’s computer designer.  The editor may contribute his/her own articles covering Tombstone or Old West history.  The 20-page paper typically runs three or four historical features each month.  Monthly columns include: Letters to the Editor; a Frontier Fare food column; YesterWest; Wandering the West; and Just Around the Bend.  Content for some of the standing features is compiled and/or written by the editor.

 The editor also supervises The Epitaph website,, preparing monthly content updates drawn from the print publication. Other administrative duties include helping with advertising, marketing, and the paper’s social media presence. 

 The Epitaph maintains an historic newspaper museum in Tombstone, Arizona, which is open seven days a week.  Staff include a professional graphics designer and a web designer who work remotely, along with an office manager and two retail staff who handle subscriptions and are located in Tombstone.  The National Edition does not report on current Tombstone events – these are covered independently by the local edition of The Tombstone Epitaph, published by journalism students at the University of Arizona.

 Preference will be given to candidates who reside in the Southwest. The job is considered part-time, with teleworking arrangements possible.  Interested candidates should send their resume (including publication history) and a writing sample to Epitaph owner Robert Love at  Questions: call 301-656-1662.  Application deadline is April 30, 2017.

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