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The Stranger's sister paper down south, Portland Mercury , is losing music editor/senior editor Ciara Dolan, who is moving to California to seek her fortune (and presumably to pan for gold). But what's bad news for us is GOOD NEWS FOR YOU (or perhaps someone you know), because the Mercury is now hiring a brand new music editor! If you love music and writing, this is a fantastic opportunity to work in a very fun atmosphere in one of the greatest music cities in the world. Check out our ad below, and even if you're not interested, help us spread the word, bird!


The Portland Mercury—Portland, Oregon’s most entertaining alternative newspaper—is looking for a passionate MUSIC EDITOR to add to our amazing editorial staff, and to cover the music scene in one of the most creative, exciting cities in the country. COULD THAT BE YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW? Let’s find out:

The successful candidate will have strong/snappy writing skills, as well as a passion for and varied knowledge of the current music climate (both local and national). Editing/proofing/reporting/social media skills are a requirement, along with plenty of music criticism experience. Professionalism, enthusiasm, people skills, and a good sense of humor are a must.

Duties include managing and editing a staff of creative freelancers, producing great music criticism and reporting every week, going to tons of shows, writing occasional feature stories, and contributing to and assisting with other sections of the Portland Mercury. This is a FULL TIME position, with an extensive benefits package.

Interested parties should email (put “MUSIC EDITOR JOB” in the subject line) and include the following:

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• A cover letter describing why you're so awesome.
• A resume that includes pertinent experience (including other fields of interest).
• Up to five published music writing clips (blog posts are acceptable, as are PDFs and URLs).


Women, people of color, and those in the LGBTQI community are especially encouraged to apply. The Mercury celebrates the diversity of our staff.