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Tikkun magazine and the Network of Spiritual Progressives
2342 Shattuck Ave., #1200
DescriptionTikkun is a magazine dedicated to healing and transforming the world. We seek writing that gives us insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality. We build bridges between religious and secular progressives by delivering a forceful critique of all forms of exploitation, oppression, and domination while nurturing an interfaith vision of a caring society — one whose institutions are reconstructed on the basis of love, generosity, nonviolence, social justice, and caring for nature. Our founding editor, Rabbi Michael Lerner, also leads Beyt Tikkun, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tikkun brings together progressive Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, secular humanist, and agnostic/atheist voices to talk about social transformation and strategies for political and economic democratization. These authors discuss the best ways to support the evolution of consciousness needed to save our planet from environmental destruction and from the perversion of human relations generated by the globalization of selfishness and materialism popularly known as capitalist globalization. In this way, Tikkun creates space for the emergence of a Religious Left that can not only counter the power of the Religious Right, but can also cross certain Left/Right boundaries by speaking to the deepest needs of human beings—needs that are obscured by the “values-free” education and media discourse that predominates in contemporary Western societies.
We publish a print magazine four times a year, publish web-only articles at tikkun.org, and manage a collaborative blog site at tikkun.org/daily. Our office is based in downtown Berkeley, CA.
ResponsibilitiesTikkun's internships are an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain significant experience in magazine editing, image research, reviewing submissions, and proofing. Most internships last a minimum of three months, and we generally ask for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Here are more detailed descriptions of some areas of specialization:
Interns who specialize on the print editorial side gain hands-on experience in magazine editing. At Tikkun -- unlike at many other national magazines, where interns often find themselves fetching coffee and making photocopies -- editorial interns play a central role in evaluating submissions and proofing each issue of the magazine. Editorial interns review every submission that comes in, bringing promising articles to the attention of the editorial staff. They help brainstorm authors to commission, fact-check, brainstorm illustration ideas, and prepare articles for publication. This internship is very selective and has the potential to launch students into careers in magazine journalism. Editorial interns may have the opportunity to publish an article, but we make no guarantees -- interns’ submissions are subjected to the same strict standards as any other submissions to the magazine. Editorial interns with strong writing skills and professionalism will be asked to write monthly profile articles for our multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily. Candidates for this position must be hawk-eyed proofreaders with an obsessive attention to detail, a professional work ethic, and a willingness to study the Chicago Manual of Style and Tikkun’s in-house style guide.
Interns who specialize on the web editorial side scour the blogosphere for posts to which they think Tikkun’s daily site should respond. They play a central role in finding and managing the content on the magazine’s multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily (www.tikkun.org/daily). To support our efforts to recruit a team of professional bloggers, Web editorial interns become intimately familiar with the world of spiritual and political journalists, academics, and bloggers. Web editorial interns with strong writing skills and professionalism may be asked to write monthly profile articles for our multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily. Those Web interns who are familiar enough with the magazine to have fully grasped its worldview and who demonstrate outstanding reporting and writing skills may eventually be invited to blog more regularly, as well.
To get a better sense of Tikkun, visit our blog (www.tikkun.org/daily) and our main site (www.tikkun.org). Tikkun is a nonprofit organization, and its unpaid volunteer internships provide a unique educational opportunity.