EXCITING NEWS, EVERYONE! Henry Barajas joins the Tucson Weekly team today as our new online editor, taking over for David Mendez, who went back to school but will continue to be around writing stuff.
Henry, who we stole away from the Star, will be the new face of The Range, our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Friendster, and be involved in a bunch of other stuff around here as well. I'm personally excited to see what he comes up with, but I probably should be, since I hired him.
Feel free to welcome him in whatever manner you'd like, which for some of you, would likely be criticizing his grammar when he first posts something. If you'd like to tip him off to something Range-worthy, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome aboard, Henry.
It's not all that often that we have a job opening around here, but we're currently hiring for a new position here at the the Weekly: Online editor.
So, here's most of what the gig entails:
• Creating and managing content for our website, including The Range (this is harder than it seems, believe me...writing six posts a day or so)
• Work with writers, editors, photographers and designers to develop Web-exclusive content
• All the social media stuff, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and whatever else pops up
• Developing new features and such, including evaluating vendors, determining new forms of revenue
• Tracking analytics, metrics, developing plans to get more people to look at our website and for longer
• Apps or whatever
• The other stuff that seems to come up each week
• Being awesome and brilliant and whatever
Consideration will go only to those who have writing and reporting experience in addition to the necessary technical skills. (We're serious about this. It's a fun job, but you need to know what you're doing.) The ideal candidate will have a wide variety of experience doing Web development; have a knowledge of basic HTML; be familiar with various website and social-networking platforms; and be ready for the Tucson Weekly work environment. It's a complicated job with a lot of moving parts, so if you're the sort of person who likes to focus on one task at a time, uninterrupted, you will be unhappy and we will be unhappy.
This is a full-time position, with benefits. Please send a cover letter, a resume and links to work samples to email@example.com NO LATER THAN 3 P.M., TUESDAY, AUG. 6 (we're in a hurry). Thanks!
Tucson, it's May 31 — a date of significance for a number of reasons.
Some of you got paid today. Many of you have rent due tomorrow. Oh, and apparently Big Ben began operating back in 1859. It's a big day.
But for us, today matters for one reason, and one alone: it is the final day to submit your ballots for the Best of Tucson® 2013.
You don't have to submit your ballot to show how much you care about Tucson's many spectacular, home-grown restaurants, stores, musicians, artists, personalities and attractions — but if you don't submit a ballot, don't come complaining to us when your favorite place to eat Sonoran hot dogs is snubbed, if your favorite comic book shop is ignored, or your favorite hiking spot is overlooked.
You have 'til midnight tonight, folks.
So, let's rap.
Today is Friday, May 24.
Next Friday, one week from today, is the last day of the month, May 31.
On that day, we're closing voting for this year's Best of Tucson®.
Therefore, you have ONE WEEK to get your ballots in regarding the absolute best that Tucson has to offer — like whether or not Brooklyn Pizza will retain their Best Pizza; if Club Congress is still the best place for you to dance the night away; if Jon Justice is the absolute best at...uh...whatever it is that he does.
Make it count.
You have a little over two weeks left to vote in our Best of Tucson balloting for 2013 (wait, it's 2013, what the hell?). Voting ends on May 31 at midnight, so why not spare yourself the last-minute panic of filling out a ballot at the end of the month and take care of business today?
Also, enjoy the above video by America.
We've had a great response so far, but as there are nearly a million people in the greater Tucson area and we're still significantly short of that number of submitted ballots, it would appear some of you have not yet voted in our Best of Tucson poll for 2013. Let us know your favorite places, people, restaurants, events, etc. and then see how the city voted as a whole on September 26. Voting runs until May 31st, but why not just get it done now before you forget or the world ends. After this week, either seems equally plausible.
Here's the ballot. Thanks in advance for your vote.
The incredible run of Lisa Frank comes to an end as she loses to Richard Carmona by ten percentage points, but Janos Wilder continues to dominate our Celebrity Showdown, taking out Savannah Guthrie by over 300 votes. So now we're down to four: Amanda Beard vs. Janos and Gabrielle Giffords vs. Richard Carmona. Vote now to determine our Showdown finalists.
Our two-month-ish extravaganza of Best of Tucson voting begins now, as the ballot for the 2013 edition is online.
There's a nice moment for us to enjoy here at the Weekly when the ballot goes out, when the process seems so pure and idealistic, before we gather the results and put out the issue on September 26 and the complaints roll in. For now, there's a blank survey full of possibilities, before some clowns vote for Taco Bell in the Best Mexican Fast Food category.
Voting lasts until May 31 at midnight. Don't disappoint me here, Tucson.
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