State and Local Government Review (SLGR) is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Podcast Coordinator. SLGR is the official journal of the American Society for Public Administration’s the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and published four times a year by Sage Publications, Inc. Since 1968, SLGR has provided a forum for the exchange of ideas among practitioners and academics that contributes to the knowledge and practice of state and local government politics, policy, and management. Like SIAM, the journal has a keen interest not only in state and local government but also in the effective interaction among public officials in a federal system. It seeks to foster the dissemination of information about research and experience that contributes to the understanding and improvement of the intergovernmental system.
In 2011, SLGR decided to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the relatively new medium of podcasting in an effort to further the mission of both the journal and SIAM. At that time, this dynamic, cutting-edge technology was being utilized by only a few academic journals. We and our publisher remain excited about our decision to enter this newly emerging field and believe that the medium represents the wave of the future. To date, nine podcasts have been produced, and the feedback had been overwhelmingly positive from both practitioners and academics alike.
Podcasts are based on articles recently published in SLGR, with the audio files produced from them available through a link on the SLGR website. The primary responsibilities of the Podcast Coordinator are to plan for, develop, and direct/produce at least 3 podcasts per year. More specifically, this would entail identifying the articles to be highlighted in podcasts, having them approved by SLGR Editor and Managing Editor and then preparing an implementation plan for each podcast (i.e., lining-up participants, writing podcast scripts, determining the schedule and format, coordinating with the Editorial Assistant of Social Science Journals at Sage Publications to record podcasts, and directing/producing/serving as moderator, etc.). However, applicants do not need to have extensive technical or media skills or experience, since the people at Sage take care of all of recording and technical matters and details. The Coordinator reports directly to the Managing Editor of SLGR.
As a condition for appointment, SLGR would want at least a three-year commitment to serve in this capacity. While not a condition for selection as the Podcast Coordinator, preference may be given to candidates who are able to arrange with their university/college/department for the following commitments:
• One course release per year
• Work-study student 5-10 hours per semester
Applicants should send a letter of interest which includes a description of one’s qualifications for the position and commitments from one’s department/college/university to support the work of the Coordinator to the SLGR Managing Editor, J. Edwin Benton, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Inquires and questions should be directed to the SLGR Editor Michael Scicchitano at (352) 846-2874 or email@example.com.