AJET Connect magazine applications (deadline extended)

 AJET Connect Magazine

Enjoy reading Connect magazine? Want to get involved? Applications for the 2014-2015 Connect team are open until June 1st at midnight!

Connect is a professional-level publication with contacts throughout Japan and readership throughout the world. Connect has been in the hands of embassies and government groups, and is a great way to gain work experience in the field of publications during your time in Japan.

You do not need to be a JET participant to be part of the team, but understand that this is an AJET-sponsored publication and that we will cover AJET-related matters in addition to lifestyle pieces and stories. You do need to currently be in Japan and plan to be in Japan until April/May of next year. If you have any questions about how Connect runs, what sort of responsibilities the positions entail, how much time you need to commit, or anything at all, you can contact me at .

If you’re interested, please send me an email with the following by Sunday, June 1st:

  • Your name
  • Your prefecture
  • Position or section interested in (if section editor, up to three sections, ranked in order of preference)
  • Years you’ve been in Japan
  • Current profession
  • Approximate free hours per week
  • Non-detailed list of current time commitments
  • Relevant experience
  • Attached writing sample (document or link, if you don’t have anything on hand, write something new and interesting)
  • Favorite or interesting quote from any source

I will follow up with all interested applicants and ask a few more questions to help make my decision.

We are looking for the following new team members for the 2014-2015 year, starting in June.


Culture, Entertainment, Food, Travel, Fashion, Events, Volunteering, and Sports

A section editor’s primary responsibility is to source articles for Connect. You’ll work directly with members of the community to provide interesting and engaging content to keep the publication fresh and relevant. Each month you’ll be responsible for 5-6 pages of content for the section, and for editing what you receive (if you do not have experience editing, no worries, we can teach you!). You’ll also be responsible for writing a monthly one-page editorial on any topic of your choosing, as well as a monthly “about me” blurb and summary of your section. Section editors spend a lot of time emailing back and forth with contributors and the head editor to refine articles and plan for upcoming issues. You may apply for multiple sections in a single email, but limit it to three, in order of preference. To be considered, you must:

  • Be committed to and skilled at completing things on a deadline
  • Be quick and responsive with emails
  • Be good at finding people to write content every month, or seeking outside content to cross-publish
  • Preferably be plugged into and knowledgeable on the Japan side of things for the section you want to write for
  • Be willing to find great content beyond the normal Japanese magazine standards
  • Be open and honest (yet polite and professional) with the head editor and team about the work being done and how it can be improved
  • Have a few hours free per week in which to work on finding content and editing that content
  • Have a basic familiarity with word processors and cloud-based collaboration programs like Google Drive and Dropbox


Started last year, this position is very open in terms of responsibility and scope. The overarching goal of the PR manager is to promote Connect within the community and beyond. The PR manager works to get Connect articles in the hands of people who aren’t subscribed to eConnect News. We want to publish our content on Japan-related blogs and websites, and the PR manager works with these outside groups and sites to accomplish this. They also work with the head editor to discuss and plan ways to expand the reach of Connect in terms of new features and ways to connect with the readership. To be considered, you must:

  • Be highly independent and motivated
  • Have clear goals for Connect from the outset, and commit to pursuing them
  • Be skilled in networking and keeping up professional contacts
  • Be committed to keeping up with lots of Japan-related blogs and sites in order to promote Connect there
  • Find articles of interest to cross-publish in Connect magazine in order to create cooperative publishing relationships with outside sources
  • Read through Connect’s articles on a monthly basis to determine which are good candidates to share outside


New for this upcoming year, this is a good entry position for Connect for people with only a little bit of free time who still want to be part of the team. The Contest and Community Manager receives and organizes contest submissions for Connect’s cover photo contest and haiku page. These two features have been a mainstay of Connect since its beginnings, and they’re an important part of our community. The Contest and Community manager takes each month’s submissions, assembles them, and presents them to the head editor for voting and layout preparation. They also make sure all submissions have a title and name, and are up to the standards set by Connect in terms of image quality and usage rights. To be considered, you must:

  • Have an interest in working with Connect
  • Have a good editorial eye for detail
  • Have good organizational skills
  • Be able to work on a deadline
  • Be willing to promote the photo contest and haiku page in the community and find new contributors


Also created last year to help with the enormous task of designing Connect’s visual elements and layout, the assistant designers work with the head designer to create Connect’s actual pages. The head designer handles the majority of the work, but assistant designers can be expected to clean up images, tweak layout, fix typos, adjust colors, and create original graphic elements (such as the recently included contributor map and sakura map). To be considered, you must:

  • Be creative, with a sense of style that works well with Connect’s visual identity
  • Have your own copy of Adobe design programs including Illustrator and inDesign
  • Have a familiarity with the above programs
  • Be “on-call” to provide assistance to the head designer when needed (the bulk of design work is done between the 15th and the end of the month)
  • Be able to work quickly and within given parameters
  • Take instruction well, while also suggesting your own ideas

I’m also pleased to announce that I’ll be serving as Connect’s head editor for another year. We’ve done a lot of good work, but I still have a lot planned, so I’m very happy to have another year to work with you all to make this magazine something great. Thanks, as always, for your support and contributions, and I look forward to seeing applications from you.

All the best,