Next City is a non-profit media organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to improve them. Next City provides daily online coverage of public policy and current affairs from an urbanist perspective. In addition to our online journalism, we produce events including an annual urban leadership conference, Vanguard.
Originally named The Next American City, the organization began publishing a quarterly magazine in 2003. What started as a black-and-white printed publication staffed by volunteers ultimately grew into a popular and influential magazine that reached 1 million people over the course of its 31 issues. It spawned a popular website, local events in cities around the country, and the Next American Vanguard and Open Cities conferences. In the beginning of 2012, Next American City announced that it would cease publication of the magazine; at the end of the year, the organization expanded its international content and was renamed Next City.
Next City celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2013. Its core activities include:
- Forefront, a weekly series of in-depth articles, which is available by subscription
- a daily blog produced by Next City staff and a network of urban affairs websites from around the world
- blogging, reporting and multimedia for The Rockefeller Foundation’s Informal City Dialogues, a project that inspires conversation about the role of informality in inclusive and resilient cities
- Forefront stories, blog posts and events focused on Philadelphia
- Columns focused on equitable economic development ( The Equity Factor ), the sharing economy’s effect on cities (The Shared City ) and urban water infrastructure (Watermark )
Next City deeply appreciates its current funders: Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Knight Foundation and William Penn Foundation, as well as our many other generous donors across the country. Support Next City’s work by making a 100% tax-deductible donation today.
Next City is seeking interns who are available to work in the organization’s Philadelphia office for a minimum of 12 hours per week starting in January 2014.
Editorial and Art Internships
Interns will work directly with all members of the staff to assist with producing daily online content. Editorial duties include: Writing, editing, fact checking, research, blogging, social media, reader engagement and general administrative tasks as required. Required skills: Excellent writing skills; familiarity with blogging software and style; specific interests in news, urban issues, redevelopment and city planning strongly preferred.
Art interns must be experienced with PhotoShop and InDesign. Responsibilities include designing advertisements and infographics. Experience in photography is a plus.
Please send two samples of your work (graphics or writing), a resume and cover letter to: Ariella Cohen, Executive Editor, Ariella AT nextcity.org with “Editorial Internship” or “Art Internship” in the subject line, according to your desired position.
Events and Marketing Internship
Intern will work directly with Next City’s staff and editorial team and will assist with event coordination and promotion through marketing, community outreach, public relations, and social media. Responsibilities will include Eventbrite registration management; correspondence with venue contacts and vendors; events promotion via Next City’s daily blog and social media; drafting press releases and other marketing materials; attendance and on-site logistical support at local events.
Required skills: Excellent oral and written communication; highly organized and able to anticipate needs; experience with MailChimp or other online email marketing tools as well as social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr) for events promotion. Familiarity with Photoshop and InDesign would be a plus! We’re looking for engaged thinkers with diverse skill-sets, who will bring creativity, experience and enthusiasm to our small but dedicated team.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant links to your work to Liz Maillie, Programming & Development Manager, Liz AT nextcity.org with “Internship” in the subject line.
Diana Lind joined Next City in 2008 and is the organization’s executive director and editor in chief. Diana was a 2011 Van Alen Institute Fellow and is the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008). She graduated from Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A., Creative Writing). Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record and many other publications and her work with Next City has been profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Monocle and many other media outlets.
Ariella Cohen is the executive editor of Next City. Prior to joining Next City, Ariella co-founded and helped direct the Gulf Coast region’s first online investigative news outlet, The Lens. In 2010, her reporting for The Lens on the use and abuse of Hurricane Katrina recovery funds won The Press Club of New Orleans’ highest honors for investigative reporting and best overall feature writing. She has also written for The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera America, The Brooklyn Paper and other publications. She is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A., Creative Writing and Politics).
Matt Bevilacqua is associate editor of Next City and oversees the Daily blog. Prior to joining the staff in January 2012, he lived in Washington, D.C. where he attended George Washington University (B.A., Journalism) and wrote for Washington City Paper. Get at him @MattBevi.
Liz Maillie is Next City’s programming and development manager. Along with creating and implementing Next City’s Philadelphia-based event series, Liz coordinates programs in cities across the country, including the annual Vanguard conference. She also supports organizational development through various fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the staff in November 2012, Liz worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts. Liz is co-founder and vice president of Friends of the Rail Park.
Will Doig is Next City’s international editor and is based in New York City. In this role, Will edits and oversees the Informal City Dialogues blog posts and related Forefront stories. Previously, he wrote the “Dream City” column for Salon, was a senior editor at The Daily Beast and served as the editor-in-chief of Nerve. His writing has appeared in New York, the Advocate, Out and many other publications. He graduated from George Washington University (B.A. American Studies).
Bill Bradley writes The Equity Factor column and is based in Brooklyn. Previously, Bill was a features writer at The Daily . His writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ.com and Vanity Fair, among others. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in creative writing and Spanish. Follow him on Twitter @billbradley3.
Cassie Owens is assistant editor of Next City. She graduated from Brown University (B.A., Comparative Literature) before spending a Fulbright year in Brazil. There, she researched the literature of Brazilian slums, interviewing authors in Rio and São Paulo. She earned her Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Cassie was a contributor to Philadelphia City Paper where she covered music, film and culture.
Board of Directors
- Eugenie Birch, Penn Institute for Urban Research
- Bruce Katz, The Brookings Institution
- Andrew Kleeman, Energy Coordinating Agency
- Neil Kleiman, New York University
- Barin Nahvi, Hearst Innovation
- Tamar Shapiro, Center for Community Progress
- Jess Zimbabwe, Urban Land Institute (Chair)
- Vicki Been, New York University
- Paul Brophy, Brophy Reilly LLC
- Seth Brown, Aspen Equities
- Adam Gordon, Fair Share Housing Center
- Michelle Kuly Holland, Scatliff+Miller+Murray
- Anika Singh Lemar, Yale Law School
- Vickie Tassan, Ally