The Houston Press Needs a New Nightfly

Like to go out? Want to get paid for it?

Of course it's not quite that simple. But the Houston Press has an opening for a bar/nightclub columnist effective immediately. As of this week's column, our now-former Nightfly, Shea Serrano, is moving on to greener pastures and better hours. And another kid, his third.

Shea estimates that in his four and a half years as Nightfly, he wrote some 136,000 words. He went any place we wanted him to go, hit his deadlines (mostly), did not develop a crippling alcohol addiction and only made his editors want to throttle him once in a while. (Kidding.) He's a small dude, but those are big shoes to fill.

Actually, if you read Shea's final column, you might get a small inkling of how much work goes into it week after week. Using only your words -- and hopefully a decent camera -- you need to paint an accurate, warts-and-all portrait of each week's bar, nightclub or music venue. This includes talking to employees and customers, the people at and behind the bar, and even the dance floor if necessary.

There are probably hundreds of these places in the Houston area. We want you to go to the ones people are talking about. This includes keeping up with breaking stories and developing trends in the Houston nightlife scene, which is as sprawling and unruly as the city itself.

Candidates should have some journalism experience, including the ability to interview other people and meet deadlines. An engaging personality you're able to articulate into a clear and compelling writing voice is a bonus, as is a strong social-media presence.

And have a sense of humor. You'll need it.

Send résumés and cover letters, including at least two or three writing samples, to Music Editor Chris Gray, Houston Press, 1621 Milam/Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002 or chris.gray@houstonpress.com. No phone calls, please.

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