About FoST


As technologies continue to evolve, how will we create, share, and experience the most fundamental unit of human culture—the story?


Overview

The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) is a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and communications who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age.

At the heart of FoST is the Summit, a two-day invitation-only gathering of 500 leaders from the worlds of business, technology, media, and the arts. Unlike a traditional conference, the Summit features intimate, speaker-led roundtables; hands-on workshops; and immersive exhibitions.

In addition to the Summit, FoST also produces a wide range of year-round content and programming, including: Tech Tastings, designed to showcase a sampling of cutting-edge technologies and emerging projects to a smaller audience; storytelling workshops, where participants can learn how to harness new mediums to more effectively tell their stories; curated exhibitions with local and international organizations; an annual award-winning series of short films; and popular social media channels aimed at FoST’s network of over half a million enthusiastic followers.

FoST is about actively engaging—getting to be a part of a conversation rather than just a member of the audience. I felt privileged to be a part of those roundtables, and valuable new business is going to come from the connections I made there.

David Rowan
Former Editor in Chief, Wired UK
ABOUT FoST
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
  • Marketing & Communications Manager

    The Marketing and Communications Manager will work closely with the Director of Business Development and the senior leadership of the Future of StoryTelling (FoST) and Melcher Media to assist in implementing and leading all efforts pertaining to visibility, strategy, vision, and execution associated with the development of the community and the elevation of the FoST and Melcher Media brands. You will increase brand awareness and drive community engagement by cultivating an active, welcoming, and best-in-class experience for current and prospective members with the ultimate goal of strengthening their connection to both FoST and Melcher Media, thereby increasing their likelihood of participating, supporting, and sharing information about both brands. This will include growing and managing social media channels, executing email/direct mail marketing initiatives, developing brand campaigns, and supporting all efforts with paid media where applicable. In addition, you will focus on driving our communications strategy, media relations, press inquiries, and broadcast appearances. You will craft messages and narratives, secure successful interactions with press, and altogether raise the company profile. This is an exciting opportunity to help establish the official voices of both companies across platforms, create fresh and engaging content, and help broaden our audience and media presence, particularly for FoST. Responsibilities will include:

    • Leading community initiatives designed to create connections among members, amplify member engagement, and drive overall audience;

    • Understanding the FoST audience, community, and various stakeholders as well as broader industry trends to help identify and prioritize audience needs;

    • Developing and executing social media strategies to engage the FoST audience on key topics that align with FoST services to achieve marketing goals;

    • Building a monthly communications plan that is orchestrated across channels and supports key priorities;

    • Helping to publicize FoST speaker films and place them with appropriate media outlets;

    • Creating a communications strategy that specifically drives attendees to the FoST Summit and other events;

    • Managing day-to-day activities for communication channels; publishing content and engaging with influencers and followers;

    • Monitoring progress and effectiveness of marketing campaigns, community growth, and engagement through Google Analytics and other measurable metrics;

    • Conducting ongoing analysis and reviews of competitors, influencers, and audience; and staying abreast of the latest marketing trends across industries to inform overall marketing strategies. The identities of both companies are forward thinking, and our own marketing approach needs to reflect that;

    • Creating, Planning, and executing PR strategies that support the community of talent who participate at the FoST summit and other events throughout the year and enhance their visibility. These include speakers, workshop leaders, performers, and exhibitors;

    • Partnering closely with FoST partners to co-create and deliver on campaigns to support sponsorships and collaborations, providing creative strategy, and ensuring seamless process of integrating partners into FoST assets and feeds;

    • Collaborating with internal teams to develop a strategic messaging calendar, incorporating tent poles, roll-outs, and content strategy;

    • Managing and directing all aspects of corporate communications and press inquiries;

    • Being responsible for arranging media interviews (print, video, broadcast, and online) with executives and managing preparation and research, as well as conducting any necessary follow-up;

    • Leveraging superior networking abilities to make sure FoST always has a seat at the right tables;

    • Monitoring high-visibility and business-building awards programs and managing company entries if applicable;

    • Handling crisis communications and managing issues, if required; and

    • Reviewing website regularly to ensure all content is on message and current.

    You should aspire to be a leader in the company’s marketing and communications efforts; be able to think quickly on your feet; be interested in live events; be interested in and enthusiastic about new forms of storytelling, including VR/AR/MR, immersive theater, interactive gaming, etc.; feel comfortable in a highly collaborative, team-oriented culture; have 5+ years of experience with marketing and communications strategy and execution; have a sophisticated grasp of the evolving media and communications landscape; have exceptional writing skills and the ability to generate impactful content; have the ability to manage timelines and collaborate effectively to execute campaigns on time; and come with a thorough understanding of and experience using social media for professional marketing/communications purposes, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to greatstories@melcher.com

  • Experiential Producer

    Future of StoryTelling (FoST)—a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and communications who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age—is looking for a seasoned experiential producer to supervise and coordinate various aspects of event and production planning for their 600-person, invitation-only Summit, as well as its ongoing Tech Tastings, salons, installations, and other FoST-produced/curated events throughout the year. Specifically, he or she will be responsible for managing vendor relations, F&B, facility operations, transportation, and other logistics to ensure flawless production execution. The ability to think creatively about new kinds of event formats and contribute ideas to creative experience design is encouraged. Confidence in negotiating and an instinct for competitive pricing are essential. This person should have a demonstratively strong network of event vendors, freelancers, and production assistants, and the competence to scale staffing and build teams as the event dates approaches. The Experiential Producer will also work closely with FoST’s curatorial team to help research and program speakers, workshops, performances, and immersive experiences, and to deliver the unique attendee experience and meticulous attention to detail that FoST is known for.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:

    • 5–10 years of experience producing live events, festivals, immersive experiences, and/or conferences.

    • Leadership skills and ability to manage teams of 25–30 people.

    • Quick problem-solving and decision-making instincts and the ability to work and thrive under pressure.

    • Ability to negotiate pricing, secure licenses, and execute contracts and agreements.

    • Strong communicator with the ability to liaise between technical crews and creative teams.

    • Understanding of relevant safety laws and procedures.

    • Ability to prepare production schedule, set clear milestones and deliverables, and effectively delegate to team members.

    • An instinct for thinking “big picture” while simultaneously maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.

    • Willingness to contribute to creative brainstorms and content discussions.

    • Expertise with new media and technologies, and a knack for technical troubleshooting for exhibition production.

    • Managing schedules, deadlines, and staffing.

    • Strong instincts about what would be insightful, informative, and/or inspirational to FoST attendees and online readers.

    • Ability to identify up-and-coming and undiscovered talent and projects that are aligned with FoST’s curatorial focus—those leading the way in AR, AI, VR, wearables, IoT, new interfaces, and beyond.

    • Connections to artists in the immersive experience spaces is a definite plus.

    If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to info@futureofstorytelling.org. No phone calls please.

  • Editor, Illustrated Books

    Do you love editing, writing, and leading creative teams on cutting-edge projects for some of the world’s biggest brands and personalities? Do you enjoy crafting innovative ideas and seeing them through to award-winning finished products? Do you love the art of bookmaking, but are as equally excited about being exposed to other media, such as apps, events, films, and websites? Do you have a good attitude? Are you an ace editor/producer who thrives with a lot of plates spinning, doesn’t drop any, and stays calm and collected under pressure? Are you looking to join a fun team of storytelling nerds who are looking to change the world?

    If you answered yes to these questions, we want to hear from you. We are Melcher Media, a leading producer of award-winning books and content. For 25 years, we have been at the forefront of storytelling, publishing 30 New York Times best sellers, winning Apple’s award for best designed app of the year, and garnering numerous industry accolades for our print and digital titles. We’re known for developing the best and most innovative illustrated books in the industry, for some of the biggest names and most cutting-edge companies—from Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and J. J. Abrams to Lexus, Microsoft, Netflix, and Nike, among many others. We also produce the annual Future of StoryTelling Summit (fost.org), an exclusive, by-invitation-only gathering devoted to exploring the evolution of storytelling in the digital age.

    Basically, we do some really cool stuff, and we’re looking for an exceptionally bright and talented person to join our team and become a one-person publishing powerhouse, focusing on production editing. Successful candidates will:

    • Have a college degree and 5 to 10 years of experience in book publishing, ideally making illustrated books (some experience developing custom-published books is a definite plus).

    • Take a leadership role on many different kinds of book projects, from conceptualization to hiring and managing freelancers, maintaining budgets, and achieving final, on-time delivery.

    • Edit content, which may range from captions to full manuscripts to project proposals.

    • Use your strong visual sensibility to direct the creation of and select images, oversee designers, and brainstorm innovative formats.

    • Work directly with new and existing clients to conceive, create, and deliver book projects, keeping them apprised of progress and ensuring that they are appropriately involved and happy with the creative process, and proud of the final results.

    • Be adept at hiring and managing creative teams of writers, editors, designers, etc., drawing on an extensive network of industry contacts.

    • Possess a meticulous attention to detail, including a firm grasp of English grammar and familiarity with Chicago Style.

    • Feel comfortable working with and guiding demanding clients/authors while also ensuring their experience of bookmaking is enjoyable.

    • Be interested in being exposed to other kinds of non-book projects, such as immersive experiences, events, films, and websites.

    • Possess a unique creative perspective, boundless curiosity, lots of energy, and enthusiasm—and use it all to contribute to our small team’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

    If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to greatstories@melcher.com. No phone calls please.

  • Executive Assistant to the Founder & Director

    FoST is looking for an ambitious, sharp, and eager new graduate with a hankering to join a fast-paced, innovative, and rapidly-growing boutique firm. The Executive Assistant works directly for the Founder & Director of FoST as his right-hander and cultural attaché. Expect invaluable exposure to the latest trends in new media and cutting edge storytelling, and help support a network of visionary producers and storytellers, world-class brands, and recognized authors.

    THE CANDIDATE WILL BE EXPECTED TO:

    • Manage the Director’s daily schedule, coordinate meetings and appointments, book domestic and international travel, and oversee day-to-day office operations;

    • Interface with senior-level staff and high profile clients;

    • Develop a friendly and social rapport with speakers, sponsors, freelancers, vendors, and other clientele;

    • Write weekly posts for the FoST blog and populate company social media channels;

    • Stay abreast of the burgeoning global conference & festival landscape;

    • Research industry trends, market reports, and potential areas of business development, and contribute findings and insights to company-wide meetings; and

    • Exhibit a strong proficiency in phone etiquette and email communication.

    THE CANDIDATE SHOULD ALSO DEMONSTRATE:

    • An enthusiasm for current trends in technology and next-generation storytelling;

    • A genuine interest in bloggers, influencers, authors, websites, print publications and other media outlets that dabble in topics related to the future of storytelling;

    • Excellent editorial skills, including strong grammar, copy-editing, proof-reading, writing, and communication expertise; and

    • Outstanding organizational skills, a can-do attitude, and the ability to stay cool under pressure.

    Strong communication skills are a must. Please be sure to send a cover letter along with your résumé to greatstories@melcher.com.

  • Content Curator

    Future of StoryTelling (FoST), the premier thought-leadership conference for media influencers, pioneering technologists, and communications executives, is looking for a Content Curator to program panels, speakers, workshops, performances, immersive experiences, and the best examples of new forms of storytelling for events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Content Curator will also oversee the FoST for Good program, where we unite the best storytellers in the world with the organizations that are tackling some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

    This is an unparalleled opportunity to influence the art, business, and practice of communications across a range of disciplines. The Content Curator will play an integral role in upholding FoST’s celebrated reputation for championing the projects, people, trends, and ideas that are defining storytelling in the digital age. This candidate should also bring a fresh point of view to FoST’s online communications, by working with writers to populate the blog and social media channels. A refined eye and a passion for what’s innovative in advertising, film, television, publishing, theater, the arts, consumer electronics, and advanced technologies are essential for this role. Exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to liaise with high-profile talent, and a well-spoken expertise in industry trends are key.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS

    • Sophisticated sensibility for the most significant trends at the intersection of storytelling and technology.

    • Strong instincts about what would be insightful, informative, and/or inspirational to FoST attendees and online readers.

    • Ability to identify up-and-coming and undiscovered talent and projects that are aligned with FoST’s curatorial focus--those leading the way in AR, AI, VR, wearables, IoT, new interfaces, and beyond.

    • Ability to work with talent to refine their speaking topics, help them to articulate their ideas, and ensure that they understand what’s valuable and relevant to the FoST audience.

    • Avid reader of publications that cover consumer technology, creative technology, digital culture, future trends, innovation, new media, and thought leadership.

    • Ability to work with a team of writers and provide editorial insight to improve web content and boost FoST’s online presence.

    If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to greatstories@melcher.com. No phone calls please.

  • Apprenticeships

    Melcher Media and the Future of StoryTelling (FoST) are looking for bright, talented, and enthusiastic recent graduates for our apprenticeship program who want to learn about the publishing industry, creative storytelling, and the annual FoST summit. This paid, temporary apprenticeship (3–12 months) provides an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of multiplatform storytelling with leading global brands. The experience is primarily designed to expose successful candidates to all facets of both companies, providing the opportunity to explore an editorial or design track (or both!), event production, social media, business development, and more, in an effort to acquire and hone new skills while deciding on the direction of your career.

    Apprentices will be exposed to some or all of the following:

    • Working with editors and producers to provide general editorial support on app, book, video, website, and other multimedia projects;

    • Working with producers to assist with social media outreach and strategy;

    • Working with editors and producers to design apps, books and other print collateral, information graphics, and websites;

    • Working with producers to research and help organize the FoST summit;

    • Working with senior staff to brainstorm and pitch new business opportunities; and

    • Working directly with senior staff members to provide general administrative assistance.

    Requirements:

    • An interest in digital and social media, storytelling, the editorial process, art, photography, design, and producing the FoST summit;

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;

    • A strong work ethic and the desire to learn; and

    • Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and HTML is a definite plus.

    TO APPLY: Send résumé and cover letter to info@melcher.com. Strong communication skills are essential for this apprenticeship. Please make sure your cover letter expresses clearly why you are interested in working with us.

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