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Dramabeans is seeking a senior editor!

The time has come to admit we here at Dramabeans can’t do it all, and haven’t been doing it all for a while because “it all” turns out to be a never-ending amount of coverage and news and material. Since our call for minion applications was such a success two years ago, we decided to reach out to you all again to look for the magical fairy editor we need to help us handle the day-to-day editorial, planning, and management aspects of running Dramabeans.

If you feel the job description below speaks to you and your skills, we want to hear from you! This position is paid, full-time (salary TBD based on experience). Please send your resumes and cover letters to [email protected]

 
Senior Editor Job Description

We are seeking an editor with extensive knowledge of and deep passion for the Korean entertainment industry and K-dramas to edit the site and work closely with javabeans and girlfriday to manage the Dramabeans editorial calendar.

The ideal candidate is also a writer, an advocate, and a fan. You have a deep understanding of Korean dramas, with a depth and breadth of knowledge about the Korean entertainment world and its evolution from a domestic industry into an international phenomenon with fandoms throughout the world. You are attuned to what sparks connection between a show and its fandom. You live for that spark.

You read news articles daily and keep abreast of the latest developments (and are able to do so in Korean). You have a strong eye for grammar, punctuation, and style — you know when Oxford commas are needed and you know why. You are able to write about industry developments knowledgeably, providing context and accurate information in a strong, personable editorial voice. As an editor and manager, you are able to cultivate that voice in other writers.

 
You have:

  • High working proficiency in Korean (written and spoken).
  • Deep knowledge of the Korean drama landscape and an understanding of the background and history of the entertainment industry.
  • 5+ years of writing or editorial experience.
  • A keen editorial eye, with strong copy editing and writing skills.
  • Experience training and managing a team.
  • Outstanding communication and people skills.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.

 
Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the daily editorial calendar: overseeing writing assignments, editing content, and publishing.
  • Keeping apace of industry news, television production, market trends, and ratings.
  • Editing content with a strong sense of grammar, style, readability, and personality.
  • Updating metadata and information on site.
  • Managing communications with staff and external partners regarding daily workflows and additional projects.

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Yes to everything but "High working proficiency in Korean (written and spoken)." Drat. Although I guess that's the point. :)

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Sounds like something HeadsNo2 used to do. Does that mean she will not be back 😭?

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Aw, where'd she go?

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Wish I know. We got sageuks line up for next year and she's not around to recap it :(.

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Aww, I miss her.....

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Ohh wat happened to her

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Good luck to everyone who will apply!

*is totally not buttering up the future Sr. Editor to approve an "Oh Snap! Applebutt!" series*

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Ok, that is one scary job description. It makes me appreciate even more javabeans, girl friday, and Heads.

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I also thought, "Wow, that is some Boss Minion right there" but I hope people who *almost* fit the description apply too. You never know!

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Yeah actually I was thinking that you’re the only one who could possibly do this (you’re already doing some of it anyway already) but I’m torn because I don’t want your to leave your super duper techie position.

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I only fit one of the requirements OTL but yes I love being an IT Bean because lurking in comments and wall posts is part of the job XD

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Now THIS sounds difficult! The overlords really have to work a lot! I will be rooting for @mary if she decides to apply!

I definitely don't meet the requirements but I am glad DB is opening it's upper gates for more ppl!

May the best- and funniest- win!

Hwaiting!

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I'm so unqualified for this. It screams "Organization Skills!!!" but I'm also excited to see who will apply. :)

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Lol... fake the organizational skills :P
But yes, me too! Not that I will get to see who all apply but still- I will be waiting for the final result! :D

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What if we get to vote on it like National Producers hahaha (no please that will be cruel and nerve-wracking)

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Ooooh OOhhh! Now that is an idea! Kkekeke

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So, Edit 48 (instead of Produce 48). I’m all for it if we can get Lee Seung Gi and Lee Hong Ki as MC and talent coach. I want to see them battle it out over Oxford commas, who has the snarkiest written voice, and research challenges IN KOREAN (ie who can dig up Kim So Hyun’s grandmother’s first love, who can undertake translating a battle of the puns between the MC and guest judge, etc).

Beanies vote in the comment, but any anti fans are kicked out of the community for obvious reasons.

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@hotcocoagirl you probably just described the start of the biggest comment-war in DB history... but I wouldn't say no to a pun-battle.

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I was so excited until I read about the proficiency in Korean. Will watch out for other openings in case you need a junior editor.

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Same!
Maybe, in the meantime, I can start on the "high proficiency in Korean" and "in-depth knowledge of the Korean entertainment industry" criteria.

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Can a pass this link to another websites where people discuss Korean dramas???

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Yes :)

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If only I read Korean 😭😭😭

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*googles "How to be proficient in Korean in one week"*

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Maybe use the salary to learn Korean? :D

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lol

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Googles "How accurate is Google translate"

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As I read on the post, I realized this is what I would love to do on a daily basis, reading news related to Kdramas and drama casting after waking up every morning, with a cup of coffee, and getting excited about which of my lovelies are coming back with more dramas. Except that I can't read Korean and I'm not a technical person, regards to editing and stuff. 😑😑

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Ikr! To work with DB would be awesome, frankly. :)

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Me too!!! But it is out of my league, because
1. No Korean
2. English is not my first language

But I did study linguistics, I am very good at reading, writing, researching, correcting, reading fast, creative writing, etc.... I love Korean culture, history and have good abilities for whatever else that has to do with editing, at least I am sure I can also update myself in regard to technology.
But then again... I can do all this in Spanish. I wouldn't be so sure in English, let alone Korean 😖

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Good luck to everyone who decides to apply!

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Oh, I would love to apply for this. If only I spoke Korean and if only I didn't promise my husband I would stop applying for jobs. I already have one 9-5, one after hours and one weekend job and but I'm pretty sure I could fit another one in.

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You need Hermione's time turner. :D

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Ohmygodyes!

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Your variety of jobs sounds K-drama worthy.

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😂 at fitting another job in!

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I'm trying to figure out how you have any time to watch k-dramas.

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Oh, I always find time for kdrama watching. It keeps me sane, lol! During my lunch break or when I'm in line for the bathroom. When I'm in a car and not driving, or when I'm the last one left at the office. Or whenever I'm early for a meeting because I worried too much there would be traffic and there actually wasn't. Airplanes, bus stations, subway rides... there's always a little time to sneak in some kdrama joy into my daily life :)

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When do you have time to watch dramas?

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When the job description fits you and what you want perfectly, but your only Korean skills are knowing the alphabet.

What if I said I would go to Korean language bootcamp?

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And I presume it is a remote job, which means working in your pajamas and not wearing shoes. #goals

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Pajamas aren't even required! Uhm... so I heard.

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Well this changes my image of mary playing Whack-a-Mole with the bots.

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My ID is Gangnam Bloomers

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I say go for it. In the military, you’d have 6 months of intense language school and be fluent and be expected to interpret for high level military dignitaries. I’m sure you could do it.

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I'm glad that someone else has exactly the same level of Korean as me - I know the letters and pronounce words (badly) but would have no idea what they meant. Blast you Tree With Deep Roots for encouraging me to only learn the alphabet.

Obviously not good enough for this job - drats. Because I do know how to spell, edit, and watch dramas. *Please note the use of the Oxford Comma*

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But learning the alphabet was a lot of fun and I got a real kick out of guessing how to spell
미쳤어? and getting it right.

#Myfavouritekoreanword

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"...you know when Oxford commas are needed and you know why."

#TeamOxfordCommas

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#Oxfordcommaforever

But if you insist on not using it, at least be consistent and know when it is really, truly, absolutely necessary.

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If only this Korean drama website didn't need people who speak Korean...

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Right??? XD

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lol

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Too bad I'm such a terrible fit for the requirements...

No Korean.
No editorial experience.
No writing experience (except Cobol, but I don't think that's what they want).
No comment on my people/organizational/leadership skills.
Etc, etc.

But I do have the interest and some spare time, and I'd be happy do some volunteer/unpaid stuff if they need anything I'm qualified for.

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😂😂 For a moment I thought you were describing me, until I read the part about "Cobol". 😂😂😂😂

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While we bemoan our lack of Korean, read about some people who know so many languages that it will make you sick.

"Maltese for Beginners"

http://nyer.cm/BBEAgxN

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Oh my God, that's amazing. Ha! What have I been doing with my life?

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Just reread the part that says it's genetic, that what I did and then I felt better 😆

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@bbstl

this was a very interesting read! thank you for the link, i don't have the gene & skill to be one though:(

it's one of the perks in reading DB:) comments like yours opens up a whole new world, for enriching the mind! thank you!

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I feel the same way, I've learned so many amazing new things from Beanies' comments! ❤️

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Unfortunately my Korean is limited to the handful of words I have picked up from watching the dramas

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Sadly the only Korean word I'm confident to say/ write/ know is !

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My favourite Korean word/phrase. 😃

야!

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What is it ?

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It means "Ya".

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I am excited to welcome whoever gets the job! Also, brb, I really need to learn Korean now. Haha!

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I have done cameos as a backpack, a toothbrush, and a belt, and put in some serious acting skills as The Wind in That Winter The Wind Blows. I don't speak or write Korean, because I don't speak much in my cameos, beyond the occasional grunt or squeak. Do I qualify?

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brb, dying because of those mentioned cameos XD

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Darn. Darn. Darn. Good luck DB team! (sniff)

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wait, does passion count?

Side note- I've got Jang Geurae level passion.

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Wow I can't believe that I actually know someone who has those skills. The problem would be enticing them/her to be interested in it. Their plate is already so full.

And hah, I am snarky about the editing style. It is actually so hard. And I laugh thinking of some people who think it is so easy just because English is their first language.

Darn there is another person I know who fits this as well except she doesn't have 5yrs+ writing experience.

Damn how much Kdramas do I watch that I even know people like that? Good luck to all the applicants. Korean is harder than I thought the more I get into it especially when translating it into English correctly in the drama sense. I laugh at myself when I read Korean children's books to my kids these days.

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Wow this was what HeadsNo2 needed for the editorial position? That is so daunting and impressive.

Would any Beanie or Mary care to speculate how deep an understanding of the Korean drama landscape are we talking about here? The standards are really high.

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I'm not JB or GF but maybe it's okay not to have the whole 5 years depending on the experience one has... It's worth a shot.

About the understanding of K-drama landscape, I'm assuming it's the same background info that the Overlords and awcoconuts and tineybeanie add to news posts. The stuff that puts news into context. Like when a show suddenly switches actors and why dramas do live shooting, contract issues, streaming site wars, pre-production woes, why some shows are stuck without a distributor, why Jeon Ji-hyun is crazy popular in China, etc. (OMG maybe I'm wrong haha but if you know someone who might be qualified, there's no harm in submitting an application.)

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I know 2. Both fluent in Korean and editors so reading articles are not an issue. Guess anyone who fits this JD will be competent and will be busy anyway. I will laugh so hard if one of them, currently post grad in Seoul will go " oh great excuse to be a DB reporter on scene to request an interview for an American site."

Just kidding. That would be something I would do but not most people will think of. But full time position and student life won't work. Will it?

Anyway will mention it to them. Lol. Still can't believe I saw this JD and actually know someone. DB always seem like the gold standard for Korean entertainment updates and I always assume things will stay the same here. Just like in Kdramas life does not stay the same.

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The DB team is amazing, but I'm glad it is reaching out for help in order to make this special site even more amazing. Fighting!💪

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Reading fisrt 5 paras i was so happy but the moement i read First Have as high proficiency in Korean.. i crashed down to earth knowing only korean knowledge i have is knowing vowels and consonents.... so i dont even fit the bill remotely...
and all the very best to everyone who decides to apply....

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until that ‘to work closely with javabeans and girlfriday’ I seriously thought that JB and GF have called it quit! phew! *calmingdownfromafalsealarm

and of course, by the end of the post my mind went to Heads, ‘coz I only can think of her that beside JB and GF who can fit the jobdesc comfortably..
other candidates?
@mary has said she preferred to be the techie lord, so I‘m wondering whether a beanie, @fan, would be interested for this opening..
but whoever that might be in the end, I wish DB all the best, always, and thanks so much for all the hardwork you guys, I really appreciate it!

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@fanwho and @O_o are more than qualify and I'm 99% sure they are Korean.

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I almost have the Korean skills I think but none of the other qualifications ::deep sigh:: Does anyone want to do a mind meld lol

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I have recently taken up formal Korean lessons, so hopefully someday (in the far future), I will qualify !

After years of Kdrama watching, I realize I need some ROI from my time invested in this hobby. The solution is to learn up the language properly! My current goals are:
1) to watch a drama without subtitles
2) read a Korean novel
3) visit Korea and converse in Korean

So now, every hour spent on drama watching also goes to achieving my goals ! Isn't this great ?

Anyway, any Kdrama fans like me, looking to improve Korean, I recommend the website talktomeinkorean. I find the audio lessons very good with explanation and usage, from simple to advance levels. I also join a local Korean class, so that I can practice coversing in Korean with teacher and fellow students.

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I would vote for my girls @bammsie and @sicarius!! Bams you know Korean right??? Sica, you can learn it in a week right??? 😃

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Oh oh and @kimbapnoona!!!

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😂 Thank you for the shoutout @coffeprince4eva! It gives me a wonderful shot of confidence (no matter how undeservedly so) for my kind of inattentive writing on full display here with sloppy grammar, punctuation, and style, and more often than not incoherent thoughts.

I do however wish to hire my own full-time senior editor (but now hubby will suffice! 😭)

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Go for it!!! You will be amazing!!!!

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LMAO!!!
Ren-eomma you flatter me. I can write and edit, and I know a lot about K-Ent but not to the extent they need and whilst I can speak and understand a very very little, I can't read Korean for shite hahahahaha

I mean- absolutely I can learn it in a week. ;) Totally. ;) 오나전

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Just learn the language already!! You can master it in 3 days, right? Right?? *my uh reen ee (is that even right? haha) can do anything*

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Pffahahaha Yes mum
*has to figure out what you're trying to say first ahaha* *ahh! Child!* *I mean Korean doesn't romanize very well so... close enough.
어린이 = eoleenee or eoreenee*
*such faith my eomma has in me lmao*

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Hahaha. If this comment section allowed gif's then I would send you a gif of 'an ahjumma wearing ahjumma pants and a puffer vest yelling 'Fighting' with fists raised up in the air'! LMAO

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Lmao I pretty much have all of these requirements except for the Korean proficiency and deep knowledge of Korean entertainment part.

Used to be a staff writer and junior editor for a culture/entertainment magazine. Also have PR and production experience.

Well, if you ever need someone that has American entertainment experience holla at me lol.

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Good luck DB in finding the newest minion. Applicants- Hwaiting!

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I think I'm totally unqualified in nearly all aspects 😁 ... I'm just using this to ask whether it would be possible to post something about what's happening with Dramabeans this year? Short notice, podcast, vlog... whatever your time and mood allows? I have been with you for nearly 10 years and the sudden disappearance of the main recappers scared me greatly... and as a seasoned kdrama watcher I already see Javabeans bedridden with some terrible disease, Girlfriday in prison as a victim of some evil plotting trying to get Dramabeans down and, worst of all, Heads meeting the Truck of Doom 😱 😉 😁. So please, let this scaredy catish overprotective mom know that you are all fine.... working on your book (as geeenious writers)... or doing your second PhD (as geeenious students)... or spending a sabatical at Jeju or Seoul (as geeenious kdrama watchers... or idol stalkers 😁)... . Love you all and wish you good luck with whatever you do currently.

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Seconded. I too have been following this site for nearly 10 years and would like a bit of an explanation for how it has changed lately.

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Hope you get more people! More people = more content.

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High efficiency in Korean, can't v do without it, was so badly wanted to be a part of drama beans team, hope to get any other openings, fingers crossed

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I cannot wait to see what Dramabeans is going to become with this new team member !

Thank you to whoever will apply !

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