Beacon Job Openings

It's time to apply for fall position$!

The Beacon is accepting applications for the following paid positions for for fall 2018:

  • News Reporter 
  • Photographer/Videographer 

 Please scroll down for job description. UP students of all majors, including incoming freshmen,  are welcome to apply. No journalism experience required. We will train you.

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Please look at The Beacon so you know what we're about. Overall, the expectation regarding priorities for all Beacon staff members throughout the year is: Academics come first. The Beacon comes second, and everything else follows.     

  IMPORTANT

1) Due to mandatory Beacon training the week of August 20th, Beacon staffers CANNOT serve as Resident Assistants, Orientation Assistants, Hall Council Executive Members, Hall Receptionists, Social Justice Coordinator, Residential Computing Consultant or have other commitments that week that conflict with Beacon training. The only exception is freshmen or transfer staffers, who will be excused to participate in New Student Orientation activities.

2) Stipends are approximate and may be subject to slight change.

News Reporter-  (Stipend: $1200/yr)

Responsibilities:

· Reports and writes one to two stories a week on deadline, as assigned by the news editor or living editor. 

· Must attend Beacon Boot Camp training in August approximately one week before fall term starts and should not commit to conflicting* activities/positions. 

· Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless the editor-in-chief approves the absence in advance. Staffers should not register for classes that meet during those time periods without prior approval from editor-in-chief.

· Follows best practices in journalism especially accuracy, fairness and ethics. 

· Immediately upon receiving assignment, calls and emails sources to arrange interviews…and prepares for interviews by researching subject, attaining background information and having 5 – 10 key questions prepared. Asks follow up questions.

· Conducts interviews in person and on the phone in a professional manner

· Responds promptly to all emails and texts from editors, photographers and adviser.

· Records audio of interviews (with source permission) in addition to taking thorough notes. 

· Makes story revisions and/or adds sources/information immediately as assigned by editors. 

· Provides relevant hyperlinks and sidebar information to section editor.

· Collaborates with section editors, multimedia editor, photographers and videographers in enhancing written storytelling with visuals such as photos, video and graphics.

· Learns and uses digital tools as assigned for maps, charts, graphics and datajournalism.

· Is always on the lookout for compelling story ideas and strives to include coverage of UP community members who may be underrepresentated on campus.

· Maintains face-to-face contact on at least a monthly basis with key sources in campus “beat” (ie: Public Safety, Dept of Res Life, academic depts.., etc.) assigned by the managing editor to nurture relationships and foster story ideas.

· When not in class, responds to breaking news by providing reporting/writing/photo/video as directed by editors

· Discusses story, photo ideas directly with assigned photographer(s)/videographer.

· Writes at least one commentary per semester for Opinion section

· Notifies editor immediately if a correction of published piece is requested

· Uses social media in a professional manner including posting links to Beacon content.

· Takes photos and or video with smartphone or camera using apps as assigned

· Reads professional-level journalism on a regular basis and as assigned by adviser 

· Stays informed on current events

· May not be employed by UP Marketing or UP Athletics or on ASUP

· Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

· Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills

· Is insatiably curious especially about current events, creative and proactive about learning 

· Is a good listener 

· Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

· Does not shy away from a challenge (ie: calling sources, interviewing people)

· Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

· Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines

· Consumes high quality news content every day

· Is excited about multimedia as well as writing

· Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected

· Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting

· Is flexible in temperament, especially in breaking news situations

· Is open to instruction

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Photographer/Videographer (Stipend: $1500/yr)

Responsibilities

  • Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless the editor-in-chief approves the absence in advance. Staffers should not register for classes that meet during those time periods without prior approval from editor-in-chief.
  • In addition to fulfilling all responsibilities of photographer outlined above, shoots, edits and posts video as assigned. 
  • Ideally has own camera and editing software
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

  • Has excellent photography, videography, editing and critical thinking skills
  • Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 
  • Is a good listener, takes direction well
  • Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature
  • Does not shy away from a challenge 
  • Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • Reads/watches journalistic media for fun and curiosity
  • Is genuinely excited about photojournalism, telling stories with photos (and video)
  • Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected
  • Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting
  • Is open to instruction

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Photographer  (Stipend: $600/semester)

Responsibilities

·  Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless the editor-in-chief approves the absence in advance. Staffers should not register for classes that meet during those time periods without prior approval from editor-in-chief.

· Takes and immediately uploads high-quality digital photos with own DSLR camera as assigned on deadline, including on weekends. Photos and captions should be uploaded immediately after the photos are shot. For each shoot, photographer should upload 10 or more photos from varying perspectives. Vertical and horizontal photos should always be included.

· Strives for photos that tell a compelling story rather than just record an image

· Contacts reporter associated with photo assignment to discuss photo ideas, needs, interview schedule

· Responds promptly to texts and emails from editors, reporters and adviser.

· May be required to take and edit video and post it online, including using a cell phone

· When assigned to shoot a sporting event, stays for the entire event.

· Behaves and dresses in a professional manner when representing The Beacon

· Supplies editors with accurate and complete identification and caption for each photograph/video 

· Maintains effective communication with Multimedia Editor, reporters and adviser

· Creates online multimedia (ie: slideshows, short videos) 

· May be asked to create photo illustrations

· Adheres to professional code of ethics for photojournalism

· Responds immediately when contacted by editors during breaking news

· Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

· Has excellent photography and critical thinking skills

· Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 

· Is a good listener, takes direction well

· Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

· Does not shy away from a challenge 

· Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

· Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines

· Reads/watches journalistic media for fun and curiosity

· Is excited about multimedia as well as writing

· Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected

· Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting

· Is open to instruction

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Photographer/Videographer (Stipend: $1500/yr)

Responsibilities

  • Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless the editor-in-chief approves the absence in advance. Staffers should not register for classes that meet during those time periods without prior approval from editor-in-chief.
  • In addition to fulfilling all responsibilities of photographer outlined above, shoots, edits and posts video as assigned. 
  • Ideally has own camera and editing software
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

  • Has excellent photography, videography, editing and critical thinking skills
  • Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 
  • Is a good listener, takes direction well
  • Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature
  • Does not shy away from a challenge 
  • Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • Reads/watches journalistic media for fun and curiosity
  • Is genuinely excited about photojournalism, telling stories with photos (and video)
  • Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected
  • Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting
  • Is open to instruction

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We accept rolling applications for news reporter.

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News Reporter- (Stipend: $600/semester)

Responsibilities:

  • Reports and writes one to two stories a week on deadline, as assigned by the news editor or living editor. 
  • Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless the editor-in-chief approves the absence in advance. Staffers should not register for classes that meet during those time periods without prior approval from editor-in-chief.
  • Follows best practices in journalism especially accuracy, fairness and ethics. 
  • Immediately upon receiving assignment, calls and emails sources to arrange interviews…and prepares for interviews by researching subject, attaining background information and having 5 – 10 key questions prepared. Asks follow up questions.
  • Conducts interviews in person and on the phone in a professional manner
  • Responds promptly to all emails and texts from editors, photographers and adviser.
  • Records audio of interviews (with source permission) in addition to taking thorough notes. 
  • Makes story revisions and/or adds sources/information immediately as assigned by editors. 
  • Provides relevant hyperlinks and sidebar information to section editor.
  • Collaborates with section editors, multimedia editor, photographers and videographers in enhancing written storytelling with visuals such as photos, video and graphics.
  • Learns and uses digital tools as assigned for maps, charts, graphics and datajournalism.
  • Is always on the lookout for compelling story ideas and strives to include coverage of UP community members who may be underrepresentated on campus.
  • Maintains face-to-face contact on at least a monthly basis with key sources in campus “beat”  (ie: Public Safety, Dept of Res Life, academic depts.., etc.) assigned by the managing editor to nurture relationships and foster story ideas.
  • When not in class, responds to breaking news by providing reporting/writing/photo/video as directed by editors
  • Discusses story, photo ideas directly with assigned photographer(s)/videographer.
  • Writes at least one commentary per semester for Opinion section
  • Notifies editor immediately if a correction of published piece is requested
  • Uses social media in a professional manner including posting links to Beacon content.
  • Takes photos and or video with smartphone or camera using apps as assigned
  • Reads professional-level journalism on a regular basis  and as assigned by adviser 
  • Stays informed on current events
  • May not be employed by UP Marketing or on ASUP
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Is insatiably curious especially about current events, creative and proactive about learning 
  • Is a good listener 
  • Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature
  • Does not shy away from a challenge (ie: calling sources, interviewing people)
  • Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • Consumes high quality news content every day
  • Is excited about multimedia as well as writing
  • Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected
  • Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting
  • Is flexible in temperament, especially in breaking news situations




 

Beacon staffers in New York during 2017 Spring Break for College Media Association conference

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Cartoonist (Stipend: $300/yr)

Responsibilities:

  • Produces cartoons  (usually 1-2 per week) on deadline as directed by editors. Often these are related to campus issues and accompany the editorial in the Opinion section. Occasionally the cartoonist will illustrate a story for the Living section.
  • Encouraged but not required to attend staff meetings

The ideal candidate:

  • Is creative and smart
  • Demonstrates an engaging sense of humor through cartooning
  • Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature
  • Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule
  • Must be able to handle stress well, including short deadlines
  • Reads journalistic media for fun and curiosity, keeps up with current events
  • Is a go-getter, strives for excellence, naturally goes above-and-beyond what’s expected
  • Collaborates and communicates well in a team setting

Here are some samples of editorial cartooning that have appeared in The Beacon:

Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3

IMPORTANT: All candidates should submit work samples of their cartooning with their applications.

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  • Note: For applicants applying for fall positions in the spring:

*IMPORTANT: Due to mandatory "Beacon Boot Camp" training the week before fall classes start in August, Beacon staffers CANNOT serve as Resident Assistants, Orientation Assistants, Fall Transfer Coordinator, Hall Council Executive Members, Hall Receptionists, Social Justice Coordinator, Faith & Formation Ambassadors, Residential Computing Consultant, fall athlete or have other commitments that conflict with the training and responsibilities for The Beacon. The only exception is incoming freshmen staffers, who will be excused to participate in Freshman Orientation activities. 

The Beacon Boot Camp training* schedule is as follows:

Sun., Aug 20 - Ed Board reunion barbecue (editors only)

Mon,. Aug 21 - Ed Board training (editors only)

Aug 22 - 25 (all day Tues- Fri.)  - All-staff training (UP fall classes start Mon., Aug. 28)

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