Beacon Job Openings

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HIRING FOR FALL: 

  • Sports Reporter
  • Sports Editor
  • News Reporter
  • Photographer
  • Video Producer


Incoming freshmen, sophomores and juniors of all majors are welcome to apply. 

Please read full job descriptions (below) before applying. It also would not hurt to read 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.

BEACON OPENINGS 2017-18:

Sports Reporter-  (Stipend: $1200/yr)  

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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.

• Reports and writes approximately two stories a week, including breaking sports news on deadline as assigned by the sports editor. Game coverage stories are due shortly after the game. 

• With rare exception, in game/event coverage. sports reporters should stay for the entire game/event and interview athletes and coaches on site immediately after the game/event.

• Makes revisions, revisits or adds sources as directed by sports editor.

• Follows best journalistic practices including accuracy, fairness and ethics 

• Behaves/reports as a professional journalist not a sports fan.

• When covering a game or other sporting event,  sits in the press area not with fans

• Regularly interacts with UP Sports information personnel, keeping lines of communication clear and diplomatic

• Strives to produce sports-related stories that have broad interest beyond sports fans

• Meets with adviser for one-on-one coaching as directed by editors.

• Must regularly contact sources for stories, conduct interviews and produce content that is fair and accurate. Must record audio of interviews (with source permission) in addition to taking thorough notes. 

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

• Promotes sports stories using Twitter , Facebook,  Instagram, Snapchat and coaches sports reporters on social media.

• Covers sporting events as assigned, including on weekends. May be required to tweet during sporting events

• Takes photos and/or video with a smart phone

• Uses social media in a professional manner including posting links to Beacon content and Tweeting during sports events. 

• Writes at least one commentary for Opinions section per semester

• Contributes two story ideas each week 

• Reads professional sports journalism on a regular basis and as assigned by editors, adviser

• 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, 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

• Reads 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

• Enjoys sports, but understands the difference between being a fan and being a sports journalist

Sports Editor  ( Stipend: $2500/yr)

Responsibilities:

• Is responsible for content and supervising assignments for sports coverage including on social media

• 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.  

• Attends weekly Ed Board meetings (time TBA and gives meaningful input on the weekly editorial.

• Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during mandatory Beacon Boot Camp training the week before fall classes start

• Assigns reporters sports stories and events on multiple platforms, enforcing deadlines 

• Ensures sports coverage is accurate, fair, ethical and compelling, and allows for a wide range of representation of student athletes and student sporting activities outside the athletics department. Strives for stories interesting to non-sports fans as well as sports fans.

• Edits and posts sports content throughout the week

• Monitors sports content for accuracy and promptly posts all corrections and clarifications in the sports section when warranted

• Reports and writes sports stories regularly, setting a good example for sports reporters

• Introduces sports reporters to key personnel in the athletics department, especially sports information officials. Checks in with sports information officials at least once a month.

• Assigns all reporters beats and monitors their progress

• Mentors and coaches reporters on interviewing, reporting and writing with assistance from adviser 

• Ensures sports reporters follow best practices as journalists instead of playing the role of a fan in the context of their job at The Beacon

• Is available to reporters via phone, text and email and scheduled one-on-one meetings

• Monitors sports content for accuracy and promptly posts all corrections and clarifications for the news section when warranted.

• Oversees all recorded (podcasts, video) and live sports content 

• Posts at least one multimedia piece (ie:video, slideshow)  in the Sports section per week

• Generates original content ideas and coverage strategies for the Sports section

• Directs Community Engagement Editor on sports content in Beacon social media

• Coordinates with multimedia editor in assigning Sports section videos, photos, infographics, 

• Encourages and executes innovation in multi-platform storytelling

• Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

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

• May be required to report and write occasional news stories

• Serves on editorial board and attends its weekly meetings

  • May not be employed by UP Athletics or hold a position in ASUP

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate:

• Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills

• Has a good understanding of most sports and takes the initiative to learn whatever is necessary 

• Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 

• Is a good listener as well as a natural leader

• Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

• Does not shy away from a challenge

• Can manage peers in a professional setting, holding them accountable

• 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 as well as the sports world

• 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

• Has at least one year of reporting experience (not required, though)


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

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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. 

• 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

• Is open to instruction

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Video Producer (Stipend: $1800/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.

• Shoots, edits and posts videos on assigned deadlines for all sections (News, Living, Sports, Opinion, Multimedia) and Beacon promotional purposes as directed by editors and multimedia editor. When covering an event, must shoot, edit and upload finished video usually in less than 24 hours.

• Collaborates with reporters as assigned and maintains clear communication with them

• Contacts sources for information or to appear in video as needed

• Follows best practices for journalistic accuracy, ethics and aesthetics

• Contributes two story ideas each week

• Ideally has own video camera and editing software

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

• Has excellent 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 multimedia, telling UP-relevant stories with 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 (fall semester only)  $600 stipend

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 editors, Creative director, 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


The following positions have been filled. However, openings occur during the school year, and we accept rolling applications.


Photographer  multiple positions  (Stipend: $1200/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.

• Must attend Beacon Boot Camp training in August approximately one week before fall term starts and should not schedule conflicting* activities/positions

• 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 editors, Creative director, 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: $1800/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.

• Must attend Beacon Boot Camp training in August approximately one week before fall term starts and should not schedule *conflicting activities/positions

• 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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Community Engagement Editor ($1200/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.  Attends weekly Ed Board meetings.

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

• Throughout the week, posts compelling content and links to Beacon media on Beacon’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and potentially Snapchat, Periscope and others as assigned.

• Follows best journalistic practices for accuracy, fairness and ethics in all posts

• Post links to new Beacon content every day at strategic times

• Interacts with social media followers (ie: @replies on Twitter) as appropriate

• Produces weekly newsletter featuring links to Beacon news, living, sports and opinion content and posts on Wednesday nights.

• Builds and maintains email address list for newsletter, and executes strategies to increase subscriptions and maximize newsletter exposure

• Contributes two story ideas each week

• In collaboration with section editors, posts quizzes, opinion polls, and other digital interactives to increase  Beacon user engagement

• Responsible for improving “About Us” webpage, posting bios and headshots of the editorial board

• In collaboration with Advertising and Marketing manager and editors, plans and executes contests and events to increase Beacon engagement, mobile app downloads as well as staff recruiting

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

• Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills

• Has a distinct, crisp, conversational writing “voice”

• Is dedicated to accuracy across all platforms

• Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 

• Is a good listener 

• 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 journalistic media for fun and curiosity, keeps up with current events

• 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 and willing to read articles, participate in webinars, etc. as assigned by the Beacon adviser and editors

• Keeps up-to-date on social media trends and new media technology

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Cartoonist (Stipend: $500/yr)

Responsibilities

• Produces cartoons  (usually 1-2 per week) on deadline as directed by editors 

• 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

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Advertising and Marketing Manager ( Stipend: $1200/yr)

NOTE: This position does not require soliciting clients or cold calling for ad sales. All Beacon advertising clients make the initial contact with The Beacon, usually via email (beaconads@up.edu).

Responsibilities

• Must be on campus one week before fall classes  for training and to manage ad orders.

• Distributes ad brochures to all on-campus departments in late August

• Coordinates all advertising from on and off-campus clients, including emailing ad agreement and terms to clients

• Does simple ad design using Canva. (training provided)

• Posts ads on The Beacon website.

• Uses a spreadsheet (ie:Excel) to manage ads, sending an updated list to the Editor-in-Chief and Adviser every Tuesday. That sheet should include the name of the client, name (“slug) of the ad, size, dates the ad should run and cost.

• Checks beaconads email several times each day and responds to clients in a professional manner promptly, ideally within 2-3 hours

• During fall and spring breaks, checks beaconads daily and responds promptly

• Mails weekly invoices and enforces late payment deadlines for off-campus clients

• Keeps designated weekly office hours (2-hours) in The Beacon newsroom and meets weekly with the adviser

• Politely answers questions, provides guidance to advertisers and potential clients

• Deposits checks with the UP cashier as soon as they arrive and maintains records of deposits

• Maintains a list of on-campus ad orders and prices and sends to the UP controllers office each month

• Follows up with clients on the phone or in person as needed

• Responds promptly to all emails, texts, calls from Adviser and Editor-in-Chief 

• Removes ads from the website when their term expires

• Around the 1st of each month, emails Editor-in-Chief and Adviser monthly revenue report and list of unpaid off-campus ads

• May be required to do research (read, watch webinars, etc)  on online and mobile advertising and analytics

• May be required to track key information for clients and staff using Google Analytics

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

• Is organized, dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

• Is proficient at Excel

• Responds to emails promptly and professionally

• Has a friendly attitude focused on good customer service

• Has excellent writing (email) and interpersonal skills

• Takes initiative, especially in problem-solving 

• Is a good listener

• Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

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

• 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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EDITORIAL BOARD POSITIONS 

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Living section editor (stipend:$2500/yr)

Responsibilities:

• Oversees all content in the Living section

• 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.  

• Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during mandatory Beacon Boot Camp training the week before fall classes start

• Attends weekly Ed Board meeting (time TBA) and gives meaningful input on weekly editorial

• Assigns reporters feature stories on multiple platforms, enforcing deadlines 

• Ensures coverage is accurate, fair, ethical and allows for a wide range of representation of the campus community

• Edits and posts Living section content throughout the week

• Reports and writes stories for the Living section regularly 

• Uses digital tools for interactive storytelling (ie: quizzes, lists, games, maps, infographics, etc.) and posts at least two interactives per week.

• Posts at least one multimedia piece (ie:video, slideshow)  in the Living section per week

• Coaches reporters on interviewing, reporting and writing with assistance from adviser 

• Is available to reporters via phonetext and email and scheduled one-on-one meetings

• Posts faith-related Living stories in the Faith & Fellowship section as well

• Encourages and executes innovation in multi-platform storytelling

• Monitors Living section content for accuracy and promptly posts all corrections and clarifications in the Living section when warranted

• Oversees all recorded (podcasts, video) and live content for the Living section

• Generates content ideas and coverage strategies for the Living section

• Directs Community Engagement Editor on Living content in Beacon social media

• Coordinates with Creative Director in assigning Living section videos, photos, infographics, 

• Encourages and executes innovation in multi-platform storytelling

• Contributes two story ideas each week

• Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

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

• May be required to report and write occasional news stories

• Serves on editorial board and attends its weekly meetings

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

• Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills

• Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 

• Is a good listener as well as a natural leader

• Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

• Does not shy away from a challenge

• Can manage peers in a professional setting, holding them accountable

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

• Reads journalistic media for fun and curiosity

• Keeps up with current events, pop culture and UP student culture

• Is excited about multimedia as well as writing

• Has a good sense of humor, knows how to generate “fun” content

• 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

• Has at least one year of reporting experience (not required, though)

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Opinions Editor/ Faith & Fellowship submissions coordinator  (stipend: $2000/yr)

Responsibilities:

• Presents a wide range of relevant topics to the Editorial Board for their consideration.

• Researches and writes weekly fact-based Beacon editorial after consulting with Editorial Board. The approval of a simple majority is required before publication

• Performs reporting tasks necessary for preparing the weekly editorial including interviewing sources when necessary

• 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.  

• Place leadership role at mandatory Beacon Boot Camp training the week before fall classes start

• Attends weekly editorial board meetings (Time TBA)

• Is responsible for assigning “Faces on the Bluff,” with the assistance of photographers

• Reaches out regularly to UP students, clubs, faculty and staff for thoughtful submissions on relevant topics, seeks varied points of view

• Ensures The Beacon Opinions section is a respectful exchange of ideas, not allowing for personal attacks

• Oversees Beacon staff sign-up for weekly commentary writing. Makes a sign-up sheet at the beginning of each semester

• Arranges photographs of columnists

• Collaborates with cartoonist on ideas for editorial cartoons

• Works with contributors to ensure submissions adhere to AP and Beacon style and provide Beacon readers with meaningful content

• Communicates with contributors if there are questions or concerns about their submission

• Strategizes creative ways to be a platform for opinions throughout the UP community, using digital tools to publish opinion polls and similar features

• Verifies identities of writers of all commentary and letters to the editor

• Stays up-to-date on local, national and international events as well as campus issues

• Reads the work of professional columnists regularly and other readings as recommended by the adviser

• Coordinates written submissions and photos for the Faith and Fellowship section from Campus Ministry, faith-related clubs and individuals interested in contributing

• Writes articles and takes/posts photos/videos, as needed

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

• Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills

• Absolutely loves to read a variety of news and opinion articles

• Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 

• Is a good listener, an analytical thinker and a natural leader

• Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

• Articulates opinions and a call-to-action in concise and persuasive writing

• Applies careful research and keen logic as well as emotion to editorial writing

• Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

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

• Is diplomatic with community members who object to the editorial and all contributors

• 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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Multimedia Editor (Stipend: $2500/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.  

• As member of the Editorial Board, the Multimedia Editor also attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights (time TBA) and gives meaningful input on the editorial

• Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during mandatory Beacon Boot Camp training in August

• Supervises and assigns photographers and videographers, enforcing deadlines and ensuring all important information is provided (ie: photo and video captions, photo credits)

• Takes photos for news, living and sports sections

• Ensures all multimedia (photos and video) content is accurate, ethical, and high quality.

• Oversees multimedia content in consultation with section editors and is responsible for posting content on the Multimedia page 

• Ensures all photos and video have strong and compelling visual elements

• Supervises and assigns photographers and videographers, enforcing deadlines and ensuring all important information is provided (ie: photo and video captions, photo credits)

• Monitors visual elements to ensure there’s no copyright infringement

• Encourages and executes innovation in multi-platform storytelling

• Does simple graphic design (Training provided)

• Advises Community Engagement Editor on Instagram to ensure posts are frequent, creative and effective

• Actively encourages/helps section editors to showcase photographers' work with galleries within stories

• In collaboration with section editors, keeps visual assignments updated on assignment “budget” (Google Doc)

• Mentors, coaches, critiques and encourages photographers and video journalists

• Strategizes feature coverage in collaboration with Living Editor

• Contributes two story ideas each week

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate:

• Understands photojournalism (telling a story with photos and/or video)

• Is proficient or can quickly learn a range of digital tools 

• Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning

• Is a good listener as well as a natural leader

• Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

• Does not shy away from a challenge

• Manages and communicates well with peers in a professional setting, holding them accountable

• Manages time well and make deadlines; thrives on a busy schedule

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

• Consumes journalistic and other digital media regularly for ideas and inspiration

• Keeps up with current events, pop culture and UP student culture

• Has a good sense of humor, knows how to generate “fun” content

• 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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Senior News Reporter/Copy Editor (stipend: $2200/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.  

• Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during mandatory Beacon Boot Camp training in August.

• Fulfills all reporter duties (as listed in News Reporter job description)

• Reports and writes primarily for the news section 

• Acts as a leader/coach in team-reporting assignments

• Initiates enterprise and long-form reporting, including multimedia

• Copy edits articles as directed by section editors 

• Studies, learns AP style over the summer

• Is proficient in AP style, edits accordingly, and mentors editors in AP style as needed,

• In addition to writing stories, uses a variety of digital tools for storytelling, including video

• Contributes two story ideas each week

• Serves on Editorial Board and attends its weekly meetings

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

• Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills

• Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 

• Is a good listener

• Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

• Does not shy away from a challenge

• Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

• Reads 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 flexible in temperament, especially in breaking news situations

• Is open to instruction

• Has at least one year of reporting experience

APPLY NOWManaging Editor (stipend: $5000/yr)

Responsibilities:

• Oversees and assigns all news coverage

• 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.  

• Plays key leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during mandatory Beacon Boot Camp training in August

• Assigns reporters news stories on multiple platforms, enforcing deadlines 

• Ensures news coverage is accurate, fair, ethical and allows for a wide range of representation of the campus community

• Edits and posts news content throughout the week

• Monitors news content for accuracy and promptly posts all corrections and clarifications for the News section when warranted.

• Assigns all reporters beats and monitors their progress

• Reports and writes news stories regularly, setting a good example for reporters

• Coaches reporters on interviewing, reporting and writing with assistance from adviser 

• Is available to reporters via phone, text and email and scheduled one-on-one meetings

• Has authority over all recorded (podcasts, video) and live news content 

• Posts at least one multimedia piece (ie:video, slideshow)  in the News section per week

• Mentors other editors as needed

• Generates content ideas and coverage strategies for the news section

• Reports and writes stories for the News section as needed

• Keeps up with current events, UP-related topics, student culture and higher education in general

• Supervises Community Engagement Editor on news content in Beacon social media

• Coordinates with Multimedia Editor in assigning news videos, photos, infographics, 

• Encourages and executes innovation in multi-platform storytelling

• Oversees breaking news coverage

• Is in charge of the story planning Excel sheet

• Contributes two story ideas each week

• Acts as Editor-in-Chief when Editor-in-Chief is unavailable

• Serves on editorial board and attends its weekly meetings (time TBA)

• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

• Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills

• Is insatiably curious, creative and proactive about learning 

• Is a good listener as well as a natural leader

• Is dependable, considerate, ethical and emotionally mature

• Does not shy away from a challenge

• Can manage peers in a professional setting, holding them accountable

• Manages time well; thrives on a busy schedule

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

• Reads high caliber journalism daily and stays informed on current events regionally, nationally and internationally

• Is  familiar with the various aspects of UP

• 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

• Has at least one year of reporting experience.

ONLINE APPLICATION- Apply now!

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, 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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