Beacon Job Openings

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The Beacon is taking applications for Editor-in-Chief for the 2019-20 academic year. 

Preference is given to current Beacon staffers, but all UP students with journalism experience are eligible to apply  >>> Editor-in-Chief Application       Deadline: January 13

Job description:

The Beacon Editor-in-chief...

· is charismatic, articulate, insatiably curious, intelligent, creative, ethical, empathic, dependable and driven 

· is a good listener, thinker, writer and speaker

· is nimble. Knows that life is not like an academic syllabus . When “stuff” happens, he or she can roll with it in a professionally responsive rather than reactive way. 

· is a leader who ably represents The Beacon not just to Beacon staff but to the entire University community and beyond

· inspires intrinsic motivation in peers

· is able to enforce disciplinary procedures when a Beacon staffer does not fulfill responsibilities

· knows how to make a good story great

· understands and prioritizes the importance of visuals, including photography, video, and infographics

· has a vision for making the Beacon one of the most respected college media platforms in the U.S.

RESPONSIBILITIES

· Is responsible for managing and overseeing Beacon staff content, production of The Beacon website, and related platforms (including social media) during the academic year. 

· Practices and models sound judgment, fairness and accuracy as outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, leading staff in best journalistic practices and ethics. 

· Continually monitors Beacon content for accuracy and fairness and ensures corrections and clarifications are posted in timely manner.

· Plans and executes strategies for recruiting and hiring top level students 

· Consults with editorial board and adviser to determine and enforce general editorial policies

· Maintains an open mind and is accessible to all elements of UP community, realizing that the students constitute its largest element

· Maintains clear communication with the adviser, the editorial board and Beacon staff

· Manages all student staff in consultation with the adviser, initiates team-building activities and nurtures productive relationships.

· Collaborates with news editor and adviser to assign beat coverage to staff

· Develops and executes digital-and-mobile-first and social media strategies to guide staff to up-to-date coverage

· Leads staff meetings (Tues, Thurs at 5:40 p.m.) including a weekly editorial board meeting (Wed. 7 p.m.)

· Collaborates with adviser on staff training in August and critiques throughout the year. Must be present for all staff training.

· Meets with administrators, faculty, students, staff and others in University community as needed to address concerns

· Writes occasional articles and commentary

· May be required to read or watch training material as directed by adviser

· Uses social media to promote The Beacon, post story links and crowd source

· On a daily basis, reads, watches and listens to a variety of professional news platforms to keep up-to-date on local, national and international news

· Maintains a professional social media presence on personal accounts and works with Social Media Manager to ensure Beacon social media is strategic, professional and follows journalism ethics

· Understands the mission of the University of Portland and The Beacon’s role in providing a platform of free and responsible dialogue

· Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

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We are also accepting rolling applications for news reporter and photographer for spring semester, should vacancies occur.

  • News Reporter ($600/semester)
  • Photographer ($600/semester)

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

Read full job description before applying.

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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.     

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 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  (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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