Apply now for fall positions: reporter, sports reporter, photographer, video producer, ad and marketing manager, and more

Beacon Staff 2019-2020

We welcome students from all majors and backgrounds. Journalism experience is not required to apply, although experience is preferred for editor positions.

Please read full job descriptions before you apply. Applications are taken on a rolling basis. However, applicants who apply before Feb. 15 have a better chance getting hired.

Also note that Beacon staff training begins on campus Aug. 17, 2020, and staff members must be available that entire week before fall classes start. Students should not accept other jobs that conflict with Beacon training.

Beacon Editor-in-Chief (2019-20) Claire Desmarais

Advertising and Marketing Manager ($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 start to manage ad orders and placement

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

Uses a spreadsheet to manage ads, sending an updated list to the Adviser every
month.

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

Meets weekly with the adviser upon request

Politely answers questions, provides guidance to advertisers

Checks mailbox in Office of Student Activities daily for payments from off-campus 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

Designs digital ads with Canva or other software

Responds promptly to all emails, texts, calls

Removes ads from the website when their term expires

On the 1st of each month, emails 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

Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

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News Reporter- multiple positions  Stipend:$1200/yr.

Responsibilities:     
Reports and writes one to two stories (usually fewer than 800 words) 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 schedule conflicting activities/positions.

Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless there is a conflict with a class and the editor approves the absence in advance. Staffers are strongly discouraged from registering for classes that meet during those time periods.

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

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

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

Responds promptly to all emails and texts from editors and adviser.

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

Makes story revisions and/or revisits or adds sources 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 bi-weekly basis with key sources in campus
“beat”  (ie: Public Safety, Dept of Res Life, academic depts.., etc.) assigned by News 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 Opinions section

Notifies editor immediately if a correction of published piece is needed

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

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Sports Reporter-  multiple positions  (Stipend: $1200/yr.)

Responsibilities:

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

Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless there is a conflict with a class and the editor approves the absence in advance. Staffers are strongly discouraged from registering
for classes that meet during those time periods.

Reports and writes approximately two stories a week on deadline as assigned by the Sports Editor. Game coverage stories are due shortly after the game.

Writes short breaking sports stories for upbeacon.com in a timely manner

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 beyond reproach

Behaves 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 the UP Sports information personnel, keeping lines of communication clear

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.

Post scores online for designated games using Twitter

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

Post photos and/or video and/or record audio

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 and adviser

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

Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

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Photographer  multiple positions  (Stipend: $1200/yr. )

Responsibilities

Must have appropriate digital camera

Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless there is a conflict with a class and the editor approves the absence in advance. Staffers are strongly discouraged from registering for classes that meet during those times

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 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

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 and reporters

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

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Photographer/Videographer (Stipend: $1500/yr.)

Responsibilities

Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless there is a conflict with a class and the editor approves the absence in advance. Staffers are strongly discouraged from registering for classes that meet during those times

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.

Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

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Video Producer ($1800/yr.)

Responsibilities

Attends staff meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:40 unless there is a conflict with a class and the editor-in-chief approves the absence in advance. Beacon staffers are strongly discouraged from registering for classes that meet during those times.

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

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)

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

Is reasonably proficient at shooting and editing short videos and audio

Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

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EDITOR POSITIONS WILL BE POSTED IN THE DAYS AHEAD. STUDENTS WITH NO BEACON EXPERIENCE ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE POSITIONS LISTED ABOVE.






















 












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