SPRING SEMESTER OPENINGS: Photographer; Sports Reporter; News Reporter; Photographer/Videographer

Apply now to join our Beacon family in January. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan. 5

Get paid, meet people around campus and beef up your resume as a photographer, sports reporter, news reporter or photographer/videographer.

No journalism experience required. We will train you!

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THE BEACON WELCOMES ALL MAJORS AND PROVIDES JOURNALISM *TRAINING

Please note: Due to conflict of interest concerns, elected members of ASUP and students who work in UP Marketing or Athletics positions involving news media are ineligible to work for The Beacon without prior approval of the editor-in-chief.

OPENING: Photographer  (Stipend: $645/semester) APPLY NOW by Oct 23

Must have an appropriate digital camera

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
  • 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, the 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
  • You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academics.

APPLY NOW

OPENING: Sports Reporter-  Stipend: $645/semester

No journalism experience is necessary.

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 time periods.
  • Reports and writes approximately one story a week on deadline as assigned by the Sports Editor.
  • Reporting/writing features about UP teams, players, coaches and issues related to sports
  • Occasional game coverage
  • With rare exception, in-game/event coverage. sports reporters should watch the entire game/event and interview athletes and coaches as availability allows.
  • 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 media section, not with fans
  • Regularly interacts with the UP Sports information personnel, keeping lines of communication clear
  • Meets with the 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.
  • 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
  • Writes at least one commentary for Opinion 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 Exec Board or Senate
  • You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above.

APPLY HERE

OPENING: News Reporter- (Stipend:$645/semester)

Responsibilities:

  • Reports and writes one article (usually fewer than 800 words) a week on deadline, as assigned by the News Editor, DEI Editor or Living Editor, and makes revisions editors request.
  • 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.
  • 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 and more, if warranted.
  • Conducts interviews in person and/or on Zoom or on the phone in a professional manner
  • Responds promptly to all emails and messages 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.
  • Collaborates with section editors, Multimedia Editor, photographers and videographers in enhancing written storytelling with visuals such as photos, video and graphics.
  • 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 contact 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 on each article 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
  • Reads professional-level journalism on a regular basis
  • Generally stays informed of current events and campus issues

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

· You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academic

OPENING: Photographer/Videographer (Stipend: $750/semester) APPLY NOW by Oct 23

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

In addition to fulfilling all responsibilities of photographer outlined above, shoots, edits and posts video as assigned.

You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academics.

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*****FALL POSITIONS FILLED*******

Photographer  (Stipend: $1290/yr. ) APPLY NOW

Must have an appropriate digital camera

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
  • 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, the 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
  • You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academics.

APPLY NOW

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

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

In addition to fulfilling all responsibilities of photographer outlined above, shoots, edits and posts video as assigned.

You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academics.

Video Producer ($1800/yr.)-

Required:

  • own or have access to a video camera or DSLR that shoots good video
  • access to editing software
  • Must be available to regularly shoot video on UP's campus spring semester (not required to live on campus)
  • proficiency at shooting, editing, and producing high-quality short videos with audio
  • at least a 2.5 GPA.

Responsibilities:

  • Attends virtual 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.
  • 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. May also interview sources for video.
  • Follows best practices for journalistic accuracy, ethics, and aesthetics. (Training provided on the accuracy, ethics, etc.)
  • Contributes two story ideas each week at Beacon story pitch meetings

APPLY NOW

EDITOR POSITIONS - POSITIONS FILLED FOR 2022-23

The following positions are also open to all UP students. However, preference is given to applicants with relevant experience. The people in these positions make up The Beacon Editorial Board. In addition to Tuesday and Thursday all-staff meetings, Editorial Board members also have a required meeting on Wednesday nights at 7.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Editor/Sr. Reporter  ($2000/yr)

This is a new position (2022-23) whose responsibilities will evolve as editors and the adviser evaluate the most effective ways for The Beacon to bear witness and report on various campus communities and DEI issues and amplify marginalized voices.

In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities listed for news reporter (including attending staff meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays), the DEI Editor/Sr. Reporter is member of the Editorial Board and attends weekly Ed Board meetings on Wednesday nights.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Ensure meaningful, sensitive and culturally competent coverage of issues affecting historically marginalized community members including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities at UP by pitching story/multimedia ideas, reporting and coaching other reporters/editors assigned to write DEI articles, as needed.

  • Closely monitor and lead reporting on institutional DEI developments at UP in general and specifically monitor progress regarding the Ortiz Report recommendations. 

  • Meet early in the semester in person (or on Zoom) with the sources listed below, and stay in contact as needed. The goal is to create rapport between The Beacon and community members, let them know of The Beacon’s interest in covering stories important to them and invite them to give The Beacon feedback and submit story ideas, including stories about events and initiatives they sponsor.

  1. Associate Provost of International Education, Diversity and Inclusion (Eddie Conteras) 

  2. Director of DEI (to be hired by UP admin this summer)

  3. Student leaders of cultural clubs, Gender Sexuality Partnership and any student groups related to DEI

  4. Diversity Collaborators (students) and staff assigned to DEI issues

  • Monitor coverage for inclusion, minority representation in written and visual content

  • Brainstorm and execute ideas to recruit and retain students from a variety of backgrounds to work on Beacon staff

  • Maintain a robust DEI section on The Beacon website, ensuring that section editors include the DEI tag on stories appropriate for that section.

  • Leads a session on covering DEI issues and having a DEI mindset at Beacon Boot Camp

  • Ensures all Beacon content follows appropriate style guidelines for marginalized members of the community and educates staff, especially editors on an ongoing basis using resources such as:

 

  1. AP Stylebook, especially https://www.apstylebook.com/race-related-coverage

  2. NABJ Style Guide - National Association of Black Journalists

  3. CULTURAL COMPETENCE HANDBOOK (National Assoc. Of Hispanic Journalists)

  4. Guidance | Asian American Journalists Association

  5. Covering American Muslims - A Guide for Journalists | ISPU

  6. Religion Stylebook

  7. Resources for reporting in Indian Country – Native American Journalists Association

  8.  GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 11th Edition (LGBTQ+)

  9. Style Guide – Trans Journalists Association

  10. Disability Language Style Guide

Community Engagement Editor ($2000/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
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights
  • 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.
  • Follows best journalistic practices for accuracy, fairness and ethics in all posts
  • Prioritizes diversity and inclusion in all content
  • Post links to new Beacon content every day at strategic times
  • Interacts with social media followers (ie: @replies ) as appropriate
  • Creates promotional social media and newsletter posts featuring Beacon staff and events
  • Produces and sends weekly newsletter featuring links to Beacon news, living, sports, and opinion content. Posts newsletter on Engage each Thursday morning.
  • Builds and maintains email address list for the newsletter, and executes strategies to increase subscriptions and maximize newsletter exposure
  • Creates and organizes Beacon-sponsored events and promotions to increase engagement
  • Supervises The Beacon promotional table at the Activities Fair each semester
  • 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 the “About Us” webpage, posting bios and headshots of the editorial board
  • In collaboration with Creative Director, plans and executes contests and events to increase Beacon engagement 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 engagement and social media trends technology

APPLY NOW

Opinion Editor/ Sr. Reporter ($2000/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 time periods.
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights.
  • Fulfills all reporter duties as listed in News (or sports) Reporter job description
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • Presents a wide range of relevant editorial topics to the Editorial Board for their consideration.
  • Researches and writes fact-based Beacon editorial about once a month after consulting with Editorial Board. The approval of a simple majority is required before publication
  • Performs reporting tasks necessary for preparing the editorial including interviewing sources when necessary
  • Reaches out regularly to UP students, faculty, and staff for thoughtful submissions on relevant topics, seeking varied, diverse, and inclusive points of view
  • Reads and fact-checks submissions, and works with contributors to ensure submissions adhere to AP and Beacon style and provide meaningful content
  • Posts all Opinion content and ensures the Beacon Opinion 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
  • 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, video, and other forms of media
  • 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
  • Contributes two story ideas each week
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Loves to read a variety of news and opinion articles
  • 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
  • Is culturally competent and strives for diversity and inclusion in the Opinion section
  • 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 willing to learn/try 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

APPLY NOW

Copy Editor/Sr. Reporter ($2200/ 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.
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends its weekly meetings on Wed. nights.
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • Fulfills all reporter duties as listed in News (or Sports) Reporter job description
  • Acts as a leader/coach in team-reporting assignments
  • Initiates enterprise and in-depth reporting, including multimedia
  • Copyedits all Beacon articles on deadline for AP style, grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc.
  • Studies and learns AP style over the summer
  • Becomes proficient in AP style, edits accordingly, and mentors editors in AP style as needed,
  • Contributes two story ideas each week
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Is dependable on deadlines and responsive to all editing requests 
  • Is insatiably curious, creative, and proactive about learning 
  • Is a good listener
  • Is 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

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

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

In addition to fulfilling all responsibilities of photographer outlined above, shoots, edits and posts video as assigned.

You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academics.

Video Producer ($1800/yr.)-

Required:

  • own or have access to a video camera or DSLR that shoots good video
  • access to editing software
  • Must be available to regularly shoot video on UP's campus spring semester (not required to live on campus)
  • proficiency at shooting, editing, and producing high-quality short videos with audio
  • at least a 2.5 GPA.

Responsibilities:

  • Attends virtual 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.
  • 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. May also interview sources for video.
  • Follows best practices for journalistic accuracy, ethics, and aesthetics. (Training provided on the accuracy, ethics, etc.)
  • Contributes two story ideas each week at Beacon story pitch meetings

APPLY NOW

News Reporter- Stipend:$1290/year

No journalism experience is necessary.

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.
  • 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
  • Immediately upon receiving the assignment, calls sources to arrange interviews…and prepares for
    interviews by researching the subject, attaining background information, and having
    5 – 10 key questions prepared.
  • Conducts interviews in person, via Zoom, and on the phone in a professional manner
  • Responds promptly to all emails and messages from editors and the 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 the 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
    data journalism.
  • Is always on the lookout for compelling story ideas and strives to include
    coverage of UP community members who may be underrepresented on campus.
  • Maintains contact on at least a bi-weekly basis with key sources in campus
    “beat”  (ie: Campus 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 the assigned photographer(s)/videographer.
  • Writes at least one commentary per semester for the Opinions section
  • Notifies editor immediately if a correction of the 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
  • You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above.

APPLY NOW

Sports Reporter-  Stipend: $1290/year

No journalism experience is necessary.

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 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 watch the entire game/event and interview athletes and coaches as availability allows.
  • 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 the 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
  • You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above.

APPLY HERE

Photographer  (Stipend: $1290/yr. ) APPLY NOW

Must have an appropriate digital camera

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
  • 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, the 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
  • You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academics.

APPLY NOW

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

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

In addition to fulfilling all responsibilities of photographer outlined above, shoots, edits and posts video as assigned.

You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but preference is given to applicants with 3.0 and above. The reason: The Beacon is a serious commitment and may not be a good fit for applicants who are struggling with their academics.

Video Producer ($1800/yr.)-

Required:

  • own or have access to a video camera or DSLR that shoots good video
  • access to editing software
  • Must be available to regularly shoot video on UP's campus spring semester (not required to live on campus)
  • proficiency at shooting, editing, and producing high-quality short videos with audio
  • at least a 2.5 GPA.

Responsibilities:

  • Attends virtual 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.
  • 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. May also interview sources for video.
  • Follows best practices for journalistic accuracy, ethics, and aesthetics. (Training provided on the accuracy, ethics, etc.)
  • Contributes two story ideas each week at Beacon story pitch meetings

APPLY NOW

EDITOR POSITIONS - POSITIONS FILLED FOR 2022-23

The following positions are also open to all UP students. However, preference is given to applicants with relevant experience. The people in these positions make up The Beacon Editorial Board. In addition to Tuesday and Thursday all-staff meetings, Editorial Board members also have a required meeting on Wednesday nights at 7.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Editor/Sr. Reporter  ($2000/yr)

This is a new position (2022-23) whose responsibilities will evolve as editors and the adviser evaluate the most effective ways for The Beacon to bear witness and report on various campus communities and DEI issues and amplify marginalized voices.

In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities listed for news reporter (including attending staff meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays), the DEI Editor/Sr. Reporter is member of the Editorial Board and attends weekly Ed Board meetings on Wednesday nights.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Ensure meaningful, sensitive and culturally competent coverage of issues affecting historically marginalized community members including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities at UP by pitching story/multimedia ideas, reporting and coaching other reporters/editors assigned to write DEI articles, as needed.

  • Closely monitor and lead reporting on institutional DEI developments at UP in general and specifically monitor progress regarding the Ortiz Report recommendations. 

  • Meet early in the semester in person (or on Zoom) with the sources listed below, and stay in contact as needed. The goal is to create rapport between The Beacon and community members, let them know of The Beacon’s interest in covering stories important to them and invite them to give The Beacon feedback and submit story ideas, including stories about events and initiatives they sponsor.

  1. Associate Provost of International Education, Diversity and Inclusion (Eddie Conteras) 

  2. Director of DEI (to be hired by UP admin this summer)

  3. Student leaders of cultural clubs, Gender Sexuality Partnership and any student groups related to DEI

  4. Diversity Collaborators (students) and staff assigned to DEI issues

  • Monitor coverage for inclusion, minority representation in written and visual content

  • Brainstorm and execute ideas to recruit and retain students from a variety of backgrounds to work on Beacon staff

  • Maintain a robust DEI section on The Beacon website, ensuring that section editors include the DEI tag on stories appropriate for that section.

  • Leads a session on covering DEI issues and having a DEI mindset at Beacon Boot Camp

  • Ensures all Beacon content follows appropriate style guidelines for marginalized members of the community and educates staff, especially editors on an ongoing basis using resources such as:

 

  1. AP Stylebook, especially https://www.apstylebook.com/race-related-coverage

  2. NABJ Style Guide - National Association of Black Journalists

  3. CULTURAL COMPETENCE HANDBOOK (National Assoc. Of Hispanic Journalists)

  4. Guidance | Asian American Journalists Association

  5. Covering American Muslims - A Guide for Journalists | ISPU

  6. Religion Stylebook

  7. Resources for reporting in Indian Country – Native American Journalists Association

  8.  GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 11th Edition (LGBTQ+)

  9. Style Guide – Trans Journalists Association

  10. Disability Language Style Guide

Community Engagement Editor ($2000/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
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights
  • 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.
  • Follows best journalistic practices for accuracy, fairness and ethics in all posts
  • Prioritizes diversity and inclusion in all content
  • Post links to new Beacon content every day at strategic times
  • Interacts with social media followers (ie: @replies ) as appropriate
  • Creates promotional social media and newsletter posts featuring Beacon staff and events
  • Produces and sends weekly newsletter featuring links to Beacon news, living, sports, and opinion content. Posts newsletter on Engage each Thursday morning.
  • Builds and maintains email address list for the newsletter, and executes strategies to increase subscriptions and maximize newsletter exposure
  • Creates and organizes Beacon-sponsored events and promotions to increase engagement
  • Supervises The Beacon promotional table at the Activities Fair each semester
  • 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 the “About Us” webpage, posting bios and headshots of the editorial board
  • In collaboration with Creative Director, plans and executes contests and events to increase Beacon engagement 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 engagement and social media trends technology

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Opinion Editor/ Sr. Reporter ($2000/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 time periods.
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights.
  • Fulfills all reporter duties as listed in News (or sports) Reporter job description
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • Presents a wide range of relevant editorial topics to the Editorial Board for their consideration.
  • Researches and writes fact-based Beacon editorial about once a month after consulting with Editorial Board. The approval of a simple majority is required before publication
  • Performs reporting tasks necessary for preparing the editorial including interviewing sources when necessary
  • Reaches out regularly to UP students, faculty, and staff for thoughtful submissions on relevant topics, seeking varied, diverse, and inclusive points of view
  • Reads and fact-checks submissions, and works with contributors to ensure submissions adhere to AP and Beacon style and provide meaningful content
  • Posts all Opinion content and ensures the Beacon Opinion 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
  • 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, video, and other forms of media
  • 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
  • Contributes two story ideas each week
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Loves to read a variety of news and opinion articles
  • 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
  • Is culturally competent and strives for diversity and inclusion in the Opinion section
  • 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 willing to learn/try 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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Copy Editor/Sr. Reporter ($2200/ 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.
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends its weekly meetings on Wed. nights.
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • Fulfills all reporter duties as listed in News (or Sports) Reporter job description
  • Acts as a leader/coach in team-reporting assignments
  • Initiates enterprise and in-depth reporting, including multimedia
  • Copyedits all Beacon articles on deadline for AP style, grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc.
  • Studies and learns AP style over the summer
  • Becomes proficient in AP style, edits accordingly, and mentors editors in AP style as needed,
  • Contributes two story ideas each week
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

The ideal candidate

  • Has excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Is dependable on deadlines and responsive to all editing requests 
  • Is insatiably curious, creative, and proactive about learning 
  • Is a good listener
  • Is 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

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Sports Editor ($2500/yr.)

Responsibilities:

  • Is responsible for all sports coverage including social media
  • 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
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • 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
  • 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 and columns regularly
  • Introduces sports reporters to key personnel in the athletics department, especially sports information officials
  • Assigns all sports reporters beats and monitors their progress
  • Coaches reporters on interviewing, reporting, and writing with assistance from the 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, Slack, 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 and photos
  • Encourages and executes innovation in multimedia 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
  • 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

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Living section editor ($2500/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
  • Serves on Editorial Board and attends Ed Board meetings on Wed. nights
  • Plays leadership role as directed by adviser and editor-in-chief during Beacon Boot Camp training in August
  • Assigns reporters to feature stories including multimedia, 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 (at least twice a month)
  • Uses digital tools for interactive storytelling (ie: quizzes, lists, games, maps, infographics, etc.)
  • Posts at least one multimedia piece (ie: video, slideshow, graphic)  in the Living section per week
  • Coaches reporters on interviewing, reporting, and writing with assistance from the adviser 
  • Is available to reporters via phone, Slack, text, and email and scheduled one-on-one meetings
  • Tags faith-related Living stories in the Faith & Fellowship section as well as in Living
  • 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 Multimedia Editor 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

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