Asst. Opinion Editor Position Description

Junior Leadership scholarship position – This position is awarded a scholarship for 2021-2022. All scholarships are determined by position, time commitment, responsibility, and financial budget determined in April. Specific questions about scholarship amounts may be directed to Kody Carbone – [email protected] or (801) 581-6397.

The Opinion Editor selects a student to be awarded a scholarship to serve as Assistant Opinion Editor of The Utah Chronicle.

Expectations & Duties:

Assist Opinion Editor in all duties as follows:

    • Recruit and maintain a team of opinion writers and cartoonists, with as many interns as needed, in consultation with the editor-in-chief. Responsible for making sure their team of opinion writers receive onboarding paperwork and complete the process with the office manager in a timely manner.
    • Train writers adequately in AP style, interviewing techniques, journalistic practices, logical argument and Chronicle technologies (WordPress and Slack).
    • Brainstorm stories, actively seek out current University of Utah sports content, and assign stories and beats to writers, including recaps, previews, Head-to-Head and other opinion-specific series. Doesn’t shy away from controversial topics, but doesn’t let one political viewpoint hold sway in the section.
    • Work with photographers on assignments and with production through the layout process.
    • Fill out print budget weekly, and online budget daily.
    • Read and correct all copy in the given section for sports statistics, names, grammar, style, spelling, clarity, accuracy, and length, ensuring they are submitted in time to meet both print and online deadlines.
    • Write content for the section.
    • Come to all editorial board meetings with ample story ideas.
    • Coordinates opinion columns with hot news stories whenever possible.
    • Hold weekly desk meetings for planning and training and regular one-on-one trainings with writers, to go over errors and arguments.
    • Look at The Chronicle’s print and online editions daily and bring any problems to the attention of the editor-in-chief, managing print editor, and online editor.
    • Respond to problems or grievances with arts content or writers in a timely, responsible, mature manner.
    • When writers are not fulfilling their duties to the fullest of their expectations, hold a private meeting and give them a verbal warning, but also make an effort to help them where they are lagging. If this does not solve the problem within a two-week period, there should be a formal meeting with the writer that includes the editor-in-chief.
    • Verifies the source of all letters, including identity, status, connection with the U, and knowledge of our right to edit.

Qualifications:

  • Previous work and/or education and training in journalism and opinion writing. Preference given to applicants with prior experience at the Chronicle.
  • Experience in writing for different audiences and settings, such as entertainment, business, and journalism.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of necessary software and tools used in digital and print publishing.
  • Experience or knowledge of media marketing and content distribution, particularly in the fields of social media and community outreach.
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or previous management experience preferred.
  • Content management, audience engagement, editing, or other similar experience preferred.
  • Must be enrolled student progressing satisfactorily towards a degree.
  • Major or minor in mass communication, journalism, strategic communication, or similar preferred.

Application Process:

Applicants for this position will be reviewed during spring 2021 and interviews will be scheduled by the Editor-in-Chief The position is open until filled. The experiential learning term is May 2021 through April 2022. Please fill out the application below and follow all instructions for submitting the application and providing the necessary portfolio and documentation.

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