News Editor Position Description

Senior 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 Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief select a student to be awarded a scholarship to serve as News Editor of The Utah Chronicle.

Expectations & Duties:

  • Recruit and maintain news writers in consultation with the editor-in-chief. Responsible for making sure their team of 10-15 news 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 and Chronicle technologies (WordPress and Slack).
  • Brainstorm stories, actively seek out newsworthy content on campus, and assign stories and beats to writers. Assign and maintain investigative stories alongside investigative coordinator.
  • 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 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.
  • Hold weekly desk meetings for planning and training and regular one-on-one trainings with writers.
  • 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 news 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.
  • Check crime log, listen to police scanner and keep track of breaking stories, making sure they are covered in the most timely and accurate fashion.
  • Coordinate regularly with assistant editor to divide responsibilities and determine how to most effectively maintain the content flow of their team.

Qualifications:

  • Previous work and/or education and training in journalism. 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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