The Northern Light, Features Editor

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Classification:Student Assistant C
Grade:Student C
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:VC, Student Affairs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

This is the Features Editor position at The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Duties:

100The features editor finds, assigns, reports and edits content that engages the audience with unique and engaging stories, from profiles of the people who make up the UAA community to explanation stories about where tuition dollars go to enterprising pieces about education, food, style and other subjects. The ideal candidate must be a team player who can tell accurate, fair and entertaining stories across platforms (print, online, social and mobile media) and can motivate others to do the same. Features editor may supervise 1-2 reporters, providing regular assignments and ensuring reporters meet their responsibilities; assign and write publishable features articles that meet The Northern Light''s standards of accuracy, fairness, and style; ensure features staff meets deadlines; attend staff meetings; provide article, photo, graphic, layout and web ideas; work cooperatively with editors to improve writing and editing skills; accept other duties as assigned and be receptive of appropriate criticism regarding work for the newspaper. The features editor reports to the managing editor.Essential

Job Posting Summary: The features editor finds, assigns, reports and edits content that engages the audience with unique and engaging stories, from profiles of the people who make up the UAA community to explanation stories about where tuition dollars go to enterprising pieces about education, food, style, and other subjects. The ideal candidate must be a team player who can tell accurate, fair and entertaining stories across platforms print, online, social and mobile media, and can motivate others to do the same. 

The Northern Light is a weekly University of Alaska Anchorage student publication, funded by both media fees and advertising sales.  The Northern Light also updates web content most weeks throughout the year. The Northern Light is distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. The paper is published on Tuesdays. Total distribution of 2,500 copies weekly during the spring and fall semesters and 2,500 copies twice monthly during the summer semester.  

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: To be eligible for student employment, an applicant must demonstrate an ability to write and edit publishable articles or columns with attention to grammar, The Associated Press style, spelling, clarity, accuracy and thorough reporting; be able to meet deadlines and work cooperatively with other editors; be able to hire, supervise and coordinate writing staff; and have knowledge of information-gathering techniques, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act and media ethics. 

Typical Education or Training: Writing experience and strong English skills. Typically sophomore status.
To be eligible for student employment, an applicant must:
a. Be enrolled in the University of Alaska system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment; or
b. Have been enrolled the preceding semester for six or more credit hours and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester for employment between semesters; and
c. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and be in good academic standing; or have approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or his/her designee.
d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer.
e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.
f. Position reappointment is contingent upon successful progress toward degree completion and performance evaluation.

 

This position is 15 hours/week during the academic year (summer hours are available), and the salary is $10.50/hour.

Instructions to apply: In addition to posting a cover letter, resume, and three professional references here, please e-mail an article you've written on a feature of interest to the UAA community to Stacey Parker (slparker7@uaa.alaska.edu) and Sam Davenport, TNL's Executive Editor, (editor@thenorthernlight.org). 

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