The Northern Light, Assistant Features Editor

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Classification:Student Assistant B
Grade:Student B
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 Assistant Features Editor position at The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Duties:

100The Assistant Features Editor is in charge of finding, writing, and editing content for the features section of The Northern Light under the supervision of the Features Editor. The Assistant Features Editor writes publishable news articles that meet The Northern Light''s standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and style. The Assistant Features Editor must write at least two articles a week. Assistant Features Editor must be able to develop stories that engage the audience. Assistant Features Editor must be able to gauge what is unique and interesting about people, communities, places or processes and write about it. Applicant must possess excellent verbal written skills, 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 prepare, develop, and / or repackage features content for use in other media; be familiar with Microsoft Word and Apple computers; and have knowledge of news gathering techniques, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act and media ethics.Essential

Job Posting Summary: The Assistant Features Editor finds, reports and edits content that engages the audience with unique and engaging stories, from profiles of subjects who make up the UAA community to explanation stories about where tuition dollars go to enterprising pieces about education, food, style, and other subjects. They assist the Features Editor compile and edit weekly content. The ideal candidate must be a team player who can tell accurate, fair and entertaining stories across platforms: print, online and social 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 provides content through their website, www.thenorthernlight.org. The Northern Light is distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. The paper is published Tuesdays. Total distribution of 2,500 copies weekly during the fall and spring 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 or above, but any grade level may apply. Student doesn't need to be a journalism major to apply.  

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), 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 10-15 hours/week during the academic year (summer hours are available), and the salary is $10.00/hour.

Instructions to apply: In addition to posting a cover letter, resume, and three references here, please e-mail a publishable article you've written in the feature news genre to Allie Hartman (amhartman@alaska.edu) and Sam Davenport, TNL's Executive Editor, (editor@thenorthernlight.org). 

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