The Northern Light, Arts & Entertainment 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 Arts & Entertainment Editor position at The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage.


100The A&E Editor is in charge of finding, assigning, writing, and editing content for the A&E section of The Northern Light. The A&E Editor writes and edits publishable articles that meet The Northern Light''s standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and style. The A&E Editor must write at least two articles a week. A&E Editor must be able to develop stories that engage the audience and help other reporters do the same. A&E Editor must be able to write about arts and entertainment (music, art, film, dance, games) in a compelling and novel manner. 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 A&E 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 Northern Light Arts and Entertainment Editor will serve as the senior editor for the arts & entertainment section. They are responsible for compiling, editing and writing material such as articles, weekly fixtures and columns such as previews, profiles and events calendars. 

Arts and Entertainment editor must supervise writers for the A&E section; assign stories and manage the A&E team, ensuring all deadlines are met; write 2 weekly A&E stories and 1 special feature every other week; work under supervision of the Managing Editor. Work with the Multimedia Editor to prepare, develop and/or repackage content for use in other social media and the web. Attend all staff meetings. Provide article, photo, graphic, and layout ideas each week. Work cooperatively with editors and writing team to improve reporting, writing, and editing skills. 

The Northern Light is a weekly University of Alaska Anchorage student publication, funded by both media fees and advertising sales. The paper is published Tuesdays during the school year and during the summer. The Northern Light is distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. Total distribution is 2,500 copies weekly during the spring and fall semesters and 2,500 copies twice monthly during the summer semester. In addition to print circulation, The Northern Light publishes new web content weekly on their website:  

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

Preferred knowledge/skills/abilities: Familiarity with preparation and development of other media such as audio and video recommended.  

Typical Education or Training: Sophomore level standing. Coursework in writing, English or JPC. Experience in writing and editing publishable articles.
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) or 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 references here, please e-mail a writing sample on an A&E topic or event relevant to UAA to Allie Hartman ( and Sam Davenport, TNL's Executive Editor, ( 

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