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:UAA VC Student Affairs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is currently recruiting for the Features Editor position. This student staff position is 20 hours/week and starts at $11.00/hour.


Job Posting Summary:

The Northern Light is a weekly University of Alaska Anchorage student publication, funded by both student media fees and advertising sales. The paper is published Tuesdays during the spring and fall semesters and bi-weekly during the summer. The Northern Light is distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. Total distribution is 2,000 copies weekly during the spring and fall semesters and 2,000 copies monthly during the summer. In addition to print circulation, The Northern Light publishes new web content weekly on their website:

The Features Editor is in charge of finding, assigning, reporting and editing content that engages the audience with unique and engaging stories for the features section of The Northern Light, 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. Ability to be receptive of appropriate criticism regarding work for the newspaper is a must. 

The Features Editor will ideally manage 1-2 reporters, providing regular assignments and ensuring reporters meet their responsibilities; assign and write publishable feature articles that meet The Northern Light's standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and style; ensure features staff meets deadlines; write at least two articles a week; attend all staff meetings; provide article, photo, graphic, layout and web ideas each week; work with the Multimedia Editor to prepare, develop and/or repackage content for use in other social media and the web; work cooperatively with editors and the writing team to improve reporting, writing and editing skills; and accept other duties as assigned. The Features Editor reports to the Managing Editor.


• Possess excellent verbal and written skills.
• Ability to write and edit publishable articles or columns with attention to grammar, The Associated Press style, spelling, clarity, accuracy and thorough reporting.
• Ability to meet deadlines and work cooperatively with other editors, including hiring, supervising, and coordinating writing staff.
• Ability to prepare, develop, and/or repackage features content for use in other media.
• Possess familiarity with word processing and Macintosh computers.
• Possess knowledge of information gathering techniques, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act and media ethics.

Required Experience:

No prior experience is required for this position.


Typical Education or Training: 

To be eligible for student employment in Student Life & Leadership, 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.

Students must possess strong writing and English language skills, as well as strong interest in features.

Students in this position are typically at sophomore standing or above, but it is not required.

Students are not required to be a journalism major to apply for this position.

Special Instructions:

In addition to posting a cover letter, resume, and three references here, please submit a writing sample, preferably a features article (500 words) you would present to publish in The Northern Light via email to Allie Hartman at

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