The Northern Light, Features Reporter

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  • Job Number:521157
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

This is the Features Reporter position at The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage. This position is up to 20 hours/week and the salary is $11.34/hour.


Job Posting Summary: 

The Northern Light is a University of Alaska Anchorage student multimedia news publication, funded by both student media fees and advertising revenue. A digital-first source, The Northern Light updates with timely web and multimedia content. The Northern Light is distributed on Tuesdays during the academic year and summer.

Features reporters are responsible for creating content for a designated section. The features reporter will: serve as a writer for the section; compile, edit and write specialized material for weekly fixtures and columns, and; prepare, develop and repackage section content for use in a variety of media at The Northern Light. They will assist the features editor and develop stories that engage audiences with unique and interesting stories. The ideal candidate must be a team player who can tell accurate, fair and entertaining stories across platforms—print, online, social and new media—and can motivate others to do the same. They will: learn the responsibilities of the features editor; meet and enforce all deadlines; attend staff meetings, and; be receptive of appropriate feedback regarding work for the newspaper and complete other duties as assigned. This position reports with frequent direct supervision to the features editor.


Applicants must demonstrate: 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 prepare, develop, and/or repackage section content for use in other media; familiarity with word processing and Macintosh computers, and; knowledge of news gathering techniques, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act and media ethics. Familiarity with preparation and development of other media, such as audio and video, is preferred.

Required Education or Training: 

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 2.0 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 up to 20 hours/week and the salary is $11.34/hour.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Micah Perino, Student Governance Fiscal Technician, UAA USUAA, at or (907) 786-1203.


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